Friendship Quilts Blog Hop - Zippy Pouch

If you are coming over for the Friendship Quilt Blog Hop, thanks so much for visiting!

I love the eighties!  Do you love the eighties?  Then you will love the Friendship Quilt Blog Hop (plus, who doesn't like awesome prizes!). When Diane, of from blank pages, contacted me with the premise of this blog hop, I was flooded with memories of listening to U2's Joshua Tree on my walkman, clipboard propped up on my knee, knotting away at the colorful strands of floss in my latest friendship bracelet.

I chose to make a pouch for my lifelong friend, Melissa.  Our moms were college roommates, Delta Gamma sorority sisters at Penn State, and our two families have been as thick as thieves since then.  

This is Melissa in the middle, with her brother on the left and me on the right in 1982.

Here's a close up of the polaroid.  I know I have some much better 80's pictures of us and I am heading to my mom's house to find one for you this afternoon.  Pinafores aren't quite what you think of when you hear 80's photo linky, I know.

Friendship Bracelet

I decided to make Melissa a little zippy pouch in highlighter colors with some Essex linen in gray.  Of course I used my new favorite, Ed Emberley Squiggles in Gray from Could 9 fabrics to line it.  I made a friendship bracelet style zipper pull (I first thought of this during the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap here).  I can still make a friendship bracelet, my knot tying skills are not quite up to par!

That herringbone inset is just rectangles sewn in a herringbone pattern, which I thought kind of resembled some of the bracelets we used to make.

FQBH Zippy

 I couldn't resist a little BFF Embroidery.  I used the same thick Auriful thread by hand that I used in the machine for the quilting line above & below the herringbone inset.  Very cool thread!

Melissa is now an amazing mom to three adorable little blonde boys.  I am fortunate that although we live far apart, we get to see them on their way to and from the beach every summer.  So I was able to give Melissa her pouch in person Saturday.  Great timing! I did a poor job of getting photos during this visit (hey, 5 boys 5 and under, is pretty hectic!) but here they all are last year.  Hers are the blondes!

Monkey Jammies x 5

This year I made the boys bucket hats, but did not get a photo of them in it : (

Bucket hats

 Okay, on to the Friendship Quilts Blog Hop information you are waiting to hear!

Schedule of Events:
 September 3: Friendship Quilts Kick Off! at from blank pages...,     
4: Diane of from blank pages... 
5: Whitney of The Peacock Tree   
6: January T of Sew Sew Go  
7: Melinda of Quirky Granola Girl  10: Courtney of Mon Petit Lyons  
11: Jill of Made with Moxie  
12: Danielle of Fresh off the Spool  
13: Kelsey of Kelsey Sews  
14: Kristy of Quiet Play  
17: Marika of Live, Laugh, Love... Sew  
18: Karen of Sew Well Maid  
19: Rachael of imagine gnats
20: Katie of There & Back
21: Lori of Lori H. Designs - LINKY FOR YOUR PROJECTS OPENS  
24: 80's Pictures Link Up Opens @ from blank pages...    
28: Link up closes for projects  
30: 80's Pictures link up closes  
October  1st: at from blank pages...  Judges Picks announced, along with a random drawing for the rest of the prizes.

Westwood Acres
Westwood Acres. Amanda is offering one Amy Butler Lark layer cake or jelly roll. (winner picks their preference)
 Fresh Squeezed Fabrics Randi has offered one $25 Gift Card to her shop.

 Free Shipping on orders $35+ is also offering one Gift Card, of unknown value. 
I have a feeling someone is going to be very lucky!

The Fat Quarter Shop is giving away 1 layer cake, and 2 charm packs to three lucky winners. The fabric lines will be announced towards the end of the month.
Generous Contributors!

Sew Fresh Fabrics is giving away one $40 Gift Card! Wahoo!! ;)

Pink Chalk Fabrics

Pink Chalk Fabrics is giving away five $20 Gift Cards
to five lucky winners!

BUTTON WITH GRAB BOX: Be sure to grab a button to show you're playing along!!

Frienship Quilts Blog Hop @ from blank pages...


  1. I love your pouch! And I really love that you used highlighter colors! it looks awesome! That is fun that you have been such great friends for so long. Cute boys. :)

  2. Hey Courtney,
    What an awesome zip bag. I think it's fantastic that you used a little friendship bracelet for a pull in the same colors. Great touch! It's super sweet that you have such a great friendship since birth. Yeah your kids are all super cute!!

  3. I really love that pouch! I love that you took something so basic and made it really adorable and modern. I might have to make something very similar!

  4. That is so beautifully made - it is lovely. Love the 'old' photo too :) I've got some just like it somewhere....

  5. So beautifully done! I especially love the little zip pull- perfect!

  6. That pouch is perfection -- colors, pattern, embroidery, and the zipper pull -- all fantastic!! I love what you did. And hey, I've got some of those pinafore pictures myself... :)

  7. Love your pouch - the zip pull is the perfect touch!!

    Oh and I have pinafore photos from the 80's too! My mum sewed a heap of them for us as kids!

  8. How totally cute! I love the added friendship zipper pull. What a great touch!

  9. love the zipper pouch, color are amazing

  10. I absolutely am in love with your zippy! You did a great job...even if it hadn't been for a Friendship Blog Hop I would have thought friendship bracelet. I love the personalization with the embroidery...I guess you can tell I really "love" it. :)

  11. I keep forgetting to sign out of CLTMQG's email before leaving comments...doh! :)

  12. I love your pouch. You are fortunate to have a lifelong friend. I also have a friend that has been part of my life for 55 years, we are closer than most sisters.

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