Apr 24

52 zippers #16: Crayon challenge

2017-09-07T20:34:11+00:00 April 24th, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

So the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild had a crayon challenge that was due last week. The colors I drew were really not my thing but I figured I shouldn’t bail, so I made a zipper pouch with my colors, killing two birds with one stone. 🙂 We were allowed to add one additional fabric and I chose Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax.

I am intrigued by how the improv triangles worked out. I think I’m going to try this again in white, grays, and blacks, and making the triangles narrower and more plentiful so it looks even more like birch trees.

I lined it with an Alison Glass Sunprint 2016 called Endpaper.

No one in my house is a big fan of purple so I’m giving this pouch to a friend that has a purple-crazed daughter. 🙂 I’m so glad it’s going to go to a good home!

  • Outer pieces: 9.5″ wide x 8.5″ high. Backed with fusible fleece.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Apr 16

52 zippers #15: Improv color study

2017-09-07T20:34:15+00:00 April 16th, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to do something to really stretch out of my comfort zone, color-wise. I am a huge fan of Gwen Marston (who isn’t, really?) but her color palette mystefies me. Her pieces all look fantastic but almost every individual color she uses is one I rarely reach for. I thought this was worth more thinking about and playing with for sure. So I chose one of her sketches from her book “37 Sketches”, and tried to replicate it, both in specific color choice and placement, as a learning experience. I figure painters often learn by copying the masters, so why shouldn’t quilters?

Gwen’s original “Small Study 26” from the book “37 Sketches”.

The panel was coming out way larger than I was planning to make the zip pouch (I blame late night planning and math skills. Or lack thereof. Ha!), so I only made part of the sketch. I started with 2.5″ strips of solids, when I think I should have used 1.75″ strips.

Even this partial sketch was seeming bigger than I wanted so I cut the panel in half and used one half on each of the front and back panels of the pouch.

Pouch front

I bordered the panels with Essex yarn-dyed linen in Espresso. Both to frame the piece and because the side and top seams would have been crazy bulky and lumpy if I hadn’t.

Pouch back

I lined it with a Carolyn Friedlander print from Doe called Breeze.

  • Outer pieces: Entire improv panel before cutting in half: 8″ high x 11″ wide. Linen border strips: 1.5″ cut. Backed with fusible fleece.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels, about 7″ high x 9.5″ wide.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Apr 7

52 zippers #14: mini paper pieced blocks

2017-09-07T20:34:19+00:00 April 7th, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to do something really cute and fun! I had seen the Tiny Toffee paper pieced patterns before, but I don’t do a lot of hexies so I hadn’t tried them out yet. This week when I was browsing Etsy for a paper piecing pattern I came across them again and when I saw the tiny pineapple I squealed! I figured it would be easy to just extend the background pieces into a square instead of a hexagon and it was.

I had fun picking out 5 different yellows and 15 different greens (yes, I am so ridiculous that each pineapple leaf is a different fabric). I waffled over the background fabric an awful lot because I wanted something warm, because gray dulled the pineapples, and anything even slightly dark made the leaves vanish unless I went to almost black, which ruined the cheery feel of the pineapples. I settled on an off-white print with yellowish lines on it.

My favorite pineapple is the leftmost one. The yellow is a Denyse Schmidt print from Eastham.

The top fabric on the front panel is Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax, and the bottom strips are two of Carolyn Friedlander’s prints. The blue is an Architextures, and the green, which might be one of my favorite Carolyn Friedlander prints ever, is from Carkai named Geo. It seems kind of pineapple-ey, even though it’s green.

I made a coordinating back panel with the same Carolyn Friedlander prints at the bottom.

I lined it with the green Geo. I love it! It’s just such a happy pouch.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Entire panel: 6″ x 9″. Lower green strip: 1.5″ x 9″ (unfinished). Blue strip: 1″ x 9″ (unfinished). Pineapples: 2″ x 9″ (sewn side to side, unfinished top and bottom). Top strip: 3″ x 9″ (unfinished).
  • Lining pieces: 6″ x 9″
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Apr 2

52 zippers #13: more peek-a-boo pleats!

2017-09-07T20:34:23+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I decided I wanted to try some peek-a-boo pleats again. I wasn’t super pleased with last week’s attempt so I tried again today! I think I need maybe another iteration before I’m satisfied, but this week’s is better than last, so at least I’m moving in the right direction.

This week the outer fabric is Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax and some old Anna Maria Horner voile. The size of the scrap determined the height of the pouch.

I made panels for both the front and the back, and for one I cut it down a bit and added a strip of linen between the panel and the zipper. I sewed the other panel directly to the zipper. I think I much prefer having that narrow strip at the top to give it some breathing room from the zipper.

I didn’t use any interfacing as I didn’t want the pleats to be strangely stiff. For lining I used this lovely blue floral.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Front and back panels pieced together: 4 center linen background pieces were  4″ high and 1.25″ wide at the top and 0.875″ wide at the bottom. Outer linen pieces were 4″ high, 2″ wide at the top and 1.75″ wide at the bottom. The voile floral strips (5) were 4″ high by 1″ wide.
  • Lining pieces: Layered front panel on top of lining and cut to match
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: about 5.5″ cut, measured against final outer panel width.

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!