My mom, who will be 84 on her next birthday, is going on a cruise to Alaska! I'm so excited for her! So, I decided she needs a brand new pouch to carry things in on her travels. Hopefully she will find this little pouch as useful as I am finding the ones I have made for myself. I used the tutorial from Noodlehead for the Open-Wide Zippered Pouch.
It went together so quickly, and made me think maybe I am
getting the hang of doing the zipper!
The outside is a blue polka dot that I think I bought at Hobby Lobby and the lining is from a fun, low volume striped fat quarter, both from my stash. I can't wait to give to my mom when I see her next week.
Last Friday, I received a package from Tanya, of Tanya Quilts in CO
, because I won her blog anniversary drawing! What a fun treat! Tanya made a Watcha Got? project bag and a pin cushion out of sweet Bonnie and Camille fabrics. It is such a great bag and will be fun to use to store a project in with its clear plastic front window.
Tanya also filled the bag with goodies like thread, a measuring tape, buttons, hand lotion, and my favorite candy, Peanut M&Ms. Don't look too closely in the picture above, or you will notice that the M&M package was already empty when I took the picture! Yum! And look at the adorable zipper pull she put on the bag! I love it!
Thanks, Tanya! You are so generous!
In other sewing this week, I have been adding string blocks to my collection, and am up to 16. Every time I make a few more, I have fun laying them out to see how they could potentially look.
I am thinking I might stop at 20 blocks, and then put a pretty large border on to give myself some negative space for quilting in, as inspired by this quilt made by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio
. I love how her quilting follows shape of the string block diamonds out into the borders! And it's something I can do with my walking foot, which is what I do best right now!
Have a great week, everyone! I am looking forward to a visit with my oldest son for the first few days of the week and then a trip to Arizona to see my mom. It's supposed to be in the 110s there while we are there... Yikes! At least there is a pool to cool off in!
I will be linking up with Oh Scrap! on Sunday, and looking forward to reading about the other fun projects going on out there!