A busy bee

2 Mar
Overview of the first five finished pouches.

I mentioned the Romancing The Vote auction a couple of weeks ago.

What I hadn’t resolved myself yet to do, at the time of posting, was to offer something myself for the auction.

Then on Thursday the 17th, I saw that someone offered some fairly simple, snap-closure pouches made of color-shifting vinyl, so I got over myself (as much as my impostor syndrome lets me), and offered ten small pouches like the ones I made a while back, with the caveat that I didn’t have any on hand, so I’d have to make them.

To my surprise, they sold out in less than two hours!

Drunk on the euphoria of “you like me, you really like me!” 1, I recklessly offered a second batch of ten, which also sold out pretty fast, and now I have to hand-sew twenty tiny patchwork pouches in a hurry.2

All of which boils down to: I may slow down on posting for a few weeks–at least book reviews, as they take me forever to write, and I may indulge in image-heavy progress reports of sorts, like this one.

As with the previous iteration, all of these pouches are being made from fabric I am reusing, mostly from some old work shirts and jeans, and this means that the selection of colors and types of cotton fabrics I’m using is somewhat limited.

To compensate, I’m trying to get creative with the fabric combinations for the shell, the fabric for the lining and the zipper tabs, the quilting designs for the pieces of each pouch and the thread colors I’m quilting with. I don’t know if I’ll manage, but my hope is that I’ll end up with twenty unique pieces, and that the recipients will be happy when they get them.

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update: I emailed all the buyers on Monday, but at least one email is bouncing (“over quota”). If you see this post but haven’t heard from me, please check the inbox of email address you are using for 32auctions.

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1 This is the usual, often mocking, misquote; what Sally Fields said was: “I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect….This time I feel it. And I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!”

2 Okay, a lot of the hurry is self-imposed, as the listing did specify that I’m hand-stitching them and that it may take a few weeks, but I just don’t want to make anyone wait too long. And, at any rate, I’ve already sewn five, so there are only fifteen more to make ::beams::

Partially assembled patchwork pouch; yellow and denim top. Zipper is mostly in.
Showing the blue plaid lining and the zipper tabs
Finished patchwork pouch, zippered closed.
The finished pouch, open; it shows the blue plaid lining, the yellow plaid, the red cotton, and the denim.
Showing the partially assembled pieces of the next pouch, already marked for quilting, in denim, and pink and read cotton fabric.
Quilting the bottom piece for the solid red/solid pink/denim pouch
The second finished pouch, open, showing the pink lining and the little denim zipper tabs.
Showing the bottom of the second pouch, with a different quilting pattern.
Starting quilting on the solid pink/solid blue/blue plaid/denim pouch pieces.
Solid blue/plaid blue/solid pink/denim pouch pieces finished and attached, ready for the zipper, then to finish sewing all sides.
Finished attaching the zipper tabs to solid blue/blue plaid/pink/denim pouch, now to finish sewing the sides together.
Showing off the detail of the zipper tabs
Quilting the salmon/blue/denim pouch pieces
Solid salmon/denim/solid blue pouch, sewing in the zipper before closing it.
Finished solid blue/solid salmon/denim pouch.
Showing the stripped light blue lining and denim zipper tabs for one of the pouches.
(You can’t really tell rom the picture, but this is the lining of the salmon/blue/denim pouch above)
Starting to quilt the pieces for the wine/stripped light blue/yellow plaid/denim pouch
Quilting the last piece for the wine/stripped light blue/yellow plaid/denim pouch
The three pieces of the wine/plaid yellow/stripped light blue/denim pouch, in the first step of assembly
Partly assemble wine/yellow plaid/stripped light blue/denim pouch, the zipper partially attached
Partly assembled pouch, inside out, showing the stripped light blue lining and the zipper
Finished wine/yellow plaid/stripped light blue/denim pouch, open to show the stripped light blue lining

5 Responses to “A busy bee”

  1. Lori 02/03/2022 at 1:23 PM #

    These are so cute! I hesitate to do hand stitching because I think mine looks sloppy and yours is so precise.

    • azteclady 02/03/2022 at 1:32 PM #

      Oh my goodness, THANK YOU!

      (I harbor the same fear, and these close ups don’t help LOL)

  2. willaful 02/03/2022 at 4:24 PM #

    Looking good! I can’t wait to get mine! No, I mean, I will happily wait to get mine! 😉

    • azteclady 02/03/2022 at 4:48 PM #

      Thank you!

      (for the compliment and the giggle–it’s much needed; work has not cooperated today, so I won’t be stitching much (if at all) this evening ::sigh:: such are the tides of productivity)


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