I took sewing stuff along with me and set up a place to sew in the bedroom, using a table from the porch and a stool from the family room. It worked out well.
CJ is crazy about Halloween and absolutely adores bats. Cluck Cluck Sew has a pattern for a bat quilt, and I used one of the blocks to make a pillow for CJ. He loves everything "cozy," his current favorite word, so I thought he might like it. Especially if he could see me make it.
I had cut the parts and had everything kitted up ahead of time, which made off-site sewing easier. My improvised sewing space worked out very well. The condo had an iron and ironing board I could use so my piecing went smoothly.
One bat block and some sashing strips, and I had a top for a 16" pillow. Yes, I carefully planned for the stripey pattern in the background fabric to go all in the same direction.
He needs a face, don't you think? This may not be the best embroidery or the most artistic bat face, but it works well enough.
To quilt it, I outlined the bat and stitched wavy lines in the sky. Since the background fabric has wavy lines, it seemed fitting.
I used a black and white text print for the back and made an envelope-style back so it would be easy to remove the cover for washing. Black binding finishes the edges.
He likes it. He slept with it every night after I gave it to him.
Totally worth hauling all my sewing stuff to the beach!!!
Link up: Confessions of a Fabric Addict