Friday, 3 April 2020

My Kantha pouches

I finished my Kantha quilting challenge for this week.  A couple of weeks ago I told you I was experimenting with Kantha quilting for an Aurifil Artisan challenge here.

Well, I finished my panels and I turned them into Openwide pouches (pattern by Noodlehead here).

I love the easy, relaxed look of Kantha quilting, and I enjoyed making these bags.  I'm definitely going to use this technique again in the future. The joy of Kantha quilting is that you don't have to draw lines and precise - it's meant to look rustic.

Just a reminder - I used Aurifil 12wt in contrasting colours.  I even used the variegated threads and they look good against the Kaffe Fassett Fabrics too.

I chose to make the medium size pouch, because that allowed me to get two pouches out of one fat quarter (with another for the backing, and a third for the lining).

Once I'd finished quilting my panels I knew that I needed to secure the threads, so I machine stitched just inside my cutting lines with a short stitch length.  Only then did I cut up my fat quarter into panels for the bags.  I didn't want my lovely Kantha quilting to unravel!

I chose some other cheery Kaffe Fassett prints for the lining. I like the interiors of my bags to be light colours so I can find my stuff in there!

So, there you are.  Two quick and relatively easy Open Wide Pouches made from Kantha quilted panels.  I encourage you to give it a go.

Updated: I bought the zips from Studio Mio in Australia -

I've made this pattern previously, and it makes a great pouch for when you want to take some hand stitching along with you. 

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Melva said...

Love that big stitching. I don't get along with zippers, but I am sure I could find another use for such a piece.

FlourishingPalms said...

Hi Wendy! Glad to see you stitching away. Your pouches turned out beautifully! They'll be so useful for carrying quilt-y projects. Actually, I have a Noodlehead pattern cut out of linen - the free pencil case - ready for some big stitch/Kantha hand stitch. But, I've got so many projects going that I'm jumping from one to another, and not finishing any of them. However, several are very close, so I may see many finishes at once! I'm following self-isolation while reminding myself "I'm not helping anyone by not doing something I love." I'm very grateful to have quilting and sew-y type things to keep my mind occupied.

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Marie said...

Those are terrific zippers. Did you order them online, by chance?

Kay said...

These are fabulous and we all need a bit of fabulousness in our lives right now. x

Sue said...

Great pouches Wendy. I love the quilting. A friend made me a little bag recently using that hand quilting method. Where did you get your great zips?

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh I agree the varigated threads look really nice on your Kaffe fabrics. Your pouches really turned out great!

dq said...

Your pouch is such a delight. I recall reading your post about the technique, and now, here it is on this lovely Easter colored pouch. I love it!