Thursday, April 15, 2021


So behind the scenes, I'm quilting my improv log cabin scrap quilt; but also, I've snuck in a couple of smaller projects. You may have already seen one if you subscribe to my newsletter, The Scrap Basket. It's a zipper pouch I made by repurposing one of my actual mini quiltsHomemade Emily Jane gave me the idea in her post, How to Make a Mini Quilt Zipper Pouch, and now that I've done it, I think it's brilliant.

The quilt I started with measured just 14" x 15", a small, scrappy little one. I actually didn't quite use all of it for the pouch, as I had to consider the zippers I had on hand. And yes, it did hurt just the tiniest bit to cut the bindings off a finished project.

But really, it was perfect for it's new life as a pouch! Where Emily actually starts by making a mini quilt as a part of the pouch-making process, I used a finished quilt; but still needed to add a lining like usual, so the quilt-back gets hidden, which is a small price to pay.

So the pouch finished at 7" x 7 3/4", and a leather lacing zipper pull was a logical addition. It'll soon be off to a new home. Fun, right?

Then, after finishing my most recent Dropcloth Sampler, I needed some hand-sewing to work on in the evenings. Between that, and the bleak status of my stash fabric usage, I decided to stitch up some Running Stitch Napkins, a tutorial from Purl Soho

A fortuitous find were the remains of a fat-quarter stack of Anna Graham/Noodlehead's Forage fabric collection. The group is all printed on Essex cotton-linen blend, which obviously makes for a pretty substantial napkin. The only solid I had enough of that worked even reasonably well for the back of the napkins was a Northcott Colorworks in Pearl, a very very light gray, which I'd been 'saving' for quite some time. But as I spend several hours stitching the napkin edges with perle cotton, I decided the Pearl was perfect to bring the grouping together, especially as I stitched each napkin with its own coordinating thread.

My napkins measure 15" square finished, which is as large as I could go with the fabric at hand. I did pre-wash all the fabric before I started cutting, and I think they'll get even softer with subsequent washings. Oh! And one little detail I wanted to be sure and mention was that, per the tutorial, all knots are on the right-side of the feature fabrics! Though I've seen others do this, I never had, so it felt a little naughty, but very fun, just the same!

Anyway, I really enjoyed making these too and using several yards of stash fabric in the process. Now back to quilting!


  1. Very sweet zipper pouch, but my heart fluttered when I saw the napkins! I really like using cloth napkins and your fabrics are fabulous.

  2. The mini quilt made a beautiful pouch; I bet it did feel a bit odd to be cutting off the binding! The napkins look wonderful and I bet the texture of them will be fun to feel change under use.

  3. Beautiful inspiring projects, great fabrics too.

  4. Ps you can skip lining if you cover inside seams with bias, there are tutorials showing how to. Very doable concept really.....
    Lining is good too of course.

  5. way to use that stash! also now you have me digging through my large stack of mini quilts to see if some will work as zipper pouches. brilliant!

  6. Oh my gosh I love the pouch and napkins. Lucky recipient who receives the zippered pouch.

  7. I did the same with my Carolyn Friedlander Essex Linen fat 1/4 bundle, but I left the edges to fray with a minute edging stitch 1/4 inch all around the sides. I got 2 napkins from each fat quarter. I love seeing them in a basket on my hutch, ready to use instead of paper at each and every meal.

  8. The pouch is dreamy and kudos for being able to cut it up. I think you did make a great choice but I would have loved the quilted piece either way. :)

  9. I love the pouch and the napkins! I’ve been thinking about turning one of my quilts into a quilted jacket for months now but I always chicken out. Maybe I should start with turning a mini quilt into a pouch!