Sunday, June 22, 2014

fnsi & another lovely weekend.....

It's been another lovely weekend here, starting with FNSI, and continuing through until tonight.

There has been lots of sewing - FNSI saw me making my 'homework' block for the underground railroad quilt project, a log cabin block - actually it's been a weekend for 'building' log cabins(!) as I worked on some of my small log cabin blocks too.

homework block

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am taking part in the Huckleberry Stitches 'Kathleen Tracy/Prairie Children and Their Quilts' quilt along, and I have now finished the 12 blocks needed for this quilt.  This mini quilt has a total of 156 pieces, so there has been lots of cutting and sewing.  My blocks are now ready to put together.

I did struggle with putting these together.  By the time I started the second 'round', they started to get very wonky, so I actually drew up the log cabins as a foundation piecing pattern and made them that way, and am much happier with them.  I also tried to make them pretty scrappy, so I will see if that worked when I put them all together!

I also made a bag..... I have a bit of a love of foxes, both real and the crafty kind (show me a really cute fox softie and I nearly swoon lol!), so when I found this fabric last week at Lincraft, I could straight away imagine it in a bag -

During the week I looked for a bag pattern I liked and came across the '32 Minute Messenger Bag', a free pattern and tutorial on Amy Smart's 'Diary of a Quilter' blog.    Having not really made a bag before, I decided to make a practice version, before I cut up my cute foxy fabric and quite possibly ended up wrecking it.

Here is the result;  I used these fabrics from my stash

and ended up with this bag.....

I have to say, not being very experienced at bag making, it did take me quite a lot longer than 32 minutes, but I mucked around with the strap a bit.  I'm sure it will take me a lot less time next time..... but I am happy with how it turned out for my first attempt!

There was also my usual Saturday activity, watching my nephew play basketball, they had a good win yesterday which was great, and then this morning I took my nephew out for breakfast to our favourite cafe, 3 Little Pigs.  We had a fantastic time, my nephew is such great company and very funny.

So another lovely weekend has flown by; I hope your FNSI and weekend plans were fantastic too!



  1. Awesome blocks Tania and what a lovely weekend you had.xx

  2. Wow! Your log cabins are beautiful... all of them! You had a really great weekend... even did your homework! :o) Love the foxy fabric for your 'real' bag. Good idea to make a prototype... now you'll have two lovely bags. Have fun...xx

  3. Love everything you have been sewing. Glad you had fun with your nephew.

  4. Log cabin blocks look lovely Tania.
    Good luck with the bag, that foxy fabric will look great.

  5. Love your log cabin blocks especially the blue and yellow one (my colours!) Your foxy fabric will make a great bag.

  6. What a great sewing (and social) weekend you had! Your log cabins look really great, both big and small. The bag looks good too - and will look cool in that fox fabric!

  7. That foxy fabric is going to make a great bag and I love your log cabins. xx

  8. Your blocks are lovely Tania....great bag..

  9. Hi Tania, I enjoyed catching up with your post....I love foundation accurate....also love the log cabin blocks...hugs O'faigh


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