Pretty Quilted Boxes

Bending Pins: Pretty Quilted Boxes

When I saw Noodlehead’s divided basket last week, I knew I had to make one for myself so purchased her pattern immediately. After completing it I looked though all the patterns I had downloaded and found Elizabeth Hartman’s Stack & Nest Quilted Blocks tutorial (pdf here) she had created for Sew Mama Sew and thought I’d combine Noodlehead’s basket handles with Elizabeth’s boxes.

Bending Pins: Pretty Quilted Boxes

Interfacing applied on top of seams.

My process is somewhat different in that I don’t fuse my heavy interfacing or batting onto the project until the basic sewing is done. Even if you cut your interfacing 1/2″ smaller than your fabric, it’s still possible to catch it in the seams. My stiff interfacing crinkles when bent and it has a tendancy to distort the fabric so I used very light interfacing first, then fused the thicker stuff over that. Another benefit of fusing your interfacing after sewing is that you can apply it over your seams to reduce bulk and because my interfacing has glue on both sides, I can fuse the rest of the seams over the interfacing.

Center corners folded inward.

Interfacing applied on top of bottom seams then side seams sewn and fused.

For the outside of the box, I used the same technique — applying the batting after the basic pieces were sewn together, then quilted it in a simple diamond pattern.

Pieces are quilted after initial sewing.

Pieces are quilted after initial sewing.

I made the 1″ wide handles by creating a fabric tube, inserting cotton batting inside and top stitching 1/4″ on either side. The handles are sandwiched between the lining and the outer box then top stitched.

And what’s a shot without a little photo bombing by Cookie?

Cookie the photo bomber!

Cookie the photo bomber!

Bending Pins: Pretty Quilted Boxes

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23 thoughts on “Pretty Quilted Boxes

  1. Love your boxes they are cute and guess they will have to come next on my list of things to make but really Cookie is even cuter Kathy.

      • I am making someone a dogbed quilt as we speak. Well…I cam inside to eat lunch, but it’s out on the porch in progress. She designed a fabric panel and had it printed up on Spoonflower. Have you heard of them?

    • And I’m making another today with that cute little house fabric. I really like having a cuff over the edge, it adds a little detail. Sewing the lining to the outer box can be a real pain in the ass. 😛

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