Saturday, October 2, 2010

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Little House Quilt - Landscaping #7

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I hope you are having fun, sorting through your fabrics and finding creative ways to landscape your Little House Quilt.

This page of the blog will update several times today so that you can see my process.

The photo below is the beginning of the rough landscape, I am playing right now so things may change as we move along, you'll have to check back later today to see. Remember, you will not be ironing down any of your pieces yet...we might want to move them around, you are just setting them on your lot to see if you like them.

I want a waterfall, we don't have one, but I want one, so I have created a waterfall feature in my imaginary landscape. We have big Ponderosa Pines out here; you can see the trunks, I have not yet cut the needles. I'm still playing with placement. The leafy fabric that is currently directly behind the house had some pink flowers in it and looked out of place, so I simply clipped a bit of the fabric and placed it right over the pink parts.

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So, I hope you are working along on your Little House Quilt, this is one of the "fun" parts for me. Don't get hung up on being precise, enjoy your process, you can lift it off if you don't like it, but you'll never know until you cut it and put it into place. It just might be perfect! See you in a few with some more pictures. By the end of today, we will be ironing in place our base landscape!

Told you I'd be back with more.  So here is an example of an easy way to get rid of an element in the fabric that you may not want.  Remember the pink flowers, now you see them...
 And with a few quick snips, now you don't!  These leafy bits are going to be the madrone and oak forest  behind my house.

I have a big helper this morning.  This is Beatrix, aka Honey Bee.  Her very important job its to make sure that none of the bits gets away.  You can see, she is very intent on doing her job this morning.  What are quilts without cats, right?  I am at a pretty rough stage right now, but liking it so far.

Okay, back to the quilt, see you in a few with some more photos!  Clip, clip, clip...and remember, let the fabric do some of the work for you.

I have added in some darker rocks to create depth and now I am working on the branches of my pine trees.  I have moved things around a bit and will probably move them again before I'm happy.  But things are coming along nicely.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Slideshow of the Colfax Quilt Show 2010

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Another Ribbon from The Colfax Quilt Show!

Well here I am early in the morning, next to my entry. It was a nice little show, fun to walk the sidewalk and look at the beautiful quilts.  There was a broad array from beginner to advanced.  The back lighting on this picture doesn't help show off the colors, but when you were there in person, it was lovely to look at.

The local officials and local businesses, purchase ribbons to present to the quilt they like the best.  It's all very subjective, but that is the fun of it.  The first year I entered I received a ribbon from a local business, the second year I received a ribbon from California Department of Forestry, this year I received a ribbon from The City of Colfax.  It's fun to hear people comment on your work as they walk by, I could sit there all day and listen, but John would not do well, so off to Bob's Dogs we went for a celebratory lunch.  If you haven't been to Bob's Dogs in Colfax, you have to go!  And take your appetite with you.  At this point I didn't know if I had a ribbon for my quilt yet, so we were just celebrating the fact that it was in the show and people were making nice comments as they strolled by.  At 3pm I took off with Suzette Cowperthwaite to the Relief Society Women's Conference at the Stake Center in Auburn.  As our evening there drew to a close, I called my husband, because the anticipation was getting the better of me.  At first he wasn't going to tell me, said I would have to wait until I got home ( he wanted to see my face) but after a short bit of pleading on my part he spilled the beans!  Already planning the quilt for next year.

Here is the ribbon I received from The City of Colfax.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Colfax Quilt Show, Colfax, California

The annual Colfax Quilt Show will be held tomorrow, September 25th.  Quilts will be displayed outside between the posts along the sidewalks of this historic Gold Mining and Railroad Town.  This will be my third year with an entry and I am excited to be displaying my quilt which I have titled Miner's Peacock.  The show is one day only and is an absolutely delightful event.

I had a big helper today as I was finishing up some last minute stitching by hand on the binding.  Little Honey Bee so carefully holds the fabric in place for me, she is so gentle and seems to instinctively know when I am working on a quilt, she plops herself down right in the middle of it to make sure that none of the fabric moves.
She is quite effective.  Notice the placement of the paw, just so.  It's a technique that she has developed over several years.  You can tell by her face how very serious she takes this work.  More pictures will be forth coming tomorrow as the quilt show unfolds.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Little House Quilt - Selecting Landscaping Materials #6

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You are ready to put in some general landscaping.  WE ARE NOT FUSING ANYTHING TO OUR BACKGROUND AT THIS TIME.  Remember when you were a kid and the teacher had a felt board and she put things up on it and then took them down, or maybe you had one of those toys as a kid that would let you apply the plastic sticker to the background and then you could easily peel it up and place it somewhere else or remove it altogether?  We are going to do the same thing for right now.  Everything in our design is in flux.  We are like that boy in college that you thought you liked, not ready to commit.  You will be laying your pieces on the background to develop your Little House Quilt, but you will NOT be fusing them in place yet.
Just like the house, the fine detail can be done last.  This is a great time to go through your fabric stash, and that of your friends (share ladies, you know you covet her fabric...LOL).  Below are some examples of fabrics that would work in a landscape.  Think about making the fabric work for you, I plan some boulders in my landscape, so I will look at using some of the fabrics that have a mottled, hand dye look about them and mix it up a bit.  

The watery blue fabric in the center would make a great pond, or turned differently, a great water fall.  Leaves and ferns in the forest of course.  Don't rule out large print fabrics, you can fussy cut a leaf and it will become a shrub with delightful detail in your landscape.  One time I used cabbage leaves...they were great shrubs!   Think about how you want your Little House as you select fabric, are you going for reality, whimsy, ethereal, early American country...what ever you choose, it's your landscape and there is no wrong choice!  Let yourself explore all the possibilities that exist and then you can pare down to what please you.
Again, let the fabric do as much of the work for you as you can and don't think about details right now, you want a general flow, it's like, if you looked through a pair of foggy glasses, or squinted your eyes and just caught the general outlines of the trees, fences, shrubs, etc.  We are roughing it in.

When you have assemble the fabrics that you would like to work with, start cutting out some shapes and laying them on your Little House lot to see how they will look with your house.  It's okay to layer, we like layering, it's our friend.  Layering will give a sense of depth to your quilt.  Are there trees behind your house?  If you live in a big city, there may be other buildings or landmarks that would give your quilt a sense of placement.  Maybe you have a silver trailer with a pink flamingo in the front on some astro turf.   Do you live on a farm, think about row crops, bountiful harvest, the checker board landscape.  Maybe you live in the mountains, selecting a variety of fabrics and creating several ridge lines will give your quilt more depth and interest.  Do you live in the forest, like I do?  Well, your trees may be a mix like ours of madrone, a variety of pines, oaks, manzanita.  If you are going for whimsy or an early American folk country style, you can create conical trees, or circle trees with stick straight trunks.   Maybe you live on the east coast and the hills are ablaze with the glory of fall.  What about lavender fields, or beds of roses, maybe a trellis, poppies, tulips, daffodils...what's in your garden and what would you LIKE in your garden.   The point is to have fun with it and let your mind go.

If you have patience, I will be on vacation for a couple weeks and will return and post detailed instructions on finishing, along with photos. I will be returning September 20th.
For those of you who just can't wait and want to get hopping on are some basic finishing instructions.

Once you have all the basic components in place the way you want them, fuse them to your quilt.  Like that guy from college that you fell in love with, you both graduated, married and are now committed!

You can now start to place windows, doors and smaller details using the same technique of trying out different fabrics and then when you are certain that you like them, fusing them in place.

Next will come the detail stitching or if you don't want to stitch, you can embellish your Little House Quilt with a fine tip permanent marker, fabric paints, what ever your heart desires.  You can add crystals, beads, buttons, ribbons, yarn...think outside the box and have fun.

Layer your quilt with very thin cotton batting, select your backing, and then quilt your piece as desired.

Attach binding and a rod pocket if you wish.

You are ready to display or give as a gift.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Little House Quilt - Let's Build The House! #5

By now you should have worked through tutorials 1 through 4, you have two copies of your pattern, one trimmed to the house and numbered and the other one intact and numbered, you have created a base lot and sky to place your house on and have a pretty good idea where you want to place it.  You have gathered up the materials for your house and have some type of fusible bond to work with.  Remember, if you want to stitch on your piece and not gum up your sewing machine needle, you may want to consider a fusible like "Mistyfuse" or a very light weight heat and bond, if you want to do your detail work with a marking pen and not a sewing machine, you can use a medium to heavy weight heat and bond.
First thing to do is separate the body of your house pattern from the roof.  Simply cut it apart.
Now you have some decisions to make.  You can cut the individual pieces of the roof and sides of the house into your numbered segments and place them individually, or you can leave them intact, which I am going to do for this quilt and create your definition with stitching, embellishment or you may elect to piece certain portions and not others to achieve your end look.
REMEMBER, right now we are only dealing with the body of the house and the roof, details of windows, doors, stairs...etc. will all come later in the process.
DON'T WORRY if you have a little strip of siding up in the roof area like I do; the area where the roof gables are at different heights.  I will cut a little strip of my "siding" and fuse that over the top portion to fill in that space.  For right now, you just want to separate the roof area from the house.
Having selected your fabrics for both you are ready to apply the bonding agent (misty fuse or what ever you have elected to use) and cut out your roof and your house.  TIP:  When you cut your house, give yourself a little extra allowance on the area where the roof and the house will meet so that you can overlap the roof slightly.  Doesn't have to be much, an 8th of an inch is plenty.
Place your "house" pattern on top of your fusible backed fabric and trace around the outline with a disappearing ink pen, very light pencil or chalk.  Cut out your house and set that piece aside.  You will do the same for the roof and set them both aside...NOTE:  VERY IMPORTANT!  YOU WILL NOT BE FUSING THEM TO THE BACKGROUND AT THIS TIME.

do the same for the roof...

TIP:  If you have little pieces to cut out, or narrow bits...just put scotch tap right over the top of the pattern onto your fabric, trace on the tape and leave it in place until you are finished cutting your piece, then remove the tape.
Here is the basic house...REMEMBER do not fuse this to your background yet!

Okay now, remember I told you my Little House has some siding up in the roof area and the gables meet at angles.  This is how I deal with that...Originally I numbered my roof pieces, I know that piece #6 on my roof pattern is a piece of siding.  I cut apart the roof pattern and select that little piece #6, place that on my house fabric and trace around it, cut it out and again, using my roof pattern pieces, I line up the area where that siding piece #6 is going to go and fuse it into place.  Example below:

Now you can see in the picture below, we have added a little bit of definition, you can see the siding area on the roof.  I will add more definition in the final stages of the quilt with machine stitching to show the actual roof lines, so we won't worry about that now.  For this segment of the project, we just need to have our roof and sides assembled.
REMEMBER:  you are not fusing this to the background at this time.  TIP:  Save your left over bits of fused fabric, you may need them later in the project to add definition to an area.

Alright now!  Things are starting to take shape.  Your next task is to look through your stash and assemble fabrics that will serve as trees, flowers, rocks, walls, fences, ponds, driveways, paths, what ever you want in YOUR landscape for your Little House Quilt.   Look at the example quilt in the photos section and you will see that I used fabrics that would do the work for me.  The pine tree fabric offers the swirls that you might imagine as branches, I simply cut out cone shapes... the trees with the birds...well that was just too easy,  some fluffy circles a little thread embellishment and I was done!  This is the time to let your imagination run wild!  It doesn't have to look just like your can get rid of your neighbors, put your animals in the yard, your family, your car, your boat, wildlife, you can do ANYTHING you wish!
Let's meet back here shortly to start  Landscaping our Little House!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Little House Quilt - Choosing Construction Materials #4

We are starting to have some fun now.  What is your Little House made out of?  Brick, Stone, Wood, Siding, Stucco, Adobe?  What color is it?  What about your roof?  Is it Wood Shake, Tile, Shingles, Gravel, Metal, Shale, maybe it's flat and you can't really see it?  This is the time to explore your fabric stash and think about what your Little House will be constructed of.
Our Little House is made of wood siding that has been painted.  I could select a pin stripe fabric but then I would have to be concerned about all the various angles on my Little House.  We have bay windows on both ends so that would present a little challenge, not insurmountable.  But what I will choose to do is use a solid color fabric for the siding and later during the embellishing stage, I will stitch lines to represent the siding.  (besides, fresh out of pin stripe...LOL)
Below are some examples of construction fabrics, some would work well for a roof, some for the body of the house.  I have hundreds of fabrics, I just pulled these for an example...look through what you have and be creative...if your house is brick, but you don't have "brick" fabric but you do have a solid or very small print that is brick color, use that, you can always stitch the "bricks" on after.

Depending on the size of your project, generally speaking, very small prints work best when you are trying to "read" as a solid for siding or roof.  The black and white print above is very electric and could work as a roof fabric but your house better be just as dynamic.  Some of the center fabrics in the gray range work well as both house or roof fabric.  The plaid could work well for a brick house or a barn, the pattern next to it is a little to blocky for my taste, it would cut up the lines of the house too much.  The fabric on the far left would work well for a brick house.  The wood grain fabric, although interesting, might be a bit too large for a house, it would depend on the side and whether it was placed horizontal or vertical.  Play around, your house can be very vibrant, color crayon like, or it can be very realistic...your call.
Next weekend, we will get started on constructing your Little House, so have your construction materials at hand!

Little House Quilt - Sighting Your House #3

So by now you have 2 copies of your Little House Pattern and you have created a basic Lot to build your home on.  Take your black marker again and start to number the "basic" pieces of your house, you don't need to worry about windows or doors, just number the walls and the roof for right now.  Place the exact same numbers in the same location on your second copy of your pattern.  Take one copy and cut out your house, just like a paper doll, just trim around the outside.  Leave your other copy intact.
See example below:

 Okay, now we are going to explore some perspective in sighting our Little House on our Lot.  Below you will see what happens when I place the house directly on the horizon line.  This would be a good placement for a home that is on level ground on a street perhaps or out in the prairie.  Watch the perspective change when I move the house down below the horizon line.  We are on a steep hillside so my actual horizon line would be very high behind our home.  Don't get too excited about the horizon line, you will be placing trees, shrubs, other hills, what ever excites you before you actually place your house, right now you just want to get a feel for where you want it on your lot.  It does not have to be may wish to have a pretty landscape feature to the side of your home, a waterfall perhaps or a brook, this is the time to kind of think those things out a bit and play with your vision.

Again, study the examples above, play with your Little House and see where you would like to place it on your lot.  Once you have a pretty good idea, you can do one of two things, either place a mark on your house to show where the horizon line will be, just a little mark at each side of the house; you don't need to draw all the way across.  Or if you have a digital camera, you can take a quick little shot to remind you.  Either way will work.
Okay, we are on to Step 4 - choosing our construction materials!

Little House Quilt - Developing Your Lot #2

This is part 2 of Getting Started On Your Little House Quilt.  In this discussion we will explore the development of the "lot" on which you will "build" your Little House.  Keep the vision of "building a house" in your minds eye as you undertake this quilt and you will understand the process.  You can't put the windows on the house until you build it and you can't build it until you get the site developed.  So, this is our site development.

Start with ground and sky.  What color is your ground?  Take a look at your photo, what time of year is it?  Are the leaves on the trees or on the ground?  Is there snow?  Green Grass, stones? What does the sky look like?  Is it day or night, morning, midday  or sunset?
 This is the beginning of your artistic license, it can be any time of year you want, any time of day or night.  You can pick something entirely different from your photo, just be clear about what you are trying to express and be consistent.
Be bold in your fabric selections...this is your house!  If you look at the quick selection of fabrics that I pulled out this morning you can see a variety of "blue sky" and "green ground".  The fabrics that are very plain, don't pop out as much as some of the more exciting "textures" might.  Think about this when you are picking your landscape base fabric.  This is just a base that you will be building on by adding other landscaping elements and of course, your house.  We will add, trees, shrubs, flowers, stones, water, animals, cars, what ever to our landscape as we go along.  Remember "building".
Don't get hung up on the colors shown here, they are just an example, choose what pleases you, your sky may be a luscious peachy sunset color, or a pale dawn, it might be midnight with stars pick.  Let your fabric do some of the work for you.  In some of the fabrics below you can see the suggestion of what could work as clouds, hand dyes work well here.  Same way with the ground fabrics.  Want to do your quilt in "sepia" tones, you might think about a piece of muslin that you tea dye or coffee dye.  For this project you are the landscaper and you have complete license to do it any way you want!

In your photograph of your house,  there is a definite place where sky meets ground, this is called your horizon and will be a key feature in where you will place your house on your quilt once you start building it. so make sure that you give yourself plenty of sky above and ground below to work with.  You can trim it down to your desired finish size after you place the house, but for right now, give yourself plenty of both to work with.
You will take a strip of sky fabric the width of your desired quilt plus give yourself an additional 6 inches in width, same with your ground fabric.  Stitch these two together at the horizon line.  See example below:

Okay, you are ready for the next step...Sighting Your Little House!

Little House Quilt - Getting Started #1

Welcome and let's get started on your Little House Quilt.   You will need to start with a photo of a house that you want on your quilt, it can be another building, a church perhaps or a building of historical significance, the process will be the same.  If you have a digital camera and can load your picture onto your computer you will use Method #1 to create your pattern.  If you have a photograph only, then you will use Method #2 to create your pattern.  These quilts don't need to be large, I like mine about the size of a fat quarter give or take.  

Method #1:  Digital Camera:  take your photo and input it into your computer, use a photo editor software, like Microsoft Photo Editor or any photo editor software you may have to convert your photo from color to black and white or  using the effects tab, change your picture to a chalk and charcoal or a line drawing.  Print this out to the dimensions that you want for your pattern.  Make 2 copies.

Method #2:  Regular Photo:  take your photo to the copy shop and print it out in black and white, enlarged to the size you wish.  If you need a really big pattern, you can take your black and white copy to a Blue Printer and they will copy it for a couple bucks to the size you need.  Make 2 copies.
HINT:  You can use a fine or medium tip black marker to outline the various components on your pattern.
The process looks like this:

Your Colored Photo to Black and White, use either Method #1 or #2
Next, enlarge your black and white to your desired finish size.

The enlargement above has been taped together to achieve the size that I want for this project.  I did this on my office copy machine by selecting 141% and running the pictures through twice to get it to the size I wanted.  Be sure to make 2 copies of your desired size!   This house has pretty bold lines that are easy to see, but if it didn't, you could take a fine or medium black felt tip marker and a ruler, trace over the main features to make them more prominent.  You can see in the photo below that I have filled in some of the house lines with a marker to see them more clearly.  Do this on both copies of your pattern.

Materials List:
2 copies of your pattern.
Some Fusible Bonding, I like Mistyfuse because it's light weight and won't gum up your sewing machine, but any light weight fusible will do and if you have a paperback one, well, that is just fine also.  You can also use a quilting spray adhesive, or a powder bonding agent like Bo-nash 007 bonding agent.
A nonstick ironing sheet or the paper from your heat and bond.
A variety of fabric pieces to construct your "Little House" and it's surrounding landscape.
Scissors, sewing machine, threads, embellishments.

Little House Quilts

I have been asked by The Quilter's Club of America to do a little tutorial online about how to make my "Little House Quilts".  I have been having fun putting this together.  When our youngest son and his wife purchased their first home I made a little quilt to commemorate that event.  Here is a picture of the house and a picture of their Little House Quilt.  There are things I would do differently but they were happy with it. So here it is

Now here is their Little House Quilt

A good start, but it get's better
The middle son was next, he and his wife purchased a home and so, of course, we had to make a little house quilt for them also.  They have a little boy and so I included some fun things like their dog running in the front yard and little kitties hiding in the bushes.

Here is their Little House Quilt

You can see that the technique progressed a little from the first one to the second one.  Perspective is better, not floating in air, the landscaping makes it look grounded.  

I will post my tutorial online here as well, so you can see how it's done.  Please let me know if you make one, I would love to see the pictures!  

Quilting The Blooming 9 Patch

Here it is mounted onto the quilting machine over at Deanna Wright's home.  She was kind enough to let me come and quilt it on her beautiful machine.  So much fun, looking forward to the next one!  I was delighted with how the quilting turned out and loved the thread selection that I made.  It looks like tiny thin pieces of confetti streamers across the top all free motion quilting.

Now I just have to stitch on the binding and then a finish picture will be forth coming!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Boxy Stars continued

I have three blocks up on my flannel board.  It's interesting what color does to a design, these are all the SAME blocks, just the value is different.

Starting Boxy Stars

I was looking at the scraps of batik that were left after I cut out my Batik Drunkard's Path quilt.  I recently joined an online quilting group and they have been making scrappy boxy star quilts from the pattern located at this web site:

The pattern is very easy and it will be a great way to use up the bits I have left.  Here is the beginning of one of the blocks that I just made up.

I am stitching one extra seam before I cut each block, see below, which is creating another little 1/2 triangle square block for me to use in either the border or another quilt.

Here is how it looks when it's pressed out, it takes four of these to make the star.
So you would have 8 little squares left from one block.

I think this will turn out real pretty and it's a great way to use up my left over scraps!  I know this makes you happy trips to the fabric store!  Saving $$$.  Still indulging my passion.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Batik Drunkard Design

So this is my next project, I will be doing two of is a secret for a friend and the other is for us to enjoy.  I have picked out the fabrics and will start cutting it out this weekend.  The sewing room is coming along.  Got the chair put together yesterday, $19.00 at Walmart!  John brought in the 6 foot table and I put that where grandma's cedar chest used to be.  I vacuumed and shampooed the carpet yesterday.  Looks nice.  Today I will be moving the machines in and finish putting things away in their PROPER places.  Still have lots to do so I better get started, it's almost 9am and I've been up since 6 with not much to show for it...LOL.  I did watch a Shirley Temple movie this morning though!

My finished quilt will not be as "bright" as the one shown, I have muted colors but I think it will turn out nice, just couldn't find the exact run in my fabric libraries on EQ6.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bowl of Fruit

Several years ago, I joined the Kelseyville Quilt Guild.  Great gals, lots of fun.  One of the projects was to take a photo and cut it into 12 pieces, each woman would take the photo home and translate their piece into a quilt block.  The blocks came back the next month and it would be your job to assemble them.  Below is the inspiration picture, I think the gals did a pretty good job.  I am still working on this with hand beading on the fruits and bits of leaves to cover areas that I think will need coverage.  It will make a nice wall hanging when I am done with it.  I think I'm going to piece in a bit of fabric on the left side where the block is a bit short.
The inspiration piece was out of a magazine, it was one of those decorator plates you could purchase to place on your wall.  I liked the vibe and the colors so...that was my selection.  When the gals translated it they used a variety of techniques, some dimensional which were very exciting to me.  I was a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out how I would get them all together so they sat for several years, until I joined the Colfax Junction Quilter's Guild and then I thought, heck, I'm gonna work to put this thing together.  I can't say that it was enjoyable trying to piece this together, but I am happy with the end result so far.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Crayon Apron for Isaiah

Our grandson had his 2nd birthday recently.  I put this color crayon apron together for him, he can wear it, it can be hung on the chair or set on the table.

Cut 1 1/2 or 2 inch strips, depending on the size of your crayons, in either solid or print fabric in the color of the crayons, sew these together and top this with a piece of muslin or other fabric folded in half with raw edges at the bottom.  Stitch on the seamlines for the strip piece to create "pockets" for the crayons.  Fold over the top and stitch down creating a slot through which you can thread some cording.  Wha La you are done!  Toss in a pad of paper and you have one delighted child.

I put the crayons in opposite so they would show up in the photo, but the child can match the colors or mix, their choice.

Here is the happy artist, Isaiah, busy working on a picture for Grandma.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tutorial: How to Make A Knitting/Crochet Needle Case

Knitting/Crochet Needle Case (it still has pins in the binding because I have to stitch it down tonight)

This is a fun project.   Very fast and simple, good for scrapping and fat quarters.  Read all instructions before starting.
Step one:  select your fabric.  I have selected 5 fat quarters for this case.

Pick two of the fat quarters and trim them to measure 20 x 18 1/2 inches.
Cut 1 thin piece of batting to measure 20 x 22 inches.
Sandwich these together with right sides of the fabric facing out from the batting on both sides.  It helps to lightly press the pieces together.   Set this piece aside.  Your batting should be larger than your fabric.   See Below...

Step two:  we will make the pockets.  Cut a piece of fabric 20 inches x 10 inches.  Fold this in half wrong sides together so that it measures 20 inches x 5 inches and press.

Cut another piece of fabric 20 inches x 20 inches.  Fold this in half wrong sides together so that it measures 20 inches x 10 inches and press.

These will be your pockets and will line up on the fabric with raw edges at the bottom,  as shown in the picture below...we are not ready to attach these pockets yet, this is just to show you how they will line up to help you with your fabric selection process.

Take the small pocket and lay it on top of the big pocket with raw edges together as shown below.  

Take a clear plastic ruler and mark lines with a chalk pencil or other removable marking pen.  The lines on the small pocket will be for crochet hooks, small knitting needles, and you can include a large pocket for pattern instructions.  These lines do not have to line up with the ones on the larger pocket.  The lines on the bigger pocket will be for long knitting needles.  Make the lines no closer than 1 inch apart.  You may wish to pin first and check your needles to make sure you have allowed enough room.  I like to pin between each line and just remove them as I stitch, this keeps the backing in place with no creases.

Start your stitching from the bottom raw edges and stitch only to the edge of the first pocket, stop and back stitch.  Do this for each line you have drawn on the bottom pocket only!  Clip your threads.  I have turned the pocket over in the photo below, to show you that  I have only stitched part of the way up, you can also see the large pocket that has been left to hold patterns.

Step Three:  Turning the fabric pockets back over, place them on your quilt sandwich now and pin them with raw edges to the bottom, take your ruler and continue your lines up the case as shown below...

We are now going to stitch the pockets to the case.  This will quilt your case at the same time that you are making the slots for your needles.  This is very important....You will start from the TOP of your small pocket and insert your needle on one of your lines, take a few stitches and back stitch, careful NOT to catch the small pocket.  Stitch to the top of the case following your chalk mark as shown below.  

The picture above shows you that we have started the stitching just above the bottom pocket and have stitched all the way to the top of the case.  Clip your threads.

Step Four:   you will use a clear plastic ruler and rotary cutter to cut away the excess batting and square up your piece as shown below...

Step Five:   cut strips to make the binding.  I cut mine 2 1/2 inches wide and I cut as many as I need to go around the raw edges and over lap a couple inches.  About 80 inches is a good number, you have 2 x 20 and 2 x 18.
If you are using a fat quarter as I have done, you will need to cut a few strips and piece them together which I like to do on the diagonal as shown below, then fold them in half and press.  Pin to your fabric, miter the corners and stitch in place, turn, press and stitch down your binding.

When you have turned your binding, it should look like this below... and you are ready to start putting your needles in.

Once you have your needles in place you can fold the top flap down to secure your needles, this will keep them from falling out of the case when you roll it up to take it along with you.

You can see that I still have pins in this binding, I will be hand stitching it down tonight while we watch TV. But I know you get the idea.  Here it is rolled up, you tie it with a satin ribbon...I will probably purchase some chocolate brown ribbon for this one, but you get the idea as shown.  If you want to attach the ribbon you can center it at one edge and straight stitch through the ribbon into the binding seam so it won't show.

Here is one I made a while ago, same design, just different fabric to give you some ideas...

Here it is rolled up.  This was a gift for a friend.

And here is the REASON I'm inside quilting today and not at the Pioneer Day Picnic up in Grass Valley...107.1 in the shade!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, please give me your feedback.  Thank you.