Friday, September 23, 2016

Bag It 2016 and a Give Away

I've been working with a quilty friend
one day a week during the summer months,
teaching her little tricks of the trade!

When she asked to learn how to make a zippered bag,
I jumped at the chance to refresh my memory
and make a giftie!

I was trying to make the Open Wide Zippered Pouch
from a tutorial by Noodlehead
but I confess,
I messed up.
Worked out okay, because it showed her two
different ways to finish the end of the zipper.

I'm also teaching her how to finish her own quilts,
so I took the opportunity to quilt the front and back
differently so she could see she has
options besides sewing a simple grid.

I apologize for the poor pictures. I only snapped them real fast
to show her from the back, because after the pouch was sewn up,
it was difficult to see.

I'm proud to say,
her first zippered pouch was gift worthy!

I'm linking up to
Elm Street Quilts.

Elm Street Quilts

Speaking of Elm Street Quilts,
I continue to have fun with Patty's Chunky Alphabet.

This 14" x 24" pillow cover
was posted in the mail yesterday to my step-cousin.
An intellectually disabled adult,
she recognizes her name in lower case letters,
so this was a fun project
that she will just adore!

I stitch my letters in the evenings, after I clean up the supper dishes.
It's like having a delicious dessert,
without the calories!

I did say there would be a give away!

Patty is graciously supplying a PDF copy of her 
Chunky Alphabet Paper Pieced
as a give away today!

As an extra bonus, Patty just happens to be having
a birthday sale in her Payhip shop through the end of the month!
Just use the coupon code BIRTHDAY
for a 20% discount!
What a deal!
So take a minute and go check it out!

Thanks, Patty!

Just leave a comment to enter the give away.
The Random Number Generator
will choose a winner
one week from today!

Thanks for popping in!


dortha said...

It is so nice of you to share your talents with a friend. The alphabet would be so handy. Please enter me. Thank you. dorthac at

Heidi said...

And we're off! Congrats, yours is the first bag linked up! Total cuteness! That looka like a diagonal zip on the little one? Time to sort my piles & whip up a few , thanks for kicking us off with a great giveaway!

Laura said...

It's fabulous fun to share sewing with friends. Thanks for showing what you did.

Ioleen said...

First year of Bag It. I learned to use sew in magnetic snaps for the first time. Love them, Very nice of you to share your talents with a friend.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Nancy said...

Your bag looks great. I love to sew with friends. We usually learn new things and it is motivational to get the project finished. What a cute gift for amanda. I like those letters and would love to win them.

The leaves are turning here in the Pacific North West. Are you days and nights getting cooler? Will you be heading south soon?

Sandi said...

Cute print for your pouches, congrats on teaching a friend some new techniques!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen ,wow lucky friend having you teach her the bag turned out fantastic,hope your day is a good one xx

Sheila said...

Again you show and share your kindness , the pouch is lovely as is the quilting . I love the lettering , I can see me making great use of these , thanks for the chance.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

My confession is I never make pouches Karen, simply because I don't put zips in would you believe? I have put zips in, but not for so many years, I just wish we were a 'little' closer, I'd so love to meet for sewing and a catch up. you have such a lucky friend. Amanda will love her pillow, you made a great job of it, such a kind and thoughtful gift. It's lovely.

Maria said...

Sew lucky to have a friend like you to show her how to sew that lovely pouch.
Great lettering....

KMTrott said...

Quilty friends are the best! Sweet little zipper pouch :)

Lin said...

Showing someone else how to do something is always good - keeps you on your toes I find! Great pillow for Amanda. xx

Lesley said...

Sounds like you have wonderful sew days! The pouch is delightful and Amanda's quilt is super! Good for you for sharing your passion with your friend!

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like you are a good teacher. The pouch is really cute. I also like the name quilt. I'm sure she is going to love it.

Louise said...

Amanda's gift is so special! I'm sure she'll be thrilled to receive it. Doesn't everyone like to see their name in print? :)

Thanks for offering such a nice giveaway, too.

sunny said...

I keep saying I'm going to attempt a zipper pouch, but I haven't done it yet. Perhaps you could stop by and help me?

Paige said...

Cute bag and love the quilting! Sweet of you to teach a friend!

Createology said...

To teach and share your knowledge and skills with others is truly rewarding for both sides. Congratulations. Great zippered pouch.

Danette said...

So sweet that you sewed her name! I've been thinking about sewing my name for a project so the alphabet would be great to have. Thank you.

Judy said...

That's so nice of you to help a friend learn about sewing bags. There are so many neat bag designs and they turn out so unique. I bet Amanda loves her pillow cover-such a special gift. You're a thoughtful person, you know?
Have a great weekend,

VA said...

Love the bag and the pillow cover!

Anonymous said...

I don't know about any mistakes, but I love the pouch AND the Amanda piece. You've been busy, not just quilting, but passing the craft along. Good for you! And you were #1 on the linky. I don't think I'm every number one on anything. LOL =)

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Love the print for the pouch. I like that you used small letters to suit the recipient. I'd love to win so I make letters too.

Barb said...

It is always fun to share the love of sewing and quilting....I call is paying it you given your friend something to enjoy.....I am sure you are a very good teacher.

GRANNYcanQUILT said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Love the envelope print. I have some and have been hoarding it looking for a perfect project.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I have never had a friend that enjoyed sewing and needlework like I do. I especially like that you showed yours two different and creative quilting styles. I enjoyed touring the Bag It hop last year and it looks like this year will be another great hop.

Cheryl said...

That is awesome you took the time to show your friend how to sew zippers!

Sandra Walker said...

That warms my heart knowing Amanda will get such enjoyment out of the pillow you made her. I NEED to put something on my needles (knitting) so I can work away and maybe get some TV-watching done at the same time...I am SO far behind in that. Love the different quilting you did; one can do such interesting things just with lines! Always better to sew with a friend, and revisiting skills such as you've done never is time wasted.

Unknown said...

Can never have enough of these pouches! Although I haven't mastered putting the zipper in yet. I love them. I am sure Amanda will love her pillow! Mary

Anonymous said...

I adore the bag and that you are teaching someone else to quilt. I always say we should pass on the addiction. The pillow cover is wonderful and the sentiment behind it is truly touching. It really encompasses what making gifts for others is all about.

Bob Bushell said...

Neat. Oh yes, how can you beat that, the zip, lovely Karen.

Sondra said...

How cool I know you are probably a very good teacher!! I love the rocks you have in your post I am also drawn to rocks with lines in them!! AND I know you make a lovely zippered bag!!

Karen said...

One of these days I am going to learn to make a zipper bag. I really like the alphabet pillow. It is so adorable.

kathy said...

It's so awesome to teach others to sew. So many people are too afraid of zippers when they are actually quite easy.

FlourishingPalms said...

I'm late to the party, but no worries! I love that you shared your talent with a friend. She's learning from the best, and that zippered bag turned out cute. The quilting makes it even more special. Your friend doesn't know how lucky she is!