Friday, February 5, 2016

Zippered Pouches

Next meeting of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild we will be swapping zipper pouches. I decided to make the smallest of the Open Wide Pouches as my swap pouch. I really love putting these together. They are so quick and easy and the finish is awesome. For this bag I used some scrap batting to give it a nice soft shape.
I couldn't resist making two at the same time. Sometimes it just doesn't take much longer to make two.
Such cute little bags!

Open Wide Pouch is a free tutorial available from

Zippers from ZipIt Zipper Supply on Etsy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Charity Quilting: Dancing 9-Patch

Here is the finished quilt! Using these pre-made blocks to put together a quick and fun charity quilt was just great. Quilted with Superior Threads So Fine! The block pattern is available for free from Quiltville.
Machine finished binding made for a quick and sturdy finish. If you want to see how I machine-finish binding, check out my binding tips & tricks page.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tool Tip: Pattern Storage Idea

Do you have a collection of patterns that are just sheets from your printer?
Pages that fall from the table and spill around the base of your cutting table? Pages that get lost and then you have to print another page? Well, I'm here to tell you that I've got a plan to help with this. I propose the poly snap envelop (you could use a plain paper envelope and glue the pattern cover to the front if you aren't a fan of poly). I picked up a five-pack of these semi-clear poly envelops from the office supply store. You can usually find them singly in colors, or in a five-pack of clear. I want to easily see what is inside so I picked up the clear.
I have this stack of patterns (well, this stack of patterns). They were mostly stacked here and there on my cutting table. They were my test subjects.
It may seem like such a small thing, but to me this is just awesome! I don't want to be printing patterns again if I don't have to. This also keeps all the cut out pattern pieces corralled into one place so I don't lose a piece, or two. I picked up some more of these envelopes and as I find or print other patterns I'll be tucking them inside.

Do you have any quick tips for pattern storage? I'd love to hear about how you stay organized.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Stitching up Dice Bags

A while back I placed an order from Spoonflower for some custom printed fabric. I wanted to make some dice bags and I found the perfect fabric.
Dice Galore - Assorted, is a fun fabric design from pi-ratical. Also in the shop are other colorways of this print, other dice prints, and other fun prints. I used Black and Creme D20 for the lining.
I grabbed a copy of the great free pattern from Dragon Chow and got cutting. I cut enough for two bags since it doesn't take that much longer to cut and stitch two at the same time. Here are my cut out panels.
Dragon Chow also has a Facebook page but it is really quiet. Still a great place to go to get the free pattern. These little bags are perfect because they don't fall over and spill across the gaming table.
The drawstring is a piece of paracord cut to 24" and then the ends are finished with a figure-eight stopper knot (because I'm a sailor, dammit!). The cord stops are from

From start to finish this project took me about an hour. Just the kind of thing I can sneak into a weeknight after dinner.