Sunday, April 29, 2012

Scrappy Stuff

Batik scraps.  Just when I think I've used them all, I find more.  I pieced and pieced.  And then added zippers.  See the bag in the bottom right corner?  It's my favorite - I love these scraps.  Because I use one of my zippered pouches daily and like having this little "mini purse" which I can put into my real purse, I decided to make myself another - these red and purple batiks are among my favorite.  Look below at the reverse of this little bag.  I think it's pretty charming!

But then what to do with the scraps of the scraps?  Just before I joined the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild two years ago, the girls made their own nametags.  Clever Holly gave me a little pin device, which I've sewn onto the back on the name tag.  I'm normally not a fan of mini-piecing.  But that's just what I wound up doing with this scraps of scraps!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Productivity - CUBED!

I'm cleaning the studio - the last few bags are complete. This one is sparkly, isn't it? The interior is the reverse of same fabric - same print but without the shine.
This print is hard to define, but I do like how this tote turned out. The interior of this bag is a dark grey.
And as I was making zippered pouches from batik scraps, it occurred to me to make an entire scrappy batik tote. (and yes, there are still more batik scraps). The inside of this tote is a pretty batik that's perfect for this exterior. Look at the picture below!
Here's the interior of the last bag of this post. I'm starting with the inside because the outside is unusual - the next three pictures are all pictures of the same bag using a gradated fabric. The gradation is subtle, until you see the side seam of the bag.
I'm picking up the studio, and this project has been on the floor. So I packed it away with a note about the layout. And this photo is my visual cue of the layout for this Drunkard's Path.
Before I start my great niece's hot pink baby quilt, I still have some more zippered pouches to make. And my new shipment of zippers came in! Love zipit from ETSY!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Productivity Squared!

Spurred on by a visit from John's sister Terry, I put the rest of these bags together.  All the parts were prepared - it was just a matter of doing it.

This beautiful grey/green fabric turned into a pretty handsome bag.

This brown fabric is so rich, and the interior of this bag is from a matching but lighter fabric.  This bag, like the others in this post, has a zipper, an interior pocket, and a little matching zippered pouch.  It's  about the size of a grocery bag. 
This odd grey/blue/peach batik has turned into a very pretty tote.  Here it is accented with peach and grey.
This bag is all greys and just as pretty.

I think I'm just about finished with zippered totes - except for the three in the last picture.  THEN I'll be done.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Pretty Pouch, a Scrappy Tote, and Two Feet

Yesterday I met a junior high/high school classmate whom I haven't seen since we graduated in 1967.  We connected on Facebook a couple of months ago.  It was a wonderful reconnection.  She's as passionate about gardening and knitting as I am about my quilting.  An hour before I left the house I decided to whip up a little zippered pouch for her.
And as I was starting to make some more zippered  scrap batik pouches, it occured to me that I had enough scraps to do one scrappy tote bag - this scrap panel is 14" x 37".  Perhaps the fuchsia batik - or maybe the mulberry - would be good for an accent band.  The two outer parts of a matching zippered pouch are already quilted.
My missing foot is the one of the left - the open-toed free-motion food.  I'm not sure why I like it so much better than the close-toed foot, but I do.  Maybe I'll have to make a pouch for all my little feet.  First thing tomorrow...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekend Bounty - and an uh-oh...

I'm really getting into these little zippered pouches. There's a nice aura of thrift in the studio since I'm using scraps for both the outside of the bags and the linings. The new tote is from fabrics I bought at a sale at Modern Quilt's Oak Park studio.

I'm out of black 18" separating zippers and am just getting these bags all ready for when they arrive. Meanwhile, I've misplaced my open-toed free motion foot. I know what you're thinking: Why can't she just use her close-toed free motion foot. Why indeed... I think this is a sign to do some picking up and putting away.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Zippers + Batik Scraps

The Easter weekend was a busy one for us - baking lamb cakes, baking Easter bread, and entertaining both days.  The biggest problem - or perhaps it's an advantage - is the location of my closet and bathroom in the Quilting Studio.  So I take a shower, insert a zipper, dry my hair, piece some batiks together, moisturize my face, free-motion quilt a bit,  put mascara on one eye, make a zipper pull, remember to do the other eye, look at scraps on the scrap table, and so on and so on. 

John's sister Chris looked at my little pouches and posed her problem - needing a way to carry her iPhone while she's using her ear buds as she walks.  So we fashioned this little pouch and measured the strap.  Now, let's see if it works.

Meanwhile, back to totes...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


 These little pouches have something in common - besides being made from beautiful batiks.  Both have  recycled zippers, ones that were removed from old skirts. 

As frugal as I am with buying fabrics through sales and using coupons,  zippers are just never one sale.  And I've really been using a lot of zippers.  A fellow guild member - in fact, the youngest member, Emily B, our new secretary - turned me on to a zipper resource:  Zipit at etsy

These 25 zippers came in the mail today.   The price was fabulous.  Now of course I need to order more.  I've been using 18" separating zippers in the totes, and Jennifer at zipit is ordering me some.  With this order she included a zipper pull.  Something tells me I'm going to be ordering some of these, too.
Speaking of totes with zippers, this one is complete and goes into the finished pile.
This little zippered pouch and this little zippered box are two reasons why I'm running through zippers.  Just little somethings for a birthday present.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Therapeutic Totes

 Last week Ann L, a workout buddy, came over and played fabrics with me.  She helped me put together fabric combinations for more totes.  And I happily got started.  I'm sorry the brown bag on the right doesn't photograph better - the fabric is a lovely brown gradated one with the lighter part used as the lining.  You can see a bit of this from the zipper flap and tote.  This greeen/grey print is pretty and parts of a green gradated fabric provide the bands and lining.  The little zippered pouch is one I made for me because I keep giving them away.
I've had this brown/turquoise batik for a while and have paired it with other batiks for contrast strips and lining.   This evening before dinner I worked on this tote - it's all set to be assembled.
And this morning before I left the house to spend most of the day with my parents, I had to make the accompanying zippered pouch. 

As I said, therapeutic sewing...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

No prank today...

It's April Fool's Day.  Last night we were listening to "A Prairie Home Companion" and Garrison Keilor pointed out that April Fool's on a Sunday, particularly Palm Sunday, just doesn't lend itself to good pranking.  And he's right.  Even my husband, the king of April Fools (he even put out an April 1 edition of the Farragut Admiral at Farragut HS in Chicago), is laying low today.  But a year from now?  Look out!