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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Seven Point Star

#patchwork sunday! #epp #sevenpointstar #sew #sewing
Here is my latest project, a seven-point star! I'm really enjoying the EPP (English Paper Piecing) technique and sewing the pieces by hand.
new details! #sevenpointstar #epp #patchwork #sew #sewing
I am excited to add some small applique details as I go, I hope they will add interest and help me make this truly one of a kind.

#starquilt progress! #epp #patchwork #sew #sewing

I had to piece three small scraps together to finish one of the navy points. I don't think it is too noticeable. Thankfully I had just enough!

#starquilt progress #epp #patchwork #sew #sewing

I was questioning the scrappy pink center, but am loving the choice more and more. I think it helps add some movement. Thank you for looking!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hexagon Hot Pad

just finished my hexagon hot pad project by @sweetwaterfabric !!! #labelcrew #sweetwaterfabric #patchwork #sew #sewing #labels #hexagon #hotpad

Yesterday I was a little restless and instead of working on my big quilt project I decided to use one of my Sweetwater patterns I got as a subscription to their label crew. I really love how cute and happy this fabric is!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Boxed Zip Pouch Tutorial

Katrina Hertzer of Nizhoni Workshop

Hi! I'm Katrina from Nizhoni Workshop, the small blog where I share my projects. I'm a mother of three young children and I love to sew and create. My passion is patchwork and I'm a member of the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild. I love bold pattern on pattern, anything Tula Pink and am currently in love with medallion-style quilts. I enjoy creating designs which incorporate my Navajo heritage and love of modern quilting.

Today I'd like to show you my method of creating a boxed zip pouch. There are many ways to achieve a similar result and I won't be recreating the wheel. This is simply my way of sewing that takes minimal effort to achieve a great result.

Boxed Zip Pouch Tutorial by Nizhoni Workshop


The supplies you will need for this tutorial:

Fabric (for this tutorial we will be using Sew Sister's November 2013 Kona Cotton Solids Grouping)
Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
one 14" to 18" zipper
Warm & Natural Batting (or similar)
3" of woven tape or ribbon for tabs (not shown here)
Basic sewing notions and tools


 Please start by pressing your fabrics. 
Choose one fabric as your lining. Cut a 10" x 11" piece. Cut and fuse a 10 x 11" piece of lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of lining fabric using the fusing instructions for your interfacing. Set aside.

Stack remaining lining fabric with the other three solids, cut strips of random widths using your scissors or rotary cutter. Cut three or four strip stacks.


Randomly choose strips and sew together. Keep sewing together until you are satisfied. Now, try cutting the piece in half and sew back together so you have more of a "rectangular" shape.


Now try adding strips going different directions. Using small bits of color here and there can make it interesting, you could also use small fussy cut pieces of fabric to showcase. However, for this tutorial I am using solids.



Keep adding until your rectangle is a little larger than 10" x 11".


Lay your interfaced lining piece on top of your patchwork and trim patchwork down to size. Using a couple pins helps keep the materials from slipping. Set aside your lining piece again.


Take your patchwork rectangle and lay down on a small piece of Warm and Natural or similar batting. I trim to about 1/2" on each side. You can choose to use basting spray but since this project is so small, it won't be necessary.


Randomly straight stitch up and down and across your patchwork to quilt. You can also free motion quilt if you prefer.


After you are happy with the quilted lines, lay your lining piece back on top, right sides together, of your quilted patchwork and trim to size of lining.


Keeping your zipper closed, lay zipper facing down on top of the quilted patchwork top edge (10" side).


Lay the top edge of the lining, interfacing (wrong) side up, on top of the zipper and patchwork piece. Pin at ends and once in the middle at least. I also like to use a JEANS needle in my machine because these layers are bulky and I hate finding skipped stitches. Using a zipper foot is not necessary as the layers are quite thick and you will hardly notice a difference.


Take your time and sew a 1/4" seam. Remove pins as you sew.


Open your seam and press open. Be careful not to melt your zipper.


Top stitch close to the edge, about an 1/8th of an inch away.


Now fold over the quilted patchwork layer so right sides are facing each other, fold the lining to the back, right sides facing each other. Align all edges to the top of the zipper.


Pin on the ends first so the edges are aligned. Pin middle area.


Sew a 1/4" seam, removing pins as you go.


Open zipper and open seam and press carefully. Top stitch and 1/8" away from edge like the other side.


Close the zipper (lining facing out) and use a pin to hold place and make with a water soluble marking pen or chalk. Or finger press. Do the same for both sides.



Lay your zipped bag so the zipper pull is on your left side, we will work with the right side (with the zipper stop) first. Take your woven tape or ribbon and cut to 1.5" length and fold in half. Center the tape on the mark and pin.


Make sure the cut edges are aligned with the edge of the bag. Stitch in place 1/8" away from the raw edge.


Align the mark over the top of the zipper and pin along the edge. (Make sure that the first side you sew is the side WITHOUT the zipper pull)


Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. When you sew across the top of the zipper go very slowly and back stitch a couple times. Cut off the excess zipper. Zigzag your raw edges so they are nice and neat.


Now, working on the other side, slightly pull the zipper open.


Holding the zipper as closed as possible, stitch SLOWLY back and forth across the zipper about 1/8" away from the raw edge of the bag.


Trim the excess zipper end. Repeat the steps for attaching the woven tape again for this side. OPEN your zipper now. Align the zipper over the middle of the tape and pin. Before you stitch the seam, please ensure the zipper is open. Sew the seam as you did for the other side.


Here is your pouch! Now to box the sides.


Using a temporary marking pen or chalk, carefully mark about 1.5" from the edge along the folded crease for all sides of the bag.


Open one side of the box like the photo below. Align the pin on the front with the mark you made on the back.



Using a cutting mat or ruler, align the point of the triangle like the photo below shows. The line I drew with the marking pen is 2" long.


Sew on the marked line back stitch at beginning and end. Trim excess fabric about 1/4" away from seam. Zigzag raw edges. Trim threads and remove the temporary marking pen or chalk lines. Repeat for all sides.


Your finished boxed zip pouch! Now turn the right side out.


Finished boxed zip pouch!


Please share your finished project pictures with me, tag me @khcalgary on Instagram or on flickr!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beaded Framed Purse

Beaded Clutch

I finished sewing this framed purse at Sewing Summit last year. But it felt really plain and unfinished since we used only one fabric for the outside. I decided to add some beadwork to it and make it a little more special.

Beaded Clutch

The beads I am using are low quality. I am excited to start using my real beads soon when I start a pair of moccasins. Higher quality beads are more uniform and hopefully will enhance my designs. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Reversible Sunday Sling

i love pictures of babies in bags! #amybutler #sundaysling #sew #sewing

I love pictures of babies in bags, so here is my littlest in the bag.

Reversible Sunday Sling

Today I finished my Reversible Sunday Sling, a pattern by Amy Butler. Compared to the Weekender Bag pattern, this was really easy. The pattern pieces themselves can be a little confusing at the beginning but once you understand the process cutting is easier. I used warm n natural instead of fusible fleece.


Reversible Sunday Sling

I only had one yard of the main home dec fabric so I used the lining fabric for both sides of the handles. I think it helps to quiet the print. I had to piece a small portion to make one side panel for the bag. Otherwise, the yard was just enough.


Reversible Sunday Sling

There is a small cell phone pocket hidden inside one of the large pockets. It is one of my favourite details of this bag. I made the large version of this bag and it is really really big!