One Hour Pouch

What a quick and easy project! This One Hour Pouch from Millie P’s Quilt Shop is true to its name. I don’t usually sew very fast, so I was skeptical this would only take an hour, but it really did go fast.

After quilting the exterior and interior fabrics to Soft and Stable, the assembly is a breeze thanks to the 18″ Zippity Do Done Zipper the pattern calls for. I had never used one of these special zippers before and was very impressed with the process. The zipper has a built-in casing in which you simply put the edge of the bag body between the casing and top stitch it down. No need to create separate zipper strips, avoiding the multiple steps it usually takes to install a zipper. I will definitely use these zippers again!

This is a great, easy pouch that would be perfect to give as a gift! Millie P’s includes this pattern with their One Hour Pouch kits which are sold on their online shop.

Finished Size: 7" height x 7.5" wide x 2.5" depth
Pattern: One Hour Pouch by Millie P's Quilt Shop
Fabric: Sew Now! Sew Wow! by Alexander Henry Fabrics


Noah’s Ark Wall Hanging

I went to Joann Fabrics looking for the cheapest panels I could find to practice free-motion quilting with my new longarm. I picked up this Noah’s Ark panel because of all the opportunities to trace around the animals and add designs to the background elements. By the end of it, I had a great feel for the machine and it turned out pretty cute! My daughter claimed it, so it worked out well!

Finished Size: 34" x 41.5"
Fabric: Noah's Ark panel from Joann Fabrics

Bethlehem Batiks Wall Hanging

I attended the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo and came across Sew Wonderful Dreams‘ booth. I was drawn to the Bethlehem Batiks wall hanging they were featuring and bought the pattern. I had never done applique before or worked with batiks, but I was willing to learn!

I had so much fun picking out the batiks and doing the applique! The pattern came with great instructions and an easy-to-use template for fabric placement. Batiks not only gave this piece the perfect dark and bright colors to create the night scene, but because batiks don’t fray they were probably the best type of fabric to use for my first applique project.

I quilted it on my home machine with free-motion, trying to add interesting details to enhance the design.

Finished Size: 24.5" x 24.5"
Pattern: Bethlehem Batiks by Sew Wonderful Dreams