One way CQers use CQing in a practical way is to make small needlebooks. On CQ4Newbies, Mary L. in Louisiana is hostessing a swap for needlebooks, pinkeeps, and scissors fobs. I made these two needlebooks for the swap. They each have 4 felt pages so needles of different sizes and uses can be kept separated. These are the fronts:
And these are the backs:
As usual, I used DMC perle cotton in size 8 for the embroidery on the dragonfly one, but on the goldish one, I used only Caron's Wildflowers (a hand-dyed cotton) thread in a color variegation called Rain Forest, which is blue, rust, lavender, gold, and green. I think it goes really nicely with the lace motif and the gimp trim, both of which I dyed.