Long Weekend Bag Or Elephant Bag.

I have spent a most enjoyable Sunday with a small group of  new sewing pals, on this project, a Long Weekend Bag by ” Touch My Heart Designs “.  My first attempt at a real complex bag, having only made tote and beach bags before, it certainly is a steep learning curve!  It took me from 10.00 to 16.00 to cut out and treat each piece with either interfacing or foam stabiliser to give it shape.

Just wondering whether all these 22 pieces, some of which still have to be cut out, will fit together into the very useful and attractive travelling bag shown in the photo on the pattern, hmmmmm?

It was very interesting to note that one of us totally ignored the instructions and left the session with a complete bag!  Mind you there were no pockets or pocket zips, as it was pointed out that with no pockets you cannot lose things in them.   Think that may be a very good point.  I am returning tomorrow evening for two more hours of concentrated effort, perhaps it will look more like a bag then!


My Elephant Bag under construction!

Long Weekend Bag by Touch My Heart Designs

Promise Stitch Log Cabin

In my other sewing group recently I was shown the refreshing art of the Promise Stitch method of Log Cabin.  Oh I am a convert now, and this is more how I imagined what patchwork quilting was all about when I first heard about the craft in the early 70’s.

The three promises which have given the method it’s name are:-

Always use the double stitch

Everything is by hand so no sewing machines here.

Share, share your knowledge, share your fabric and last but not least share your love.

No rulers or irons are involved either so if you are quite happy judging half and quarter inch seams by eye, you will be a happy sewer.

Promise Stitch log cabin.

Promise Stitch log cabin.

Looking at my two sample squares you can see the dimensions and uniformity of the strips are wobbly, but when this method originated women were finding new uses for old clothing. Perhaps we should reinvent the whole idea.

My information was originally on Bayou Quilts and Dolls.  Have a peep it is fascinating.

New Comrade Quilters Group

For Nepal

Scrappy quilt, quick to make.


For a school in Lusaka

For a school in Lusaka

Thought I would tell you about one of the two sewing groups I go to as regularly as possible, if holidays do not get in the way that is!  This group is fairly new and we are all new to the patchwork quilting thing.  There are two lovely patient ladies who help, suggest and comfort when we make boo boos, but generally we just have fun!  We are also trying to help others, unfortunately if only in a very small way, but at the moment we are busy making quilt tops for the people in Nepal affected by the earthquakes recently.  We are making scrappy quilts using random fabrics and colours, pieced into 5 inch squares and then we will be joining them up.  It was suprisingly quick and easy to do.