My local guild is having a pouch swap. It’s a three-way secret swap (and I’m going to post about it anyway…) I make something for someone, they make something for someone else, and someone makes something for me. I’ve been picking out fabric in my head and trying to figure out pouch patterns to use. I wanted to make a smaller version of the Sew Together Bag. By smaller, I mean less pockets but just as cute and functional. I tried to make some adjustments myself but just ended up with a short and skinny version. I really like it so it’s still in the running to give away in this swap. The pockets may not be deep enough for much though so I’ll still look at other options.One of those options is this Foldover Pouch by Aneela Hoey. So stinkin’ cute and useful! It’s got a pincushion, a needle book, a scissor pocket, and a clear vinyl zipper section to keep stuff contained.This one is definitely in the running and I love this Cotton + Steel bird print. It’s so fun!She also has another pattern that I’m thinking about stitching up. It’s an All-in-One Box Pouch. It is a large box pouch with a fold down opening with storage on the front and two slip pockets on the back. I’ve got time. Our swap isn’t complete until our October meeting. There’s lots of time for making and choosing. I’ll keep what I don’t give. I don’t think you can ever have too many pouches. Or, I can save one until our guild’s Christmas gift swap. That’s also a great option. Hmmm….
I am part of the Cotton + Steel Basics fabric club hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics. So, I get all the basics in all the colorways that were released this year. It contains Dottie, Add it Up, Netorious, and Sprinkle. All such good blenders. I couldn’t pass up the limited time entry earlier this year. We’re in month 2 and I’m still delighted with what I received and it was a good price. This one is closed but they have other clubs available so go take a look.I’m off to ponder the next pouch I’m going to make. I love the planning in my head part! Happy Sewing!
Another quilt finish! I’ve been super busy basting and quilting old work-in-progress quilt tops and it feels great to get them all done. This one is the Wonky Cross quilt that I started early last year. My previous progress is documented here. It’s for an old high-school friend of mine that is currently serving in the Coast Guard. He just recently got shipped out and this quilt will be waiting for me to send to him when he returns. Lots and lots of improv happening here. From the crosses to the borders. I had no plan other than the color palette and the crosses but I love how it turned out! I quilted it with a radiating star type design from the top corner of the crosses section out to the edges. The borders contain straight lines in an L shape.
I found the perfect binding fabric in a print from the Pandalicious line which I mixed with one of the grey prints. It framed it beautifully! Now it gets to spend some time hanging out in my sewing room for me to enjoy until he gets back to the states.
Pink Castle Fabrics was having a special on Asterisk fabric by Lizzy House. I had to have it before it goes away. I just love a great blender fabric!There are some metallics in there as well which I seriously love!
I’m currently working on quilting yet another work-in-progress which I hope to have done next weekend.
I’ve been working on some gender neutral baby quilts for a guild charity project and found a great pattern that I wanted to use. The pattern is the Fence Rail Star by Missouri Star Quilt Company. The star points are white in the pattern but I don’t play that way and had to invert the color selections. Oh, and I don’t use white much so had to go with a grey background. It is my favorite background color as many of you all already know.The background Rail Fence blocks are made from a jelly roll of Behind the Scenes by Jen Kingwell. I made it a point to have a light, medium, and dark print in each Rail Fence section and flipped them around until I liked the layout for each star block.As previously mentioned, I adore a grey background and this jelly roll did not disappoint. The colors do run a bit more beige-based than pure grey but the bright star points really shine. I made two 36″ square quilt tops and had 4 jelly roll strips remaining. I want to make myself a big girl quilt with this pattern so I may have to order a few more jelly rolls. I love the pop of color against the subdued background of the grey.I’ve got enough super soft cuddle fabric for the back of both which will make these both doubly awesome!
I should use this new-to-me fat quarter bundle for the bright points in the big girl quilt – Architexture Crosshatch! I adore it and it might just be perfect for a quilt I’m keeping for myself. I think I’ll ponder that option for a bit….
Yoga Sling Strap
I also needed a bag or sling for my yoga mat and I found a tutorial online by Doodles and Stitches for a nice looking sling. She had cut her strip four inches wide and folded in half then top stitched but I figured that I had enough leftover binding strips that I could just sew them together and get the same width for my strap. I can’t be the only one with a pile of leftover binding strips.I love how colorful and fun the strap is! It will make carrying my mat through the gym so easy and it won’t take up a lot of space along the studio wall while I’m using it during class.
Are there other great uses for leftover binding strips? Let me hear ’em.