I never wish for rain while I’m on vacation, and this trip isn’t any different. Sometimes, though, you get rain even if you don’t want it. We are on vacation on Hancock Point, Maine, for the week with my husband’s family. The rental house is right on the ocean and has an amazing view of Bar Harbor and Acadia, located directly across the bay.
Until today, we have had gorgeous weather and have spent much of our time swimming (or quickly dipping, in my case) in the ocean or walking along the beach looking for treasures. I don’t think I could ever tire of gazing at the beauty left by the tides.
Today, it is cold, dreary, and pouring. In trying to beat the rainy vacation day humdrums, I decided to pull out my sewing stuff. This morning I tried my hand at English Paper Piecing, starting with the fussy cut center for a Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses. I must say, handwork is quite fun!
I had to unstitch and retry one of the honeycomb pieces since the pattern didn’t even come close to lining up on one side. Admittedly, it wasn’t a whole lot closer after I redid it, but I decided to go with it.
Having never done any handwork before, I felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants. How far apart should the stitches go when joining pieces? How exactly does one “whip stitch” the corners? I think I did two whip stitches, but it seems to have worked for the moment. I can see the stitches a bit, but my mother-in-law said that the slight peek of stitches is part of the charm of hand sewn creations. I’ll take her word for it.
I can certainly see why so many people travel with their English Paper Piecing projects. Progress is made in small bits, so it is easy to pick up and put down as needed. I finished sewing the center four honeycombs together at the breakfast table this morning, and once I figure out what color scheme to go with for the rest of it, I am looking forward to passing the rainy days with stitching.
I also brought my sewing machine with me on this trip. It’s the first time I’ve ever brought a sewing machine on vacation, and I debated for quite a while whether I should take it with me or not. Now, with the next two days forecasted as torrential rain and chilly cold, I’m so glad I did. Not to mention the fact that there is a singer treadle and table right next to my bed in our bedroom.
While this treadle is missing its belt and therefore doesn’t work, I am taking it as a clear sign that I was meant to bring my sewing machine on vacation with me. Perhaps this afternoon I’ll do a bit of machine sewing as well!
Do you take your sewing on vacation with you?
9 thoughts on “Vacation Rainy Day Sewing: First Foray into English Paper Piecing”
What’s that bee fabric? It’s perfect for this project.
The bee fabric is Bee Sweet, from the Sweet as Honey line by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery. Isn’t it fabulous!?
Yes, I take my crafts with me…not so much my sewing because it takes too much space – but definitely my knitting and hand stitching. How can one relax without something in one’s hands?
Sounds like you’re having a lovely holiday and I hope it continues for you. I haven’t been taking much sewing with me on holidays, but I’d like to learn to knit in the hope that it will open up some creative opportunities while I’m away from home. Best wishes. Jen
I’ve never taken my sewing machine on vacation with me – always knitting instead. Glad you enjoy EPP – hand sewing is something that has never taken hold for me. If I can use my sewing machine, I will! Looks like a beautiful place to vacation, in spite of the rain.
I’ve just started doing EPP because I wanted to try it and have a hand sewing project for when watching TV. I like your mother in law’s explanation that seeing the stitches is part of its charm. I’ll stick with that 😉
I take stitchery/embroidery with me. I always fined if we get a rained day in holiday and have to stay inside I’m stuck trying to entertain the kids! No chance of me getting time to sew then.