The Grand Old Flag Gathering at Country Sampler is fast approaching, and my rule for myself is that I need to finish last year's projects before I go again this year. As of this weekend, all projects are done! One of the projects from Chessie and Me last year was the needlebox shown above, with the sewing roll, sewing book, and scissor fob. At the Gathering last year, I was able to complete the sewing roll and scissor fob, and got the outside of the box covered. I wanted to pad the inside of the lid of the box so it could be a pincushion, so I brought it home unfinished so that I could do that. It took me almost a year to get around to it, but it's done now! I put several layers of batting under the velvet, and then also added some twill tape I had left over from the kits we received. The little needle book was extremely time-consuming, with lots of stitching over one thread on the girl, cat and flag. It's really cute, though!
Here's the box and contents sitting on the three quilting projects. I can't even remember the names now, but they are all Civil-war related and all are complete! I'm really looking forward to the retreat again this year. I believe there are still spaces; if you are interested, look on Coming Events on Country Sampler's website. It's a really fun retreat, and they provide all the food, so all you really have to do is stitch, shop and stop to eat every few hours! Hard to beat that.
I hope to be back next week with my Hands 2 Help quilts!