Sunday, February 10, 2013

Open Wide

Well I'm back from my quilting retreat, and it did not disappoint! A HUGE surprise was that our fourth member was able to join us after an absence of 12 years(!) due to her move out of state. So it was a sweet reunion plus good food, hours upon hours of sewing, and talk, talk, talk. In short, *awesome*.

Just for fun, we had planned ahead to do a small project all together. We chose Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch. It was a fun, easy sew, and I'm thrilled with how mine turned out!
My exterior fabric is Etsuko Furuya's Echino Insects paired with Essex Linen in Lime. For the interior I used a gray print from Zen Chic Juggling Summer. Where I used the Pellon 101SF that Noodlehead suggests in her tutorial, my friends all used fusible fleece. It does make quite a difference in the feel of the bag - mine obviously isn't as poofy as theirs, but it definitely stands on it's own. I'm also the only one that made the large size (10x13"), and it's really a good-sized pouch. 
I loved how each in the group jumped right in personalizing their pouches!
There were several quilted bags . . .
Even a couple with interior pockets!
The over-achiever in the group (not me!) actually made four pouches before she moved on to her previously-scheduled project!
All in all, it was a very fun project. I'll definitely be making this pouch again.

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday.

11 comments:

Katie said...

Happy to hear you had a fun quilting retreat! Your bag is the absolute cutest! I love the adorable bug and polka dot pattern matched with the green!

Kirsten said...

These wider pouches are all so lovely! Will definitely have to try to do one soon:)

Grandma G said...

Beautiful pouches! I have one (or more) of those on my list of intentions, too... for 'someday'. At least I finished my Triple-Zip... now just to get it posted.

Glad you had a fun retreat!

Leanne said...

Those bags are wonderful! Glad to hear you had a great time.

Heidi Staples said...

These look great! I really need to try one soon!

Katie said...

thoes pouches are so cute. Glad to hear that you had a great retreat.

Jake said...

I love these pouches! I made a smaller one, added inside pockets and a little wrist strap and made a wristlet out of it! Just the right size for my iPod, credit card, cash and a chapstick holder! I love Annas zipper technique! All your bags are so cute!

Erica said...

Cute! I love that Echino print that you used. I have made a couple of these for my kids and they are very useful, definitely need to make a few more :)

Katy Cameron said...

Glad you had such a fun time!

Jacey said...

Such a lovely group shot of pouches. I have been meaning to try that tutorial for awhile now. Maybe I'll get one made today! I love that Essex in Lime.

Jen said...

These look great! I've meaning to try this tutorial too!