Skill Builder Block of the Month


Block of the Month 2013

Alyssa, at, is starting a block of the month for 2013 that is designed to build and review a multitude of quilting skills.  You should check out her blog post that gives all the details.

I have been involved in a few things hosted by Alyssa and can say that she is not only talented but awesomely organized.  I know you will enjoy following her .. and hopefully quilting along .. on this journey.

Happy Quilting!


Scrappy Notary Pouch

Clockwise from top left: 1) Finished pouch, 2) As inspired by Elizabeth Hartman I used the quilt-as-you-go technique inspired by Suzuko Koseki’s work, 3) backside of finished pouch, 4) and 5) show basting stitches used to mark seam line.

I’ve been wanting to remake the pouch for my notary seal for ages and finally kicked it in gear and got it done today.  My old pouch is around 25 years old and in pretty bad shape.  I used it to mark my pattern which, I’m happy to say, worked really well.  The finished version was the perfect size and shape.

I used the quilt-as-you-go style that I first saw on Elizabeth Hartman’s blog.  Post can be found here.  I want to say I saw an actual tutorial on this but now can’t find it.  But it’s pretty simple.  I took a piece of muslin and cut it about 1/2″ larger than I needed.  That was lined with ShapeFlex cut the size of the pattern and then with a batting cut just over the pattern size.  Basically, this gives you some room for error when quilting.

At this point you can use scraps to piece onto the pattern/batting base.  Place a starting piece of fabric and quilt (in my case, straight line quilting).  Add another piece much like paper piecing, finger press flat onto the batting and quilt.

It’s fun and easy and a great way to use those small odd sized scraps.

When you’re finished quilting your pattern base, trim to correct size.  In this case, I baste stitched the seam line since this is sewn wrong sides together and I needed the guideline.  Once I stitched together, I trimmed and finished with binding.

If you’ve used this method, I would love see what you’ve done.  Leave me a link.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Sewing,