I must confess I was set to release this article last Friday, as I was flying off to a tropical destination for an extended vacation. Then to my surprise, I left some critical item at home. Yes, I left my power cord for my laptop. Fortunately, a dear friend and neighbor was able to able to arrange to have it shipped to me. Some might ask why I care about bringing a laptop with me on vacation. But for me, it offers a great source of information, learning and fun, as well as helps me stay connected to friends and family. Also, having a laptop in a tropical place helps to reduce the amount of time I am outside in the sun, as it is easy to get more sun exposure than one should get. And, even with wearing 70+ sunscreen in a month I can easily get too much sun!
Do you use a checklist for packing? I have a checklist for going to a quilting class, workshop or retreat and find it very helpful. Clearly, with my recent oversight with leaving my PC power cord at home I’m going to need to create a checklist for packing for a vacation. But I am happy to report that I brought many fun things with me!
I must confess that I really struggle with how I can take everything I “need” to go on a fun vacation. A sewing machine is high on my priority list for having fun, but it isn’t an easy item to take on a trip, especially given the fact that the airlines have significantly reduced the amount of luggage one can easily take on a trip. As our destination is a tropical place, clothing attire is all lightweight, but packing snorkeling and scuba diving equipment is far from being light. Socks and shoes for walking and hiking also made it into my bags. But I also like to take items with me that allow me to be creative, as well as learn. Hymm. Ok. This is what made it into my suitcase:
You can see by the above photo I have my diving fins, a bathing suit, running shoes, some lightweight clothes, and an EQ6 User Manual, and two of the four EQ6 Companion books: EQ6 Pieced Drawing and EQ6 Block Book.
While the EQ6 User Manual is an excellent book, with easy to follow lessons (that I love to repeat) and packed full of insights about EQ6, I do love the EQ6 Companion Books. Each of the four Companion Books provide more in-depth insights about EQ6 and each book is well written, contains great visuals and is available at a very reasonable price. Each book is priced far less than the cost of a workshop and you can do the lessons at your own pace, when your schedule allows. Really, even spending 15 minutes a day you’ll learn EQ6 and quickly be able to design your own quilt, table runner, label and more, plus it even helps you select fabrics and quilting designs.
So, I hope you’ll pack one or more EQ books with you on your next vacation too! But don’t wait for a vacation to enjoy these good reads. I highly recommend them!
EQ6 Block Book,