The first was inspired by pouches I saw in several Mouthy Stitches mosaics that play with color tone. You can arrange these little HSTs in a variety of ways, but I liked the deep center to focus the eye and the repeating diamond to give a little 3D effect. It's quilted with concentric diamonds using invisible thread. It is backed with one of my favorite prints (and I still don't know the name of the designer/mfg) that was quilted in vertical lines 1/4 inch apart and topped with a little pink zip.
It measures an adorable little 6 inches square, so perfect to hold a few hexies for when you are stuck in traffic or waiting for an appointment.
The second is a cathedral windows pouch. I have wanted to try cathedral windows for AGES, but 1) they look very hard and 2) they take a LONG time, so I don't want to commit to a larger project filled with windows. A pouch seemed like the perfect solution.
There are 4 cathedral windows blocks that are placed together with a Woodlands boarder. I kind of adapted the Moda Bake Shop tutorial to suit my needs. It's very well written if you're curious to give these windows a try yourself. I just love the splash of color on the front. Isn't it cool how your eye makes a circle between blocks? I love that. The front is not quilted and does not contain batting as there was a TON of stitching to hold these little
suckers beauties together. They're each about 4 layers of fabric thick, so batting and further quilting would have been overkill.
The back is an orange print from the Spring Street line by Carolyn Gavin. It holds batting and is vertically quilted with orange thread in about 3/4 inch rows. I guess I have been hanging out with Hadley enough that her love of orange has finally transferred. It's a new happiness for me, so I'm tossing orange in everywhere I can.
Finally, it's lined with It's a Hoot fabric as it just gave a nice splash of blue inside and joined together the red front, orange back and yellow zip. All told, it's about 10 inches square, so you could easily fit a hand stitching project in here or use it to travel.
I am thrilled with these pouches. I hope my friends are too! Enjoy, guys!