I hope to sew at least a few more stitches on this block today. I stitched the right side of the center stem yesterday. Looking at the photo I see I need to adjust the flowers or the angle of two of the stems....
I chose these baskets for a short trip to Florida this week because these bright, sunny, summer flowers seemed the perfect choice: they reflect Florida's weather.
I hope they'll enjoy the trip and I especially hope I can take pins and my little Fiskars scissors on the plane. TSA tells me I can have scissors with less than 4" blades--these have 1 1/4" blades--but do they mean a carry on bag or a personal bag? And what about pins and needles in a personal bag? Anyone know or have experience?
My One Monthly Goal for February is to finish stitching one of these baskets. I may stitch more but one's the goal.
I'm sad that my reliable Canon PowerShot A560 camera no longer seems to take clear close-up photos. I have relied on it for so many reasons, not the least of which is being able to see details that my eyes can't see, even with glasses. I've had it nearly 20 years. Maybe it's in need of a trip to the repair shop.
In truth I don't know how much stitching I'll do in Florida. When I'm on the beach I'm usually either walking or watching the ocean, but there will be time in the hotel room and maybe in the car. One way or the other, one of these blocks will be finished this month.
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I love your little plaid baskets--so adorable. What a great take along project--enjoy your beach time...hugs, JulieroseReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Julierose. It was a great project to take but I didn't get much stitching done because the beach was windy.Delete
How nice it sounds to sit on a beach in Florida. Sweet little baskets of flowers. Enjoy your trip away.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your sweet comment about the baskets, Kim. In the midst of our cold, grey, Ohio winter, it was a delight to sit on the sandy beach in the sun. A joy!Delete
Such pretty little baskets, I have something lime this on my Bucket List to do sometime........ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jenny. I'm enjoying stitching the baskets but I didn't realize the complications of stitching the flowers, making sure to stitch what's closest to the background first, then the next layer, etc. They are fun blocks to make.Delete
Enjoy Florida! If you're like me not much stitching will get done when there's a warm sunny beach nearby!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Pat. Florida was beautiful -- warm, but not too warm; sunny but sometimes cloudy, too. It was too windy to stitch on the beach, though. I imagined trying to corral a length of thread amidst the pins and decided to leave the stitching inside.Delete
I have threaded a whole bunch of needles ahead of time and tied the knot just in case. I clip the threads later. I have had scissors confiscated on planes. I found some that are 3/4 inch size.ReplyDelete
That's a great idea, Chris! How did you prevent the threads from becoming tangled when you threaded a bunch of them?Delete
I didn't want to have my scissors confiscated so I put them in the checked bag on the fight down. I asked a TSA agent about the scissors and he told me that if the blades are shorter than 4", I can carry them in my purse or bag, in my carry-on luggage, or my checked bag. I put them in my bag on the way home and there was no problem. The ones I have are the Fiskars with the orange handle with about 2" blades. They're just so sharp, I thought they might not be okay. Glad they were!
I have traveled many times with small scissors like you describe - whether in a carry on bag or purse, it makes no difference. Pins and needles too.ReplyDelete
Both go through the x-ray machines before the flight. Good luck! Enjoy the beach!
Thanks for sharing your experience travelling with scissors, Cynthia. The ones I took with small Fiskars with orange handles and about 2" blades. I put them in the checked bag on the way and asked a TSA agent about them while I was in line. He said any scissors with blades shorter than 4" can be in a bag, a carry-on, or packed. I put them in my bag on the way home and there was no problem.Delete
The beach and sun were wonderful!
I so admire applique--love how it looks, cannot stand doing the stitching. It will be nice to have a project with you, even if you just enjoy the beach.ReplyDelete
If you don't enjoy stitching applique it would be very tedious, Anne-Marie. It's not for everyone.Delete
As it turned out, it was too windy to stitch on the beach, so I just walked or sat and enjoyed the ocean.
These are so whimsical and charming. You know how I love zinnias. It can be very relaxing to sew on the beach, tuck a block in and give it a try. Lucky you to escape this cold winter. Have a great trip.ReplyDelete
PS if you are checking a bag, I d put my sewing supplies [or duplicates] in the checked bag; if you're only doing carry on, I don t think it matters if the items are in your bag or your purse, they examine both.
Thank you for your kind words about these blocks, Lizzy. As it turned out, it was too windy to sew on the beach. With 15 mph winds, I could imagine the tangle I might have had and just left the stitching in the room. It was wonderful to be in the sun and sand with the ocean after Ohio's grey, grey days. And sad to come back to another grey day.Delete
The scissors I took with the small Fiskars with orange handles and blades about 2" long. I put them in the checked bag on the way, and asked a TSA agent when going through the line if they would be okay to put in my bag. He said any scissors with blades shorter than 2" could go in a bag, a carry-on, or be packed. I carried them in my bag on the flight home. All was fine.
Have a wonderful time in Florida, stitching and otherwise!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Susan. It was a great few days!Delete
These baskets of happy flowers are SO charming!ReplyDelete
I have taken small scissors and pins on flights to work on during flight and in airports on layovers. Never had a problem going through security--my blades were less than 2".
And as others have said, if you are taking it in a carry-on or personal bag, it goes through the same screening. I've usually taken mine in my personal bag to have it easily accessible to use in-flight.
Enjoy your beach time!
Thank you, Janet. The ocean was wonderful!Delete
The scissors I took were small Fiskars with orange handles and 2" blades. I put them in our checked bag on the way and asked a TSA agent about them. He told me any scissors with blades shorter than 4" can go on the plane in a purse/bag, in carry-on luggage, or a checked bag. They were in my bag on the way home and went through just fine. I'm so glad because I didn't want to forfeit a good pair of scissors!
Loved seeing your scraps...so pretty. And these baskets are sweet. Definitely bright like Florida sunshine. I take nail clippers for scissors on the plane. Enjoy every minute now of your time in sunnier climes. Here it is raining, truly bizarre for February.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jocelyn. We had a great few days at the ocean with a day of sun, a day of clouds, and wonderful, comfortable weather. And wind! It was too windy to stitch on the beach.Delete
I tried my nail clippers but they didn't give a sharp cut and the raggedy end of the thread would have been hard to get through the eye of the needle. I didn't sew on the plane but I learned from a TSA agent that any scissors with a blade shorter than 4" can go in a bag, a carry-on, or in checked luggage. I put mine in my bag on the way home and all was fine. I wonder if the rules are different in Canada.