Thursday, September 25, 2014

Little pale zippers and scraps

My sister-in-law Kim is teaching her granddaughters, my great-nieces, to play jacks and requested little zip bags for these little pieces.  These bags are 3.5" by 4" and 4" x 4".  I'm afraid they might be too small - I haven't played with jacks in over - well, my math isn't that good but to say 55 years would not be inaccurate.  This is a perfect way to use those little pale zippers that seem to accumulate in my zipper stash.  While I'm working away on things that I either cannot post about yet or getting ready for the big Purse Palooza 2014 blog post (this link is for Purse Palooza 2013), I've been working my way through scraps - perhaps for a scrappy log cabin?   

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Cute Bag - and New Eyes

Lynn, who does my cosmetic tattooing, saw my Cute Bag by Wonder Woman and requested one in black and brown. The design is made for three fabrics, but the two  worked out just fine. The appeal of this bag?  Pockets on both sides, zippered pockets on both sides, and a middle pocket with a terrific magnet at the top as well as little pockets on the inside.  The only downside to this pattern is that there are a lot of thicknesses , and I must use my mechanical machine to get through all the layers. 
Lynn also liked the little zip insert I made for my Cute Bag, one that holds credit cards and cash and has a little pocket on one side for something like a Starbucks card and a bigger pocket on the other side for perhaps cash. So I made her one of those. As I have greyed, my eyebrows and eyes have disappeared. Lynn's cosmetic pigmentation technique lets me find myself in a mirror.
And now? Back to a new baby quilt. The grandmother-to-be selected and bought the fabrics. I think I have finally decided what I want to do. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Practice does make perfect Zippered Pouches

This past Labor Day Weekend was a food one - canning giardeniera and making cinnamon rolls. But I did manage to crank out 4 zippered pouches. Guildster Emily B turned me on to this great tutorial by Sew Minty for zippered pouches. And Emily L pointed out this tutorial for perfect zipper tabs by Erin at Dog Under My Desk. There's a wonderful spirit of generosity among quilters. Nice.