Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Zip Pouches

At the Seattle MQG retreat a few months ago I had the chance to watch several people making zip pouches using the wide open zippered pouch tutorial by Noodle-Head. 

I decided to give it a try myself after I returned home and really like how my pouch turned out.  I made two simple improv panels and quickly had a cute zip pouch. 

The tutorial is easy to follow and adapt for various sizes pouches. I made a second one with some scrappy herringbone panels for our annual holiday party swap. I'll be making lots more of these pouches in the future since they are great little gifts. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Baby quilts

I enjoy making baby quilts. The small size means they are fast finishes and everyone is always so happy to welcome a new baby. 

A very dear friend of mine (I've known her since middle school) is expecting her first child any day now. I thought a half square triangle quilt would be perfect for her baby boy. This was the fastest quilt to make. It took me about some six hours start to finish. I love the way it turned out and can't wait to meet her new little boy.

I also recently completed a quilt for my niece. I started this before she was born and loved making the scrappy log cabin blocks. It was really a lot of fun to dig through my scraps and fussy cut pieces for it. I had a hard time giving it up because it has fabric from almost every quilt I've made in it. 

I think she likes it.