Monday, December 10, 2018


The annual quilted item swap is basically a tradition with the Seattle MQG. At least, we've been doing it for years and years. A good-natured event, the swapping goes round and round, and there's a very good chance you'll open one gift and go home with something different!

It's always a bit of a quandary what to make for it, but this year I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to make something with our guild initials on it - SEAMQG. So I perused letter patterns, and chose My First Alphabet by Diane/From Blank Pages. They are paper-pieced, come in both 3" and 6" tall, and I went with the 3". Just a note, this means the letters are 3" tall, but they do vary in width.

I used several fabrics in teal, our guild color - solids for the SEA, and an older Alison Glass print for the MQG - as well as the lining, which I stabilized with some fusible SF101 interfacing.

The background for the letters was Essex natural, as is the complete exterior of the bag. I quilted the linen with some nice straight-lines, added a simple zip and leather pull, and the bag finished at about 12" x 18".

The project pouch indeed got swapped around a bit and went home with Cordelia, who seemed more than happy to have it. So all's well that ends well, right?