Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Squirrel in Purple

Last week I decided my stitching station, which is next to my comfy chair in our family room, needed a makeover!  It's a simple, glass-topped table, about 15 inches square.  So I thought the purple mini quilt I made to celebrate women's suffrage would fit it perfectly, and it does!  


But that wasn't quite enough for the makeover - it needed something more.  How about a zipper pouch?  I have many zipper pouches, and I use them for all kinds of things, but none of them are purple.  So I decided to make one.    After reading this post at ChrisKnitsSews, I thought about an orphan block I had that might work for a zipper pouch.

It's a basket block I made when I was playing with 
the bonus HSTs leftover from this project.

I only had a 7 inch zipper, so this pouch couldn't be too big, but I thought the basket block would be just right for it.  I made a couple of panels for the front and back of the pouch and layered them with batting scraps for some simple quilting.


With zipper tabs, and boxing the bottom so it would sit flat, this little pouch measures about 8.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches tall.  It's just right for holding my little scissors, needle book, and some thread or embroidery floss.

Purple pouch and sister project up there on the wall!


And makeover complete!

I even had a purple pincushion to add to the station -  now it's really perfect! 

After finishing up that little squirrel, I could get on with stitching the redwork snowmen.  Two (plus stars and snowflakes) are finished, two more are traced and that's what I'll work on this week for my slow stitching.


Sharing at all my favorite weekend parties:

Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching 












29 comments:

Linda said...

That is a pretty little purple quilt and looks perfect on your table. My sewing station could certainly be improved by a mini quilt; it is my long-haired black kitty's favorite place to sleep - lol. What a clever use for an orphan block!

Libby in TN said...

Your Suffrage mini is perfect for that spot! I need to think about organizing my family room sewing corner ...

Michele McLaughlin said...

I love the whole set up!!! The suffrage quilt is perfect there and the basket block really worked out well for your sewing things, dind't it? It's a perfect solution! I love when we can use up a quilt block! Have a wonderful Sunday Diann!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Cute, cute!! Perfect little quick finish project to make you smile.

Deb A said...

Love the zippered pouch. Your snowmen are very cute.

Kim said...

Your little table in your sewing station does look perfect with your purple mini quilt, the basket pouch and little pincushion. Those little redwork snowmen are cute.

CathieJ said...

I like your updated sewing station. Enjoy stitching those cute snowmen.

gayle said...

You really cozied up that station! Enjoy your comfy chair stitching!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

all so nice and cozy - and great idea for the lone square that you weren't sure what to do with .

The Joyful Quilter said...

Nice upgrade to your stitching station, Diann!!

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

What a great idea for an orphan block! And now you have a lovely purple sewing spot. Brilliant!

Mari said...

Love your little zipper pouch! So very cute, and one less block hanging around, doing nothing.

Susie H said...

That is such an inviting stitching station. Love all the purple and your sister quilt is the right finishing touch. Very nice snowmen too. Wonder what will become of them ....?

piecefulwendy said...

Cute little squirrel projects! And I love the snowmen!

tubakk said...

I love those cute snowman embroideries.

Karrin Hurd said...

Love the squirrel projects! The snowmen are adorable too!

Laura said...

Great use of orphan blocks! I may have a squirrel project, or two, coming up in my future!
Love the sweet snowman blocks! :)

chrisknits said...

What an awesome project!!! I love it. Now you are set when you are ready to stitch! I need to man every surface of my house with stitching stations. LOL!

Sarah said...

Great uses for your purple projects and they look great!

JanineMarie said...

Oh, my, you are all set for comfy stitching. I love how you were able to go up to your design wall (tree?)and pluck off that cute little block (squirrel?) for just the right pouch. Squirrels are the best! And now I wonder: does stitching snowmen keep you cool? Could use some of that here.

grammajudyb said...

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? It is a great use of an orphan block! Which made me remember some orphans of my own! I think I’ll make a zippered pouch or two!

Miaismine said...

Look at you! Isn't it fun to want a new look and then to have the ability to create it yourself? Your sewing table looks like a cheerful place to stitch by. Great idea for that orphan block! I may have to borrow that idea! Thank you for sharing!

MissPat said...

Yeah, for purple mini projects and using of blocks. Very cute snowmen. I have one started somewhere. Keep cool.
Pat

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Great use of that little orphan block. Your pouch turned out good. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Vicki in MN said...

It's always fun to do a little decorating and now you have a perky purple corner to sew in. And one less orphan block;)

Chantal said...

Well isn't that the prettiest stitching station ever! So cute. Love that mini quilt. Great job! ;^)

Louise said...

Perfectly purple pin cushion and pouch! Prepared and pretty :)

Sandra Walker said...

What a wonderful spot for all the purple items. I love that zipper pouch and the cherry on top is the purple pincushion! Of course I had to check out that post that spawned the HSTs-I remember that mini. :-) Now just to toss you another squirrel or maybe have dueling squirrels again, wink, what about a RSC themed station, match the monthly colour on that wee table?! It could be done y’know...

Kate said...

What a nice refresh for your stitching place!