Boxy Clear Pouch: Pattern Review



If you're looking for an easy Christmas gift this holiday season that will still impress your friends and family, you should definitely checkout the Boxy Clear Pouch by Aneela Hoey.

I have made this pattern before as a pattern tester for Aneela, but yesterday I whipped up two of these in the small size in a couple hours as Christmas gifts for my two daughters, then finished hand binding them this morning. I absolutely love the way they turned out! 
First I'd like to show you the gifts, then I'll show off the version I tested and get onto the review!


A combination of Cotton & Steel, Sarah Jane, and Dear Stella fabrics were used on both of these pouches. The pink firefly one is for my youngest daughter, Lily, and the other is for my oldest daughter Zoey. Each of them shows off their different personalities and favorite colors. I think they're really going to enjoy them!





Now on to the pouch I made while pattern testing and a review of the pattern :)...

I used all Cotton & Steel fabrics on this version and a cute piece of twill ruler tape for the pull tab. As you can see these pouches (this is the small version) hold quite a bit! I've got 2 large Aurifil thread spools and 10 Moda mini charms in this one with room to spare! I eventually removed the thread spools and put them back on my rack then continued filling this pouch with my Mini Charm collection. It held 18 with ease!!


Boxy Clear Pouch Pattern Review:

 As always, Aneela's patterns are easy to follow and understand. She has great illustrations to help you get a picture of the steps required to complete the pouch and just like the Zip-Up Tray Pouch and Double Zip Box Pouch that I pattern tested for her, her creations are always unique and different from other patterns!

Contrary to the fact this pattern and others of hers may seem a bit difficult, they're really not. An intermediate sewist could easily complete them and a beginner could do so too! Don't be afraid of zippers and vinyl... this pattern is quite easy to complete!

If you'd like to purchase it, click here.


The only "difficult" part of this pattern is the hand binding, which really isn't too tough as long as you can do a nice ladder or "invisible" stitch and have the right tools to use. If you're new to hand stitching, checkout some YouTube videos to learn a few stitches. It's easy to catch on to, I promise!

I prefer a #10 Milliners needle and 40 wt. thread for strength (especially since my kids will be using these). It took me almost exactly one hour to hand bind two pouches, but thats because I'm a bit slow and like to take my time to make it look as neat as possible.


Have you made this pattern?

What do you think of it? I have yet to try the large size, because the small is so generous in size already but I would definitely consider making a large one for toiletries while traveling or to hold sewing supplies.

I think this would be extra cute in a short version too... one for binding clips and such! Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you love these pouches!

Smitten: Large Hexagon Two


As of yesterday I have officially finished all five of the Large Hexagon Two blocks for my EPP Smitten quilt (pattern by Lucy Carson Kingwell). I thought I would share all five blocks here as I had previously done with Large Hexagon One.

I am increasingly happy with the way these blocks are turning out using Sugar Pie and Little Miss Sunshine fabrics by LellaBoutique. They are bright, happy, and scrappy in just the right way! I can't wait to see the entire quilt when it's finished, which I am assuming may take me a few more months as I only work on this when I have opportunities to sit down and do some slow stitching. 

Alright, on to the blocks... below are all five finished Large Hexagon Two blocks. Check them out and let me know what you think!! :)








Thanks so much for reading, I hope you love the blocks and if you're thinking of doing this quilt also you can check out the rest of my posts about it by clicking here. I will update again when the next set of blocks is finished :)

Stitched Sewing Organizers Sew A Long: Drawstring Pouch



Welcome to the Stitched Sewing Organizers Sew-A-Long! I'm Amista, and I'm happy to be participating in this awesome sew a long with everyone celebrating Aneela Hoey's latest book: Stitched Sewing Organizers. I hope you'll join us - there are tons of awesome prizes!! You don't want to miss out!

You can find more about the sew a long and our host by visiting her blog, Tuppence Ha'penny Quilts.


A little about me...

I'm a 30 year old quilter and sewing enthusiast from Ohio, U.S. I'm married with three children (ages 9, 5, and 2) and we have one dog and two guinea pigs! I am a self-taught sewist and my first machine was an old Kenmore. My husband bought it for $50 off of his sister, who had owned it for Home-Ec in High School, lol. The machine had no frills and no bells or whistles but it did the job.

Nine years later I know so much more and have so many more skills, it's hard to believe how far I've come. I would have to say sewing is definitely my therapy! You can follow along with my sewing adventures @amistabaker on Instagram :)

Okay, enough about me! On to the sew along... Before I talk about the pattern, I'd first like to give a huge Thank You to Aneela Hoey for sending me these adorable Cherry Christmas fabrics to use. I am grateful and I loved creating with these fabrics!



Drawstring Pouch

My particular project for this sew a long is the uber cute Drawstring Pouch found on page 69 of the book. If you're creating along with us, you'll also need the pattern template from the back of the book, a couple fat quarters of fabric, and basic sewing supplies.



I chose to make an EPP panel using fussy cuts from the Cherry Christmas fabric line. I placed it on the center of a exterior pouch piece and stitched it down with my machine. I think it adds a super cute Christmasy feel to this pouch, don't you??

One of my favorite things about this pattern is the ease in which it is all constructed. Sometimes drawstring bags can be a bit tricky for beginners but the instructions Aneela has written in her book are great at explaining things clearly. I don't think you'll have any trouble at all whipping up one of these cute bags!



I really love the drawstring channel at the top of the bag. I unintentionally fussy cut this as well, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a cute little line of hanging clothes at the top of my bag, lol. Total coincidence.

The only issue I had was those tiny little hexagon drawstring tabs! Maybe its just me but working with such tiny fussy little things was a bit of a challenge. Either way, I got it done and they were worth it! They finished off the bag and make it super cute. I hope you make one of your own!



The Prizes


Yes, I mentioned prizes at the top of this post, and there are lots to win if you sew a long with us and share your creations on Instagram using the hashtags #stitchedsewingorganizerssal #stitchedsewingorganizers #aneelahoey as well as tagging @modafabrics, @simplysolids and @makemodernmagazine

If you'd like to win this week, just make a Drawstring Pouch from the book and share with us on Instagram. Checkout the awesome things below you could win!!


If the selected winner is a U.S. participant you will win..

$35 Moda Voucher and 6 month Make Modern Subscription (U.S. only) 





If the selected winner is a International participant you will win..

£25 Simply Solids voucher


Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you love the Drawstring Pouch I made! I can't wait to see your makes for the Sew A Long!


The Quilters Planner: Review and DIY Cover


Happy Sunday! I'm checking in to show off this super cute cover I made for the 2018 Quilters Planner that I recently won in a giveaway courtesy of Kitty Wilkin / Night Quilter, as well as give you a quick review of the Quilter's Planner itself incase you're thinking of purchasing one :)

If you're interested, and want to see more photos, keep reading...



Planner Review

First off: I have to state without hesitation that this is the best planner EVER! I am somewhat of a planner addict, and although I don't share my planners (and stickers, pens, etc LOL) on social media much, I definitely have a thing for all things planner related. Needless to say, one that's specifically for Quilters is right up my alley!

Here are some things I love about this planner...

  • You get weekly and monthly pages for every month of the year with lots of little extra spots for goal trackers, sketches, lists and more.
  • There are 15 Alison Glass designed coloring pages plus 4 pages of Alison Glass stickers for your planner (SO AWESOME!).
  • A reference section in the back for cutting fabrics, calculating cutting measurements, etc. 
  • Tons of to-do list pages, gridded pages for sketching blocks or full quilts, Project Planning and Swap / Bee Block tracking pages.... just so much stuff!
  • There is also a thick magazine that comes with the planner to accompany it which includes 13 quilting & sewing patterns.
I really didn't understand just how awesome this planner was until I saw it in person. If you're someone who quilts or creates a lot - and especially someone who participates in swaps - this is such an amazing asset to have! I highly recommend buying one!

Handmade Planner Cover

For my planner I wanted to create a cute but classy looking cover. I used the free "45 Minute Planner Cover" PDF tutorial from the Quilter's Planner website and added my own flair.

The EPP panel is the center hexagon block from a PaperPieces.com "Star Blossom" block kit which was gifted to be in a recent swap. The fabrics are Daisy Chain by Annabel Wrigley. I am totally in love with this line right now. I have an extra fat quarter bundle set aside for a quilt (hopefully one day).

If you'd like to make a cover like mine, here are basic instructions...

Supplies Needed:

  • FQ for lining
  • FQ for interior pockets
  • Essex Linen (background): 9" x 21"
  • Accent fabric (bottom strip): 3.5" x 21"
  • PaperPieces.com "Star Blossom" block pack
  • Small piece of elastic at least 2" long
  • Fusible fleece and woven interfacing

Instructions:

  • Use the 13 center EPP pieces from the Star Blossom block to baste and hand sew your large hexagon block.
  • Piece accent fabric strip to the bottom of Essex linen background. Trim to 11.5" x 21"
  • Applique, or hand sew, your finished EPP block onto the front of your planner cover exterior placing it at least ½" from the top and 2-3" from the right side.
  • Follow the free "45 Minute Planner Cover" PDF tutorial to complete your cover.



If you make a planner cover like mine I'd love to see your finished creation! Feel free to tag me @amistabaker on Instagram. 




Thanks for reading! Have an awesome month, I'll see you again in early December for my turn on the  Stitching Sewing Organizers Sew-A-Long! 


Maker's Birthday Bash: My Package!!


This year is quickly coming to an end and so is the Maker's Birthday Bash I have been hosting all year long! We had a few hiccups along the way, a couple flakers and drop outs, the occasional late-sender, but all-in-all it has been a great swap.

You'll have to forgive me for being 2 weeks late posting this, I have been so sick (so was my husband and my son had an allergic reaction to something and got covered head-to-toe in hives! PLUS Halloween with 3 kids) but here it is! I'm super happy with everything I was sent for my birthday in later October from Jeanne @makkaroni_art, and I'd like to share all of those gifts here with you. Fair warning: this is a picture heavy post! Enjoy :)


Before I spam you with a billion pics of all the wonderful things Jeanne sent me, I'd like to give her another huge Thanks for everything! This birthday package was the best I've ever received. So much thought went into it and I truly appreciate every item! I am using the bag a zipper pouch everyday :)

Ok, on to all the amazing stuff!

Macaroon Pouch (pattern by @charisecreates)

Three "Crew" pincushions (pattern by @noodlehead)

Crafty Fox embroidery kit

Felt-Fetti

Various EPP shapes / sizes

Cabin Fever book by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting

Amazing Compass Bag (Pattern by @noodlehead) 

Side pockets

Interior

As I said, I loved everything so much and have found a use for everything so far! There were also tons of little extras like candy, thread conditioner, quilting gloves, and more! The gift was amazing!

And so I don't give *too much* away, below is a little sneak peek of my partners in-progress birthday package! I've still got a few more weeks to send it out and I'm making things as I go, but these are just a couple items I can show you :) I hope she will love it!


Thanks for visiting!

Progress: Granny Square Quilt


I am finally finished with my April Showers Granny Square quilt blocks!! I have 36 blocks trimmed to 9" square and ready to have sashing added to them! This was my first time ever doing Granny Square blocks, I have loved them for a long time but I was a bit intimidated to try them out.

I've been collecting the April Showers fabric line by Bonnie & Camille (currently out of print) for several months, buying precuts here and there whenever I found them in online sales. Im thrilled to finally be able to use them!


The top will feature all of my bright scrappy granny square blocks with a 4-patch border. I don't know that I'll finish this quilt this year, considering the holidays are quickly approaching and I have a blog hop, a swap and some gifts to make for family, but whenever I do get to it Im sure it will be lovely!

I hope you like this little look at my quilt top progress! What are you currently working on??




Granny Square Block Swap


Welcome to the 2018 Granny Square Block Swap hosted by yours truly!

All of the information for this block swap including the sign up form and a super easy strip piecing tutorial for making these blocks will be found on this blog post. All you have to do is keep reading :)


The Details

You'll make blocks, send them to me, I'll switch them up and send some back to you made by other quilters. Send as many blocks as you see fit, but they will all be the same size (see tutorial here) and you'll only get back in the mail the amount you sent to me. EX: If you send 20 blocks, you'll receive 20 back.

20 blocks with a 6" border make a 52" x 62" quilt

All block backgrounds will be made with Kona White only.

Swappers will be put into teams determined by what type of fabrics they're using: Bonnie & Camille, Figure, Scrappy Brights (any designer), or Scrappy Low Volumes (any designer).

Sign up form: click here
Facebook group: click here



Shipping Info

When your blocks are ready you will ship them to me. My home address will be provided to you after you sign up using the form above.

You will be responsible for all shipping costs including mailing blocks to me, and getting blocks sent back to you. To make this work, you will send me your return shipping money via PayPal. I will provide a payment link to you after signing up.  With this money I will buy your return shipping label at the post office. I will not profit from any of this, it is simply postage costs. I will use USPS Flat Rate.

How much money do I send? US Participants will send $7.25 for return shipping and International participants will send $15.00 -- It must be paid BEFORE you ship your blocks to me!

Shipping Deadline: You must have your blocks in the mail to me by January 31st, 2018 if you're in the US and no later and January 17tht, 2018 if you're International. Any blocks shipped after this date will be returned as I will have already began the process of swapping them.

Please allow 1-3 weeks for me to swap blocks and get all packages sent back out.

Granny Square Block Tutorial:

We will be using the super easing strip piecing method from Moda Bakeshop (click here!) for our blocks. Each block will be trimmed down to 9.5" square before sending.

Note: This method produces 2 identical blocks from the same set. Send them both or keep 1 of each for yourself!


I hope you'll join us!

The sign up form has more detailed information so click it (at the top of the post) to checkout out. You'll have a few months to make blocks and ship them to me :)