Vintage 1970s Needle Book

I don’t come from a long line of quilters, but I do have some women in my family who sewed (mostly garments). Since I’ve started quilting, little treasures have started to arrive to me as I’m the only sewer in the family now.

A recent addition to my collection was a needle book that belonged to my great-grandmother.

It came packaged in a carton of Virginia Slims cigarettes in the 1970s as part of an advertising campaign aimed at women.

It came with both small and large needles and a threader. I also think it’s so interesting that it was made in West Germany.

The collection is missing two needles, so I know my great-grandmother used them in her projects. It feels very special.

I love having this little piece of sewing history. And I love having an item that belonged to a fellow sewer in my family!

If you want to learn more about needle books and see an amazing collection, see the last page of the February 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


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