Strippin’ in Florida

What to do in Florida when it's windy and rainy? Sew some quilt blocks, of course. Before I left home, I cut lots of random width strips in light colors and whites and multicolored dark prints, all from my stash.
I am using Bonnie Hunter's method of stitch and flip on squares of phone book paper I cut to 7 and a half inches. I want to make Bonnie's pattern, Blue Sky's from the String Fling book. Her quilt is done in yellows and blues.

Mine will be multi colored lights with lots of white and colorful darks. I think it will work– maybe not as well as Bonnie's colors tho.


I want to make two twin size quilts for new bunk beds for my granddaughters.
I thought I might have a little bit of time in Florida to enjoy some sewing so I decided to bring my little travel machine, a Bernina 215, on the airplane. I've never flown with a sewing machine before so I did a bit of research. For years, I've lusted for a fancy Tutto machine carrying case that you see at the big quilt shows. They're darn expensive but a fellow quilter told me to check for a good deal. I did find the case but I also read some reviews about other case options on some blogs.
Many quilters use a small suitcase like pilots and flight attendants use. The theory is the case rolls on two wheels instead of four and the handle configuration works better. Humm, could use it for clothing or sewing machine–two potential uses for one case. Off to Target I went to check out a cheaper version of the recommended “pilot” case. I found it, bought it for about $80 and packed up the machine very securely.
I happily rolled from the car, onto the jitney, into the terminal and through security. No problems! Then– total and complete aggravation. The blasted case is too wide– by a lot– to roll down the aisle of the plane. Horribly awkward to try and get the thing sideways and bloody heavy to carry it the length of the plane to our seats. Actually, Gary took over and gave up, hoisting it into the first open spot he found, with a few choice words.
All the reviews said, carry on, don't check the machine in luggage. Did they all fly first class with really wide aisles? I'm wondering if Target will take the darn suitcase back.


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  1. I have flown many times with my Bernina 135 and use a pilot case similar to the one shown here: While the case rolls, my machine is on its side – and I’ve experienced no problems with it sewing afterwards. It fits easily in the overhead bin, though it takes a bit of strength to get it up there. I’ve also had mine tucked under the seat in front of me when the overheads are full. Hope this helps!

  2. Andra Rudershausen says

    Soo….I flew with the same machine, just in it’s horrible cloth case. I thought you weren’t supposed to turn machines on their side, so I made the
    stewardess store it upright in HER area. There used to be a place for hanging bags on airplanes, but they don’t have them anymore I guess.
    That’s where I was PLANNING on stowing it. Trust me, the stewardess was NONE to happy to use her place for me. I HATE the cloth case for
    this machine, but am so happy with the machine. It’s light and sews great. Back to the drawing board, I guess. Let me know if you find a solution.

  3. Cheryl lynch says

    How does it fit the allowed measurements for carry ons?

  4. Darn on that case report! I think your strip quilt will be wonderful….and possibly better than just yellow blue

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