Sunday, February 21, 2016

A little what-not



Do you find yourself taking a vacation from what you "should" be doing? I am guessing you do.  A while back I was hand stitching "little houses from scraps" using blue (sky) for background and a yellow to represent a light in the window.  But, for some reason, I made three with a light shirting background that I was going to do something else with but had no plan.  Yet.


This week, out of nowhere, it popped in my head that one of the house blocks would make a cute little needlebook.  I love little sewing gadgets that I can take along with me; there is something cozy about them.  Dropped everything and started playing with the scraps.


I made a nine-patch for the back and added a small strip between the nine patch and the house block to allow for the fold.  I added some batting and did some quilting (is it quilting if you only stitch two layers?).  Then stitched a lining, turned, and added some more quilting stitches to hold the lining in place.  Cut a piece of felt for the inside, hand stitched that in place, stitched a bead on the back edge and a loop on the front edge to close it up.


Now, I better get back to what I was supposed to be doing.

25 comments:

  1. Oh, so cute, Taryn! Very tempting!

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  2. Excellent diversion from the "should haves"

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  3. The little house needlecase is a wonderful distraction. I've made one little house, maybe I should make the same.

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  4. Where did you find the small house pattern?

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    1. Hi Lorraine, the pattern came from another blogger a few years ago. Google Building Houses from Scraps and it will come up. She sells stamps on Etsy and I think you can buy the pattern there too.

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  5. Such a little bitty house! Love it! I get distracted way too often!

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  6. Cute! Yes, I've also not been working on what I'm supposed to be working on. I got lots organized in my sewing room, instead of working on my nieces graduation quilt.

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  7. Saw your sweet little houses and was hit with a large jolt of quilting guilt! Love how you turned one of the blocks into that little needlebook. I have about 2 1/2 months done on that original Building Houses From Scrap plus the larger center block is done. And there they sit...neglected. How many other projects have moved ahead of that one? Those houses needed finishing!!!

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  8. Its adorable! It's fun to play in the scraps :0)

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  9. Your little house blocks are the perfect size for needle cases. Very cute.

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  10. So charming! On my 2016 to-do list is to make a needle case or two. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. So cute! I have a few of the little houses made and will never get any further--I see needle books in my future!

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  12. Too cute! Thanks for the show and tell, I have one of these little houses spare too, so now I know exactly what to do with it!

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  13. Your Needle book is absolutely darling!

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  14. Such a cute needlebook! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. That is adorable and you have given me an idea , I have a few of those blocks too ☺

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  16. That is adorable and you have given me an idea , I have a few of those blocks too ☺

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  17. How very sweet. Sometimes you need something small and quick to finish, and then you get the inspiration to get back to the things you should be doing.

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  18. What a great idea. I have a few of those little houses hanging around from when I thought I might make the quilt.

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