Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Friendship, 1980's, a Pouch and a Free Pattern

Seems like a weird combination right?!?!?  However, it is all part of the Friendship Quilts Blog Hop being hosted by Diane of from blank pages and today it is my turn to take you back to the '80's.

In 1982 I turned 18 and finished high school.  So the '80's were a big decade for me.  Three things stand out in my memory and, on going back through my photo collection, in my photos as well!

Even though I was destined to go to university (and did for a few months) I had been raised on stories of my Aunty Diane's travel exploits and travel lust had a firm grip on me.  My first overseas holiday (as a big person without a Mum or Dad to hold my hand) was a Pacific cruise just after I left school. Then after working and saving $ for a couple of years I headed to Europe and stayed for roughly two years.  It was wonderful and I went everywhere.  I did all mainland Europe, Scandinavia and the (then very much) Communist block.  I did a tour where for three months I lived (with 20 others) on a converted English double decker bus.  Let me tell you I lost all my maidenly shyness as it was really close living - upstairs was the sleeping quarters - triple bunks about 1 adult wide!! When we travelled overnight so we had more daylight hours in a destination always someone fell onto the floor!  But, hey, we were young 20's living the dream - even the bruises were fun!

I went sailing for days on a small yacht around the Greek Islands, paragliding in Corfu, swimming in the Artic Sea at midnight (it was sooo cold your head felt like it would explode), scooter riding around Thassos, visited the graves of Australian fallen soldiers in Gallipoli in Turkey, stuck my head through the roof of a bus going  round the hairpin bends on the roads of Norway and experienced Midnight Sun in Lapland and sooo much more.  Wow!  When I finally came back to Australia I went to New Zealand where I climbed Fox Glacier (those little yellow specs in the glacier photo are us) went white water rafting (I am right at the front of the boat!!) and did so much more.  I even visited Hong Kong a couple of times and had a short stint in the USA.

Then trying to settle down in Australia I met a wonderful man to whom I have now been happily married for 23 years (and no, he is not an Aussie - He has a Polish Mum and a French Father and a German Stepfather!!!)

Then, to cap off a truly wonderful decade, in the last months of 1989 I fell pregnant with my first Child.  See the '80's were BIG.

I was a little old for the whole friendship bracelet craze but I do remember it.  I was thrilled when Diane asked me to be apart of this blog hop and I had just the Friend in mind as the recipient of my gift - in fact it was Sonya's birthday in August and she has been waiting patiently for me to finish it! (She has it now though!)

She is not a flowery girl so I wanted to keep it subdued and understated and so chose a natural linen and her colours of blue and green.

I wasn't sure what to call this so we have decided it is called a 'pouch'.  It is quilted, lined (with the fabric it is sitting on), has an internal zippered pocket and is large (16 1/2" x 12").  Sonya is a bookbinder (you can find her at Sago on Tuesdays) and is quite often carrying her tools of the trade around. I wanted her to have something lovely to carry them in.

My 'friendship braid' was seminole pieced (I have written a tutorial to show you how to do this).

I added some rows of hand quilting in perle 8 thread in complimentary colours around the top for some subtle design texture

and to finish it off I added a plaited (I told you I missed out on the braiding era!)  cord in the zip tab.

If you would like to try your hand at making one of these 'pouches' here is a free pattern.

Quilted and Zippered Pouch

(if you click on the linked title of the pattern you will be able to print it out)

Thank you Diane for sending me on a memory trip through 'my' era - it was heaps and heaps of fun.  And don't forget to check out all the other blog posts on this great hop along.

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....



  1. It looks like you had a wonderful time traveling all over and your little pouch is beautiful! The Seminole piecing is perfect! Thanks for sharing.
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  2. This looks fantastic!!! I LOVE the colors you used! Thanks for the pattern as well. :) I am so jealous of all your travels. What a fun life you have! ;) Thanks so much for joining me!!

  3. Gorgeous little pouch - love the extra little touches you added. It's beautiful.

    Your time travelling looks and sounds just amazing! What a lot of fabulous memories and experiences!

  4. What an exciting life you've led, Karen! You have a lifetime of memories from such a fabulous time in your life. Well done!
    Love the little pouch. It is very pretty.

  5. Gorgeous pouch! You did a great job and I'm sure your friend loves it too!

  6. What wonderful memories, Karen. You certainly have travelled extensively!!! The pouch is GORGEOUS with the seminole piecing.. perfect!!!

  7. Hi Karen,

    I've featured your friendship pouch today...


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