Saturday Series: Zipper Pouches

Hi! I'm Vanessa from Punkin Patterns.  I'm here to do another Saturday Series (techniques).  I'm going to talk a little about zipper pouches!

simple pouch, lottie da 4

From my experience, most quilters either love it OR are afraid of it, simply because they've never made one.  They are so simple and so easy.  I guarantee once you make one, you'll fall in love with them and make them to hold everything!

So there are two main differeneces in zipper pouches.
 
You can have fabric tabs on the ends of the zipper.

simple pouch, lottie da 3

simple pouch, lottie da 2

Or no tabs (just a zipper on top).

zipper detail on a pouch

First Aid Zip Pouch


Here is a link to two of my zipper pouches.  The one with the tabs (Simple Zippered Pouch) and the one without tabs (First Aid Zip Pouch).  The Simple Zippered Pouch tutorial also shows you how to make a boxed bottom.  Both pouch tutorials have lining inside the pouch.

zippered pouch button
firstaidzippouchTutorail

Both are simple.  Once you master the two zipper approaches the options are endless. You can start making your own designs for the front and back and make them any size you want.  You can use solid pieces of fabric or use up small leftover quilt blocks and make them into a pouch.

If you're new to zipper pouches, give it a try!  I know you'll love making them!

(If you like those tutorials, stop by and take a look at some of my other tutorials.)

MarketPlace India quilt

Fabric for the MarketPlace India quilt was distributed at last week's guild meeting. Volunteers voted for a flying geese quilt, inspired by a Purl Bee quilt. 


Guidelines for blocks: 

  • Most blocks should contain a red or blue fabric. We have a lot of blue and red fabric, a fair amount of tan and purple, and small amounts of brown, black and green. 
  • Each volunteer needs to make 16 flying geese blocks. Finished blocks will be sewn together in sets:
    • (1) set of 2 geese
    • (2) sets of 4 geese
    • (1) set of 6 geese
    • Most geese in a set should be made of the same or similar fabric. For example: (1) set of 2 red geese with tan background, (1) set of 4 tan geese with blue background, (1) set of 4 black geese with blue background, (1) set of 6 blue geese, 5 with red backgrounds and 1 with tan background. 
  • Any extra fabric is yours to keep.
Here are my finished blocks:



To make the blocks:

  • Each block requires one 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle and two matching 4 1/2" squares 
  • Cutting instructions:
    • For the set of 2 geese, cut:
      • (2) matching 8 x 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
      • (4) matching 4 1/2" squares
    • For EACH set of 4 geese, cut:
      • (4) matching 8 x 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
      • (8) matching 4 1/2" squares
    • For the set of 6 geese, cut: 
      • (6) matching 8 x 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
      • (12) matching 4 1/2" squares
  • Sew the geese using the Purl Bee tutorial
  • Trim finished geese to 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" 
  • Sew your geese together into 4 sets:
    • (1) set of 2 geese
    • (2) sets of 4 geese
    • (1) set of 6 geese
  • Post pictures of your finished blocks online at our Flickr group or on Instagram, tagged with #mplsmqg

Timeline:
  • June 19 - fabric distributed at guild meeting
  • August 14 - finished blocks are due at guild meeting
  • September 18 - pieced top and back are due at guild meeting
  • October 16 - quilted top is due at guild meeting
  • October 31 - binding is finsihed, quilt is photographed and mailed to Marketplace India

Challenge Reveal: Quilting Outside the Line

At our June meeting we had the Quilting Outside the Line Challenge Reveal and here are the pictures to prove it:


Sharon used blocks she won from a past block lotto plus a bunch more that she made to put this very large quilt top together:
Sharon

Michelle made this quilt using fabrics from her stash:
Michelle

And then made a table runner out of those scraps (double win):
Michelle

Kristin L challenged herself to use less solids and more prints in this quilt:
Kristin L.
She used up some of her stash for the back:
Kristin L.



Colby made this baby quilt for Brooklyn (those letters are paper-pieced and awesome!)
Colby

Colby

Lisa used Annik's pattern called "Craftsman Baby Quilt" to make this darling little number:
Lisa

Lisa

Tracy made another giant chevron quilt from the Moda Bakeshop "Patchwork Chevron" pattern:
Tracy

Tracy

Thanks to everyone who participated and keep bringing your challenge projects in for Show and Tell if you missed this meeting!

June Meeting Minutes

We had a lot to cover at our meeting last week and here it is:

Our July 10, 2014 meeting will be held with the MN Quilters at their location -- St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Newman Center.  Please go to their website for directions including what to put into your GPS to guide you to their parking lot.  Our own Amanda Jean Nyberg will be speaking about modern quilting and the MN Quilters have asked that we bring show and tell.  Please feel free to bring whatever you want, even if you've shown it to our guild in the past. 

Garage Sale -- please see the Garage Sale tab for all the information on the sale.  We are having the sale at our August 14th meeting at the Textile Center.  Bring your items for sale to the July meeting.  We will have a drop off car in the parking lot of the church before and after the meeting.

State Fair Entries -- The online deadline for entry is August 5.  Here is the link for all the information you need on entering your quilts.  Online registration is quick and easy and makes drop off even easier for you.  We would love to see a big turn out of modern quilts on display this year!

September In Town Retreat -- This is scheduled for September 27-28 at the Four Seasons Quilt shop in Maple Grove.  Come on Saturday morning, sew, run over to SR Harris, eat, sew and then go home for the night and come back Sunday morning and do it all over again.  You just leave your machine and projects locked up at the quilt shop overnight.  The retreat tab has all the information you need to register.

Our November retreat is scheduled for Friday 11/21-23 at Camp Wapo in Amery WI.  Information for this retreat is also located in the retreat tab on the blog.   Registration will start in September.

A Sew-In at the Roseville library has been scheduled for Sunday August 3rd from noon-5.

Shop Hop -- Lisa T is planning a guild shop hop for sometime later this fall.  If you are interested in helping get things organized, please contact her on Facebook or talk with her at the July meeting.

Marketplace India Charity Quilt -- Carrie F distributed the fabric to those who signed up for the charity quilt blocks that will be due at the August meeting. 

We had our reveal for the Quilt Outside the Line Challenge which will be highlighted in another post due to the number of photos from this meeting. Stay tuned!


Here is our show and tell for the month:

Nikol
Nikol 

Caitlin's quilts 
Caitlin 
Caitlin
Caitlin
Caitlin 
Caitlin 

Stephanie:
  Steffani

Michelle:
Michelle 

David:
David 
David 

Kristin S: 
Kristin S. 
Kristin S. 
Kristin S. 

Kellye:
Kellye 
  Kellye

Kristen F:
Kristen F. 

Colby:
Colby 
Colby 

 Karen C:
Karen C. 

Kristin L:
Kristin L. 
Kristin L.


MaryAnn:

MaryAnn 
MaryAnn 

Erin:
Erin 
Erin
Erin

Brianne
Brianne 

Amanda Jean:
Amanda Jean 
Amanda Jean
Amanda Jean

Vanessa:
Vanessa
Vanessa
Vanessa

Thanks everyone for a great meeting and we will see you all in three short weeks!

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