Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My guild,a free pattern and a giveaway


Last year I joined a new guild in town, a chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. I like it because it is easy and fun and doesn’t have all the parliamentary stuff and rule book that some older guilds run by. So, I’m one of the leaders of the group ‘swaps’. They are a fun way to get to know each other.

The first one was mug rugs. mugrug

People brought in baggies of their favorite fabric scraps with their names on bags and put them in big box. Then they blindly pulled out a bag of someone’s scraps, went over to meet/chat with them, then took bag home, made them a mug rug and brought it to the next month’s meeting.  Everyone was very pleased with their ‘gift’!

This month we started a new one that is a sewing caddy to keep all your tools handy. If you have a machine that fits into a table then you have no need for this daily but it comes in handy if you take your machine for a class.  It’s fast and easy and here are my instructions:


    * 2 different fat quarters 18" x 22"
    * 18" x 22" of batting 
    * decorative threads

1. Cut both pieces to be same size/roughly 18" x 22".

2. Place two fabrics right sides together, put batting on top and sew 1/4" seam around all edges leaving an opening for turning. Trim and clip corners. Turn. Press and stitch opening closed.

3. Topstitch around entire piece close to edge. Quilt all over if desired.

4.  Fold up the short end 5" to form pocket. Pin in place.

5.  Stitch vertical lines to divide pocket into 3-4 spaces for tools.

TO DECORATE -Mark off the bottom 5" which will form the pocket and decorate before putting together.

GIVEAWAY- I’m giving away the caddy in the photo that I made out of Jane Sassaman fabric by Free Spirit.  Just leave a comment below- tell me if you do some small projects like this for your guild or gifts…we need new ideas!  We’ll use to pick a winner Oct. 31.

And the winner of last week’s giveaway...a copy of Silk Unraveled book is Kathie MacKie from Canada.

I’m teaching at Quilt Festival Houston November 2 so should have some interesting posts after that trip!


  1. Okay, you make it seem so simple to make and I know that I have wanted one of these forever!! I love the fabric you chose and I don't have any like it to winning your sewing caddy would be awesome!! Thanks for the chance!

  2. thanks for posting the instructions Linda! This will be good reference if anyone loses their copy.

  3. What a clever idea! I will be making a few of these for Christmas gifts!

  4. Linda I love your sewing caddy that you are so talented..thanks for inviting me to your blog...thanks again, Janice Daniell

  5. Thanks for posting the docs. What a good idea! Have fun in Houston.

  6. Fun pics and great ideas! Have fun in Houston.

  7. I love this site. I think I will try and make a caddy. Looks so neat!

  8. This is a great idea! If I'm not lucky enough to win one I will have to make myself one!!