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August FNSI Results

This month’s FNSI was actually a Friday Morning/Afternoon Sew-In as I got together with friends for a fun time of chatting, sewing and learning.

I shared with them how to construct this little coin frame purse:

The coin purse is the start of a matching set of items I’m making for myself. Eventually it will be joined by a check book cover, tea wallet, travel sewing kit and perhaps some zippered bags.

I lined the purse with a coordinating fabric.

I think I need to improve my in-person teaching techniques as I wasn’t able to pass along my enthusiasm for these little purses.

After a short break for a light lunch of fruit and granola bars, I received a lesson on how to do foundation paper piecing. I came prepared with a free pattern from Piece by Number for teacups and coffee cups and a bag of scraps leftover from other projects.

She was an excellent teacher and it wasn’t long before I had completed this little 4 1/2” block:

I’ve been browsing through all the beautiful and in some cases whimsical patterns that are available on-line and I could easily get hooked on this method of paper piecing.

Here are the two projects together:


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  • wendy
    August 18, 2012 2:41 pm

    ooooh, so jealous that I couldn’t be there! Love your coin purse, I bet Sandra is preparing for the Zakka Sew Along with that one! I’d love to learn paper piecing too… might have to get Sandra to teach me via skype!

  • Cindy
    August 18, 2012 4:17 pm

    I am in love with this little coin purse!! You did a really nice job on it, along with the paper pieced block. 4-1/2″? Holy smokes! You truly did a beautiful job with it! Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit too! 🙂

  • katherine
    August 18, 2012 6:02 pm

    You had a brilliant FNSI too especially being able to share it with some sewing friends. The coin purse is cute and I love the fabrics you have used. I also love English paper piecing and your little tea cup blocks are beautiful. Thanks for dropping by my blog too.

  • Shirley
    August 18, 2012 5:44 pm

    I love your coin purse! You are so talented. You have definitely inspired me to look into how to make these now.

  • Simone Harding
    August 18, 2012 8:19 pm

    Wow your coin purse is gorgeous. I love the fabric. Can’t wait to see the rest of your creations. I have made a few purses and I have a small one ready to put together.
    What a cute tea cup.

  • Raewyn
    August 18, 2012 8:40 pm

    A great Friday afternoon sew in! Your little purse is very cute – a good idea about running a gathering thread before sewing the top bit on. Your tea cup is sweet too – I enjoy this foundation paper piecing as well. Thanks for visiting me!!

  • Karen
    August 18, 2012 8:47 pm

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and your kind comment.
    Love your little coin purse and tea cup! Very nice projects.
    Isn’t it great to have helpful, knowledgeable quilty friends?

  • Marilyn
    August 18, 2012 9:01 pm

    Your coin purse looks gorgeous. Sounds like a fun FNSI, and wonderful to be able to share it with others. Your daytime FNSI was probably when we in Australia were having our night time, so I guess you could say you joined us too.

  • julie beswick-valentine
    August 19, 2012 5:24 pm

    Such a pretty purse. I have never heard of English Paper Piercing and I lived there for 40 years, you learn something new everyday : ). Your FSNI is a brilliant idea, would love to copy it but I have no like minded friends who are into any form of handicrafts.

  • Sandra :)
    August 20, 2012 12:49 pm

    Thank YOU for teaching me how to make those little purses! It’s too bad my hands and wrists won’t co-operate with the fine motor skills required for certain crafts – at least I can try the bigger frame now that I know how to do it 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed the paper piecing — it does take a while to get it straight in your mind, and even after so many years, I still come up short sometimes, or put right to wrong sides together, or do the sections in the wrong order, lol. I’m going to assume it’s because I have many things on my mind – not that I’m getting forgetful in my dotage 😉

  • anthea
    August 20, 2012 10:13 pm

    What a lovely blog you have, I love the purse you made for FNSI, i’d love to try making something like that!

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