On a whim, Hubby and I Googled a rental we had stayed in 9 years ago. We had such a lovely time. Could it possibly be available sometime in July? We were shocked to find an opening for this great home, on the banks of the Deschutes River near historic Drake Park in Downtown Bend, OR. Score! Bend is near great hiking, biking, fishing and other water sports. It has excellent craft beers and dining. Downtown Bend has lots of art and fun places to poke around and shop. Oh, and there are THREE quilt shops! What’s not to like?
In a way, it’s kind of silly. We live in a nice home, Hubby golfs and I sew. So, we are going to drive 450 miles, to stay in another nice home. Art will golf and I will sew. Well, we will actually do a lot more than that, but it is kind of funny to think about. I hope to do some hiking and biking, not much of a shopper. But I will hit all the quilt shops! I don’t know if I will make it to Sisters, just up the road. We will be gone before the quilt show in Sisters:-( I’ve never been, but that’s okay, I can catch it another time.
I am not picky about my vacations. I just want to go somewhere. If Hubby is happy, I am happy. I could enjoy an urban vacation, say NYC, abroad, or a more nature-oriented vacation. The main thing I want is lots of activity and fun things to do. That does include sewing by the way.
So, packing for this vacation got fairly amusing. I plan to sew a bit as well as do outdoor things, so I am prepared for both. I think I may have overdone it on the sewing prep:
Are 7 feet enough? You never have too many…
I’m bringing 3 projects. This is all I need (hopefully!) to work on this vest. I haven’t sewn a garment in a coon’s age and I am really craving it. I have wanted to make this vest for a long time. It’s not complex at all and fit should not be an issue. I’ve got some light-weight navy denim which will be perfect.
And two more projects! I am going to make a set of placemats from Kraft-Tex and I also am bringing my trapunto quilt. It will never be done.
Every one of these is a necessity. How could I live without them?
There is one problem in my plan – I don’t have a lot of this thread, my new fav. I am using it in my bobbin for my trapunto quilt as well as on some of my other projects. I won’t be able to go forward on my trapunto quilt without it. Oh the tragedy.
And none of this is light-weight or compact. I’m taking my BERNINA 765 and my Sew Ezi table. I actually need to get the Grande Sew Ezi to fit this machine. I’ll make do with the regular-sized version.
I did have to think about what to wear. Look what happened when I laid my dresses out:
Isn’t that a hoot? Do ya think I like stripes? And navy and white? I did take one of those out and replaced it with a skirt and top combo…navy skirt, white top. I wear dresses almost exclusively in the summer – they are cool and don’t bind at the waist. What’s not to love?
Can you relate to this? Am I the only one who thinks it is perfectly sane to spend time and money on a vacation and take along my machine? Do tell. I’ll link up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.