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Fall Little Pouch

If you read my blog, most of the time you will find me working on paper piecing blocks.  When I started sewing earlier this year, I started with paper piecing and I am most comfortable with that method.  However,  my friend Marjon, who I met through Flickr, makes beautiful pouches and she encouraged me to make a couple.  I have to say, once I got over my initial fear and figured out how a zipper foot works, rest was actually pretty easy!

I had this fat quarter fall fabric for a while and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it.   I am very happy that I waited and made a little bag with it.   I was working at night, and I cut one of the fabrics a bit smaller by mistake.  So instead of cutting another piece, I cut two strips of the lining fabric and added it to the top and bottom.  I love the way it turned out.

Winter Bag

I found this fabric at JoAnn and I had to get it because I LOVE winter that much!!   I found a black fabric with snowflake print on it which I got for the lining.  This is the very first little practice pouch I made.  Now I have a bag for my drawing pens.

This is turning into an addiction.  I picked up some more lovely fabric and zippers to make more!

I also worked on some quilting blocks.  This is going to be my very first quilt done by traditional method.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

I used a pattern called Take 5 from The Teacher’s Pet.  The pattern is for a twin size quilt; I doubled the number of blocks to make it into a full size one.  I ran into a little problem with fabric shortage.   The lady who helped me at the store calculated the number of extra blocks I had to add to make it a full size quilt correctly, but cut the wrong amount of fabric.  Every quilt shop was out of it but I finally found the fabric at thedoormouse.com.  I really wanted the brown fabric which my local quilt shop didn’t have at the moment, but the online store did!  So I got that one as one of the five fabrics for this quilt.  They shipped the fabric super quickly AND refunded the extra shipping.  Since the time I bought the fabric for this quilt, I have downloaded the Robert Kaufman Quiltcalc app which is so handy!

I was really surprised by the fact how quickly I was able to finish making 40 blocks compared to paper piecing, which takes so much time.  I also LOVE my 1/4″ foot.  Don’t know what I would do without it!

Fabric

Couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my fabric that I used to make the Cupcakery block with a visitor of my blog-post and she was kind enough to buy patterns from my store.  I don’t check my snail mail too often and today I found a squishy package in my mailbox.  Inside the package was this delightful collection of fabric with a beautiful note from her!  I am not a person who cries easily, but this kind gesture really touched me!  I have to think of something really special to make with this gift from her.

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Lastly…my day of Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Party is finally here!  It’s this Wednesday!  Here’s a sneak peek for you.  I will have this block for you to download and a prize pack for you to win.  See you Wednesday!!

 

Glorious Autumn Block Party!!

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Temperatures have started cooling down, even here in Southern California.  We are finally out of the 100+ F weather.  There’s a little chill in the air in the mornings and after sundown.  We were in a little town called Montrose last night, and they were showing Back To The Future in a parking lot.  It was teeming with people.  Some of us stayed for a few scenes, some sat down to enjoy the whole movie.  As temperatures come down, more people are coming outside, to eat out, visit little bookstores or just hang out with friends.  I couldn’t help but feel that fall is approaching, with it’s glorious warm colors to make up for the chill in the air.

Michele at Quilting Gallery is hosting  the perfect blog hop to celebrate the wonderful colors of autumn – Glorious Autumn Block Party.  This blog hop is running from September 4th through December 13th. There will be 45 quilt blocks made by 45 designers – lots of ideas, talent, inspiration.  There will be Super Deals For Quilters as well!

Please join us, it will be fantastic!  I already joined for November 14th, right after our Halloween Blog Hop, right here at Whims And Fancies.

 

New Stash

Saturday after lunch, I visited a small fabric shop called QuiltnThings at Montrose, CA.  It has some of the most beautiful fabrics, perfect for paper-piecing when you are looking for that particular shade of a color.  I was inspired while looking at all the gorgeous, vibrant colors and already have ideas for most of these that I picked out that day.

My cat (the Honorable Tuffleberry Treestone) insisted on being on the desk, so I had to include him in the picture.

Vibrant fabrics from Quilts N Things at Montrose