Here's a peak inside the bag before I unpack it.
This shows the items I keep in the bag. I placed them on my cutting mat so you could get an idea of the size. My hexagons are 1 inch and the little bag of prepare hexagons had a lot more than that in it when I started the trip back to the US. I use snack size bags for the hexagons that are prepared for sewing. The completed hexagon flowers are slipped into a quart size bag. I also found a little melamine tray at a Reject Shop which is sit on the pull down tray to help keep my items from rolling off and on to the floor. It's a big help with keeping my thread handy.
This little re-purposed pill bottle holds all my tools.
And here are all the items I can fit into the pill bottle laid out on my tray. I put my thread conditioner in the bottom (blue square); the container with a few extra needles, which is a re-purposed tube from a friend that once contained glue; 2 small magnets (red and blue hour glass shape) from the same friend....which I use to help control my needle; 2 clover clips which I use instead of pins, if I need them; scissors, the turquoise item; and my Clover thimble, which is flexible except for the silver top.
This is the best part of all the tools
I was so excited when I found these little scissors at a small quilt shop in AU. They were expensive, but the perfect size to fit in my little bottle. I thought they might be small enough to make it through security and I was correct. In fact, I carried them right through 3 check points on my journey. You can see that they are tiny, but they cleanly cut the thread so I can easily thread the needle. I didn't keep the packaging, so the only thing I can remember is they are Japanese made and they have "Canary" printed on them.
I was able to stitch away on my flight home. I believe I completed 10 flowers, watched 3 movies, and got up and walked to restore circulation and prevent DVT.
I am slowly getting reacquainted with my sewing room. I have cleaned, dusted and sneezed, but have found lots of things I forgot I had. Among all of my discoveries are way too many UFOs. Yesterday I actually sewed a little on my machine. A long time ago I had begun to work on a string quilt since I find it so difficult to throw away usable scraps. I use everything down to approximately 1 inch wide. My intentions are to make a utility quilt with the rectangles. I would like one for myself and then I will also make some for charity. I am going to try to sew at least 3 blocks each week. I met my goal for the week yesterday and it is only Wednesday!
Later today I will probably sew more as it is bitterly cold at my house. We woke to 9F this morning with a wind chill of -10F. The temperature is suppose to drop throughout the day and be 0F by noon with wind chills in the afternoon of -15F to -20F. After I get the big pot of soup cooking, I'll be stitching!