accent pillow case baby home and living Flying Geese Zippered Pouch & Book Review customized gifts for mom

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Today I’;m going to share with you how I made this Flying Geese Zippered pouch and share with you a review of the new book “;Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting”;. ?This post contains affiliate links.

Many years ago (I’;m guessing it was 2009 but I’;m not sure), I was on a Skype with some folks over at Riley Blake. ?Most of us were participating over the internet but in the office I spied two cute girls, they introduced themselves as Liz and Elizabeth of Simple Simon &; Co. I had heard about these girls and their amazing?blog before and was excited that I might have the chance to get to know them a little bit better.

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After a few trips to Utah and a weekend at Fabric Fest in Las Vegas, I feel blessed?to call those girls friends. ?I try whenever I’;m in Utah to carve out some time to spend some time with them. Not only are they great at being a “;sounding board”; for all of my blog quandaries, they are amazing people in real life and I feel so lucky to know them.

It’;s been exciting to see the path they have taken over the last 7 yearsaccent pillow case baby home and living, from bloggers, to fabric designers and now authors. ?When they asked me to be on their book tour I said yes immediately (mostly because I REALLY wanted a book, I just love their style).

Their new book the Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting, is a fantastic book that features not only instructions for quilts and quilt blocks but also other patchwork projects, The book is broken down into chapters. Each chapter features instructions to construct a quilt block,?a quilt and extra project made from that same block.

There are chapters covering Churn Dash Blocks, Flying Geese Blocks, 9 Patch Blocks and many more. ?They cover a bit about the history of the block (incase you ever wondered where?all of these quilt names came from) and clear instructions to make each block.

I saw the chapter on Flying Geese and decided to try my hand at making a block. ?I’;ve never really made flying geese before and thought it would be a fun project. I chose to make the Flying Geese zippered pouch, because, well…; I may have a small addiction to zippered pouches (they are just so DANG useful).

I chose to make my pouch out of some Cotton Steel fabric that I picked up at Market, along with a bit of my Wonderland line and some Art Gallery fabric I’;ve had for a few years.

The instructions were clear and easy to follow and I love how my pouch turned out. I’;m going to use it to stow some “;on the go”; sewing supplies to use on road trips this summer.

Here you can see the fabulous flying geese quilt that is featured in that chapter in the book.

There are a few other projects in the book that I’;ve got my eye on too…;

You can grab a copy of the book on Amazon and read more about the Simple Simon girls here (yep, they are BOTH named Elizabeth Evans, it’;s kind of funny story).

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