Friday, May 18, 2012

Needle Book

In January when I did the postage stamp swap for the first time, I was intrigued by the thought of making quilts out of tiny pieces of fabric.  Some as small as 1" squares!  To make a quilt 84X96 out of 1" squares you would need 26, 496 squares.  I know that I am not going to take on that project, but I did want to see what it would look like, so I gathered some fabric, cut it down and started to sew.  I could have put more care into it and matched my corners, but I didn't.  What I came up with was a block the perfect size to make a needle book.
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Almost every day I carry a project with me to fill in a moment here or there.  Currently, I sew up hexagons when I get the chance.  The below photo shows my new needle book with my 1" hexies and 2.5" fabric squares.  I have just a few more to go and I will have 1,000 of them done!

The reason I was in need of a needle book is because my hand sewing needles were/are in their original paper packaging and I was always losing needles in my purse and sewing bags.  It is not fun to reach in to your bag and get stabbed!
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Now, if you were paying attention you will see that I am posting this in May and I mentioned starting this in January!  I made the block, then stopped.  I put it in a drawer and forgot about it.  This week I was reading online about a group of ladies determined to work on their Unfinished Objects (UFO's).  I was inspired and knew this would be a quick project, so I set to work.  So far I love it.  It is small enough to tuck in my sewing bag, but large enough to find.

The inside is made of felt.
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It is a few pages thick in case I feel like having a whole collection of needles with me:)
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