TGIFF… Let’s focus on the awesomeness!


I’m really glad it’s Friday.  Really, I’m glad.  But I’m not feeling the sweet relief of TGIFF *sigh*

I hoped to scrape in my November Wombat Stew bee block for Kristy.  I’m 3/4 of the way there, I’ve designed a Paper Pieced sewing machine block.  It’s big at 10″ x 10″ and I’m loving the machine.  Not so much the stripy wall paper!!  Who chooses stripes when PP???  Not me next time ;)

With that little frustration off my chest (it’s going to be awesome and I love Wombat Stew, I’m just having a few issues with matching my stripes) I can share one gorgeous finish this week :)

iPad pouch inside
Front inside pleated pocket (pen pockets)

I mentioned on Wednesday that I was working on gifts for our teachers for the end of the year.  I’m making both teachers and iPad pouch using this fantastic pattern from Michelle Patterns.  I have to admit, I’m not really a pattern girl, too many words LOL  but this one has come together really well.  The only thing that you should be aware of is that it uses templates, I prefer measurements, but of course you can take these from the templates for future use :)  I will happily use this pattern again and again!

iPad pouch front

I have finished the pieced pouch for Mr 6′s teacher but the second one is only half way there (I decided to jump to my bee block which remains unfinished…).  The finished one is awesome though ;)  So let’s focus on that!

iPad pouch front inside
Front inside

I did a combination of Quilt as you go and traditional quilting using both stash and scrap fabrics including some precious Liberty of London scraps that I bought a while back.  I used Aurifil 50 wt for both piecing and quilting (and had fun using my new colourful threads!) and bamboo batting.  I love how it came together.  Next time I will do more of the dense straight line quilting.  I love the look and it is rather therapeutic :)

iPad pouch back

The text print is really lovely and very relevant for an inspiring and dedicated teacher.  It has a number of sentences including, “The purpose of Life is to grow”, “The essence of life is to give”, “The joy of life is to love”, “The adventure of life is to learn”.  As much as I really love this pouch and dearly would love to keep it, Mr 6′s Maitresse is absolutely wonderful and I am more than happy to give her something that I would love to keep!

I also have to make a special mention of my gorgeous friend Melissa.  Until recently she was my scrap supplier, but she has caught the quilting bug and this week is joining up with TGIFF for the first time.  She has beautiful scraps so I’m hoping to see more gorgeous quilts from her :)  Pressure’s on Midge! ;P  How’s that for friendly encouragement? ;P

I’m linking up with TGIFF at Making Rebecca Lynne.

9 Comments on TGIFF… Let’s focus on the awesomeness!

  1. Molli Sparkles
    November 30, 2012 at 11:45 am (2 years ago)

    Gemma – I think I could tuck myself into that pouch every night. So colourful and saturated, with that burst of yellow inside. Delicious!

  2. RoseofSharonStudio
    November 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiful! You rocked this pattern, actually made me want to buy it! :)

  3. Fiona
    November 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes it is a rather funky pouch compared to my black iPad number. I agree that the dense SLQ looks good.

  4. sallyballycreations
    November 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh Gemma, Yet again you have brought me a project I LOVE. At this rate I will have to leave my job to make all these wonderful little things!! With any luck will have a sewing day tomorrow to make one (or a few) of these! LOVE it.

  5. MsMidge
    December 1, 2012 at 2:15 am (2 years ago)

    Gee – the pressure IS on!! I actually sorted through my scraps tub the other day, but forgot about the 4 grocery bags full of other collections scraps!!! I love your ipad pouch so much more than mine – so maybe need to purchase this pattern xx ps. i’ll still be able to spare some scraps here and there :)

  6. Ada
    December 1, 2012 at 6:43 am (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful pouch. I love it!

  7. Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
    December 1, 2012 at 9:54 am (2 years ago)

    Seriously beautiful Gemma!! I wish I had an iPad to fit one ;)

  8. Sooli
    December 1, 2012 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

    Love this Gemma! What happy teachers there will be!

  9. M-R
    December 2, 2012 at 4:01 am (2 years ago)

    Awesomeness is right! I love those fabrics and colours together, Gemma. Gorgeous!


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