Wall Pocket Teacher Gifts

In my usual end of year Teacher Gift, I used my ‘I’m a Teacher, What’s your Superpower?’ fabric to make some sort of tote or pouch. This year ended up to be a Wall Pocket from SOTAK Handmade’s book That Handmade Touch.

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These turned out pretty cute. The pattern was super easy to follow and quick, too!

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I have these small rolls of leather that I love, but… Of course I know all school year when the last day of school was going to be, but I waited until the last couple of days before school got out to make these 6 teacher gifts, didn’t I? Yep! I did. And I just assumed I had all the materials, because I usually do. Low and behold, I only had enough of my favorite leather strap to make one! It’s the more orangey one in the top right of the picture. I knew I couldn’t get that leather (from Amazon) in enough time for me to be comfortable, so my dear husband stopped by our local leather store, MacPherson Leather, on his way home from work to pick some up… They didn’t have exactly what I needed, but they did have these purse straps and they worked quite nicely in a pinch!

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You can see they are all a little bit different! But that works, because the fabrics are all a little different as well! Four of them have outdoor or home dec fabric on the outside, but all the inside fabric is quilting cotton.

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The pocket is just the right size to include a gft card, a thank you note and command strip to hang the pocket on the wall.

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I added a little tiny label in each one, too.

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You can watch a timeline of the transformation that this fabric label has gone through in this blog post. I’m pretty happy with the wall pockets! I may just have to make these again!

Off the Path- A Mini Quilt Tutorial

You may recognize this little guy from some of my other quarter circle quilts. I do have a fondness for quarter circles! I’ve used this technique in my 2020 Temperature Quilt, Off the Path Version 1 and Weeping Willow in Black and White. Off the Path takes the traditional Drunkard’s Path down a windy, smaller road! In the spirit of small piecing this little mini quilt was born from some of my office doodles and from scraps from larger projects! This is an easy one to use up your scraps and make one for yourself!

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I realized I had not shared this mini quilt, nor had I shared that it was featured in Quiltmaker Magazine back in 2019!

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It’s been a while since I shared a tutorial, so I thought I’d share this one today. This mini finishes at 12.5 x 12.5 inches. And ot make it I grabbed (4) colors and (3) cream colors.

Cutting:

From Cream solids, cut:
15 (2.5” x 2.5”) squares
18 (3.5” x 3.5”) squares
3 (4” x 4”) squares
From Colors, cut:
24 (2” x 2”) squares

There are 2 different blocks in the quilt, a single and double quarter circle blocks.

Assembly of the single quarter circle blocks:

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  1. Pair a cream square with a colored square. Stack the two squares in the bottom left corner. Align the fabric squares with your cutting mat squares. (illustration 1, above)
  2. Here’s where the improv comes in! No templates needed to cut your curves. You will cut a curve in the two pieces of fabric starting at ‘about’ 1 1/2” and ending at ‘about’ 1 1/2”.
  3. Keep the colored quarter circle and the cream background piece.
  4. Sew the two pieces together, right sides together. Do not pin! Align the quarter circle about a ¼” in from the edge of the background. (illustration 2, above) To sew without pinning, as you sew the pieces together hold the quarter circle, which is on top, with your left hand and hold the background piece with your right hand and guide them through your machine. As the fabric moves through the machine, you will gently pull the two fabrics so the edges align as you sew your ¼” seam.
    Remember: These are improv quarter circles. You are not sewing a perfect quarter circle!
  5. Iron the seams toward the center of the circle.
  6. You will now have a pretty wonky block. Trim this down to a 2 ½” square.
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Assembly of the double quarter circle blocks:

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above, but for this one you will cut a curve in the two pieces of fabric starting at ‘about’ 1 ¾” and ending at ‘about’ 1 ¾”.
  2. Follow steps 3, 4 and 5 above.
  3. Trim the block to 2 ¾” square.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above using the plus or minus 1 ¾” curve. Ideally you will have about ½” to ¾” between your cut and the previously sewn curve. (illustration 3, above)
  5. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 again.
  6. Trim block to a 2 ½” square

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Once you have all the mini quilt blocks completed, you can lay out and assemble your blocks. You can match my layout, so design your own! It’s a pretty quick and fun little design to play with.

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Once you lay out piece together all the blocks, quilt it however you feel most comfortable. I like to use curved quilting, but straightline and freemotion quilting would both work as well!

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My token label shot! This was the old black and white label…

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I love this picture and how tiny it looks! What do you think? Do you want to try it???

A Baby Quilt

Here’s an oldie but a sweetie! This one was finished in 2019 (that’s the oldie part) for a friend in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. A group of folks made blocks from a color scheme and block, sent them to me and I put it together. I just happen to be buddies with the Momma’s […]

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Radioactive Springtime

Radioactive Springtime is a quick little sew I made earlier this year! My goal this year to sew my scraps and finish my WIPs. I’m so excited that Spring is here and summer is on it’s way! So my idea is really to get the WIPs done first this year, but sometimes a pile of […]

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Happy Easter Bunny Pillow

Another craft I’ve taken up recently is punch needle. This is another easy project type for a beginner! There are also a lot of kits you can get for starter projects. This project is not from a kit, though. I just made it up as I went along! Back in February 2020, before we had […]

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A Bunny Embroidered Bag

And now for my third embroidery project! This project is a combo of two projects from The Love magazines! Since I’m still learning this embroidery thing, I’m enjoying following the directions from the Love Embroidery Magazine instructions. This pattern by Stacie Bloomfield aka Gingibear was featured in Issue 1 of the magazine, but it’s also […]

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My First Embroidery Projects

I started doing embroidery back in 2020! I started getting more and more enamored by embroidery watching amazing artists on instagram. Then I found the Love Embroidery Magazine and got hooked! For this project, I attempted the cover project from Issue 4 of Love Embroidery Magazine. Only I wasn’t about to attempt the whole thing! […]

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Waves- A Mini Mini Quilt

As you probably know by now, I really enjoy quilting challenges! I love the Curated Quilts mini challenges because they are minis and a fun break between larger projects. This challenge was called Utilitarian and the challenge was to use ‘accessible fabric’. I had a little problem with the term Utilitarian because to me that […]

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Up and Over

Up and Over is my quilt entry for the Quilt Improv Studio Primary Challenge. I love participating in these challenges with people from all over the world! For this challenge the ‘rules’ were to use primary colors and to use the graphic element of lines. Not only was this a Quilt Improv Studio Challenge, but […]

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Disposable- An Upcycled Quilt

Or as they say on Project Runway, an Unconventional Challenge. Not too long ago I saw a call for the UW Recycling Trash Art Contest. As soon as I saw the call, I knew what I wanted to do. I had to make a quilt from all the disposable masks. When the pandemic hit, I […]

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