Orange Ombre Basket

I took a bunch of photographs of my completed Orange Ombre Quilted Basket this morning and would love your input. Click any image to enlarge.

First of all, if you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I had to wash the exterior of the basket to get rid of the chalk lines left by the Dritz marking pencil. The result was, of course, a soft crinkled look to the fabric which I quite liked. What do you think? Also, I’d like your opinions on the photos, these are for my Etsy shop and I’d like to know which photos you like best and why. You’re allowed to include five photos with your listing.

Without further ado, here they are:

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p.s., I haven’t slip stitched the top yet so I can still make changes, i.e., iron the exterior fabric.

p.p.s., Thank you for your help!!

This week TGIFF is being hosted by Gingersnaps Quilts.

Dritz fail!

I started working on another basket this morning, I typically mark my grid using Frixion pens but the ink doesn’t run smoothly so I tried this Dritz pencil thingie which marks wonderfully, too wonderfully, the friggin’ marks wouldn’t come off!

Dritz pencil and markings


I know you can’t see the lines very well in a photo, click the image to see larger. I was using a dry micro cloth in attempt to remove the markings but that didn’t work. I left a blue-green hue to my stitches.

Washing Dritz MarkingsEven scrubbing with Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover didn’t work  (it really works… on everything else!), those stupid lines wouldn’t go away! I filled a tub with cool water and a half capful of Zero laundry detergent, gently scrubbed and soaked, rinsed and lay out to dry. The markings were a little lighter I think but I could still see them when the fabric was wet so I threw it in the dryer for 15 minutes. The markings are finally gone but what a hassle! I decided not to iron the crinkle out of the fabric, it’s making the basket have a softer appearance that I really like so all is not lost.

I hope to have 2 finishes tomorrow, “hope” being the key word. I really, really love those Riley Blake Ombre dots!!

Hope your week is going better than mine!




A-Tasket, another yellow basket, and by far, this is my favorite!

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

The interior and exterior are both quilted and added a split interior pocket.

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

The exterior fabric is by Riley Blake, “Daisy Cottage” Damask in Daisy and the interior is from Lori Holt’s line, “Millie’s Closet”, Herringbone Coat in Yellow. The basket measures 11″ long x 6″ wide x 8.5″ tall.

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

I think I’m going to play with Deb Strain’s Spa and Daisy Cottage…

Fabric Choices

… or maybe Joel Dewberry’s Woodgrain in Vintage Yellow.

Fabric Choices

According to colour psychology:

“The color yellow relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception.

Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.

In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.”

What colours are tickling your fancy lately?

Fabric Infusion

I rewarded myself today, for making it through my first week of (new) employment. It’s always stressful to start a new job in a new place with new people but add to this stress the loss of our 16 year old cat, Angus and I barely made it through. We keep expecting to see him in his usual spots, always disappointed when he’s not there.

Now on to the fun, uplifting stuff, fabric shopping!

13 Cotton Couture Solids

My fabric stash is sorely missing solids so I delved into these delicious Sandi Henderson (for Michael Miller) Cotton Couture Solids, 13 in total, YUMMY! I love the variety and hues of this collection, I’m sure I’ll be using them over and over in future projects.

Another fabric line I’ve been lusting after for awhile now is Storyboek by Jay-Cyn Designs. I know I can find some super cute projects to make for my neices with the little Field Stroll print and a little something for myself and friends with the rest.

Storyboek by Jay-Cyn Designs

I also added some Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi Flannels to my shopping cart. I plan to make a mini quilt for our Devon Rex Cat who used to snuggle with Angus, we considered them husband and wife. To say she’s a little lost without him is an understatement. I’m surprised she hasn’t chosen another pet to cozy up to.

Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi

I added a few other fabrics to my cart which I thought were good basics I could use in almost any project, Kei Japan Geo Style, Checkered Graph Blue/YellowMy Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake, So Sophie, Dots Blue and Dots Purple.

I just received notice that they’ve shipped so hopefully I’ll receive these goodies next week, just in time for my birthday! 😀

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