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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Planes Trains & Automobiles Island Batik Blog Hop

It's sad, but its true...
Today is the last day of our hop!

But that doesn't mean that there are not some incredible things to see.
You, know how they say, they save the best for last!

It's all about the holidays today.
We are going out with a bang.
Let the Christmas cheer begin!

(in a quilt shop near you in Apr/May)

I'm sharing this project from the "Holiday Happenings" line.
They were for Island Batik and fall market last year.
Can anyone guess why I love this line???
If you know me, you know about my Moose fetish.
Yep, there's a moose right there in the logo!
It was met to be.

I especially wanted to show you, that just because it's
 a holiday fabric, it doesn't necessarily mean 
it's only for that season.
In this case, every season is "wildlife" season!

The "Professional Tote" by The Creative Thimble, 
 is a great travel bag.

Plenty of pockets, and zippers to keep things safely contained.

The inside holds yet another large zipper compartment for those big items,
as well as many other pockets and even a key chain clip.

The back has a strap that slides right over your luggage handle!
And of course more pockets!

Each side has these handy drawstring pouches, to keep those much needed items at your fingertips.

Here's a little tip...you can pack this as your overnight bag with a change of clothes and the essentials. I drop my wallet and I-Pad in there too. It's purse size and fits right under your seat on an airplane.  It's considered your "personal" item. I've worked for the airlines for over 21 years now. Let me just tell you...
ALWAYS, always, always pack a change of clothes, 
pj's, your travel size essentials,
 medications, keys, important papers, travel documents, etc.
in a carry on and take it with you. Stuff happens, and you don't want to get caught without clean panties!
Know what I mean? ;-)

Talking travel...
How many of you have a black roller bag?
It's hard to figure out just which one is yours, some days.
Make it easier, with a custom luggage tag!
There's a great "free" pattern over at StudioKat Designs.
You can find it right HERE

Next up is this "Cell Phone Wallet" from Cut Loose Press.
I use this daily as my wallet in my purse.
It tri-folds opens, to have slots for 6 credit cards.
There are 3 deep pockets for money and phone, and there's a
clear plastic pocket for your drivers license.
Best yet, you take it out, swing it over your shoulder, and off you go,
 if you don't want to carry a big purse.

Fabric keychain tutorial from The Idea Room

Lastly this fun little "Suzie Sack" from This & That Patterns.
At just 4 1/2" x 6 1/2", it's the perfect place to tuck things away, 
and it clips to just about anything!

It's a "Holiday Happening" that can last all year long!

One last big THANKS to the fine folks at "Island Batik",
and my fellow ambassadors who have shared so much with us!
It's a pleasure to be a part of such a great bunch!

You'll want to make sure you check out their new catalog
The holiday projects will knock your socks off!

Stop by and see what by fellow ambassadors are 
wrapping up the hop with!

Keep on Stitchin


  1. All your projects are sew cute and sew useful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have made 3 professional bags so far. 2 for my daughter and one as a diaper bag for my daughter-in-law. She opted not to have the inside center divider pocket which made it a lot easier to make. Your bag looks great.

  3. I love all the projects you made. That material is right up your alley!

  4. What great projects Joan! I have that pattern but have never used it....might have to now! The fabrics are really beautiful!

  5. What great ideas, Joan! I've never thought of making such useful, beautiful, handy projects. You can be sure I will now, not only for myself but as gifts, too. Thank you.

  6. wow what wonderful projects. thanks for sharing and for all the tips.
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  7. wow what wonderful projects. thanks for sharing and for all the tips.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  8. Love the fabric and what you made with it!

  9. The fabrics are gorgeous and so are your projects. I think the cell phone wallet would be so cool to have. thanks for sharing everything you did over the past couple of weeks.

  10. Wow! Great projects for that fabric! Lots of yummy links for accessories, too. Thanks!

  11. Love the whole collection, and the fabrics work so well in it!

  12. You are so clever! The fabric is beautiful and you have maximized the animals in each. Thanks for sharing.
    Carline, bandcanthony@gmail.com

  13. I love all your projects, and I highly recommend the Professional Tote! Best tote bag ever for traveling. Thanks for the neat set of travel accessories and tips.

  14. Wowza! Love that bag-can I have it? LOL

  15. Wowza! Love that bag-can I have it? LOL

  16. great bags and I forget you work for an airline, how are you doing that with your hand? or are you retired? I can't remember what you told me

  17. Love the bag ...living here in Maine we see alot of moose ty for sharing.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

  18. Love the purple cast. Hope you are back on the mend soon.

  19. ...I see travel in your future... and won't you be the best decked-out traveler ever! Wonderful set of bags.

  20. Thanks for sharing your great projects. I like your moose. 😊

  21. Love all your Projects!! I am a Tote "Addict"...I would love your Bag! :) Thanks for sharing all your fun things! My oldest Daughter collects Moose! :)

  22. You have proven this line of Island Batik is perfect for all year long. These are wonderful travel or everyday pieces and I adore every one of them. Thank you sew very much for linking and for hopping.

  23. Such great projects and wonderful fabric. I see Christmas present ideas.

  24. These are wonderful samples using your fun fabric selection. And I do like your travel tips. You definitely are the expert for that one!

  25. Love the tote! I made one of these a few years ago and love it. It is great for the plane and many other things.


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