Saturday, April 14, 2012

The needlebook I sent off

I heard from Joni yesterday that she'd received the needlebook I sent for the Button Floozies Spring Needlebook swap!
 Joni is a quilter and she loves vintage, so I created a book from a piece of a vintage cutter quilt top.  I loved this quilt because it is a true patchwork creation, and it was fun to find just the right edge to snip off to make the book.
I covered the front with a very special handmade cotton doily I'd been hoarding -- I love the wispy shape of it.  I sewed three sweet buttons on the front, including a diminutive blue glass one in the middle there.  I edged the cover with tiny mother of pearl buttons.
I lined the quilt with a piece of heavy vintage fabric with a pattern woven into shades of green, and sewed in two 'pages' of felted wool sweaters in pale green and blue.
I covered the inside front cover with vintage lace, and then sewed on a pocket which was cut from a piece of embroidered pillowcase.  I love the sweet purple embroidery, which I accented with a pretty purple button.
I added a selection of vintage-but-new needles in the green leaf, along with a fun pierced vintage button...
I tied some spools of thread into a piece of seam binding in the middle of the needlebook, and then added some vintage pins and safety pins.  I stuck some new, decorated pins in a tiny doily for decoration.
On the back cover -- another piece of that vintage quilt to which I added some barkcloth and lace, and a pretty red button.  I edged the inside of the cover with more of those petite mother-of-pearl buttons.
Here's the back cover -- more of that vintage cutter quilt that I think is so charming!  I had a really good time with this swap.

14 comments :

Gill said...

Fabulous!
I love it!

Dee in N.H. said...

Beautiful!! She must have been thrilled!

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Very sweet swap, lucky be the person that gets to enjoy that little treasure! Hugs and Happy weekend:) Marilou

JoAnne said...

Just beautiful Laurie! What a nice swap!

Susan said...

Very pretty! I always enjoy seeing the things you make!

Kathy said...

I turned out beautiful. I love that tiny round medallion with the fancy pins stuck in it. Perfect!

The Junque Seeker said...

This is so pretty! I love all the sweet little touches you added. The book you received is lovely, too!

Lisa said...

Oh, I bet she LOVES it!

Something Special said...

Oh she is so lucky to be getting this from you. I love the sweet little pocket and all the little bits and pieces. Love the use of the old quilt. Love it Laurie!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

This is just the sweetest creation! I love all the pretty details, especially the mother of pearl buttons down the edge:-)

Mina said...

Oh Laurie, you have outdone yourself! This is so amazingly beautiful. I love all the little extras you added in. Hugs to you, sweetie! Mina

Linda said...

Beautifully done. Enjoyed seeing the needlebook.

Maggie said...

Laurie, thanks for the very sweet comment you left on my blog. Thoughtful comments from "strangers" can be amazingly comforting, and I appreciate it.

The needlebook you made is priceless! What a labor of love. And the one you received is so wonderful, too. What a fun swap.

maggie said...

Dear Laurie,
What a lovely needlebook that you created..I'm sure the recipient loved it. I received my needlebook from Tamatha, and I was blown away. It is wonderful with that vintage look that I so love. I will post a photo as so as I can figure out how.
Thanks again for hosting this great swap.
cheers,
maggie from Maine