Night of the Living Needle Cases

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The curved piecing is small and finicky. I was using Ruth McDowell's freezer paper method, and somewhere she suggests that you shouldn't sew a curved seam shorter than 1". This is the first time I broke that rule. It's also one of the very rare occasions when I braved my sewing machine, which you can see in the not-terribly-well-sewn line of stitching around the edge. It gummed up the needle. I am thoroughly intimidated by sewing machines. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't bother with the adhesive-backed felt, it's a nuisance whether you're sewing by machine or by hand. Only attempt curved piecing this small if you know you can handle it, otherwise it will be thoroughly frustrating. Use fabrics with a fairly dense weave, such as batiks, as otherwise there's a high chance of the fabrics distorting when handled.

What you will need

  • Needle case: quilting cotton
  • acrylic felt
  • adhesive-backed felt
  • satin ribbon. Pincushion: quilting cotton
  • scraps of poly batting
  • embroidery thread
  • beads.

Q&A with Tenar

patz in suffolk asked:
This is really lovely - well done. I understand what you're saying about the short curved seams and I think you were very brave to attempt them. Don't be afraid of your sewing machine - it's your friend!
Tenar answered:
I'm sure it will be one day! I honestly have tried, but I really can't get the hang of it, and it's not as if the manual provides any help. Some day I plan to find someone who can come to my home and give me a course of lessons.