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Spencer Ogg Cosmetics Pod

By Linda Theil

I asked Alisa if she wanted a cosmetics bag to go with her set of Spencer Ogg Packing Pods and she said, "Duh!"

I had made her a set of the lightweight packing pods with a "layer cake" of ten-inch squares of Robert Morris reprints from Moda, and blogged about the make here at "Spencer Ogg Packing Pods". Diane Spencer Ogg also offers a free pattern for a "Cosmetic Pod" along with a video tutorial on her YouTube channel that I wanted to try.

Unlike the lightweight "Packing Pods", Spencer-Ogg recommended a sturdier fabric to give the little cosmetics box/pod some structure. She also said the pattern could be made in larger sizes by increasing the size of the free printed pattern.

I had some of the Robert Morris ten-inch squares left over from making Alisa's packing pods, that I could use to make a matching cosmetics pod. I had to piece the ten-inch squares to make a piece of fabric large enough for the one-piece pod pa…
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Spencer Ogg Packing Pods

Spencer Ogg Packing Pods in Three Sizes
by Linda Theil

I ordered the Diane Spencer Ogg Packing Pods in Three Sizes from her website for £7.50 -- around $10 -- no shipping. The pattern includes a PDF pattern printout and access to an online tutorial at the Spencer Ogg channel on YouTube.




I made my packing pods with Moda's "Best of Morris Fall" package of 10-inch squares that I purchased on sale from Missouri Star Quilt Co. for about $17 plus shipping. That Morris precut is no longer available at MoStar, which is just as well, because the 10-inch cuts are really not appropriate for this pattern. I had to piece the precut squares and recut the pieced fabric to fit the pattern. Even fat-quarters would have worked better, but the Robert Morris reprints were too seductive to dissuade me from doing my best to make them work. The pods don't actually require a lot of fabric, but you do need a couple of longer slices to make the gussets.

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Thicket Fox care pod

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The Spencer Ogg "Doorstep Care Pod" pattern we used called for a body piece of 14 x 31-inches. The simplicity of the pattern makes it very easy to adjust the size. I decided to use the small panel so I cut it out and used some cream-colored yardage from my stash to make the back and facings.

I cut the back to match the size of the fox panel at 9 x 11-inches, but extended the length of the back piece by 1.5-inches to make the body of the bag a little longer so that I wouldn't cut off the fox's tail when I boxed the bottom.

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Haiku poetry lesson

by Linda Theil

Yesterday we had a fun and exciting haiku poetry class with Emerson, Jake, Sawyer, Alisa, and Angie. We used the Zoom video conferencing app/software to share our poetry lesson online. I wrote the class outline and Alisa created a PowerPoint presentation that I shared as a separate window in the Zoom meeting. Below is a screen shot of our Zoom classroom.

A PDF file of our haiku lesson is online at "Haiku Lesson in Poetry by Linda Theil". The class is designed to last from 20-30 minutes. We used the recording feature in the Zoom program to record the entire class.

The linked poem in our cover shot at the top of this page is a tanka Alisa and I wrote for our haiku class. The art in the photo is by Emerson. We used the Over design app to highlight work by all the poets in yesterday's class.







Resources:
Haiku class outline
https://tinyurl.com/yckralmg
and
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zz-PgKh8TbW_PLmMxg4cH6NGBvE2OURz/view?usp=sharing


Another Boy Baby Quilt

Alisa wrote:

As I was finishing up the baby quilt I made in January 2020 I found out that a good friend was becoming a first-time Grandma to a little boy.  It seemed like a no-brainer to use the same fabric collection to make another tiny quilt as a gift.
I used a leftover charm pack, Delfina Single Scoops by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabric and ordered up yardage of Confetti Blue Moon, Spots Navyand Ladybug Ivory from the same collection to have on hand for the borders, backing and binding.

I didn't really have a plan in mind for the quilt, so I started by dividing the charm pack into color groups - light blue, medium blue, dark blue, tan and cream and made a bunch of half-square triangles using the lightest color as the constant in all of the blocks.
Once I had 64 of these blocks I started trying out different designs on my design board.  I tortured both quilter and non-quilter friends with requests for feedback.  Decisions were always split.  Looking back…