I just couldn't resist getting this kit, as I really want to make another one of these! This one will be for me (the Walnut Tree Cottage one is going to be a gift for a very special super-crafty person). The pattern is "Sewing Case" by Lynette Anderson Designs and this was bought as a kit from Patchwork Chicks and includes the pattern, fabrics, hexie papers, DMC embroidery threads, seed beads, lace trimming, and the sewing case. This is much easier to to complete with a curved needle, so I put in an online order from Barnyarns. Their customer service is really good, and they arrived really quickly...
...thanks to a very wet and blustery Bank Holiday weekend, I was able to spend some extra time stitching, and soon finished the appliqué and the stitchery for the front of the Sewing Case. Oh and that tiny quilt block? Hand stitched, and hand appliquéd into place too. Please don't look too close at the points, but it really was very fiddly as it's about 1.5" square. I really don't know how people do miniature quilts! The back of the Sewing Case in the original pattern was made with pieced hexagons, but I've changed it and used a piece of fabric from the "Quilter's Garden" collection ( also designed by Lynette). Those curved needles made sewing the covers into place so much easier...
...inside the case there are lots of useful compartments, and it's ideal for storing all my appliqué tools. I've managed to fit a pair of scissors, a glue stick, a few packets of applique needles AND my curved needles, a few reels of YLI silk thread in an assortment of neutral colours, a thimble, and some glue stick refills. There was even room for my apliquick rods too...
...and here's the completed case. Now I'm not sure which one to keep and which one to use as a gift! Which ever one I keep will be tucked into my large sewing bag, and will travel with me to sewing classes and sewing days with friends.
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These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.