When I looked at the information in the book on hand piecing (great photos, by the way), I realized that I would need to keep a few supplies together so that I could work anywhere. Here are the contents of my new portable sewing kit that I made up. It includes, a mini tape measure, sharp scissors, a rubber coated thimble, YLI Select hand quilting thread in white (needle stuck in top for photo), needle compact (that I will refill), needle threader, and about 8 straight pins. Now, I just needed a way to keep it all together.
Here it is, all set up in working order. There are two strong magnets hot glued to the lid. One holds my needle that I am currently using so that it won't get lost in the contents. The other holds my few straight pins. Hubby kept the magnets out of an old cell phone case. They are really strong to be so small. Hubby scratched up the lid a bit so that my glue would make a good bond with the magnets.
It is the size of a, well, a sandwich actually to carry around. I keep my current block in progress in a ziplock type (but cheaper) plastic bag to keep all of my pieces together. I can throw it in my purse, or a tote bag.
It's pretty convenient. Today, I sewed two seams while waiting for DS14 in the orthodontist's office. He popped a bracket off and we needed to get it fixed. I also stitched a bit while the kids were working during homeschool time. I imagine that if I get a used to carrying this around, I will find lots of small amounts of time where I can do a bit. Sounds like it could add up to some serious progress to me!