This post is about my secret, pre-QuiltCon sewing. I've been waiting, with great anticipation, to meet more than a dozen quilters I've come to know well through the Mid-Century Modern Bee (I was a member in 2013 and 2014), blogging, and Instagram. When I met these quilters at QuiltCon, face-to-face, I wanted them to know how happy I am about knowing them.
So, I made a whole bunch of these! Sixteen to be precise. These are travel trays.
With all the fabrics coming from my stash - both the outside prints and inside solids - and batting and thread in abundance, they were almost free to sew.
The part that was a little challenging was coming up with four pair of snaps for each one. 17 X 4 = 68 pair of snaps! I prefer the sew-on type snaps and bought-up all the size 1 snaps that JoAnn Fabrics had in stock! Then, I settled for gripper snaps for the remainder. Happily, I found several packages of decorator gripper snaps on clearance.
The decorative snaps look good, but are a little heavier. I still prefer the sew-in kind. The pattern writer suggests using Velcro to join the corners, but from experience I know Velcro would catch on clothes in a suitcase.
If you aren't familiar with what a travel tray is, and does... it's simply a small (7" X 9") quilt that snaps at the corners to form a tray to hold your eyeglasses, rings, wristwatch or any other important items you need to keep track of when you're traveling.
Isn't this chair print adorable? It's a new one from a collection called "Sanibel." How perfect!
I use a travel tray all the time! The one on my nightstand holds the pills I need to take every morning.
It was really fun to sew these, especially picking out print and solid combinations.
And I even enjoyed hand sewing on the snaps.
I sewed my quilt label into each travel tray because I do want my friends to think of me when they use their tray. I sure think of them often, and I'm grateful they're part of my life.
If you'd like to make a travel tray as a "happy to meet you" gift for a friend, or for yourself, here's the link to the free pattern. Linda