Last weekend I finally made a start on my overdue birthday swap item for Rachael. After weeks of indecision I decided to make a pouch. Thank goodness, with that decided, the decision making got easier!  I’ve been wanting to make a mini lone star pouch ever since Melissa (clothwork on Flickr) made this incredible one for me in our swap last year.

The lone star pattern is from the book Little Lone Star Quilts by Lorraine Olsen (the link is to the Kindle edition downloadable on Amazon, it’s not an affiliate link). The book includes patterns for lone stars from 5″ to 13″, the smallest star uses 1/2″ diamonds. The secret is a new-to-me technique for fold-and-sew paper piecing. The process is really clever and so much easier than I was expecting!.

For the star I chose several Tokyo Train Ride fabrics, a Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley fabric and an Anna Maria Horner fabric for the centre. The background fabric is Moda Cross Weave in grey/black.

To finish the pouch I used Noodlehead’s Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial.  I’ll be giving the pouch to Rachael at our sewing get together on Sunday, I’m crossing my fingers that she likes it.

This gift is the second finish from my Finish Along Second Quarter goals so I will be linking up to the Finish Along when it opens in July (eek, soon!!).

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

15 thoughts to “Birthday Club Sewing

  • Anja´s Wunschpunsch

    Your bag is really nice. I like this little lonestar.

    Greetings
    Anja

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  • Julie

    I may have to borrow that book off you Rachel, that star is just beautiful.

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  • LethargicLass

    ummm… amazing! And I am pretty sure Rachael will think so too 🙂

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  • Svetlana

    this is one absolutely stunning pouch Rachel, that star is incredible!!!! Lucky Rachael.

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  • Leonie

    Absolutely gorgeous! She is one lucky lady to receive this!

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  • Wendy

    that is fab! I've never seen such a small lone star, it must have been very fiddly to piece.

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  • Karen H

    What's not to like/love about that pouch! It is beautiful and you did a great job of it. I love the Noodlehead patterns. They are well written and well illustrated!

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  • Tiina

    Wow, so great and so tiny pieces!

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  • Tiina

    Wow, so great and so tiny pieces!

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  • vagabondindigo

    love this! I am a fan of the lone star and i love to see it mini – i will have to check out that book!

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  • leanne

    oh wow Rachel – what a gorgeous pouch – how can she not love it !!! the star is so awesome !

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  • Kirsten

    Such a beautiful pouch – the lone star is just amazing and the colours are perfect!
    *Visiting as a member of the official 2015 Finish-Along cheerleading squad.*

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  • Vera

    yay, so pretty! I have a thing for lone stars and this mini one is sooo cute!

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  • Carol

    Wow. I love that. All those teeny tiny pieces….very impressive.

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  • dutchcomfort

    The pouch is soooo pretty, I love the star and the Moda Cross Weave background!

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