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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

On the road again

I am writing this from a rest stop in Virginia. We are headed to Knoxville and tomorrow to Georgia and eventually to Florida.

It turns out this travelling in an RV thing, something we have never done before, works out just fine for us. 

My husband was more or less a nervous wreck (he didn't show it and wouldn't admit it) when we first set out as this is all new to us and there is a lot of technology, pumps, pipes, hoses, gauges etc. he is pre-occpied with but really everything has been fine so far. Personally I like having all my own stuff right with me and being able to eat proper meals at the nice roadside stops they have in this part of the country and walk Daisy and look at the cows.

Hauling stuff in and out of hotels when you are trying to do point A to point B is just about as fun as it sounds. This is so much better and more comfortable. Plus I can reach all my projects easily and avoid those mega gas station stops with all the weary people and all the popcorn chicken and fries that are cold by the time you get back to the car.

We are staying off the main highways, toodling along and realizing how much you miss on the I-95.

Of course we had a bit of a delay waiting for the storm to pass, and this made me have to cancel my visit into New York to see my son and daughter-in-law, but will catch them later.

In the end I took good advice and left all my UFOs at home. I have decided to fool around this trip and probably use the time to try out some Indie patterns. I have a printer here and a bit of random fabric and many of the Indies are fairly simple patterns suitable for small space sewing. My intention is to be totally honest (an advantage to being just a blip in the blogosphere) and if I find an Indie that I don't think works, find another one that is similar that does.

So that's it.

For a while here there will be experimental test activities without any real purpose apart from being interesting to me.

So watch for completely unrelated posts on my thoughts on sewing in general, generational sewing differences, sewing culture development and, of course, Indie patterns.

If anyone out there would like me to try, or share thoughts on, any particular Indie pattern let me know.


LinB said...

Wave at me as you pass Greensboro, NC! Happy travels to you.

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering about you all week! Did you leave as planned? Did you get snowed in someplace? Did you just pull in to an RV park somewhere to wait it out?

Robin said...

Sounds like fun. I have friends who make their yearly trek every fall through the Continental U.S. visiting friends and sight seeing, then they stay in Florida in a condo -- then do the same thing on their way back home. Great that you are able to do some sewing on your way.

Elle said...

Glad you're not holed up in a snowdrift, waiting for spring!

celkalee said...

Ahhh Babs you are my kind of girl. First you will love the whole RV thing. Years ago we had one and traveled extensively in Canada. Son number two was a hockey player. All the other parents would moan and groan about their motels. I would toddle back to my little home on wheels and stitch something after the days play or camp. Love it. No bed bug searches and no black lights required......

Last year we bought a big class A and traveled extensively. I have my home on wheels, literally, and plenty of room for all my sewing stuff.

Have a great adventure. Hubs will be more and more comfortable along the way. Now mine cannot wait to get going again! I plan to learn to drive it this year. Yikes, look out everybody, the big bus in the parking lot is me!!! I am going to look forward to your reviews. I find that some of the indie's are essentially a mutual admiration society with some poorly drafted patterns, totally re-drafted to make them wearable. You pat my back, I'll pat yours and while we are at it lets bash the big 4. (not that they don't deserve it now and then)

Anonymous said...

Wave and blow the horn when you pass through Cartersville GA on I75...assuming you have to make up some time from all that lollygagging through small town USA! Surely do enjoy your posts. Keep 'em coming, please!

bbarna said...

This sounds like lots of fun. We spent time with a 5th wheel, but sold it and downsized to a camper on a truck. I precut all my projects and package them up with all the notions and gear. I have a tiny Brother machine that lives in the camper. I recently discovered a travel iron that will not blow the fuses-good thing, because what is sewing without the pressing?? Mostly I do quilt blocks, that I put together at home where there is more room, but I recently decided to get back to clothing and home dec sewing, so I have put together other projects. Pillowcases, aprons, bibs, and some sports wear (cycling) clothing that didn't need the serger. I am looking for a few more patterns that will work. My biggest challenge is not having room for the serger, as I use it a lot. Hope you have a great holiday.
Barb from BC

garnet128 said...

Yep, wave at me also in GA. Safe travels. My daughter lives in Orlando and has complained more than once lately about how cold it is in FL. She even took a pic of her dashboard one morning on her way to work showing the temp at 30 degrees. Brrr for FL! Nothing compared to Canada tho.

JuliaRu said...

Barb, what are you travelling in, a Class A? Class C? It will help me to complete my mental image of your travels! (what IS that V word that means one is living through the doings of another? ...verification..validation...)

Anonymous said...

Have fun, keep journaling, and safe travels. Love your updates!

Anonymous said...

For JuliaRu the word is vicarious.
Vancouver Barbara