Sunday, December 15, 2013

LOVE-ly Little Pouch Swap

I know it isn't even Christmas yet, but Valentine's Day is coming, and it's time to get ready to share the L<3VE. Our guild swap for January will be a L<3VE-ly Little Pouch Swap.

Here's a pouch I made for a swap last winter
Haven't made a pouch before?  Afraid of the zipper?  No worries.  One of the reasons for doing these swaps (besides the fact that they're fun!) is to learn new skills.  There are some great tutorials on the net.  Here are a few:

Photo courtesy of KelbySews
My favorite is from our own Kelly Bowser: and if you check her blog, she even has a video tutorial on putting in zippers.

Photo courtesy of La Bella Colori
And here is another tutorial from our own Kira Bell:

Here's a free scrappy pouch tutorial by the ever-helpful Noodlehead: 

Photo courtesy of Noodlehead
And another Noodlehead tutorial for a pouch that opens completely:

Photo courtesy of A Quilter's Table
And if you're a zipper over-achiever, here's a tutorial for a triple-zip pouch:

Photo courtesy of American Sewing Guild SLC
And if the idea of zippers still leaves you thinking "I can't do this", here's a tutorial for a snap tape pouch using a metal tape measure as a closure:

And just a word of caution... if you choose this method, do not take husband's tape measure and cut it up (you know how you feel about your scissors, right?)

There are dozens more tutorials on the web.  As you can see, little pouches are limited only by your imagination. 

To play along in the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild L<3VE-ly Little Pouch Swap, sign up in the comments below.  Be sure to tell us:

1.  Your name
2.  A color scheme you would like your partner to use - red and pink for Valentine's Day maybe?
3.  Your idea of the perfect L<3VE-ly Little Pouch
4.  The best way to contact you (you might leave your email address as  your name {at} so that spam-bots can't pick it up... Or say Facebook or Google Plus...  I had a lot of trouble with this during the last swap, so it would be helpful to know how best to contact you).

Sign ups will be open until December 25.  Partners will be assigned on December 26, so you should have 3 weeks to make your pouch.  Pouches will be presented to partners at the guild meeting on January 11, 2014.  

And now for the quilty fine print:

1.  Please use modern quilt shop quality fabrics.  (No Jo-Ann's, Hobby Lobby or other Big Box store fabric, with the possible exception of fabric by modern designers.  Jo-Ann's for example, has fabric by Denyse Schmidt, Patty Young, Juliana Horner, ModKids and Cloud 9.)  Careful fabric selection is key - we are a MODERN quilt guild, after all.

2.  Make your item the best you know how.  Be sure to make something you would like to receive.

3.  Stretch yourself a little.  Maybe try a new process or technique.  We would love to have this little swap expand your quilting horizons a bit.

4.  Be sure and say "thank you" when you receive your gift.  It's only good manners, after all.

5.  Have fun!

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