Zip Up Tray Pouch

A couple weeks ago I was honored to be asked to test Aneela Hoey's brand new pouch pattern, the Zip Up Tray Pouch.

As you can see, it's definitely a very unique zipper pouch. It is super sturdy and has lots of form. It folds at the sides and zips using a separating zipper, which when unzipped pops right open to form this beautiful high-sided tray.

When I first saw this pattern I was intimidated.. I mean you have to admit it looks a bit complicated but I assure you it wasn't. The pattern is simply written and easy to understand, plus the construction process is just genius!

What came to mind after I was finished making it was that it immediately is useful for cars / road trips. It is perfect for sitting on your lap to hold supplies, do some EPP, or any kind of hand stitching. Not to mention if you have children like I do, it works amazingly well for markers, carvings, pencils, etc. Any kind of art supplies could easily be stored in this pouch and used in the car without fear of them rolling allover the childrens lap or the back seat of the car.

I used a Kate Spain Daydream print for the main pouch body and an orange Alison Glass print for the binding (which has to be hand stitched down to finish it, for anyone wondering). I think it turned out beautiful and Im excited to make more! :)

You can purchase the pattern in Aneela's shop. I promise you'll be surprised at how easy it is!!

March Fabric Haul

In the mailbox today was a hefty package waiting for me. I had purchased a fair amount of fabrics from recently, as well as a small Etsy shop called ClayDeal filled with hard-to-find fabrics. I grabbed some essentials plus a few things I had my eye on.

Below is a look at everything I purchased, minus a Tula Pink - Tabby Road F8 Bundle from Janum Fabrics on Etsy -  I forgot to take a photo! It really is a beautiful line though, bright colors and modern prints.

First up, let's talk Kona Solids. I wasn't always a fan of solids, there was a time I owned NONE. Yes, none. If i needed one i typically used a very low volume or a blender fabric instead. I love my prints! But, now I'm slowing introducing myself to solids as I love the way they love mixed into some improv quilting.

From top to bottom: Pond, Cactus, Lime, Kumquat, Yarrow, Peach, Carnation, Melon, Bright Pink, Violet, Wisteria, and Magenta.

Here are some out of print and hard to find Aneela Hoey (first 3 from the left), and Heather Ross (2 on the far right) prints. They are some of my absolute favorites from the Posy and Briar Rose fabric lines. Those strawberries are to die for!

These top two are are half yard cuts from Carolyn Friedlander's Carkai line. My two favorite prints from the line, actually. They are beautiful in person. It's hard to describe the hues these purples and oranges give off. Definitely unique.

The bottom print is an older Cotton & Steel print that I thought went great with the Friendlander prints. I'd love to make a bag soon from these.

Alright, now lets talk pastels. Another thing I don't buy enough of. These are Cotton & Steel (top 4 prints) and Dear Stella (bottom 2). They have great texture and I love the way Cotton & Steel has been printing on unbleached cotton - it's so different from any other fabric line and it gives a really natural look and feel to projects.

Last but not least, linens. Once again, something I don't buy a lot of unless I need it for a very specific bag or project. I have used linens a lot I just don't stash them and keep them much. I use what I buy.

These 4 prints are from Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen line. I love that it's so common to see linen in various shades now instead of just browns. :)

That's all for now..

I wish I had taken photos of Tabby Road! I did some major damage this month on fabric purchases LOL It would be embarrassing to show it all. 

Have you bought something you love lately?

Scrapbook Quilt Pattern

Good morning! Today I want to introduce you to my brand new quilt pattern, Scrapbook!

This beautifully scrappy quilt will be unique to each person who makes it! Because it uses prints from your personal stash, it will reflect each persons love of color and prints and no two quilts will be the same! It's a wonderful way to preserve those special fabric from previous projects all in one place!

BONUS: You get a throw size and baby size (two totally different patterns) in this PDF. The baby size is made from cut-off pieces from the throw size, so you can quickly and easily make two quilts :)  It also means this project is essentially waste-free!

The Details

Finished size: 48" x 60" - throw size // 40" x 40" - crib size
Difficulty level: Skilled Beginner - Intermediate

Click here to purchase PDF pattern!

This quilt uses blocks constructed entirely from Half-Square Triangles and Flying Geese units. To make this process quick and easy, I suggest using chain piecing whenever possible and Bloc Loc Rulers to trim each unit precisely. These two things made a world of difference for me.

I hope you love this quilt design as much as I do. I'd love to see your creations! Please use #scrapbookquilt on Instagram, or tag me @amistabaker, to share! :)