It seems that everyone has taken The Process Pledge. This pledge basically states that pledgers will share and discuss their process of creation, rather than just their finished products.
Usually I do talk about my process and share photos of what's in progress. In some cases, however, I just don't feel like doing all that work to share the process-- I'd rather enjoy it! Agree or disagree?
I finished my quilted needlebook last night. I used a few different prints from Jessica Levitt's line Timber. These calm colors and botanic prints have been calling to me for a while, so I decided to answer.
The patchwork cover is made of 3" paper pieced hexagons. The book, unfolded, is about 8"x10". In order to get this size, I needed to piece together 11 hexagons.
I quilted 1/4" inside the edge of each hexagon. I don't like to stitch over or do heavy backstitching on quilting, so instead I pulled my bobbin thread up to the top at each starting point. Doing this allowed me to bury the thread tails when finished, creating a nice, clean quilting motif.
After quilting I trimmed the hexagon edges to make an 8"x10" rectangle. Then, I attached binding as I normally would, making sure to get perfectly mitered corners. For this size quilt I only needed to cut one binding strip-- how easy!
This needlebook is really just a tiny quilt folded in half, with needles stuck into it. I chose to make it this way, rather than with pages because of a needlebook that Amy has. Hers doesn't have pages and I love it, so I chose that form for my needlebook.
Now I've got cute on-the-go storage for my needles! This project was so quick and easy, I can see myself making several more as gifts or for swaps. My only regret is that I didn't put a Jennifer Can Quilt tag on it. Ah, well-- next time!
P.S. This is what I was using to store my needles before; a scrap of batting with fabric stuck to it. Sad.