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?


  1. This is great! I’ll bet she loves it

  2. I always enjoy seeing which items get swapped around at those kind of gift exchanges! Lovely pouch that sounds like a great size for projects or paperwork.

  3. I love it!! Not loud, but very proud! By that I mean you got a great guild, great group of people and all so talented!

  4. I love the pouch! Great idea and such beautiful colors. Hope you received something nice too :)