Friday, November 5, 2021

Charm Squares Makeup Pouch and a Flimsy

I'm pretty pleased with myself because not only do I have a finish for Friday, but I also have a quilt top together and all four of my goals for this Q2 of #wipsbegone2021 complete with lots of time to spare!

I've made several of these over the years, most recently three to sell in my Etsy shop, SandraJaneQuilts. I sold the aqua one in short order. In early September I had one of those days when you just feel like going off-topic and playing a bit, I grabbed what was left of a Gooseberry by Bonnie and Camille mini charm pack, and made the two sides. I'd used half of it in a little pouch I made for my friend Tish. And there it sat. Why?

No matching zipper!
So, I did a little research and found an Etsy shop out of eastern Quebec who sells packs of zippers of varying colours and sizes, DeCousuCa. I ordered a pack of 25 and two singles, one lavender and one mint green. They're great, a great price, and arrived quickly.

This is one of four mini charm packs I bought from Fat Quarter Shop several years ago, one of which I turned into one of the three makeup pouches in my shop. I thought I'd turn another one of them into a pouch as well.
I like boxed bottom on bags. These hold a fair bit as you can see from the video I made on the listing. I'm glad I'm in the PHD Quilter programme, and now the #wipsbegone because I knew I had to finish this little project I'd started.

It didn't take that long. I used a bit of the leftover Gooseberry Tish had sent me to line it. Not enough of any of the prints was left, so I took two matching ones in different colours and made the lining with them. I like this!

Here's the other side, similar, but not identical. Such happy fabric!

It is quilted with turquoise variegated Aurifil, which works well on all the prints.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Mini charm pouch by Moda Bakeshop
Size: 9.5" wide at the top by 6" high
Fabric: Gooseberry by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics
Backing: as above
Batting: Hobbs 100% polyester scrap
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Aurifil; quilted with Aurifil variegated 50 wt

I said at the beginning of the post that I had completed all four of my goals for this quarter:
The only one left is the RSC Bow ties quilt top. Those who follow me on Instagram would have seen this yesterday, but here it is for my blog readers.

I absolutely love how it turned out. I tried a few iterations of the rainbow effect.

Warm colours on the diagonal through the centre (on the left) or yellow in the centre, surrounded by warm colours, radiating out to the four corners in cool colours (on the right):

Since I had no hard and fast plan with the quilt (I usually don't with RSC quilts, which can lead to some really fun surprises for quilt tops), I had to work with the blocks I'd made (49, so one will go on the back since I decided on a six by eight layout about three-quarters of the way through the year). In the end, I went with the layout you see, top right half warm colours, bottom left cool colours, having the 'light', the yellows mainly along the diagonal. I had 25 warm blocks and 24 cool, not bad for not much of a plan! This is out of the book, Classic to Contemporary String Quilts by Mary M. Hogan. I made Delia from it too. Both of my quilts are different layouts than hers, not that hers are not pleasing! I used her designs as a jumping-off point. This will appear on another #wipsbegone list, as it has to be totally finished by the end of the year in order to qualify for my PHD Quilter!

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  1. Aww,zippers. I have a live affair with zippers. You might want to check out Zipper Valley. She lives in Ontario and has a wide selection of zippers by the yard. She also has very fancy zipper slides. No affiliated, just a fan.

  2. Wow, you are making great progress on your goals. Will you keep pursuing finishes or add new starts?? :)

  3. Having zippers, threads and fabric on hand is such a bonus these days, down here we are never sure if one area will go into a snap lockdown, so if I see something I might need in the next 6 months,So the shelves and containers are packed, with things, just in case. Love the wee pouches and their linings.

  4. Hi Sandra! I adore this makeup pouch!! I saw it on IG and had to read the dets. So.darn.cute. Congrats on finishing the WIPs for the quarter. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. I am in love with your string bowties! There are so many great ways to use strings, but this one is my favorite so far. I'll enjoy seeing how you quilt this!

  6. Wonderful finish. These turned out so nicely - bag and flimsy. How big were the bow tie blocks? Now that the top is done, what's your timeline for quilting it. How do you decide what blocks you are going to work on with the RSC? And how do you keep yourself on track to complete them?

  7. I bought so many metres of zipper in Mexico that I may never be short of zippers - but some colors seem to be running out.
    The zipper pouch looks very nice and and useful.

  8. A pretty bag, but the bow tie quilt is yummy! Maybe I need a few goals even looking at IG posts seems like a chore right now.

  9. Oh that bow tie quilt in all its glorious color! I love to make zippy pouches, and now I feel like I should just go make a bunch after seeing that cute one - the two fabric lining is such a great idea!

  10. Love the zip and the bow tie quilt. You are making terrific progress this year. Two fabric lining is a terrrific idea…so perfect for the scrappy zip!

  11. Your bow ties look great. I like seeing your ideas as you decided on the finished layout. I think I’ll check out that pouch pattern. It looks like it is perfect for toiletries or make up.

  12. love the pouch and your bow tie in straps! I would try this!

  13. Love the little pouch and your strippy bow ties look great. Well done on putting some ticks on you wipsbegone challenge. Look forward to seeing how you quilt it. Take care & hugs.

  14. The bow tie quilt is so pretty. Very cheerful. And I love the pouch!

  15. You always have such wonderful finishes, Sandra. I loved your tea cosy for instance in the last post and of course the pretty pouch in this one. I enjoyed reading about your decision making re the rainbow blocks arrangement and what you've settled on. All lovely. Pouring rain today here outside Ottawa; hope the sun is shining in your neck of our woods.

  16. The zipper pouch is cute but the rainbow quilt is absolutely gorgeous. The layout is just perfect.