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Using upholstery samples to make pouches

Friends and colleagues are kind enough to think of me when they come across some textile treasures. A while back, I received a bunch of beautiful upholstery swatches left over from a decorating project.

They're just the right size for making small zipper pouches. On average, they measure 8" by 4".

I've been making a few at a time when the mood strikes. With some 30 cent headers from FiDM, I line the bags so that they are finished on the inside, too.

These are going to be great Christmas gifts. Practical and stylish. Durable, too. Because the upholstery samples are for commercial use, they're flame retardant, water repellant, and hardy. In a pinch, they can double as coasters or hot pads.

Practing free-motion quilting

The Cal quilt for the donation to the East West Players was quilted, hand-bound, packaged, and delivered a while ago, but I want to show-off the quilting.

With a larger throat in the sewing machine, maneuvering the quilt under the needle is so much easier. And now having had many more hours of practice, plus a conquered fear of marking the quilt top, quilting something other than squiggles feels more doable.

Plus, I've come to terms with my less than perfect sketching, which helps me get over comparisons to professor quilters' work. Their stuff is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Seriously, how can a person make that?!  What amazing artistry and infinite patience.

Sailing, sailing...

I started cutting out the pieces for a new quilt at 10 p.m. last night, and when I looked up, it was 2 a.m.

With a little bit of Top Gear on the laptop, the time flew. And some scenes had me laughing so hard that I had to take a breather to make sure that I did not have any further mishaps with the rotary cutter.

Not a bad way to spend an evening and get caught up on some long-overdue sewing.