Local Quilt Stores
We have a few wonderful quilt stores near us as well as a Joann Fabric, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. We don’t usually shop for fabric at the later two but often get batting and thread at Joann’s. Our local quilt stores are our preferred source for new patterns and new ideas for fabric.
We all know we need to support our local quilt shops, and is there anything better than actually seeing the new fabrics as they come in and dream about what they should be made into? It is much easier finding a coordinating color for a border, or the background print in person. Plus they always have models made showing off new patterns or fabrics, and most offer classes that are great for all levels of quilters. We all know once you start there’s no going back . . . ever. Bwhaaaaaa.
Recently, we visited Buttons and Bolts Fabric & Quilting Supply in Salem, WI <Facebook Link> and found some wonderful fabric and a pattern to make something for our niece. She is going to nursing school and we found these prints that were just begging to be used in something. We made her this cute little zipper pouch. I would share the name of the pattern but honestly it was written so poorly that I would not let anyone I know buy it. At some point I will write up a tutorial on the correct way to make one of these zipper pouches, and it will be much clearer and easier to follow than the pattern we purchased. I apologize!
This pouch has clear pockets which are really hard to capture on film! The idea behind this project was that she would be able to have a lightweight pouch with access to her name badge for use to scan into patient rooms, a place for paper/pen/notes to be stored throughout the day, a zipper area to keep some money, etc., all on a long adjustable cord. I don’t even know if she is using it but the thought and love were sure in every stitch.
We have quite a bit of fabric left over that we need to use up. Any suggestions? One friend made some really cute zipper bags that would be adorable, or, of course, a tote would always be handy. I like all things bags . . . ~smile~ Any suggestions?