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Quilter, pattern designer, and mother to three little troublemakers!
Apr 24

52 zippers week 16: Crayon challenge

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 week 15: Improv color study

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 week 14: mini paper pieced blocks

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 week 13: more peek-a-boo pleats!

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!

Mar 26

52 zippers week 12: peek-a-boo pleats

March 26th, 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. I can’t say I’m pleased at all with the results, but because I left making the pouch until the last day of the week I don’t have time to remake it today. So this will be my project next week, too. I am determined to make it right!

The pleats themselves I think look ok, but the pouch came out such an awkward size and shape. I am still trying to think through different ways to change that. It will be a fun experiment this week! 🙂

I used a navy linen on the outside, and the peek-a-boo pleats and lining are from Robert Kaufman’s London Calling lawn. I didn’t use any interfacing as I didn’t want the pleats to be strangely stiff. For the top of the pleats I folded the linen to meet at the center of the lawn strips, and for the bottom of the pleats I tucked the lawn under about 1/8″.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Front and back panels pieced together with 1.5″ x 3″ strips, to make 7.5″ w x 3″ h panels before folding. After folding, the top was approximately 4.5″ wide, and the bottom was approximately 5.5″ wide.
  • Lining pieces: Layered front panel on top of lining and cut to match
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 4.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Mar 19

52 zippers week 11: clear vinyl mini pouches

March 19th, 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 play with vinyl. I have a bunch of vinyl that isn’t doing anything but being in the way so I want to use most of it up! I also have a bunch of 6″ zippers that I want to use up because they’re too short to do much of anything. (I ordered the 6″ zippers back before I knew better–now I only buy 14″ and cut to size). Anyway, I searched for a small vinyl pouch tutorial and came across this one by Hungry Hippie Sews. The tutorial worked pretty well but I’ve got a couple of tips for you that would have made things a little easier. I also didn’t add the clip-on thing as I didn’t think I needed the clip for these.

I absolutely LOVE these and plan to make many more. A set of these is very likely going to be part of my kids’ teacher’s gifts this year too! They took less than 15 minutes each which is fantastic!

The best thing about these is that they use NO fabric! Such a timesaver as then the zippers didn’t need to match anything!

I wanted to make one of these for each of my kids, so they each chose a zipper. Then I decided to make things more interesting by swapping out the zipper pull on each of them to a contrasting color. This is pretty easy to do: cut off the bottom of the zipper just above the stop and slide the original pull off. Align both ends of the zipper and finesse them through the top of the new pull. It is fiddly and takes a minute, but it’s not too tricky. It helps to put the zipper down on a surface so you can hold down the two zipper ends while you slide the pull upwards. I had a set of extra zipper pulls from the last time I ordered from Zipit zippers that made swapping easy.

So, the tutorial doesn’t specify a weight of vinyl, and I used 16 gauge vinyl thinking the thicker the better. However, 16 gauge is pretty heavy and this was very awkward to turn right side out at the end. I think it took longer to turn right side out than it did to sew the entire pouch! If I were to make these again I’d try 12 gauge to compare. I do really like the heft of the pouch now that it’s done though.

The tutorial didn’t mention using Wonder clips when sewing the zipper to the vinyl, but those were totally necessary. I also lengthened my stitch length to 3mm. A long stitch length makes fewer holes in the vinyl which makes it less prone to ripping.

The other thing is that when I trimmed my zipper ends, they started to fray loose threads into the pouch, which was not going to do at all. So I’d suggest using some fray-stop liquid, burning the ends, or sewing a zigzag stitch over that bit before turning the pouch.

I automatically backstitched a couple of times overtop of the zipper when sewing the side seams, and I’m glad I did because I’m pretty certain the stitches would have ripped while turning if I hadn’t.

My kids plan to fill these with tiny treasures but they would also make fantastic notions pouches! The next ones I make will be with 12 gauge vinyl and I might try making them a wee bit smaller. 🙂

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: one piece of 16 gauge vinyl, cut 4″ x 8″.
  • Lining pieces: none
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 4″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Mar 12

52 zippers week 10: Use UFOs or orphan blocks

March 12th, 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 find a use for a miniature log cabin block I made last week. This was my first attempt at a micro log cabin and I tried not squaring up the block after each round. While the block is charming in it’s wonkiness, it was not the effect I was going for and so I wasn’t going to use it in my project. However, it was still super cute and I wanted to find a purpose for it!

I bordered the block with some lightweight denim to frame it and extend the size a little bit. I didn’t add batting but added some quilting lines for added interest. If I would have not run out of time, I might have hand quilted some lines in different colors. Maybe next time!

I lined it with this cute Heather Ross butterfly print.

This is the perfect size for a coin purse so that is what I’ll be using it for!

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Orphan block, built up with borders to 4″ x 5.5, plus one plain piece of denim 4″ x 5.5″. Interfaced with Pellon SF-101.
  • Lining pieces (2): 4″ x 5.5″
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 5.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Mar 12

52 zippers week 9: Cut up a block that isn’t working

March 12th, 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 make something very quick and easy again. I took a week-long workshop with Gwen Marston on Madeline Island last October and in the past week or so I’ve been working on finishing up the things I started in class. There was one mini that I really didn’t ever like from the start (it was my first one of the week) and I decided that while I loved the little star section, I didn’t like the rest of it at all. It was just too busy and chaotic. So I cut it up (!) and saved the best part to put into a zipper pouch.

I bordered the block with some lightweight denim to frame it a little bit.

I lined it with this cute Cotton and Steel coin purse print.

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with this one quite yet, but it has sentimental value so I will probably use it for something special!

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Orphan block, built up with borders to 6.5″ square, plus one plain piece of denim 6.5″ square. Interfaced with Pellon SF-101.
  • Lining pieces (2): 6.5″ square
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 6.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 21

52 zippers week 8: small and mini dumpling pouches

February 21st, 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 pouches, I wanted to make something very quick and easy. I’m leaving for QuiltCon suuuuper early tomorrow so I had to make these up before I left! Last week I made a dumpling bag. It’s a free tutorial from Michelle Patterns, and I made the larger size (the mustang one, pictured below, for size reference). This week I made the mini one! And an even mini-er one!

I will give you one tip for these smaller ones: basting glue for the zipper was essential. I can’t imagine trying to sew those tiny curved seams with the zipper shifting around!

For the outside of the small one I used Anna Maria Horner’s Echinacea from Pretty Potent.

I lined it with Jennifer Sampou’s Shimmer.

For the outside of the itty bitty baby one (so ridiculous!) I used Mini Muu Little Birds by Lecien. I shrunk the smaller dumpling pattern to 75% of the size when printing. I’m tempted to try an even smaller one!

And I lined it with Amanda Jean Nyberg’s Good Neighbors.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): Used the template, backed with fusible woven interfacing (Pellon SF-101). For the small one, I used a directional fabric, so instead of cutting out the template on the fold, I added 1/4″ to the “fold” edge and cut two pieces, both with a flower standing up instead of upside down. I sewed those two pieces together and then proceeded with the tutorial.
  • Lining pieces (1): used template, Pelon SF-101
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 10″, 12″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 18

52 zippers week 7: Dumpling pouch

February 18th, 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 make something very quick and easy. I’m headed to QuiltCon next week and I haven’t started getting ready yet. Eeek! So I chose something easy from my zipper pouch Pinterest board, a dumpling bag. It’s a free tutorial from Michelle Patterns. It was super quick and easy–I think I was done in less than an hour, including choosing the fabric! My only regret is that I didn’t quilt the outer pieces. They are a little puffy and I think that quilting them would have lent them a nicer finish. I chose to start with the larger size, but next week I’m thinking I’ll make the smaller one.

I used this Mustang fabric from Melody Miller/Cotton + Steel that is a favorite. I cut two outer pieces instead of one so both horses would be upright (described more below).

I lined it with more Melody Miller/Cotton + Steel from the same Mustang line called Rose Border.

I’m not totally sure that this will be the final use of this pouch, but for now it’s holding my Clover Wonder Clips. I like that the pouch opens really wide so I can just reach in while it’s sitting open on the table.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): used template, backed with fusible fleece. I used a directional fabric, so instead of cutting out the template on the fold, I added 1/4″ to the “fold” edge and cut two pieces, both with a horse standing up instead of upside down. I sewed those two pieces together and then proceeded with the tutorial.
  • Lining pieces (1): used template, backed with fusible woven interfacing (Pelon SF-101)
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 14″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!