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Sewing for Friends

July 31, 2012

Last summer I got to meet Amy from amylouwhosews.  She has hosted Sew-n-Tell for a few years now, an online linky party to share what you make each week, and it was one of the motivating forces that got me to start sewing more often.  Without it the sewing machine might still be in the closet in the spare room instead of living on the dining room table and getting used almost everyday.  We met for real last summer, back when I had pink hair.  Anyway, a few months ago her husband deployed and she’s been home with their three children by herself.  I can’t imagine losing my husband for the better part of a year, and my heart goes out to her.  So, to celebrate the halfway home mark I made her a little present.  And amazingly, got myself to the post office before 6 more months had passed.  That’s the true miracle here…
pouch and mini

I made this little pouch using Anna’s tutorial for the big mouth zippered pouch.  I am in love with this little bag, I think I made 5 of them in a week.  And then I got so excited about making zippered pouches in general that I maybe spent my entire allowance (a made up thing I give myself) on zippers… like, I bought 163 zippers at a great online sale. (This is where the crazy zipper lady comments will start I’m sure.)


I just pieced each side together willy nilly and then added the lightweight denim contrast bottom.  The lining for this little bag is also meaningful.  Last October when I met up with Amy for breakfast while she was in town we ducked inside a little quilt store in the middle of a wonderful snow storm and stumbled across Garden Henna in green.  This print is among our favorite fabrics ever, for both of us.  And since we bought it together I kind of decided that it needed to be involved in this project as well.  I’m emotional and sentimental that way I guess.

quilted mini

In April I made a lone Double Aster Block as a test  block for my quilting bee.  I had just recently finished making this quilt for myself and I used some of the scraps to make my test block. It turned out awesomely, but you know, was the wrong colors and fabrics for the actual bee block. And so since April this lone turquoise and green block has been waiting for me to do something awesome with it.  I finally decided to add a border and make it a mini quilt for Amy.  A few weeks ago the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild hosted a Sewing Day and I took the opportunity to finish up this project.  And I LOVE how it turned out.

quilting details

So I’m not really a quilter, you know, the type that sews all three layers of a quilt together.  I’m great at sewing, seamstressing, piecing quilt tops, but actual quilting of three layers to make a snuggly blanket? I always hire that out.  I have made a few, but it’s not really my thing.  I did the quilting on this enormous quilt, and this tiny one, and then swore I would never do it again.  But, you know, I changed my mind.  Whatever.  I want to learn to quilt my own stuff because I’m a cheapskate.  So I put it on my list of things to do before I hit 30.  And in the past few weeks I’ve made three quilts start to finish myself.  Two small one’s, and a baby size quilt.  I still don’t love it, but, I am working on it.

backing detail

I used the last little scraps of this pretty Heather Bailey paisley for the back (from the reprint of her Freshcut line), and after I took pictures but before I mailed this off I even got myself together enough to put a label on it.  I’ve only done one other label, I’m usually in too big of a hurry to have the thing done to label my work, but I’m going to work on that too.  It’s important I think.

quilting corner details

Amy got her care package over the weekend, and amazingly it arrived on the exact halfway mark.  Which is pure luck.  Love you Amy! I hope these next months go quickly!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2012 7:19 am

    You are so kind! That is a great present! I love the block and the fabrics! And that you got it mailed (often the hardest part for me, too!)

  2. July 31, 2012 8:16 am

    Both are gorgeous. You are a sweetie pie!

  3. Kathleen Barden permalink
    July 31, 2012 8:31 am

    Hello Pinksuedshoes!
    Your Double Aster Block is nicely done. Having read your log for a while, I know you are up for adventure. As one who both I works and teaches classes in a quilt shop, may I make some suggestions for you? (Well, I guess I will whether I have permission or not!)
    1. Support indepent quilt shops by purchasing all your materials locally. The independent shops will not be around for individual help if you don’t. Buying online may be less expensive but only in the short run.
    2. Use the decorative stitches in your machine for quilting. Experiment with them for grid and the usual straight line quilting. Use the faggoting stitches (all the ones that go side to side, like the one that looks like chicken scratchings) for quilting “in the ditch” – directly over the seams, instead of the impossible 1/4 inch away. Experiment with verigated thread. It is tons more fun and makes use of all those stitches that you paid for in a good machine. Folks will think you are amazing.
    3. Always, always use good thread. Quality materials effect every aspect of sewing/crafting/quilting from the fun while creating to the lasting through the wash cycle!
    4. Change your needle with every project. Needles are cheap and even the slightest ding can dramatically effect stitch quality,seam strength and thread breakage.
    5. Stop denying that you are a quilter. Either that or send all your work to me for safe keeping.
    Love the pictures of Creamie that you include in your blog. Happy sewing/quilting.

  4. July 31, 2012 8:33 am


    Those turned out so pretty! I love the scrappy patchwork on the bag, the colors are beautiful and you did a great job on the quilting! What a sweet gift for a very deserving person!

    xo -E

  5. July 31, 2012 10:23 am

    What a lovely, thoughtful care package for Amy and sweet, sweet gifts. The pouch and quilt are both gorgeous! Your quilting is just fantastic! May I say that the bias stripe on the binding is perfectly perfect. xx

  6. July 31, 2012 4:17 pm

    Beautiful projects!
    the quilting looks gorgeous I think, and the block is so pretty.
    And there are differing opinions on the “in the ditch” — I’m not a fan of that, so I love your 1/4″ away! (and you made it so pretty and even)
    I need to make one of those pouches. 🙂

  7. heather permalink
    July 31, 2012 5:10 pm

    so gorgeous. i don’t know how to sew or quilt or . . . can’t really use the tutorials. i wish you had a shop! cause what i can do is BUY 🙂 i don’t even remember how i recently found your blog, but i (oh yes! i do remember . . . seriously, i had done a search for the best way to cut watermelon! then i got to looking at your other posts) am enjoying it! love your creativity.

  8. July 31, 2012 7:38 pm

    Such a lovely quilt. The fabrics are fabulous.

  9. July 31, 2012 10:24 pm

    Totally made my day!!! Seriously! And the labels! And henna garden! An turquoise an green! I just died. You are one of the big reasons I will always be glad I blogged! Love you!

  10. August 8, 2012 1:15 pm

    That block is amazing! Amylouwho is a lucky girl.

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