Orange Blossoms at the Cabin
Traditional Log Cabin blocks and fusible appliqué make a great over-the-shoulder bag.
• 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
1 gold magnetic snap
Basic sewing tools and supplies • • • • • • • •
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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
• 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
• Cut 2 (2" x 40") strips from one end of the batting; set aside remainder of batting for purse body, sides and front tabs.
COMPLETING THE BLOCKS
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.
COMPLETING THE OUTER BAG SHELL
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.
COMPLETING THE BAG
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.