I absolutely love making quilts. That’s probably obvious, I have this entire blog set up to talk about quilt making. My studio is well set up at home with everything I’d ever need to crank out my latest creation, but I’ll admit sometimes it gets a bit lonely, stale, or even a little old.
From time to time I like to change it up and take my projects on the road. Here are some of my favorite places to quilt outside of my studio.
At The Beach
When most people think of the beach, they probably think of sand, sun, and swimming. I think these things too, but most of all I think of what a great place it is to quilt. I love getting up early in the morning and making my way to the beach before it fills up with the crowds. I set up my spot and get to work as soon as I can. It’s best to get most of the work done in the morning.
There are a few drawbacks to the beach, but I take it with a grain of salt. If it’s a windy day, it becomes quite frustrating trying to quilt. In such cases I’ll just call it an early day, or I’ll scrap the idea all together. Another issue is that by noon it’s often getting quite hot. If that is the case, usually the beach gets crowded and noisy too. Nonetheless, when the conditions are right the beach is a beautiful place to get some quilting done.
By The Fire
There’s something so calming about quilting by a fire. Whether that’s indoors by a fireplace or outdoors by a bonfire. During the cold winter months I love to visit my parent’s house when they have a fire going. We can spend hours just sitting by the fire, having a nice conversation, and quilting together.
When I’m on my own at home I don’t have the luxury of a real fireplace, my home isn’t set up for it. I do have a contemporary electric fireplace though which is quite nice to look at and can put off a good amount of heat too. Sometimes I’ll even play fire sounds from YouTube to make it seem even more like the real thing. It may sound goofy but its true! This is a great substitute if you, like me, don’t have a fireplace of your own.
On A Plane
I love traveling so so much. Seeing the world gives me so much perspective on my own life, and makes me value it so much more. Plus, just having exciting trips to look forward to throughout the year is just one of many things that keeps me going on a day to day basis.
Aside from the excitement of travel though, plane trips give me a long, extended period with not much to do but quilt or look out the window. If you know me, then you’ll know that quilting takes the cake in this side-by-side. Some of my greatest quilts have been made on a plane. Of course it requires a little prep work, otherwise you’ll make a mess and have the flight attendants and your neighbors at least mildly displeased (I’ve done that before too!).
So where are your favorite places to quilt? I’d love to hear any ideas you may have. Have you quilted at the beach, by the fire, or on the plane? How did it go for you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!