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The quilt in the header is made from a Sarah Sporer pattern called "Summer Glory".

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

IS SEVEN YARDS ENOUGH?


Do you think seven yards of fabric is enough to make a needle case? Maybe a bit too much? When I saw the needle case tutorial on Kaaren's blog, I was instantly attracted to it because she used fabric from a reproduction line of coverlet fabrics. A light bulb went off. I have some of that fabric, don't I? I checked my stash and found Coverlet fabric but not what she used for the outer part of the needle case. Then I remember that a local quilt shop had some Coverlet fabric. A trip to the shop netted me a piece but not that elusive outer fabric. Shop online was the next alternative. Minimum purchase was 1/2 yard and it was on sale. I love the houses & birds on the fabric. Maybe a yard would be good. Then I realized I didn't have co-ordinates for the inside, so more shopping. But which fabrics to choose? It's on sale. Buy a bit of this and that. Well, I ended up with a total of seven yards for my needle case. I must have lots of needles to put in it! Anyhow, here is the case. I will put the rest of the fabric towards other projects......someday.
A peek inside the case. I ended up using a red fabric that was not in the seven yards I purchased and used it for one of the pockets and the binding.
I had saved a wool needle case pattern for quite some time from a 2005 issue of a Fons & Porter magazine. While I was in the needle case mood, I made it up also. It looks like a cute tiny purse.
It is rather boring inside. Just a piece of wool for the needles. Maybe I should have used a different color wool inside. If I make any more, I will do just that.
I am working on The Circuit Rider quilt blocks today. That is one of the projects I committed to for The Charming Girls' Club for October. All I need to do is get the blocks sewn together. I should be able to show you the completed top on my next post.

Visit again soon!

Karen

39 comments:

Deb said...

Oh Karen, I was cracking up on your quest for fabric! What quilter or fabric lover hasn't done that at some point - only need a 1/2 end up with five! Love both of your pieces a lot!

Crispy said...

I know pictures are deceptive but I don't think you used 7 yards...but then maybe you did and it just looks small in the picture. Very funny post LOL.

Crispy

Taryn said...

What a funny story. The needle case looks great, though. What pattern did you use?

LeKaQuilt said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely story with us. Im sure that the most of us quilting girls woud have done the same - it was a SALE! I like your 7 yard of needle case :o)

Stina said...

Nah... I think you should have bought at least a couple more yards..lol...
I love both cases.... superclever.. loved the cute little handbag with the wool flower... gorgeous!! :o)

Quilt Hollow said...

7 yard needle case hmmmm....why is it that we buy stash and need something different for a project? LOL

Kaaren said...

I think I have a puddle under my chair from laughing while reading your post, Karen. What started with a smile ended up with loud guffaws to the point where my DH had to come and see what was so funny.

Love your 7 yard needlecase. Thanks for bringing a smile to my day.

Kathie said...

love the needle case, maybe you just need to make a few more of them and open an etsy store
I LOVE IT
one can never have enough of these.
I love that fabric btw ...
ok, so really what are you going to make to use up the rest of the yardage?
a few pillow cases, maybe?
Kathie

Cathi said...

I love those needle cases!!

I couldn't stop laughing as I read your post! Sounds so like something I'd do. Hysterical!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Seven yards for a needle case....I think I've done that! blessings, marlene

Anne said...

You're too funny but oh how I can relate to it! So, I think you have enough fabric to make all your blogging friends a needlecase of their own? Don't I have great ideas? LOL. Love them both!

Julia said...

I love that fabric and the needle case..Kathie had a great idea!!
Julia ♥

Angela said...

None of us can judge you for needing so much fabric for your needle case! Especially when it turned out as cute as it did! :o)

Kimberly said...

7 yards? Sounds a bit like 48 cookbooks! (And yep, I use 'em all!) Actually, I just scooped a bunch on sale for $1 each and because of their 'buy so many, get a discount' deal, they ended up being $.80 each! Just made my collection/obsession that much easier to add to!
Have a great evening, Kimberly

Lori said...

I bet you barely eeked it out with 7 yards! I would have at least 10!!! LOL

deb said...

well, at least you MADE something out of the yardage, I have projects that take 7 yards,lol, that never get made!!!!!!

Tatkis said...

Your cases are so nice! And fortunately 7yards are in use :))

Barb said...

the tiny purse is just tooo cute - Love it!
thanks for the sweet and funny post.
barb

Jackie said...

Love you needle cases.
What line is the fabric from? Like I really need more fabric .LOL Amazing how we get so excited and on a quest for more fabric then we need. I do this with knitting yarn as well.

Enjoy,
Jackie

Elaine Adair said...

We're all hopeless! LOL

QuiltedSimple said...

Love your 7 yard needle case!!! That fabric is so lovely.
Kris

Kim said...

As long as you were at it you may as well order yardage for the next project, lol, thinking ahead is always good, huh? The needle case project turned out nicely, love the wool one a lot!! Happy sewing day. :o)

Wendy said...

Something similar happened to me this past month, I was in the mood for Halloween. I wanted to make a quilt with cheddar and black and not look too Halloweeny...well I bought lots of fabric in those colours but then this kit for the Halloween quilt came by and I started making that one instead. Now I have a huge pile of cheddar and black left untouched. I love the needlecase, I've made the wool one.

julieQ said...

No, actually, I do not think that 7 yards is excessive at all! Love the needle case, by the way!

SubeeSews said...

I have you beat...I used to buy fabric by the bolt for a small project...just because I loved the fabric....15 yards is WAY too much. Love the fabric line and the case is beautiful!
Subee

Mary said...

I love your needle case -- well worth the fabric hunt. I never seem to take time out to make any of the cute projects out there -- there are always tops to quilt and bind. Well at least I play a little with my postcards.

Carrie P. said...

7 yards in plenty! lol I really like the outside fabric too. I have the pattern for the little wool one too.

em's scrapbag said...

Cute needle cases. And you can never have enough fabric. Especially if you love the fabric!

Sherri said...

I love bothe needle cases...and I've had several shopping experiences like yours where just a bit of something I need turns into several yards!

Purple Pam said...

I think 7 yards is just enough!

Ginger Patches said...

Lol!!! Oh that is too funny, totally sounds like something I would do :) I love that coverlet fabric!

Janet said...

I understand perfectly, laughing my head off though. It's a gorgeous needlecase but how much did it cost again? It's like a man who goes on a fishing trip and ends up with a $400 trout, lol. Ok it's not the same because you still have managed to enhance the stash perfectly.

Teresa said...

The needle case is so great and its fun to have different ones. Now about that fabric....you have enough to make us all one. Just let me know when mine is ready and I will send you amy addy. Your BOO came out so cute and what a clever idea for hanging it.

Libby said...

I see nothing wrong with 7 yards of fabric - I often buy what I need for a project and then 'a little more for Mama' *s*

Teresa said...

Yeah...like none of the rest of us overbuy...(giggle).

Your Circuit Rider quilt is so beautiful! I'm glad you are going to get to keep it for yourself...what an heirloom!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Khris said...

I love the needlecase....what a cool idea...hey I could do something similar like that with an OWL on it...lol...hugs Khris

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh this is just way too cute! Now I have to check that sewing book tutorial out too!

I Play Outside The Box said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Karen. I'm so glad you did.

Love the teeny purse needle case. Too cute!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Oh Karen I love your needle cases. They are both adorable. Great job!!
But......did you say 7 yards?? lolol