Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Have Kit, Will Travel

Have you had a look at Blackbird Designs new blog? It's as lovely as everything else they do. Alma has been taking great pictures of her handwork; knitting, samplers, and hexagons. Susan Stiff from Moda gifted us all at the recent Designer's Retreat with a little kit to make a hexagon pincushion. I haven't started mine yet as I had my own hexagon project in the works there. Which brings me to today's post - sewing kits, baskets, boxes or bags. Whatever you need to carry the essentials with you when you want to do some handwork. This is what I have been using the last couple of years. It's a Moda Lunchbox that came out with the fabric collection Chocolat by 3 Sisters. I modified it a bit by installing a pincushion in the lid. I wrapped some wool batting around a piece of cardboard and covered it all with Chocolat fabric. I then hot glued it inside the lid.It carries all that I need for a project; needles, pins, thread, scissors, etc.. Here are some of my favorite tools: a needle book and needle case, pincushion, a scissor fob, an emory bag, my thimble and it's case. All but the thimble are handmade and all were gifts. I love my tools. When in Kansas we actually had one evening where we sat and did handwork while we talked. I need to keep my hands busy and I wasn't the only one. There was a discussion about zen, handwork, and relaxed breathing. It's true - studies prove that people who do needlework have similar brainwaves than those who practice zen meditation.

This is what I worked on in Kansas. I started a hexagon project. I did over 100 sitting there chatting. That's the thing about handwork - it adds up quickly. Any stitching done in spare moments adds up to, well ..... quilts! My project will become a purse I hope. I will use my red scraps and these handles.It's fun to stock your sewing kit. I highly recommend everyone have one - just in case. You never know when you would like to sit and stitch with friends.

Laurie

22 comments:

Sherri said...

This was wonderful!!! I'm so inspired! I have a Moda lunchbox tin from a few years ago...and I'm going to make a sewing kit out of it! Thanks a bunch! I love your hexagons too...I've recently become addicted to making them as well!

Dandelion Quilts said...

What a clever kit!

pdudgeon said...

LOL, hexagons are like potato chips--you can't stop with just one. they're so easy that they're addicting!

Gayle said...

What a darling sewing kit! I kinda reminds me of a project I just finished. I had a vintage metal suitcase that was pretty beat up, so I decoupaged old magazine quilt photos to it, and it holds all the cards & letters I've received through the years - tucked it under the bedside table in my bedroom.

Frou said...

There's a reason why my blog is called the Zen of Needle and Thread... finding time to sit and do handwork is almost as beneficial for me as meditation, which I also try to do. It allows my brain to slow and think in a very different way... very excited, as I've 6 days off, and planning at least 3 of those to be sit and sew days.

Love the little sewing box - saw a cute red and cream child's size briefcase the other day that would convert nicely.

Betweens said...

Laurie.. thanks for the referral I love the BBdesigns... also your red and white quilt is gorgeous and your wonderful petals for your GMFG looks amazing too.. it is great what we can do in so little time.. time well wasted..LOL

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I just love your blog and the pictures you show. Everything is so darn cute. I wish you lived in my neighborhood.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a wonderful idea! I'd like to have something like that with all the bits and pieces in one place....at the moment I'm spread over 2 rooms!

lissa said...

Love that tin with all your sewing supplies so neatly tucked inside. I can't wait to see your finished projectssssssss

clare's craftroom said...

That is a great idea , thanks .

Darlene said...

I've been using an older Moda lunchbox for a my handsewing stuff but it never occured to me to attach a pin cushion to the inside of the lid. Awesome idea and plan to add one to my lunch box. Thank you for sharing!

Quilt Enthusiast said...

Hi there Laurie,
I'm going to make a sewing kit like yours. I saw that
lunch box at my favorite quilt shop. Love those hexagons. Red, red, red. Love them. Also, is the
quilt behind it a pattern of yours. Oh, I have a ton
of UFO's but I'd love to do that red and white quilt.
I have been following your quilting for some time
and have about 8 applique stars from one of your
quilts done. It will be done sometime this year.
I loved hearing you mostly handquilted for the last
25 years. Happy Easter

Quilt Hollow said...

Never thought to put a pin cushion on the lid....fantastic...another task for me to take care of!! Also, need to ask....what kind of dog is that in the photo at left? A Wheaton?

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I now on a hunt for a lunch box or antique suitcase..Loved the post thanks so much.

Pat

PamKittyMorning said...

How cute is your little box. I need to get on that, I've been invited to a sweet sewing day with friends.

Alma Allen said...

Hi Laurie,

So glad you showed your sewing tin. It was one of my favorite things at the retreat. Love the jar of hexagons. Now I want one too. I'm just going to be a Laurie wanna-be.

Alma

Dawn Heese said...

I am a hand appliquer, so I carry my work with me everywhere. I use a box too. However, I envy your Chocolat box.

Sheri Howard said...

That tin is so cute, thanks for sharing it with us, and I love the little hexagons on the jar!

Sherry said...

I love your sewing kit. I know what I'm going to do with my Moda lunchbox tin. Thanks for sharing!

Sewmaggi said...

Love your blog! I put a strip of sticky-back magnet in the lid of mine to hold needles and a few pins.

Mary said...

Laurie, do you have a pattern for that red/white quilt you use in the background, I just love it, Thanks, Mary

Jan - Big Brown Dog Primitives said...

What a terrific idea! I've loved the lunch boxes from Moda, but only used them to look at, LOL!
Please keep up the tutorials, the one on hand quilting is wonderful.
Thanks!

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