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Log Cabin Tote Bag

Design director Nancy Wiles cut scrappy strips of assorted Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics to make two mirror-image Log Cabin blocks. She featured one block on each side of her pieced handbag, adding an extra 1-1/2x12-1/2" strip at the bottom of each block to allow for the bag's depth. A wide band at the bag top and matching handles incorporate the two main colors used in the blocks.

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Assemble Blocks


1. Referring to Diagram 1, sew together a brown or tan batik 2-1/2" square and a teal or blue batik 1-1/2x2-1/2" strip. Press seam away from brown or tan batik square.

2. Add teal or blue batik 1-1/2x3-1/2" strip to right-hand edge of Step 1 unit (Diagram 2). Press as before.

3. Sew brown or tan batik 1-1/2x3-1/2" strip to top edge of Step 2 unit (Diagram 3). Then add brown or tan batik 1-1/2x4-1/2" strip to left-hand edge of unit (Diagram 4). Press all seams away from center.

4. Referring to Diagram 5, continue adding assorted batik strips to pieced unit in counterclockwise order, pressing all seams away from center, to make a Log Cabin block. The block should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances. Sew a teal or blue batik 1-1/2x12-1/2" strip to bottom edge of Log Cabin block; press seam toward strip. The block should now be 12-1/2x13-1/2" including seam allowances.

5. Referring to Diagram 6, repeat steps 1-4 using remaining brown, tan, teal, and blue batik square and strips to make a mirror-image block. Add remaining teal or blue batik 1-1/2x12-1/2" strip to bottom edge of mirror-image Log Cabin block.

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