Have you ever started working on one project and then…..switch to another? That is what I did yesterday. Actually, I seem to do that quite a bit. Anyway, I finally felt good enough to spend some time quilting. I pulled out a batik jelly roll that I have had for a long time and started making some blocks. The collection was called Xanadu Batiks by Moda and I figured it was time to use it up. I was cutting some 2 1/2 inch squares and thought they looked a little funny. It turned out all of the strips were about 1/8 to 1/4 inch wider than 2 1/2 inches. I’m glad I caught it right away and if you use pre-cut strips or stacks be sure to double check that the size is correct. I took the time to trim all of the strips right away…..then I hauled out the vacuum to help me pick up all those tiny snips.
I went back to working on my blocks and when I took a break I checked my email. Darlene from QuiltShopGal had a new post about a #StitchAlong that is hosted by Patty D of Elm Street Quilts called Bag It that she is taking part in. Well…..you know I love making bags, pouches, totes and purses so I had to go check it out. Can you guess what happened next????? I decided to make the Basic Zip Pouch since it used 2 1/2 inch squares and….I had a pile of them in front of me.
In Patty’s tutorial she used fusible fleece and I didn’t have any so I used regular fleece and an Elmer’s Washable School Glue Stick. I love that stuff. I am getting low on zippers and the closest color I had was a blue…that worked for me.
In no time at all I had it finished. I know the zipper is a little wonky…..I have no idea what I did! It is a little smaller than my phone and I think it will make a great coin purse.
In the meantime I pulled out the precious little gift my granddaughter gave me last Christmas, I think it looks beautiful!
All month long you can find bag tutorials at Elm Street Quilts along with giveaways and a link-up. Be sure to check it out. I’ll be linking up too. #elmstreetquilts #stitchalong
Now……..make to my blocks……tell me I’m not the only one who gets side-tracked!
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