Or­ange Blos­soms at the Cabin

Tra­di­tional Log Cabin blocks and fusi­ble ap­pliqué make a great over-the-shoul­der bag.

Quilters World - Autumn Colors - - Contents - DE­SIGNED BY CAROLYN S. VAGTS


• Scraps pur­ple and red mot­tleds or batiks

1/8 yard each 5 medium and

5 dark au­tumn-color batiks

1 fat eighth each or­ange, yel­low and green mot­tleds or batiks

13/4 yards co­or­di­nat­ing dark batik for lin­ing, sides, han­dles and in­side pock­ets

1 crib-size bat­ting

All-pur­pose thread to match fab­rics Green all-pur­pose thread

1/2 yard fusi­ble web

2 (11/4") round co­or­di­nat­ing but­tons

Wa­ter-sol­u­ble marker

1 gold mag­netic snap

Ba­sic sew­ing tools and sup­plies • • • • • • • •

• • •


Trace ap­pliqué shapes onto the pa­per side of the fusi­ble web as di­rected on pat­terns for num­ber to cut, leav­ing space be­tween shapes for cut­ting.

Cut out shapes, leav­ing a mar­gin around each one.

Fuse shapes to the wrong side of fab­rics as di­rected on each piece; cut out shapes on traced lines. Re­move pa­per back­ing. Pre­pare tem­plates for tabs and flap us­ing pat­terns given; cut as di­rected on each piece.

From yel­low mot­tled or batik:

• Cut 2 (41/2" x 61/2") A rec­tan­gles.

From each medium and dark batiks:

• Cut 2 (11/2" by fabric width) strips.

From dark batik:

• Cut 4 (141/2" x 41/2") rec­tan­gles for purse

and lin­ing side gus­set pieces.

• Cut 2 (161/2" x 141/2") rec­tan­gles

for lin­ing.

• Cut 2 (41/2" x 161/2") rec­tan­gles for purse

bot­tom and lin­ing bot­tom.

• Cut 2 (51/2" by fabric width) strips for


• Cut 1 (121/2" x 161/2") rec­tan­gle for

in­side pock­ets.

From bat­ting:

• Cut 2 (2" x 40") strips from one end of the bat­ting; set aside re­main­der of bat­ting for purse body, sides and front tabs.


1. To com­plete one Log Cabin block, place the light­est 11/2" fabric width strip right sides to­gether on top of a 41/2" end of A and stitch as shown in Fig­ure 1. 2. Trim the strip even with A as shown in Fig­ure 2; press the strip to the right side with seam to­ward the strip. 3. Re­peat steps 1 and 2 with the same fabric strip on the top of the stitched A unit re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 3.

4. Re­peat steps 1 and 2 with the light­est dark strip on the op­po­site 41/2" end of A and then on the re­main­ing long edge of A to com­plete one round of strips on the A rec­tan­gle as shown in Fig­ure 4. 5. Con­tinue adding strips around the A rec­tan­gle in nu­mer­i­cal or­der, us­ing strips in light­est to dark­est or­der un­til you have five lights on two ad­ja­cent sides and five darks on the re­main­ing sides to com­plete one block as shown in Fig­ure 5. 6. Re­peat steps 1–5 to com­plete a sec­ond Log Cabin block.


1. Us­ing the full-size pat­tern given and the wa­ter-sol­u­ble marker, draw the leaf vine onto one com­pleted Log Cabin block re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6 and Place­ment Di­a­gram for po­si­tion­ing. 2. Stitch on the marked lines to make leaf stems us­ing green thread.

3. Ar­range and fuse a leaf and flower mo­tif in nu­mer­i­cal or­der on the Log Cabin block with the stitched stems, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6 and Place­ment Di­a­gram for po­si­tion­ing.

4. Straight-stitch around each fused shape with thread to match fab­rics.

5. Join the dark bot­tom edges of the two Log Cabin blocks with one of the 161/2" x 41/2" rec­tan­gles as shown in Fig­ure 7; press seams open. 6. Sew one of the 141/2" x 41/2" rec­tan­gles with right sides to­gether on each end of the ap­pliquéd Log Cabin block, stop­ping stitch­ing 1/4" from the end of the seam as shown in Fig­ure 8. 7. Lay the stitched outer bag shell pieces right side up on one end of the bat­ting; trim the bat­ting 1" larger all around.

8. Quilt as de­sired.

9. Place two side tab pieces right sides to­gether on top of a match­ing bat­ting piece; stitch around three sides, leav­ing the end open for turn­ing. Trim bat­ting close to stitch­ing; clip cor­ners. Turn right side out; press edges flat. Re­peat to make a sec­ond side tab and one top flap.

10. If us­ing a mag­netic snap clo­sure on the flap, now is the time to in­stall it re­fer­ring to the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. If us­ing a but­ton­hole and but­ton, now is the time to make the but­ton­hole in the flap where de­sired.

11. Fold and press each 51/2"-wide han­dle strip in half length­wise; un­fold. Fold in 1/2" along one long edge of each 51/2"-wide han­dle strip.

12. Cen­ter a 2" x 40" bat­ting strip down the pressed cen­ter of each strip and baste through the cen­ter to hold in place as shown in Fig­ure 9. 13. Fold the long pressed edges over the bat­ting, with pressed edge over raw edge, and stitch in place as shown in Fig­ure 10; re­move bast­ing. Top­stitch 1/4" from each long edge to fin­ish han­dles. Note: You may ad­just the length of the han­dles to a shorter length at this time, if de­sired.

14. Join the back and front bag pan­els with the side strips as in step 6—the bag bot­tom strip ends will still be loose; press seams to one side. 15. Sew the bot­tom strip ends to both side pan­els, stop­ping stitch­ing 1/4" from the ends of each seam.

16. Turn right side out to com­plete the outer bag shell.


1. Fold the 121/2" x 161/2" pocket rec­tan­gle in half right sides out so it mea­sures 61/4" x 161/2"; press.

2. Place the folded pocket rec­tan­gle on one of the 161/2" x 141/2" lin­ing rec­tan­gles with the open end at least 4" from the bot­tom edge of the rec­tan­gle; stitch across the open end of the folded pocket rec­tan­gle re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 11. Note: The folded pocket sec­tion will ex­tend 21/4" be­yond the lin­ing piece at the bot­tom. Again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 11, fold up the pocket rec­tan­gle, press flat and pin side edges in place. Mea­sure and mark de­sired pocket sec­tions. Stitch from top to bot­tom of the folded pocket to cre­ate the pocket sec­tions. 3. As­sem­ble the lin­ing in the same man­ner as the outer bag shell, ex­cept leave a 4" open­ing in the cen­ter of one of the seams when stitch­ing the bot­tom rec­tan­gle to the lin­ing front or back as shown in Fig­ure 12. 4. Fold the un­stitched ends of each side tab un­der 1/4" and press. Po­si­tion a side tab in place 3" down from the top edge with widest point to­ward the bot­tom, and with the straight edge 1" be­yond seam be­tween the side and back pieces as shown in Fig­ure 13. Note: The 1/4" turned edge will be en­closed be­tween the outer bag shell and tab. Stitch a square shape all around the 1" area to se­cure as shown in Fig­ure 14. Re­peat on the op­po­site side with the sec­ond tab. 5. Po­si­tion, pin and ma­chine-baste the ends of one han­dle piece on the outer shell front 2" in from the side seams as shown in Fig­ure 15; re­peat on the outer shell back with the sec­ond han­dle. 6. Cen­ter, pin and baste the front flap be­tween the han­dles on the outer shell back as shown in Fig­ure 16. 7. Place the outer bag shell in­side the lin­ing with right sides to­gether, align­ing seams and keep­ing han­dles in­side and out of the way. Stitch around the top edge as shown in Fig­ure 17. 8. Turn right side out through open­ing left in the bot­tom of the lin­ing; turn open­ing edges to the in­side and hand- or ma­chine-stitch the open­ing closed.

9. Press around the top edge; top­stitch 1/4" from edge.

10. Bring the side tabs around to the front of the purse and at­tach with the but­ton. Note: The tabs should be pulled tight so that it pleats the sides and cre­ates a less-square look. On the sam­ple, the an­gled end of the tab aligns with one of the fabric strips in the Log Cabin block.

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