Just a quick progress report.
I finished the Cog + Wheel quilt top and I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I have had a pattern to make "snap" pouches for years. In fact, the pattern I used dates back to 2008. I'm not quite sure how it works, but you insert a piece of metal tape measure into the casing at the top of the pouch. The pattern included the little tabs on each side for ease of opening, and then the pouch just snaps back into place. It's pretty cool.