Making stuff for our tour

31 01 2016

I’m off on QuiltVenture 2016 later this year, about a three-week tour for mostly Western Australian quilters organised by my good friend Michelle. I went on the inaugural tour in 2014, and it was fabulous. This time we’re ‘doing’ New England in the fall, then finishing at the Houston International Quilt Festival. For the last tour, I made a luggage handle wrap for everyone, which was fantastic when identifying baggage as belonging to our group — you just looked for our unique wraps and grabbed that bag, whether it was yours or not. It made for a very efficient system in retrieving our bags.

For this tour, I’ve made luggage handle wraps AND luggage tags for everyone, plus a couple of spares. Michelle gave me the waratah fabric and Velcro from her store, and I provided the stitch and shape, plastic inserts, webbed straps, batting, and time and expertise in making them. I made them over a weekend.

We’ll give them out at our first QV2016 meeting on Saturday 30 Jan 2016.

Before (everything prepped ready to sew):


After — 27 luggage tags and luggage handle wraps:




6 responses

31 01 2016
Sara N

Woo Hoo – you will be back at IQF – hope we get to see each other again!

31 01 2016

Yep! Hope to see you then. Will talk closer to the time to arrange to catch up.

31 01 2016
Christine Wedlock

I would love to be joining that tour and how do find out more information.
Sounds great.

31 01 2016

Hi Christine

Details here:

Contact Michelle at if you are interested. I think there’s only one space left — after our meeting yesterday, it looks like it’s almost fully booked.

NOTE: The price is the land content only — you make you own way at your own expense to Boston, and your own way home from Houston.


31 01 2016
Mary Ed Williams

Any chance of patterns being available for the tags and wraps?
I am so envious of your trip.

1 02 2016

Hi Mary

I have a pattern for the luggage tags in my Etsy store:


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