Wednesday, November 7, 2018

MQG Pouch Swap

The DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bag swap at the next Baltimore MQG meeting.
As one would expect, partner assignments went out weeks ago and I just got around to constructing my swap bag. The recommended pattern was the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. It's a free pattern with a great tutorial. I dug around in my stash for the appropriate colors. At least I hope they are the appropriate colors.
Then I fiddled with Electric Quilt 8 until I had design I liked. The block finishes at 12" by 12" so I can quilt it and then trim it to the right size.
I decided to make a couple stacks of flying geese. The tools I used are listed at the bottom of the post.
I pieced the panels after fussy cutting the background pieces. All that fabric going in the same direction is such a happy thing!
I dug around until I found a leftover piece of batting and got it loaded on the long arm. While this might seem a silly thing to make with the long arm, I have to admit I love the results. I'm just a better long arm quilter than I am a free-motion quilter on my domestic machine.
Aren't those panels fun?
I changed my mind on the zipper color, and I'm really glad I did. This is a much better choice than the blue one I had picked out early in the project. This is one of those projects I would love to keep. That happens way more than I ever thought it would. I hope my partner will be as happy with it as I am.

Tools (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q
6.5" Easy Angle Ruler
Companion Angle Ruler
Tucker Wing Clipper Ruler
Creative Grids 6.5" Square Ruler
Electric Quilt 8

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