I took today off work to recover from our weekend of sheep herding in Central Oregon. I had a nice sleep-in and then spent the day sewing. I’m itching to move on to some new projects, so I planned to use up the scraps I cut up last week.
There were enough scrap strip pieces left to make three pouches. So I pieced the six panels and selected fabric for the bodies of the pouches.
I really like the red lotus leaf and LOOOOVE the black spots. The turquoise guinea flower looks better in person than in the photo, but it’s not my favorite. Sometimes you just don’t know how a fabric combination will look until you get it all put together.
I was on the phone with a friend tonight — the friend that introduced me to quilting and to Kaffe Fassett fabrics — and she offered to send me some strips from a KFC strip set that she’s had for awhile. So, more scraps are on their way to me!
I’ll probably make more of these pouches because there are some fabrics I want to try for the body of this design. I probably have a few more of these in me.
I do want to try some pouches with paper pieced panels. I recently purchased these paper piecing templates of snow capped mountains.
I’m thinking I’ll make them from batiks, but I’ll also take a look at the KFC scraps my friend is sending and see if there’s something there that will work. I can picture these in a pouch made from my lovely blue chambray that I love so much.
I’ll probably give this a little bit of thought and then dig in later this week.
I’m having so much fun making these pouches out of gorgeous Kaffe Fassett Collective Fabrics. I keep trying out different fabrics for the body of the pouch and want to make 20 more! Each one is better than the last!
These are made based on my zipper pouch tutorial. I just changed the orientation of the bag to vertical instead of horizontal. This post has a brief description of how I pieced the panel.
I’ve sold every one that I’ve made, and have orders for a few more. Luckily, I’m not tired of making these yet!
I ran out of scraps that I wanted to use. So I made some more so I could make this pouch.
How ridiculous is it that I MADE scraps!!!
I dug out 17 half yard pieces of Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics and cut a two-inch strip off of each one, then added a few pieces I had already cut that were long enough. I cut the strips in half and chose fabrics for sets of four strips. Then I sewed these strips together, and cut into 1.5 inch strips on a 60 degree diagonal line.
Here’s what I ended up with.
I cut half on the right and half on the left so that the diagonal slants go opposite directions. This gives sort of a zig zag effect when they’re sewn together.
I made the pouch according to my zipper pouch tutorial, and I quilted the pieced panel with a simple meander. (note: in the tutorial, the pouch front and back are sewn together with the 12-inch side as the top and bottom of the bag. These pieced KFC pouches are put together with the 10-inch side as the top and bottom. So these are vertical, and the tutorial assembles the pouches in a horizontal arrangement.)
I’m going to make another one just like this but with royal blue polka dots on the top and bottom.
I’m really loving all these bright colors!
I just may have used up all the bright colored scraps from my hexagon quilt. I really had to figure out a way to make these last partial triangles into a pouch.
On this one I did a little walking foot quilting on the gray strips.
I can’t get enough of these bright fabrics with the soft grays.
I’ve been having fun using up the scraps from my hexagon quilt. In fact, i stayed up way too late last night to make this one!
I just LOVE the combination of the bright colors with the gray guinea flower. That gray fabric is so amazing! Really makes those bright colors sing.
I also used up a bunch of unused gray triangles in this pouch. I love the softness of the colors. Not a typical look in my work.
Now I’m sad because I’m almost out of these fun scraps!
I have so many odd shaped scraps from my hexagon quilt. I saved almost everything thinking they would be good for pouches or for pieced panels in pouches.
So I sat down tonight and did some improv piecing and made this zipper pouch.
I just love all this color… all the angles… I love that I can see how these pieces would fit into my quilt. And it’s so soft. These Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics have such a wonderful hand. They are just wonderful to sew on.
I finished the top for my Kaffe Fassett Collective hexagon quilt last night. And I love it!
I am going to add a small border of the grey Guinea Flower fabric to give the illusion that the blocks are floating. Then I’ll piece the back and get it off to my long arm quilter.
I really had fun putting this quilt together. Each block was prettier than the next, and some of the fabric combos are just breathtaking.
Of all the blocks, this purple and orange one at the bottom center is my favorite!
The greys photograph much better close up. They are vibrant and have movement! And they’re so pretty with the bright colors.
Some recent favorite blocks
This quilt went together really easily. I was really careful to be as accurate as possible with each block and the attached triangles, knowing that the final construction would go better if everything was accurate.
I pinned…. a lot! I wanted to make sure that my points and seams matched as well as possible. There are a few that are off a little, but it’s really accurate for the most part.
This thing is going together so fast! The blocks are really big, and they’re all put together with straight seams, so you can really fly in the assembly process.
I am pinning carefully to keep everything lined up and precise. So far it’s looking really good and I haven’t encountered any severe issues with misshapen blocks or wonky rows.
I’m almost half done with the assembly on this quilt. Should have it done by this weekend.
The blocks go together in diagonal rows. Each hexagon block has two triangles sewn to it to make a parallelogram and the straight sides make it relatively easy to sew together.
I finally figured out the top edge. These photos give you an idea of what it will look like when it’s done. I’m planning on a 2 or so inch border of the grey guinea flower around the perimeter of the quilt. It might give the effect that the blocks are floating.
I just love this quilt. I wish it photographed better!
I spent about an hour in the sewing room tonight and got the first two short rows of the grey hexagon quilt put together.
I’ve been really careful in sewing blocks because I knew it would be easier to put it all to ether if everything was accurate. But still, I was worried that my blocks would be wonky and it would be a mess when I started putting it together.
I got the first two short rows put together and I’m really happy with how it’s going. There have been a few odd things, but overall, it’s going together nicely and it looks really good. I’m pinning every seam because I really want it all to be accurate.
Some points are pretty accurate, and some are wonky, but I know that once it’s quilted, a lot of that will be hidden.
I’m really happy with how this is looking, and the blocks are big so it should go together really quickly.
I had one last piece of fabric I wanted to buy this weekend to see if it works as a grey background in my hexagon quilt.
A friend suggested that I try the silver spots, so I bought a yard thinking it would certainly work. Well, it doesn’t. I tried it on the design wall and it’s flat, boring and blah.
All of the other treys are dynamic… they have movement in their design and they have color. This polka dot really didn’t work.
So I set about arranging the three grey fabrics I have, and came up with this design. it’s pretty much a done deal except that I’m going to have to play with the top and bottom edges to make that work, but I’ve been thinking about it and have some ideas on how to make it work.
Once this quilt is done I’m going to have to enlist my friend Heather to photograph it for me, because it just doesn’t photograph very well for me.
Later this week I’ll start sewing the diagonal rows together. I’m hoping that I was careful enough with my blocks that it all goes together nicely!