Friday, June 27, 2008

Recycling Unused Quilt Blocks

Do you have unused quilt blocks lying around? Here is what I did to utilize them. I made a knitting needle case. I recently began knitting and have accumulated quite a collection of needles and needed a way to neatly organize them for knitting-on-the-go (especially since I'm going on vacation soon). So I made a needle case out of quilt blocks.

I had six courthouse steps blocks lying around. I made these blocks with the intention of making an entire quilt, however, after making quite a few blocks and laying them out, I just didn't like it. I think it had to do with the fabric choices; therefore, the blocks were put away as a UFO many years ago and recently re-discovered. So I decided to use them as the "fabric" for my needle case. I sewed the six blocks together in three rows of two blocks and cut out the outside piece for the needle case (I'm not sure of the measurements, but if you are interested I'll get them). I also cut a coordinating fabric the same size. Since there were still some of the blocks left, I sewed the remaining bit to the coordinated fabric to make the pocket. Ta-Da!!! A needle case was born.

All made this past Sunday evening in about an hour, while my husband watched drag racing on the TV. Now I'm inspired to think of ways to utilize my other UFO blocks, perhaps a case for my crochet hooks is next...

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