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Looking forward to the Zakka quilt project

Have you been sewing along with the projects from the book Zakka Style? It’s been fun to see all of the different versions of the projects starting from the beginning of the book.  The first project was a tote bag and it took some time to make up.  However, since then, the projects have been very quick and relatively simple.  The idea with the Zakka Sew Along is to read the guest blogger’s notes for that week’s project on Monday and make the item up and link it by the following Sunday.  I’m going to be traveling some over the next few weeks so I thought I had better look ahead.

Japanese fabric charm pack

There is only one quilt in the book and it is coming up in a few weeks.  I have a charm pack of Japanese woven fabrics that I’ve been saving for just the right project, and I think this is it!  My squares are 4″ and the pattern in the book calls for 6″ but that does not deter me.  I will just add more rows/columns to make the quilt the same size.

Zakka Quilt - book and pencil diagram

I made a sketch to help determine materials and sizes needed.

I’m considering sewing this together with my serger.  I have never sewn a quilt together this way before but all of these fabric are rather loosely woven (especially this linen) and I think it might be a good idea.

Quilt layout on design wall

I did not get last weeks project (mini magnets) done due to travel for my husband’s birthday.  However, I still  feel like I’m ahead instead of behind because I’ve got this quilt all cut and ready to sew.

Happy Birthday Dear!


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Zakka Style Project 5: Patchwork Pencil Case

Zakka Pencil Case finished

This was a fun and easy project.  Thankfully, many of you have already posted about it so I was forewarned about following the directions exactly. The best suggestion that I have to add is that the directions want you to “turn” the project through a 1 1/2 inch opening.  I thought it was easier to leave the whole 3 inch end open to turn through (see pictures below).  There were not many pictures or diagrams for this project so I tried to take pictures of each step.  I hope this helps!

Pieces all cut and patchwork sewn together.

Sew the small linen piece to the top of the patchwork strip and the longer linen piece to the bottom of it. Baste the closing band 1" from the top of the small linen piece.

After fusing interfacing onto the wrong side of the lining piece, sew lining to linen piece across top with right sides together. Fold lining back at top and topstitch along the fold.

With lining side up, fold the lining right sides together by folding 5 1/2" from the topstitched edge.

Turn the piece over and fold the linen exterior in the same way - aligning raw and folded edges.

Sew along raw edges on both long sides. I left the 3rd raw edge open to give more room for turning right side out. Folded edge is not sewn.

Turn right side out.

Fold raw edges in.

Topstitch opening closed and it's done!

As others have posted, this case is smaller than it looks in the book or online.    It’s only about 2 1/2″ by 6″.  Here is how it compares to a pencil and a pen:

It has been suggested that it could be used for a small pair of eye glasses or to keep crochet hooks in.  I might use mine to keep my small rotary cutter in when I take it to a class.

Happy sewing everyone!


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Stamping on fabric. What do you use?

I’m sewing my way through the book Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  This week’s project is a small sewing kit with pincushion.  This is a quick and easy project to make up and I used several stamps to personalize mine.

Zakka Sewing Kit

Project 4: Zakka Sewing Kit

Zakka Sewing Kit - Outside

Outside of kit

I would like to do more stamping but have had trouble finding the right supplies for fabric. I would love to know what other sewers have had success with.  In particular I would like to know which products give a detailed imprint and are also permanent and washable.  I’ve been using clear stamps mounted on an acrylic block.  These stamps are fairly shallow.  A rubber stamp would probably be easier to use, but I love the variety of these clear stamps.

Clear stamps

The large owls on the pockets of my sewing kit were done using a liquid acrylic called NEO OPAQUE by Jacguard that I bought at my local art supplies store.  I bought a glass artist’s palette to pour a bit of the ink on to and then a brayer to smooth it out.  I tried both touching the stamp to the ink and also using the brayer to ink the stamp.  Both ways worked “just okay” – especially on the textured fabric that I’m using.

Owl stamped on inside of kit

Neo opaque by Jacguard

NEO OPAQUE by Jacguard

After doing a bit of research on the web, I ordered some different products made by VersaCraft.  I bought an ink pad (which is smaller than I thought it would be when I mail ordered it – don’t you hate that?), some ink to reink the pad, and a dual tipped marker.  I used these to stamp my name on the kit and the small owl on the pincushion.  I was glad that I had bought the marker because I was able (with the small tip) to darken the areas that needed it – and they did need it.

My name on outside of kit

Small owl stamp on pincushion

Versa Craft products

Versa Craft products

I did heat set all of the images I stamped, but since this project will probably never be washed, I don’t really know if it is permanent.

What products do YOU recommend?


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Zakka Style Project 3: Zakka Pincushion

This is week 3 of the Zakka Style Sew Along.  This week’s project is a pretty straight forward pincushion.  Here is the example from the book:

Zakka Style Pincushion

Here is the pincushion I made:

Zakka Pincushion front

Zakka Pincushion front

Zakka Pincushion back

Zakka Pincushion back

I made the following changes from the directions in the book:

1.  Size – mine is a bit smaller.

2.  I used sand instead of polyester fiberfill inside.  I like the feel of sand and supposedly it keeps your pins sharp!  This did make attaching the buttons on the front and back to one another kind of funky because the “fill” does not stay in one place.

3.  I free motion stitched a design on fabric rather than stamping.

It’s cute but not as cute as the chicken pincushions I made a few weeks ago!

Chicken pincushions

Cluck! Cluck!

Don’t you agree?


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Zakka Style Project 2: The House Pouch

This is week two of the Zakka Style Sew Along.  Project 2 was a lot quicker and easier to sew than the Project 1 tote.  It was very fun to make and I plan to use it to keep sewing tools in.

Here are all the pieces laid out.  The house and roof have fusible interfacing on the wrong side.  I used fusible web on the fabric for the door and windows.  Roof, door and windows were cut out using the templates from the book Zakka Style.

House pouch pieces. Roof ready to be cut using template from book.

Next step was to add all the “house” details including flower garden.

House pouch - flowers sewn on

The house and roof were sewn together and then the lace edging was sewn on.  Lining was cut (bright pink in my pictures) and the zipper is installed by placing it in between the lining and house tops.  I used this video tutorial which I found the link to among the Flickr group comments. This is a GREAT way to put a zipper into the top of a pouch!  I have done many and this looks the very best.

Sew zipper to top and lining on both sides.

House pieces and lining pieces right sides together

House pieces and lining pieces right sides together

Once zipper is attached, arrange pieces as above and sew around all edges except for the bottom of the lining.  You MUST leave a space free to turn the pouch right side out and you MUST leave the zipper part way open to do this as well.

Finished pouch

All done!

Project #2 complete.  22 more to go!  Next week:  Zakka Pincushion.  It won’t be as cute as my chickens!


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Zakka Style Zig Zag Tote

Here is my tote and I love it!  I wanted a large tote and I might have made it too large (18″ x 15″ x 8″).  Is that possible?  It can’t be too big, can it?  I guess I’ll find out when I take it on my next flight and try to fit it under the seat in front of me.

Those zig zags were tricky!  I decided to do something different on the other side.  I looked through the book Modern Blocks which is another stash book  by c & t publishing.  A lot of different blocks caught my eye, but I decided on BINARY  which is the 8th of 99 blocks in the book.

I did a few straight lines of quilting across the design which really show up in this picture but are not nearly so evident in “real life.”  I also quilted around each of those colored squares and rectangles which does not show at all.

I got this done in time to link it up with the other quilters who are sewing along and hoping to win some great fat quarters this week.  Tomorrow begins another project and it’s one of my favorites from the book Zakka Style.  Please come back and see my version of “The House Pouch”.  Amy from During Quiet Time is going to hostess this project this week.  Check her blog tomorrow morning.


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Project 1 – Zig Zag tote

This is week one of the Zakka Style sew along and the first project in the book is this Zig Zag tote:

I love the zig zag detail which is created using quarter square triangles. However, I have enough bags that are roughly this size and I could use a larger bag.  I am, therefore, going to use the zig zag detail and make up a larger bag which will have a zippered top.    My fabric selection is below. The large grey piece is linen which will be the main part of the bag. I think I will be able to have 3 zig zags (or is that 2 zigs and 1 zag?)

I started by cutting 4 1/4″ strips and then cutting them into 4 1/4″ squares. The squares were then cut on the diagonal in both directions to make quarter square triangles.

Here are 2 finished strips and that’s as far as I got today.

Check back in a few days to (hopefully!) see the finished bag!


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Zakka Style Sew along starts today

In February when I was visiting family in NH, I stopped by one of my very favorite quilt stores, Quilted Threads in Henniker, and bought some fabric and the book “Zakka Style”  by Rashida Coleman-Hale.

The following day I saw that my niece had the book as well.  The two of us are so excited now about the sew along that is being hosted by Lindsey of LR Stitched and Amy of Skie.   It starts today and will continue through Monday September 10th with a new project  introduced each Monday. A different blogger will highlight a  project each week and share about it.  The projects are going to start at the beginning of the book and go through each of the 24 projects.  Fun, fun, fun!

Project 1 – Zig Zag Tote.        I’m starting today.  Are you?

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