Monday, 3 June 2013

Say It With Flowers Bloghop - Welcome!

Many thanks to our hostess for organising this. Read on to see what I made of it and for a little giveaway!

I love seeing what people make on Flickr and noticed a group gearing up for a year of makes based around a gorgeous new(ish) book called Patchwork Please.
I also dug out some packs of 4" charm squares I got on ebay years ago in lots of flower prints. I made a baby quilt from them and always meant to do another but it sits in pieces as yet unfinished. I still had a lot left though. 
Flower Charm Squares
Sooooo, I allowed inspiration to dictate and with many a change of mind along the way I give you my new embroidery case. 
Front with button undone
I used the same linen as the cushion behind it - one I made for the Dresden bloghop. I followed all the measurements from the pattern in the book but changed a few details such as the square of felt which is supposed to be more of an actual needlebook. But it's not like I use a huge number of needles in embroidery so I kept it to just the one rectangle and sewed it down flat after pinking the edges. 
Inside in use
The front has hand appliqued petals on it. 
Front detail
Plus some really bad HST's! I used that technique when you sew two charm squares face-to-face all around the edge and then cut them into quarters. And starting with a 4" charm square you end up with very tiny HSTs! 

My other half and I are planning a move to japan for a year with his job. It means I am hugely destashing which includes rediscovering things. There are lots of bits and pieces I have stashed away waiting for a 'special project'. But now I have to get rid of so many things it is time to use or lose all of those things and it has led me to a revelation:
all projects are special
So when I came across this beautiful cermaic button my Mum gave me a few years ago I knew it was perfect and needed to be used. 
Button Closed
I am *really* happy with this project and yes, it will be coming to Japan with me!

And now for a giveaway! Leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning two 4" charm squares of each of the fabrics shown in that first photo - that's 34 squares for you to play with! You have until midnight UK time on 5th June to enter. And remember to leave your email address if you're a no-reply blogger. 

Now quick! Visit all my fellow quilters to see what special projects they have made for today's day on the bloghop. 

78 comments:

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

What an oh so cute embroidery case - love the little heart button! Thanks for sharing.

~Laurie~ said...

Isn't it fun to find treasures that you've stashed away! It's like getting them new all over again :) Good luck with your move and destash!

jan said...

The flower charms are beautiful. And I love the little button. Both your projects are cute! Thank you for sharing. jan

Patty C. said...

Beautiful work _ love the colors ;)

Judy B said...

What a beautiful embroidery case! Love the stitching around the flower petals and the button is perfect! Thank you for sharing.

Lavonna ZWB said...

Love it! Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

Fishkopp said...

lovely!
great color choice

Kristen King said...

What a great project, and such a wonderful way to use the button from your mother! :)

Jeanneke said...

What a beautiful work you show!
Thanks for offering a chance to win in your give away.
Cheers,

Jeanneke.

feltfree på Åsly said...

What a great embroidery case.

Nickerjac said...

Pete stills sleeps with the baby quilt you made with those squares :) Love the the embroidery case, such a great idea.

Britt-Inger said...

It is so wonderful with this cute little button. Thanks for sharing

Sharon said...

Very cute needle case...the button is just adorable...Good luck with your move

Fiesta said...

I love your embroidery case. I always embroider on the road and it would be great to make one. Thank you for the chance.

Debby said...

Very lovely embroidery case and I'm glad you realized that button needed a home with it! Aren't you glad you used it? Thanks for sharing today (don't enter me in the giveaway; I already have too much fabric!)

charlotte said...

Great idea for an embroidery case. I could use one of those. Such a nice job you did on it too.

Madame Samm said...

How pretty is everything...and the button I adore...

krislovesfabric said...

That project is on my make list too, thanks for showing yours, it's a beauty!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

lovely piece....thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

I love your embroidery case. I really like the embroidery you did around the edges of the petals. That is a unique idea to me. I haven't seen it anywhere else. And you are right--that button goes perfectly with the flower fabrics.

senstrings (at yahoo dot com)

Jacqueline said...

This is sew cute. I love combining my embroidery work with my quilting projects.

Thanks for sharing.

Jacqueline

jleibfried@aol.com

patchouli moon studio said...

What a great project and so useful too. That certainly is a beautiful button.

Carol said...

The sweet little ceramic button makes that embroidery case just so beautiful! I love how the inside is so functional. Thanks for hopping with us!

Leanne Parsons said...

A beautiful little case! Thanks for the chance to win too.

Just Quilt It said...

What a great embroidery case! I would definitely be taking it with me, also! I love the flower prints. They are so bright and cheery! Thanks for having a give-away!

Bonnie58 said...

Love the embroidery case. It is gorgeous. Enjoy your time in Japan. Thanks so much for sharing and for the opportunity on your draw.
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Cindy said...

Super cute!!! love the flower fabric and the linen sets it off beautifully :)

apple blossom said...

love your project thanks for sharing

Gill said...

What a great project - the book is on my wishlist!
Thanks for a great giveaway!

Lyndsey said...

Very pretty and very useful, I love your embroidery case. Those flower charms are so cute.

www.firmart.ch said...

This is a great great idea for your needles and thread. I adore the button, so much details! Great job and thanks for sharing!

Jeanie said...

Perfect embroidery case! Love the fabrics and the outlined petals! Enjoy using it and thanks for the giveaway!

Robin said...

What a great idea to make a case for your hand work everything is all together.

Thank you for sharing.
Robin in Washington State
assweetaspeaches hotmail

Lisa said...

Love your little case and thats a pretty sweet giveaway!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

sandra said...

What a lovely little embroidery case, good job. Going to Japan what a wonderful chance to get new fabric and new ideas.

Kathy L said...

Love your creation. What a great opportunity to travel. Thanks for the chance to win.

Joke said...

Beautiful case, love your fabric choices on the flower!

Linda said...

What a beautiful little needlecase! Great job!

CeLynn said...

Love your projects,and the button add just the right finishing touch.

Patty said...

What neat projects. And going around the flower with the embroidery stitch is great. Good job on all. Thanks for the giveaway.

Linda said...

HI! LOVE YOUR COLORFUL POST!
THANKS FOR SHARING A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Celtic Thistle said...

Cute embroidery pouch, the heart button is the icing on the cake!

Lou said...

Wow a move to Japan! what an adventure! My aughter spent 3 years there with the Navy and loved it!
Beautiful embroidery case!

Mara said...

My birthday is the 5th of June. I recently made really small HST's too, so fun but very difficult, love the stitching around the flower petals and the ceramic button is just priceless. Enjoy your adventure in Japan (hook up with blogger Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts)

MooseStash Quilting said...

Very cute and the button, could not have been more perfect!

Linda J said...

Your embroidery case is lovely, inside and out! Perfect little button to trim it.

I was curious about what is holding the embroidery floss in under the flap?

THX for a chance at your giveaway, someone is going to be quite happy with winning those pretty florals.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Loved your pillow from the dresden blog hop and love your needle case too! Best of luck on your move!

Tammy said...

What a beautiful embroidery case. What a grea tadventure to move for a yea rto a foreign country. Guess we know wha tyou will be busy doing over their ...buying fabric.

maggie said...

Oh how lovely, the embroidery case is useful and do pretty. I love how you embroidered around the flowers. Just lovely work.
cheers
maggie
maggiemine42@gmail.com

Pauline said...

Lovely, very nice projects! Thanks for sharing!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

It's darling. Is the pattern in the book patchwork please?
Great job, thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

KT said...

Wow what nice projects! Thanks for the chance to win.

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work!

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

I love your pretty needle case and finding treasures to add makes it very special. I don't think I could through anything away, so we have an overflowing home after 25 years in one place.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely embroidery case.

lefuntz said...

What a beautiful and useful project. That button is perfect with it. And Japan? How exciting!

evelyn said...

I love the linen background and your button really is special.

madebymeinred said...

Very, very clever. Such a beautiful sewing kit for your embroidery work. Neat colors.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love the little pouch, and the button is so sweet.

CharlotteT said...

I love that embroidery case you made. Do you have a pattern you can publish for it? It is so cute and useful!

Susan said...

Your project is lovely! If you are moving to Tokyo- you will LOVE the fabric district!

Cathi said...

Your embroidery case is fabulous - so very pretty and useful!

Tealovinglady said...

What a lovely embroidery case. It is practical and pretty!

Thanks for the chance to win your fun giveaway!

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

That is the cutest case! You did an awesome job!

Kay said...

I love your sewing case, just right to keep a small cross stitch project safe. Thank you for a lovely giveaway too. Happy to meet you on the blog hop.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

JanesQuilting said...

That is one adorable sewing case. It looks perfect for your needles and threads. Your cross stitch is so pretty.

shawn said...

Your little sewing book is so cute, love it. The fabrics are all so colorful thank you!
(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

-your needlecase is so gorgeous and the button perfect!
Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.
Bente

Theresa said...

Lovely embroidery case!

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Love that little button! And all those flower charms are just so sweet. Thank you for sharing with us today.

OhioLori said...

Love your embroidery!!! Sooo pretty! & the Heart Button is perfect touch!!

LOVE the Flower Charms too!! :)

Emily C said...

Lovely needle case. I love the stitching around the petals. Very nice.

vicki said...

I love your embroidery case-on my to do list now! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! vickise at gmail dot com

Jenny Squawk said...

Love your embroidery case. Adorable and useful all at the same time

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