This pattern is called Beehive Sewing Book and is by Lynette Anderson. 3 years ago I started this project when I went on a class at my local shop, Quilters Haven. The class was taught by Lynette, and she was a great teacher - we learnt all about needle turn applique, and stitchery, and oh yes - Colonial Knots!! and most of all we had lots of fun. My friend Eva was staying with me, and she really really enjoyed this class too. Well, I'd put the project away, and never seemed to get round to getting it completed. Now I am trying to get some of my unfinished projects completed before I start anything new. So today I've been very busy!.....
.....I had already cut out all the remaining applique pieces last week (see this blog post) - some more flowers and LOTS of little leaves all from wool felt. I spent a wonderful afternoon sitting in the sunshine stitching these into place, and look at the finished sewing book - it's super! It's embellished with some beautiful buttons.....
.....here you can see the inside of the sewing book - a little woollen patch for needles and pins, and pockets for packets of hand sewing needles too. I added a sew-in magnetic button fastener (I bought these from Sew and So's at Bungay a few weeks ago). And the inside is also trimmed with applique flowers and leaves and embellished with a cute little beehive button. Oh and of course I didn't forget to add one of my "Quiltystuff" labels either! I really love this - and can't wait to show it to Lynette when I see her in a couple of weeks at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.
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