A few weeks ago, I'd seen this kit in the weekly newsletter from Lynette Anderson Designs, and as I can never resist a small project that is useful as well as pretty, I ordered it from the Little Quilt Store straight away! The kit included the pattern, the fabrics and cute hand painted wooden buttons. I traced the stitchery design with a Micron Pigma pen, fused a small piece of weaveline fusible interfacing on the back, and was ready to start stitching. Valdani threads were perfect for this, and I used Thread Heaven thread conditioner on them as they can be a bit dry. The applique on the front of the needle case was done using applique paper, a glue stick and apliquick rods...
...once the stitchery was finished, and the appliqued hens and bee hive were secured into place, the panel was then appliqued onto the front of the needlecase, along with some small tabs. Rather than using cotton wadding, I used fast-to-fuse which is quite stiff, and gives a bit of "body" to the needlecase. Inside are some pockets for packets of needles, and a woollen hen is the perfect place to store a threaded needle. I made a slight design change, and instead of attaching ties to keep the case closed, I used a pair of button magnets. I've positioned them so the handle of the scissors is over the magnet, so when it's closed, the scissors stay in place and don't fall out - how clever is that!
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