Saturday, August 8, 2020

A Couple Of Requests

A few months ago both Brianne and Brady made some quilty requests. Of course Mum/Nana will acquiesce! Brady requested a plain grey, (man-style) toiletries pouch for things he might need when he starts Junior High in September, like deoderant. He wanted sections, as I did in his iPod and charger pouch. I felt like trying a new pouch pattern, so I looked in my hard drive and bookmarks and decided upon the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead.

It's a great tutorial.


I love how the zipper is inserted so that you have a handle. This is especially good for a guy's bag. I mean he doesn't want a little handle...too pursey.

And of course it opens nice and wide. I modified the tutorial to include a large pocket. Of course I used beautiful Island Batiks.


Request #2
When Brianne started working from home back in mid-March, her dining table became her office. When she went back to the office, she did her makeup there so as not to disturb Brady. She also found she liked the natural light there. She requested an oversize placemat for her makeup brushes and other paraphernalia.

Not too quilty.

Yes, I could use some of the fabrics from La Vie en Rose, the quilt I made her last fall. And other pinks.

I had, still have, a great idea for a mat, which I intend to do, but one thing (deadlines and commitments) lead to another, and all of a sudden time was of the essence and I needed this done fast. You may recall I'd recently made her the Still Waters quilt for one of Brady's special teachers. Why not downsize that one-seam block and make her mat? Above you see the arrangement and start of sewing the blocks.

Here is the final product, a simple right sides together, cushion cover-style mat. No binding required!

Stitched in the ditch both ways, and then two vertical lines through each half of the block made for a nice flat mat.
I used up the rest of that cool Art Gallery fabric that is in her quilt. Two florals, one vintage, one recent, used up as well, and a nod to her burgeoning interest in gardening.

I had fun with a few Aurifil colours and weights, both for the piecing and quilting. The mat measured 20" square and she said it is the perfect size.

Nice to check off two items on the FAL List as well as fulfill two requests!

Linking up

Confessions of a Fabric Addict

The Madd Quilter


I'm still pretty annoyed with a lot of this new blogger format. Today, for some reason, it is double-spacing every time I hit return. &*%$ And don't get me started on the asinine way they have set up labels.


21 comments:

  1. Both are great projects! Brady's wide open pouch looks perfectly manly for school.

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  2. I really like that wide open pouch. I need to find that tutorial and make one for myself.
    I am staying with the older format of blogger until they pry it away from me.

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  3. Beautiful projects! I love the pouch, and this table mat is very girly 🤩👍

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  4. You came up with great ideas for both requests, and I'm sure they will get much use!

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  5. I know you stitched a lot of love for them into both of these!

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  6. How wonderful to be able to stitch these two gifts up for the people you love. It must feel great to be able to finish these up. Love all that pink fabric. Hope Brady gets to go back to real school in September. Our kids in Carson City are doing a hybrid..3 days at home/2 days in classroom. Hope they are all safe.

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  7. Love both projects. I have a very little shelf in front of my mirror for putting my make up and things are always falling off; I think I might make a mini quilt to go on top to try and stop that happening. In fact I typed tray instead of try and I think a little tray might be the way to go :-) BTW the link to Brianne's quilt takes you to the wide open pouch; all other links work as they should :-)

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  8. Hi Sandra! Well, non-Blogger folks can't help but wonder about the asinine label setup. Just sayin'. If you want to get started and vent, feel free. I can't help but I'm a good listener. Especially in person! HAHA! Love the man pouch for Brady, and the not-to-quilty mat for Brianne is just perfect! Isn't it just THE BEST THING EVER to receive requests??! And then to hear it's just perfect - there is very little things better as a quilter except maybe I'll buy it. {{Hugs}} Love the post and sorry for the Blogger issues. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  9. Nice pouch! I love her bags and pouches! Do you happen to have a pattern or tute for the ear pod little pouch with pockets? IT is so cute. I know my daughter would love one of those! Thanks. Bobbi

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  10. It's nice to be able to fill a need for a loved one with a handmade item. I love the masculine bag, and the gardener's make-up mat. I'm with you on the new blogger. It was double spacing on me a couple posts back. I don't know why and it's not any more. For me, the font I used before no longer looks like it use to! I find the font sizes wonky, too--the largest size comes out smaller than the others after I publish. Hmmm.

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  11. That toilet bag could not be more perfect for Brady! I like the simplicity of it. The placemat for makeup is a great idea and you did so well making it for her. I like the no-binding. BTW, the hydrangeas are lovely!!

    -Soma

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  12. Great job on both the pouch and makeup mat! I share the same frustration with the new Blogger labels.

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  13. Some great finishes I want to try making that pouch sometime. My boys would probably like it too.

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  14. Always nice to get requests from family! Fun projects!

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  15. Open Wide Pouch is my favourite zippered pouch pattern. I never thought to include an inside pocket. Great idea.

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  16. So nice to have requests from Brandy and Brianne. I love the extra pocket in the open wide bag and the makeup wrap for work is a lovely idea.

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  17. Lovely projects, and I feel your pain about new blogger. Why couldn't they just leave well enough alone??

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  18. yes yes and yes....I had the same problem with double space..I thought I was the fool
    and, I cannot figure out the label at all...Thank you so much for helping me feel less crazy...love your projects..just lovely.

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  19. How could you not honor these requests? Looks like you made just the right things for both B & B. Will Brady be going back to school in person? That decision is just so fraught down here. I hope things are easier up in their neck of the woods.

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