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Nov 29, 2012

Pleated Pouches - Easy Gifts!

Nov 29, 2012
Pin It Ahh, the holiday gift season is upon us!  Even though we all know it's coming, I always end up behind the eight ball when it comes to making gifts for friends and family.

The hubs usually has a trip to Japan near the holidays (super convenient, eh?) and I wanted to make a cute little gift for my friend Mari.  I've put her on a mission for some super cool Japanese quilting stuff and I wanted to send along a little token of my appreciation.

pleated pouches by gen X quilters
These little Pleated Pouches from Michelle Patterns are just perfect for dropping a little something into.  I made the small and tall versions.  For some reason, when I try to create my own, bags and pouches baffle me.  But these pouches were simple and quick to put together with clear instructions.  Perfect for someone like me who gets a little nervous at hearing the word "pleat" or "dart".  (I'm a quilter!  Dressmaking terms scare me!)
pleated pouch small by gen X quilters
The pouches are small enough that I could use fabric from my scrap bins.  In the smallest one, I put a few tea bags.  I used some Little Apples (Aneela Hoey) for the outside and DS Picnics and Fairgrounds for the lining.

Pleated Pouch Tall Open by gen X quilters
And in the tall size, I placed a little notebook and pen.  Super cute right?
Love these fabrics.  Shasta Daisy by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa, and Handwriting in Red for Lake House Dry Goods.  (Available at Sew Me A Song.)

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And lastly, I couldn't help but make one of these pouches for myself.  The last one I made was the "Large" size.
pleated pouch large by gen X quilters
I wanted to test out a little heavier fabric.  I had this home dec weight fabric in my stash from Joann's clearance bin.  I like the heavier weight for the bigger pouch.  I lined it with some Daydream gingham from Riley Blake.
pleated pouches 2 by gen X quilters

Overall, I'm really happy with these pouches!  So much so, that I bought another pattern from Michelle Patterns.  Eeek!  I'm making some teacher gifts with the Keychain Clutch pattern.  :)  I'll share those with you next week... Pin It

Nov 23, 2012

Would you like some batting with your coffee? Yes, Ma'am!

Nov 23, 2012
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I hit up Joann's at 7am this morning and hauled this bad boy to the checkout.  No need to even stop at the cutting counter when you buy the entire 40 yd. bolt.  40 yds!  Holy Moly.

There were no carts so I had to squat and bear hug this guy to get him from the back corner of the store to my car.  Totally worth the effort when I could get Warm & Natural batting for 75% off (ok, it was really 50% and then an additional 25%.  I got too excited and messed up the math).

Die hards are at Joann's on Black Friday, right?  No makeup, bedhead, throw on a pair of jeans.... ready to duke it out for batting and interfacing.... Pin It

Nov 14, 2012

Japanese Fabric Panel Coloring Pouch

Nov 14, 2012
Pin It Becca sent me a few scraps from Sew Me A Song to play with.  When I first saw this Japanese print, I knew immediately I wanted to make something for Mr. G (aka the middle son or wild card).  The fabric is Daiwabo Japan Tip Top Car Panel by Fumika Oishi.  I love it!  I decided to make a coloring pouch since he is really getting into learning to write his letters.
There are so many fun details included in the panel.  I cut this portion of the panel to make a little strap for him to wrap around his wrist.  I was so excited about it, I forgot to top stitch the strap.  I don't think he noticed....
The inside lining of the pouch is a fun plaid with cars and other traffic items scattered about.  The plaid is just dark enough to hide all the crayon and marker marks that will end up inside.
Here is the back.  Since this fabric is off white and my son only 3, I decided to use iron-on vinyl to protect the pouch.  If you missed it, you can read my review of this product here.
Here is what the panel looks like from selvage to selvage.
(photo by Sew Me A Song)

These types of panels are so much fun!  I have a couple others from Japan that I am going to have to make a fun project out of.  There are so many possibilities of cute things to make with them.

You can find this print at Sew Me A Song.  

Check out Becca's fun selection of Japanese panels.  I already have the first one - what should I make?

1. Striped Panel in Red from the Minakoko Collection by Koko Seki for Lecien

2.  Daiwabo Japan Tip Top Animal Panel in Pastel by Fumika Oishi

3. Melody Miller Ruby Star Shining Cameo Print in Violet

These are such fun unique prints! Pin It

Nov 9, 2012

{sew} beautiful bee quilt top (finally!)

Nov 9, 2012
Pin It A new quilt top finished!  Yay - it's been a while....  This is my {Sew} Beautiful Bee top from 2011.  It's the one I've had waiting for me for months.  So patiently....

 I used 3 charm packs of Bonnie & Camille's Ruby line, plus some old school Bliss thrown in with Kona PFD.  The sashing is Kona Ice Frappe.  And below is 6 yards of Ruby snuggly flannel.  Won't this be great for winter?
 The bee ladies all made 17" Dutch Pinwheel blocks using the charms.  These blocks are huge!   Each block has a major and minor color.  The Minor color was used on the inside pinwheel and the major color was used on the outside frame of the block.
 These colors are looking gorgeous to me.  Since it is a year later though, I do wish I could include a little Vintage Modern too.
 It's off to my LAQ.  This baby is a little bigger than a twin - and too big for me to enjoy doing on my home machine.  And right now with the little ones, I haven't much time to go to my LQS to use the long-arm there.  So, I wait to get it back for binding.
But it sure feels good to check off a WIP/UFO and to be getting back into the swing of things.  :) Pin It
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