I Just Wanted to "Stitch"

For a couple of days before vacation I kept thinking that I wanted to "stitch" during the drive, but never had time to figure out what I wanted to do.

So, literally minutes before we left, everyone was loaded into the car...I ran to my sewing room and filled a gallon size plastic bag with bits of this and that, including a hoop and one bigger piece to stitch on.

I've been reading about samplers and their revival around the big 'ole www and really wanted to try my own.

When I first put the fabric in the hoop in the car, I decided that it would become the frame of the end product.  This project needed to be done during the ride...nothing hanging over my head to finish up when I got home.  I did have about 10 minutes of texture stitching to finish when we got back, but that was it.  And, that was a good excuse to put off laundry for a few more minutes!

I've read  Theresa from My Minutia say these samplers are addicting.  She's not kidding!  I could grab up another scrap piece of fabric and start stitching again in a heart beat.  My mind was racing... I could put together kits...

I even drove quite a bit of the way and got all this done.  It really went fast and was pretty easy to keep track of even in the vehicle with kids around.  I guess because none of it was specific or planned.  You just crammed the pieces back into the bag and pulled them out again as you searched for the next one to use.

Remember, you can click and click again for a closer look.

Try your own...I think you'll love it!


  1. What a great idea...and a great out come! I have an up coming road trip and I am going to do this! You have to my blog and see the book I just found. Let me know if you want to learn a new stitch and I will email you a page!


  2. I've been stitching off and on since I did the 39 Squares stitchalong. It's awfully fun isn't it? Your work is lovely.


  3. I love it! Great way to spend that otherwise idle time in the car, too!

  4. This is a great idea! I am taking my son to college this week (9 hour drive). I'll be sharing the driving time so this would be a great way for me to get some stitching done and kill some time! I'll let you know how it goes.

  5. What a great idea, sometimes the last minute ideas are the best one.

  6. What a great idea! I'm going to try that on our next RV trip.

  7. It's so beautiful, but you make it look so easy...and I know that it isn't! At least not for ME!

    Have a wonderful week!

  8. I love projects like this Jill, limited time, limited resourses, use only what you took with you and finish it! Fab result, totally inspiring! Margaret

  9. Oh... I love this!!! I tried one once...

    yours is MUCH better and mine is gone away now...

    ;-D robelyn


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