Quilted Needle Case for Guild Swap

Saturday is the date of the AMQG Christmas party over @ Intown Quilters in Decatur.

This year’s gift exchange (totally voluntary) is quilted needle books.  Various samples were passed around at the last two guild meetings and a link to an online tutorial from Sew She Sews was posted on the guild site.

I’m in de-stash mode – meaning I shop my stash first unless absolutely necessary.  My beloved stash yielded 2 Kaffe Fasset fat quarters plus a coordinating print (meant for another project) that worked well together.  Free motion quilted a loopy meander on the vintage Elna (boy do I need to find a straight stitch needle plate or do the business card feed dog cover trick!). I found a piece of felted wool that I used rather than schlepping to Joann’s to stand in line for a piece of wool felt.  The binding is a wiggly stripe that coordinates well.  I debated the closure and was about to do a covered button and silver elastic loops when I spied my snap cabinet.  Bingo!  Snaps are from Snap Source and have been in the stash for close to a decade – left over from when I made baby clothes.  Boomer exited stage left when I started pounding the snaps on the concrete floor in the shop area.

Here’s the final project:

Quilted Needle Case
Needle Case Interior

It’s the little things

Late this afternoon as I was grilling on the Big Green Egg, a small black and curly pony bounded up the 15 steps to my back deck.  Not a pony really, but a standard black poodle named Willie who is my dog’s best friend in the neighborhood.  Boomer was sitting just inside the glass door to the kitchen, so he could see Willie out on the deck with me.  Willie was quivering with excitement and kept waiting for us to let Boomer out.   The door opened and out shot a blur of cream and tan fur in hot pursuit of Willie.  Boomer chased Willie across both backyards and into the woods for a good 10 minutes, before finally herding Willie back home.  Normally, they play longer but I guess the smell of dinner cooking on the grill was more interesting than chasing Willie.

Boomer returned with a big smile on his face.  He got to run and play with his buddy for a few minutes.

It’s the little things that matter the most.

Small Business Saturday

The only Black Friday shopping I did was to head to Joann’s yesterday to take advantage of 60% off blades for my rotary cutter and to pick up a couple of quilting notions.  The bonus of getting there before noon was to  save an additional 25%.  I spied some fabric that would’ve been great for my needlecase swap with the AMQG, but I didn’t have 2 hours to stand in the cutting line.  Besides, my co-pilot was out in the car and eager to get to the dog park.  So, I essentially got my rotary cutter blades at 85% off the regular retail.  Works for me.

Today is Small Business Saturday.  I will be out supporting at least two of my local small businesses – an independent bookstore in Woodstock and an established quilt shop in the same general vicinity.  (The Elna likes Mettler Silk Finish Cotton Thread, so I’m going to get a couple of spools while I’m at it.)

Not sure if my sidekick is riding along today.  I could see if he’s allowed in the bookstore.  After all, he is a READing dog.

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