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needle book

So, this is something that I made before moving to Canada. I’ve got a couple of things like that, which I made and brought, and I’ll try to share them over the next couple of weeks. I’m also hoping that our container will be shipped soon, so I have all the other things I’m wanting. It’s annoying not having all my ‘stuff’.

In good news, I’ve got my new sewing machine. It’s amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but I’m going to wait til I’ve had a bit more of a play with it, then I’ll write a proper review.

Anyways, this is a little needle book that I made a while ago. I was tired having to pick through a box of needles – my fingers wanted not to be pricked and poked all the time. So I found a little needle book online and made this one:

I’m going to try some quilting in the next little while, so I thought this was a good chance to try putting a few squares together. I ended up with one inch squares. It was way more effort than something like a needle book should be, but was a fun thing to try.

On the inside, I used felt to make the six ‘pages’ and put circles of cotton on top to hold the needles. I think they are quite cute – I’ve only shown three, as the other three are the same, with 2 of each fabric. There’s a little ‘pocket’ that extends across the front and back – as you can see I’ve got a little sewing kit in the front. I added the ricrac just for fun – thought it looked nice!

And have I showed you these before?

I made a bunch of labels for my sewing projects, and thought this looked cute in the back of the book. The only problem with the labels is that I keep forgetting to put them in. I remember after the project is past the point of adding a label. Oops!

That’s all for now – let me know what you think!

-Jamie

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so… quilting?

I’ve loved the idea of quilting for a long time, now. My grandma makes amazing quilts and it looks quite enjotable and relaxing, so I thought I would try it.

I haven’t done much yet – been gathering kit and such, but I think I’m feeling not far off from starting my first proper quilt.

Seeing as proper quilting fabric (cotton) is pretty pricey, I thought I’d buy some cheap and cheerful fabric to give it a try. I know the fabric doesn’t look half bad, but it was pretty cheap.

DSC_5291.NEF-001I started by cutting squares and a couple of triangles. First I sewed the triangles into a pin-wheel shape. Actually, I messed up a bit and had to do some serious seam ripping. But it turned out all right.

DSC_5301.NEFThen I sewed nine squares together to make a bigger square, which I cut up and turned. Fun!

DSC_5297.NEFDSC_5306.NEFNothing amazing, but I enjoyed the work! And I’m looking forward to starting something bigger! Thanks to my wonderful Grandma for the quilting foot for my machine for Christmas – I’ve got all the kit I need to get started now, I think!

-Jamie