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SilverHoot 09-06-2010 07:59 AM

Quilting and Airstreams
My wife has asked me to make the inquiry as to whether there are any quilters that Airstream. We are renovating our 67 Tradewind and would like to incorporate any ideas other quilters have for sewing while on the road.

wheel interested 09-06-2010 08:14 AM

Tell your wife other women Airstreamers would love to have her post and talk with us. :flowers: I have a portable Jenome for quilting that I carry in the arm storage of the Airstream couch and I frequent quilt shops that we encounter and usually pick up patterns and materials and at least start the process of cutting out the pieces on the road if but for nothing else, because of a hectic traveling and exploring schedule. But it's always on my to do list...;) Ask you wife if she thinks a womens's caravan to wine, cheese, and amish quilts would interest her. I wonder if a quilting rally could render unique squares and fellowship and make a friendship quilt of airstreamers from all over.

62bam 09-06-2010 08:33 AM

SilverHoot..........When we renovated our 62 Bambi, quilting became an important part of our makeover. Take a on the "Images 8" in our Profile on the left side of this page.

SilverHoot 09-06-2010 08:35 AM

When my wife awakes I'll have her post here. My wife has a portable machine also, I think it is called Gem or is it Jem?

sempi2 09-06-2010 08:51 AM

Too bad we are leaving this am for a 5 day trip w/o internet service, this is going to be a fun thread to follow. I love to quilt, sew, craft and anything considered artsy.
Have a good week all.

SilverHoot 09-06-2010 08:53 AM

Mrs Silverhoot here! I had heard that ladies took their machines and quilted along the way, however i had been thinking with the list of things my husband says "we'll" be doing, how would I find the time and also where would I put my "things" - I am sure he'll make sure there is a place for some tools, cutting mat and my machine. I have a Janome Jem for travel and hope to put it to the test soon (if he ever finishes this renovation) - I could do a wine, cheese and starting an amish quilt! This new venture in life is going to be a blast! I cannot wait!

Minno 09-06-2010 09:49 AM

I'm a quilter also. We've incorporated an extra outlet into the trailer as we wire specifically so I can sew while were on trips. I'm going to make sure we have some storage for my machine and sewing materials (probably under the bed). It'll be like a quilt retreat, only longer! (anyway that's what I'm hoping!). Now if I could just figure out a way to bring my queen sized quilters frame along.... :innocent:


Minno 09-06-2010 11:16 AM

I forgot to say that I'm planning on using batiks in dark blue for window treatments when we get to that point of decorating (probably a couple of years away!), to go with the quilt top I've pieced for our bed (yet to be quilted - it's a ways down in the que). I posted the quilt top in our Little Girl Refurb thread last fall. I'm looking now for where to get paint - oil based isn't real easy to find. I'm going to paint the trailer light blue inside, something on the order of a light sky blue. Haven't gotten any further in the planning yet...


mcair 09-06-2010 11:40 AM

I take small projects. The biggest thing I've sewn on the road was a table runner. I take one of the backup machines with me and it rides in the truck. I just think it's more secure there and I don't have to worry about it bouncing around.

mcair 09-06-2010 11:41 AM

Anyone going to the Paducah quilt show next April? I have gone the last 2 years and it is great! Plenty of campgrounds around there. Do I hear quilt show rally?

Minno 09-10-2010 09:59 PM

So, what do you all use for travel for a sewing machine? Seems like I'm hearing that I may need to add to my "tools" in order to travel and quilt in style! My current machine is a Brother Quilters Dream, so it's kinda big and heavy. I do love it, but if there's something really good in a smaller model that won't cost more than the house, I'd love to hear about it!


Ag&Au 09-10-2010 10:55 PM

This thread just begs the question:

Has anyone quilted an Airstream, quilted a cover for an Airstream, or made a quilt with Airstreams in the design?


wheel interested 09-11-2010 12:03 AM

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Mrs. Silverhoot. me too! I have a Janome 639 that I bought for portability for class at the fabric shop years ago and just bought the case from E-Bay a couple of weeks ago. For those that aren't familiar with it it is a small portable with great features and a handle to make it easy to move around. I actually like it more than my bigger machine in the house.

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62Bam I love your log cabin squares. It really makes a great looking couch the way you have incorporated the quilting into the Bambi.

I saw a door banner or flag, I think in one of Silver Gate's posts and that is a project I might like to tackle. I know Lou (loudruff) makes flags and banners as well. So many of these projects enhance our Airstreams, I hardly know where to start, but there was a Welcome to the Shore project I was going to make for the door or hang near the door and make it welcome to the Door (Door County WI) because that is where we were spending the summer at the time. It was applique with the lighthouse and water and birds and sun, then patchwork border. I barely scratched the surface of that project. Oh but I love browsing quilts and quilt shops!

Mcair I might be able to do a quilt show rally next April if I plan in advance for it. Sounds fun.

Kay your decorating sounds like its going to be gorgeous. I will have to look at the Little Girl Refurb thread, that does sound familiar.

Someone made a generator cover that looked like an Airstream hassock, (Robertsunrus?) But I haven't seen any Airstream quilts yet.

Foiled Again 09-11-2010 12:31 AM

Singer 221 Featherweight
One GREAT quilter's machine is a classic is the Singer 221 Featherweight - manufactured from the 1930's through 1950's. It has an aluminum head - and real metal gears... Check ebay. These things can sell for $500. They are collectors items, so if you find one in Aunt Emily's closet cherish it! If you find one of the ever rarer 222 free arm models... you'll be really lucky.

For you husbands of quilters - I have found a couple of Featherweights at yard sales, in junk shops, etc. Finding one of these for $10 to $30 is like finding that gem vintage Airstream in a barn for $300! If you want to make your quilter a special Birthday or Christmas present find one of these for her! Parts and service can still be had at most sewing machine stores. This machine only sews straight stitch, but it's so stong for it's size you can sew through leather.

------ Second favorite machine?

The Janome Jem is a good little machine for quilting and general use in an Airstream as well as for quilting. It's a great starter machine for someone who just wants to learn sewing because it does only the basic stitches and you can catch it for sale - sometimes for around $50. It's not a toy, but it's a good gift for a child who is interested in sewing. It does have the nylon gears and plastic case so it's actually lighter than the Singer featherweight - which isn't entirely good beause it will slide on some surfaces while you're trying to use it. A piece of that foamy drawer liner stuff we all use to protect our dishes works great to hold it in place though.

It is good for piecing small work, but because of the small table / arm length, and the small motor it isn't suitable for big heavy stuff.... (GUYS NO you can't restitch the awning on this machine!).

I store mine in a craft bag under the bed.


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