One week from today I’ll be on a plane headed to Houston for Quilt Market! For the first time I will have an exhibitor booth with the Robert Kaufman Co. I will be debuting Stitch, my fabric collection, as well as two new patterns for my Make New or Make Do™ sewing pattern line. (more on those soon!)

I’m still working on my signage, and my husband has stepped in to help with the *engineering* aspects of it. (Thanks goodness!) I’ve also enlisted my friend, Jill, to help with these little needle books I’m making. (Thank goodness, again!)

These needle books (meant to hold your hand sewing and embroidery needles by poking them through the felt “pages”) are simple to make, functional and cute! I used fusible webbing to attach my print fabric to a rectangle of felt for the cover. Then I cut a slightly smaller rectangle of felt for the pages with pinking shears. I layered the 2 rectangles together with a piece of ribbon or rick-rack and machine stitched up the “spine” of the book. Then just tie the ribbon to keep it shut. You could also make a button closure, but since we are making multiples (many!) I needed to keep it easy.

These are planned as a special give-away to my wholesale pattern customers, so I am tucking a business card into each one.

There’s more to make and so much more to do before I get on that plane next week! Off to stitch!