The Travelling Pic Stitch party is going on over at Quokka Quilts. As soon as I heard about this party, I knew that I had to join. It involves two of my favorite things - travelling and stitching.
The photo that I chose was taken several years ago when I visited Lisbon, Portugal. I was taking a walking tour of the city and it began in the older area called Alfama. We were just getting started and I looked up and snapped a photo.
Using this palette, I found that the colors matched well with my Sherbert Pips stash. I wanted to use "Scoot" as a focal fabric, but couldn't decide between vanilla or gray so I used both. Being new to English Paper Piecing (EPP), I decided to try something simple and work with hexagons.
I created a hexagon flower. But somehow, I had a feeling that I needed to find a project to work on so my flower would not end up as an orphan block. I found a tutorial at Terra Byte Farm for a Boxed Pouch. Now, I have never made a pouch before, or anything with a zipper but the tutorial looked easy and I decided to go for it.
I added the side quarter hexagon pieces in the gray border fabric and was carefull to sew one of the Scoot piece upside down.
Coordinating fabric was used for the lining. This is actually the first project that I have machine quilted. (I still quilt by hand, but I have a class scheduled to learn machine quilting. Its a 2013 goal).
Not only did I learn how to put a walking foot on my machine, but I also learned about my zipper foot. And.....ta-da.....
I did it! Making a pouch with a zipper was one of my goals for 2012 and I am quite pleased with my pouch. I can't believe how easy this was to make and I can totally see more of these in the future (maybe some Christmas presents?)
Following this blog hop has been great fun and joining in has provided me with many firsts. Check out the other Pic Stitch projects at Quokka Quilts.