Archive for the ‘Needle Book’ Category

Laundry, sweeping, moping, dusting, dishes, gardening, breakfast, lunch, dinner…the list goes on and on of all the things one does on a daily, weekly basis.  I’m one of those very rare people who feels a sort of compulsion to get those things done be settling down at my sewing machine or with yarn and needles.  It’s strange, I know.  Why not put those things off and get to the fun stuff first?  But I heard it in a movie called The Great Debaters, to paraphrase, Do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.  I try very hard to live by that and it makes the “want to do” even sweeter.

With the help of my mother-in-law I’m in the process of purging, destashing and re-arranging my house.  We started last week and its effecting every aspect of my life, even my hobbies!  In the case of hobbies it’s all about finishing the old so I can start new.

Here’s one I started a few weeks ago.  I have no idea why it took so long to finish but here it is…my latest mug rug!


This super fun to make!


The original pattern is for a table runner made by Missouri Star Quilt Company in the Craftsy class, Quilting Quickly II

This mug rug version was on Pinterest and made with a mini charm pack (2.5″ square).  The fabric line is Posy by Aneela Hoey!!!! All of her fabric lines are beautiful but this one is my favorite so far.


Those prints are just precious!!

All good things to those who work before they play…

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Not for words but for needles!  If any of you are familiar with my Pinterest boards you know I have one dedicated entirely to needle books and sewing kits.  I love them! And they are definitely in keeping with my goal of making small projects that you get to practice new skills and techniques on.  For this little book it was more practice hand stitching.


…embroidery and hand quilting.  I’m so happy with how it turned out!!!  The pattern and tutorial are by Amy of Nana Company and the embroidery pattern is by LiliPopo.  I’m a die-hard fan of both and to have a project where I can bring these two ladies together (in a sense) was great!!!



Whenever someone comes into my sewing room and sees all the “stuff” I have they ask the inevitable question.  Do you really need all this stuff?  Some have used more colorful words to describe my stash.  My response is absolutely!  When ever I’m out, I looking for bits of this and scraps of that because you never know when you’re going to want some of it for a project.  Especially if you’re sewing at 10pm and all the stores are closed.  It’s the same as keeping a well stocked pantry!!! I’m always prepared!!


Here’s the inside fabric by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.  I have to show you her hexagon templates, they’re awesome!!



And as a small tribute to the Wild Olive Summer Stitch club…here’s another little needle book!


Also on my board! Cute, cute, cute!!!! It’s the same size as the hexis we’re sewing for the club (1 1/2 inches)!!! The fabric is from The Simple Life collection from Riley Blake (designed by Tasha Noel).  I found some here on Etsy!  A little fussy cutting and voila!!


Here’s the back!!!  Again one more reason to have a large fabric and supply stash! I’ve had this red gingham for years…


My trusty John James needle at the ready.

A few more “…small things with great love”…

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Ok, back to the fun stuff.  It’s Friday.  1,000 pardons for not having this ready for your morning coffee/tea break.  Daddy and I took Kira to the zoo.  A little family time is always a good thing.

Here we go…..


I started reading this blog before I even owned a sewing machine or rather knew how to use one.  There is so much to see, do, learn and shop for.  You could get lost in there for hours.     For all you sewists/sewers out there who are looking for some holiday inspiration, patterns, etc.  This is the place.  Have fun browsing!



All I have to say is Pinterest.   This may be the best recipe yet!!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!!!! Nobody call me this weekend I’ll be too busy eating one of these…One-Pan Skillet Cookie.  I don’t think yum can cover this one.


A Travel Sewing Kit (aka: a needle book) Its super long but full of all the wonderful details that I always want and have to go to 3 to 5 places to find.  I’ve already started one. (pictures to come).  Hope you give it try.  And if you do please send me some pictures.  I especially love the velcro holder for your thread…so clever.   Who doesn’t love these?

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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There has been a lot of love, family pictures, food and links to lots of interesting stuff but not a whole lot of  finished projects.  Time for one don’t you think?

Needle books are all over the internet but for some reason this one made me take a seat and get to work.  No pattern…just pictures to go by.  It has some flaws…”unsmooth”  corners, a couple of puckers, probably should have quilted it a bit more for stability but that said.  I still love it.

I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while and wasn’t sure what to do with it.  I think it’s perfect for this little book.  It makes me happy to just look it.

The hardest part was finding the right button.  

I have to add a bit of velcro to the side pockets…

The felt is a wool/rayon blend.  Not great but it works and it was immediately available.

An inside pocket…just because.

I made it a bit too big and will probably shorten the closure but the extra room may come in handy for another project I have up my sleeve.

It’s interesting what you can do when you take your head out to the way.  It’s fun to wing it sometimes.

What did you do this weekend?

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