Thursday, June 9, 2011

Patchwork Pouches - Round 2

By-Jenny2

Dear Angel,

Welcome home! I know it's only been a few days since we left each other and our families but I already miss you!! It was so wonderful to have some "real" time together and I will forever cherish those moments we spent stitching and chatting on the deck and way too late at night. I hope you're getting settled back in. Can't wait to hear about your camping adventures and the rest of your Washington visit.

I FINALLY finished my patchwork pouches. They are birthday and thank you gifts and I am so shamefully late! I learned a great deal through this project, both about technique (zippers, lining, etc) and about my style.

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

Thanks to the wonderful tips I got from our readers on my last post, I was careful to properly trim the extra seam allowance and clip the corners before turning these pouches inside out. It definitely helped with the bulk around the edges! I can't believe I forgot that in the first round.

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

Before I show you finished pouches, I wanted to share some nice little blunders I made along the way. I'm still learning as I go with zippers. Check out this one that I cut after sewing fabric onto it, but before securing the teeth together. Eek.

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

And look at these mismatched seams. I hope the recipient won't be too picky!! Practice makes perfect, and I'm still very much in the "practice" phase when it comes to piecing and patchworking.

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

These pouches were meant to be an experiment. I wanted to practice quilting, patchworking and applique. I wanted to use scraps, as it really is the perfect small-size project for those, and pair them with linen. For some of the pouches, I had a clear vision, but for others, I just had a vague idea and a desire to take a little risk and do something different from my usual style.

Here are some pouches on which I experimented without a clear direction. First is Allison's pouch, with another appliqued leaf. I like the combo of red and linen.

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

The following pouches are gifts that have not yet been given, so I won't name names! More experimentation.

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

And here are a couple of pouches for which I had a very clear vision. Love these robots!

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

The last one is mine, featuring scraps from 2 fat quarters you gave me, Angel! I love the random line quilting on the linen, and the simplicity of it. Can't wait to use it!

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

In conclusion... I both enjoyed and dreaded the experimentation process. Maybe it's because of the pressure of gift-giving? I think I work better when I sketch and plan a bit more. I also confirmed that "less is more" when it comes to my style. When I make pouches again, I'll stick to simple patchwork and probably skip the applique.

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

I'm glad I pushed myself a bit out of my comfort zone with the improv pairing of fabrics and applique process, though. It made for an interesting learning experience. And I feel like I've come out of it a more confident crafter and sewist.

Dear readers, do you like to experiment, improv and wing it? Or do you prefer to plan ahead and stick to your tried-and-true style and methods?

4 comments:

  1. I make a plan, and then change as I go along. But that is how I am in life too. I love the pouches and think you did a great job!

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  2. Jenny I love the pouch you made for yourself! Mine is still in use as my embroidery pouch, now I just need to find time to work on my hoop!

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  3. Oooh those are fabulous! I want to make some now too.

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  4. Thanks all for the comments and compliments!

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