Two new baskets

I finished up my Amy Butler basket this morning. This time, I whip stitched all the seams on the inside so they’d lay flat then tacked down the sturdy poly so it wouldn’t shift.

AB-Front

 

I love this fabric! I didn’t quilt it because I didn’t want to distort the floral pattern but the inside lining is quilted in a diamond grid.

AB-Side

 

I finished the second basket awhile ago but just never got around to taking photos.

Yellow Wood

 

My shoulder is remarkably better, I think I just needed a day on the sofa!

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

Holiday Tutorial Thursday

I can’t believe it’s November already! And it’s a Thursday which means Quilt Story is featuring another Holiday Tutorial. This week Messy Jesse is showing us how to make a Cutlery and Napkin Holder, super cute, super easy and quick to whip up for the Holidays!

Next Thursday is my turn, hope you like it!