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Coffee Zakka Pot Holders

This is a quick post today. I promised a friend to make a set of pot holders for her, way back in December. I finished the first one (I think ) in January. Well, this week, six months later she finally has both of them.

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I loved how they turned out. The pattern is from Zakka Style. All the coffee fabrics are from Spoonflower, and the green and taupe fabrics are essex linen. The back is Taupe Essex linen, as well.
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I am linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, as this finish needs to be celebrated that it is finally of my to do list!!

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Friday wrap up

I definitely needed that snow day on Wednesday….I finally started catching up from being sick the first two weeks of January. Here I was thinking my goals were already so behind.

This week, I finished up:

  1. Pot holders (late Christmas Gift – also see giveaway)
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  2. Feather blocks for Scrap-bee-licious
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  3. Hive #3 January Stash Bee
    Hive3_Jan_StashBee_FinishedFabrics used were:
    Black: Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for Moda
    Mustard: Timeless Treasures, Woodstock, Stitched Swirl Gold
    Yellow Paisley: Jacqueline Savage McFee, Grey Matters, Paisley Sunshine
    Grey: Leanne Hatch, Tri (Grey) – Spoonflower Designer
  4. Riley Blake Challenge Block 1 Complete
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Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy who is hosting TGIFF.

Book Review Tuesday: Zakka Style

This week, I chose an oldie but a goodie. This book and the sew along,  came out and were finished, before I was quilting and sewing (late 2012). A friend, needed pot holders for Christmas (which I just finished today…shhh). I think my new motto will have to start being “Better late than never” :-). Anyway, perfect opportunity to review the book….

Review

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Title: “Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy”
Author: Compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale
Publisher: C&T Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-60705-416-0

This was a hard book to review, not due to content; I kept comparing it to Patchwork, Please which is my favorite project book. Putting that aside….

Zakka Style is influence by the Japanese Zakka Design movement. As Rashida explains in the book Zakka loosely translates as “miscellaneous goods” or “sundries”. Her introduction to the style and how she came up with the idea of the book, was down to earth and a great way to start the book.

The projects overall are a good collection of work. I could see how these projects would make a great sew along or be great for a guild/bee community for swaps.

Each project has been written by a different person. I loved the introductions and write ups of each person, as it made you feel that you knew them a little.  I found each project to have very good, clear instructions for materials, cutting and instructions. The photos for each project were of a high quality.

UPDATE: Errata’s for this book can be found here http://www.ctpub.com/client/client_pages/errata/10824.cfm

I have to say the natural linen aesthetic, which many of the projects included, is a favorite look of mine, so many of the projects appealed. I may not make them all, but I bookmarked 11/24 projects I would like to make; and an additional 2 that I liked the idea but I would change it up. The projects that appealed to me were:

  • Zig Zag Tote – I can use this as a tote swap item in my guild or a bee/swap party.
  • Zakka Pincushion – Again great for a swap or a gift in any quilt alongs/swaps you are doing
  • Sewing Kit – I just need one of these, especially for travelling
  • Patchwork Pencil Case – would make a great party favor for a kid’s birthday
  • Rain Cloud Mug Rug – Christmas presents for colleagues at work.
  • Zakka Block Quilt – A great baby shower gift or a great idea for someone who is just starting out quilting
  • Stem Messenger Bag – I love the look of this project and think its great. I wish I had one when I was a university (eons ago).
  • Zip Organizer – I think this would be one of my favorite projects, that I would use at work all the time for meetings etc. Great use of all my Echino fabrics I have.
  • Pot holders – Great gift idea for family or friends.
  • Little Pocket Pillow Case – this is so appropriate as my son just lost his first tooth….I wish I had made him one of these already.
  • Pleated Coin Purse – Love this it is similar to the one I made for a friend’s birthday last year. I probably used this as an idea. I would make myself one of these though.

The two projects, I like the idea of:

  • Sweet Sugar Cookie Sacks – I think I will be making the bags of this project, up next Christmas, as little chocolate/cookie bags. I love the idea and think I can repurpose the pattern to make it me.
  • Nesting Boxes – I like the idea of these. I would probably use the dimensions but completely change-up the design of these. Maybe use them to as scrap bins or kid storage bins.

If this book was to be re-published, the only thing I would change, is how the patterns at the back are delivered. I do not like to photo copy the patterns from the book, especially if they require enlarging (ie. 200%). It would be great if patterns, were provided either on cd or I could enter a code online and download the pdf’s.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the projects, and working out who I can gift things to :-). Don’t be surprise, if you are a secret partner of mine in future, that something from this book sneaks it way into the parcel.

The overall rating for this book is:
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Project

As I mentioned above, I needed to make pot holders/trivets for a friend for Christmas. I had made these in the past. The requested colors were green, taupe and red, as before. I did want something a little different this time, so I went with the circular pot holders in Zakka Style.

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I loved how they turned out. I have to say I was a little intimidated by the circular nature of these however the pattern was easy to follow and I got a little help using a circular rotary cutter tool. The finished product is 8 1/2 in diameter.

Note: The book asks for the batting and the backing at 11 1/2 inches, to take into account the quitting. This was very generous, you could use smaller sizes here and save on fabric.

Potholder_Front Just in case you are interested, the fabrics that I used as strips were:

  • Japanese Green Vegetable fabric purchased on etsy. You can see it better in the first set of  pot holders.
  • Coffee – Words (Spoonflower designer: Studio Fibonacci)
  • Taupe Essex Linen (Fresh Modern Fabrics – Etsy)
  • Jungle Essex Linen (Originally purchased at Fresh Modern Fabrics – Etsy)
  • Retro Kitchenalia (Spoonflower designer Madex)
  • Coffee – Cup (Spoonflower designer: Studio Fibonacci)

Potholder_BackThe back of the pot holder I used the Taupe Essex Linen, and the binding is just pre-packaged binding from Joann’s.

The best thing about the project the circular potholders were a lot of fun to make, relatively quick and now I have no trepidation!!

Give-away

One brand new copy of Zakka Style will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what kind of Zakka project you like (there are a lot on google.com).  Feel free to leave a link for pinterest or posts, so folks can check them out. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday 4th Feb after 6pm.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Linking up with Lorna @ SewFresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on right side menu) + Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday. This is also one of my Quarter Goals and linking to:
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Tale of two quilts

I would like to try to keep on target for my goals for 2014 finishes. To do that I am leveraging two link-ups

  1.  A lovely year of finishes which is a monthly link-up which allows you to put a goal for that month. It could be finish blocks or finish a quilt top or a complete project. Link-up post is here.
  2. Finish Along 2014 which is a quarterly link-up in which you have a list of projects you would like to completely finish. For example, a quilt that has been bound and quilted (not just a top), the same goes with any other project.

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My main goals are to finish two quilts (one being a lap quilt and the second a twin) this quarter:

Riley Blake Challenge Quilt
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X & + Quilt
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Additional smaller projects include:
Border + Lines Quilt I: Hothouse of OrchidsHothouse_of_Orchids

Pillow Projects
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Pot holders
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Christmas’y WiP Wednesday {18.12.2013}

Almost the end of the year!! Why is it always so chaotic??

I had planned my week of posts and unfortunately have not been able to stay to plan. Mostly, this is due to the fact, I am getting home after dark (~6pm), and I just can’t take great photos.  Winter and its short days are not my friend :-(.

So excuse the photo quality, but I really wanted to post about my current WiPs I have going this week.

  1. Zakka Circle Pot holders – these are for a friend for Christmas. Tops are sewn, just need to quilt + shape + bind the pot holders.PotHolders
  2. Made some progress on the X & + quilt, with another two blocks done only 3 1/2 rows to go to make my December goal.X+Blocks

  3. Christmas Stocking – pulled out pattern and fabrics, I have an idea about the design. I am thinking a 23/24 Dec finish.ChristmasStockingFabric

  4. I am hoping to finish off these place mats I started a month or so back. ChristmasPlacemats_Red
  5. Lastly, Framed Quilt Blocks – these two need to be completed by Friday as they are gifts for people at work.
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I am slowly starting to panic as I really need items 1, 3, 4, 5 finished in the next 6 days. I just need more time in the day :-).

I hope your Christmas prep is going well. I am linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Lovely year of finishes: May

It just seemed like yesterday I was doing the mid-month progress. This month was a little slower on my sewing/quilt projects than usual, however by no means was it slow in other aspects of my life :-).

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I am linking up with “A lovely year of finishes” to share my end of May goals and successes.

Completed Projects in May

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  • Madrona Road Mini Quilt
    Finished and posted here.
  • Chair Bags
    Completed and sent. See this post
  • Pot Holders
    Completed and received.

Projects Underway

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  • Hexagons (not sure for what yet)
    Underway
  • 18″ Pillow for Quilt Guild Pillow Swap
    Underway, pattern chosen – using a pillow pop design. Squares sewed and ready for cutting for HST’s
  • Finish machine quilting “Four Seasons in One Day” Quilt
    No more progress, posted here and here

 

 

Mid-May Goal check-in

Today, I am squeezing under the wire to report my mid-May goals update. I am linking up with “A lovely year of finishes”.

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My goal for May was simple….finish 9 small projects (which included the list below)

  • Etsy order for Chair Bags
    Completed and sent. See this post
  • Madrona Road Mini Quilt
    Finished and posted yesterday.
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  • 18″ Pillow for Quilt Guild Pillow Swap
    Underway, pattern chosen – using a pillow pop design. 
  • Finish machine quilting “Four Seasons in One Day” Quilt
    No more progress
  • Start one of the mini quilts (see side bar)
    Not started.

So overall, I don’t think to bad, about 50% of projects finished or underway. I also completed a set of pot holders which I blogged about here.