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To Vancouver with love

July 4th, 2012

The Portland Modern Quilt Guild and Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is in the thick of a pouch swap. All of our projects have been made and sent, but we’re all eagerly awaiting for our respective July guild meetings to enjoy the fruits of our swappy labors (and labours) of love from our secret pouch pals.

I can’t say who I made a pouch for, but I will say I had a blast making it for her!  I had just ordered Camille’s new Spools pdf pattern, and I KNEW I had to some how use the pattern in the pouch.  Something about Camille’s spools that are so cute and different.  Maybe because they’re a little chubby, squishy and soft.  <—- the spool version of me?!  I danno, I just know they’re so dang cute!

I made my secret swap pal a tall pouch (a modified/smaller version of Camille’s spool).
PMQG & VMQG pouch swap

From my own experience, I never have anything tall and narrow enough for bottled stuff.
PMQG & VMQG pouch swap

Hope me secret swap pal has tall stuff!
PMQG & VMQG pouch swap

I decided I needed a pouch for myself that was tall as well as wide.
Spool pouch

I got a little carried away.
Spool pouch

My scraps were begging to be used.
Spool pouch

So yummy is the black Kaufman Essex yarn dyed. Looks like linen, sews like butter.
Spool pouch

An excuse to do some hand quilting (and not have it take 2 years to finish).
Spool pouch

Spool pouch

Back.  Or visa-versa.
Spool pouch

I’m pretty sure I’m going to need a cooler next. Thank you Camille for my new spoolobsession!

Black linen: Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed
Spool block:  Camile Roskelly’s Spools pattern
Bag pattern:  Elizabeth Hartman’s Perfect Zip Bags pattern
(both spool and bag patterns I modifed in size to suit my project)

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32 Responses

  1. The fabulous Tammy allegedly said:

    Amazing!! And scraps for the spools… Genius!!

  2. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Honestly Monica! I am so far behind on everything..just finished the binding on a quilt and the baby is 13 mo old! And that darn katy has me hooked on MF hexies or is it hexy MF? And now you have panting to run into the sew room and start on spools because of course Camille makes it possible with PDF patterns! I may have to give up my blog reading for months at this rate!

  3. The fabulous Christine M allegedly said:

    I love your little pouches. What a great idea making a taller one.

  4. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    These are so adorable. I love everything about them both! Your swap partner is going to be so excited. I can’t wait to see what you get too!! xoxokma

  5. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    Those pouches are adorable. Great sizes and I love the rainbow of spools with the black linen. I’ve been using the Essex linen a lot lately - I agree with you - it’s great.

  6. The fabulous felicity allegedly said:

    Lucky, lucky partner! What a grand idea to make a long tall pouch. Brill!

  7. The fabulous Dianne Mitzel allegedly said:


  8. The fabulous Brittany N allegedly said:

    Love the colours! They really just pop! Great idea

  9. The fabulous Jill allegedly said:

    Those are gorgeous! I wish I was your swap partner!

  10. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    These are beautiful. The colors are great. I like how bright and cheerful they are.

  11. The fabulous MC allegedly said:

    Awesome pouches!

  12. The fabulous Laura allegedly said:

    What a lucky swap partner! I’ve been admiring that spool pattern too (but I can’t get it until I do my Swoon quilt).

  13. The fabulous Archie the wonder dog allegedly said:

    These are gorgeous!!

  14. The fabulous randi allegedly said:

    Oh cute! Lovin’ those spools!

  15. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    Really cute pouches ~ love the spool pattern. Thanks for the link to get my very own pattern!

  16. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Great job Monica! Great idea for a pouch and very Hawaiian looking too!

  17. The fabulous wendy allegedly said:

    I love your spool pouches! They are really fab.

    On the other hand, I’m not sure about sewing through butter… got to be a bit messy??

  18. The fabulous jody allegedly said:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your spooly pouches! Do you have a pattern that I could purchase for the tall water bottle one???

  19. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:

    I’m loving your scrappy spools.

    Great idea to have a swap with a neighbor guild.

  20. The fabulous Kim Walus allegedly said:

    These are so dang cute I can hardly stand it! I recently bought Camille’s pattern and now I’m going to have to make some pouches too! Any hints on the dimensions that you cut??? If not, that’s okay, I can figure it out. Thanks for sharing these awesome spool pouches that you made. I love them sooo much!!!

  21. The fabulous Camille allegedly said:

    Made my whooooole day. :-)


  22. The fabulous mary malone allegedly said:

    too cute for words.! You did a great job on both pouches. It is unlikely that I am your swap partner, but a girl can hope, right?
    I went to check out the pattern. I have the swoon, but did not start it. What size are the blocks? They look big! Which is cool. thanks for sharing…

  23. The fabulous Nurse Payne allegedly said:

    I LOVE that spools pattern too! Your spools look fabulous! Love the colors and fabrics!

  24. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    You’re partner is soooo lucky! I am jealous of a member of my guild (VMQG). I’m sure I have an awesome pouch on the way … I hope my partner likes the one I made!

  25. The fabulous Paula K allegedly said:

    I’m in spool love now. Can you make a pouch for me since you are an expert?! ;)

  26. The fabulous Ann in NC allegedly said:

    The spool pattern caught my eye too… really love your bright colors!!!! Great pouches!

  27. The fabulous Claire Jain allegedly said:

    So cute! I love these bags, they are just so perfect :-D

  28. The fabulous Brenda allegedly said:

    Somewhere out in the blogosphere, I saw a version of this block that had selvedge strips where the “thread” goes. I love to play with selvedge, and I want to shamelessly steal this idea. I just have to find time to sew more so I can use more fabric so I can buy more fabric to get more selvedge. Life is hard that way. (!)

  29. The fabulous Amira allegedly said:

    Love your work! They look so cute and so neat!

  30. The fabulous Krista - Poppyprint allegedly said:

    OMG YOUR PARTNER IS THE LUCKIEST EVER and if it’s not me, then I’m going to dissolve into a puddle of big, huge crocodile tears of disappointment. I have lots of tall things I could put into this gorgeous spool pouch. LOTS, I SAY! I adore all things spooly. Especially this pouch. xox

  31. The fabulous SewTara allegedly said:

    Those spools are pretty awesome. Love the bright colours with the greys.

  32. The fabulous Heidi @ Fabric Mutt allegedly said:

    This is divine! I need to get some of that linen too…

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