Monday, December 31, 2007

Hand Quilting Godsend

This is a Christmas gift a friend made for me this year. It is called a chatelaine. It's already been so useful in keeping all my hand-quilting supplies together. She paper pieced the strap, and it has neat features...


The third square up from the bottom above the spool of thread has a magnet sewn under the top layer of fabric. I don't use this much, but it is a cool feature.

This is a built-in needle book that snaps closed. It is also on the thread side.

This is on the scissors side. It is a little pocket for my thimble. What a GREAT idea! Right below it is another pocket that I keep my hera marker in when I'm doing a quilt that I am using it on.



These are "hangers" for scissors and thread. They are thin straps with snaps at the end. I am using safety scissors because all I'm doing with them is cutting thread. I started with my pair of trusty Gingher embroidery scissors, but they are way too pointy and sharp. I didn't lose any blood, but I had to hold my breath that they wouldn't fall open and inflict a fatal wound to me or a quilt.

Just wanted to share this special gift with you.

~Joan



6 comments:

Libby said...

I always keep a magnet nearby . . . to run over myself when I lose a needle *s*

Idaho Quilter said...

This is so clever, where have I been I have never seen this before. did you make it, from a pattern? Hey Happy New Year! and Happy Quilting

Idaho Quilter said...

Sorry I went back to look at the post again, then I read it was a gift. I have got to make me one.

Helen in the UK said...

What a cool gift! Did the gifer make it or buy it? Really useful :)

MaryLu said...

What a lovely chatelaine! I have one made out of a ribbon with a cloth tape measure sewn down to the ribbon. I find it a very handy tool! I will have to change to safety scissors though, because I too have been jabbed a couple of times.

Larasynn said...

how very clever!!