I’m sure most of you have made these little baskets at one time or another. I believe I made the red one back in the 1980s and I know I sold a bunch of them at craft sales I attended at our local city’s arts and crafts festivals in the 1990s. I honestly do not know when I found the time to do those things back then as I was working full time, taking up to 17 credit hours per semester at college, and hitting every craft festival I could for the extra money. Thank goodness I was younger then.
I think I got the idea for these little baskets from Crafts magazine. Back then we didn’t have Pinterest, Facebook, or blogs to share all the wonderful ideas we do now.
I found the red basket full of sewing machine attachments and decided I would make a few. I cut two pieces of coordinating pieces of fabric at 8 1/2″ sq. and a piece of light weight batting at 8 1/4″ sq. (I used Hobbs 80/20). The handle cut from the same fabrics at 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. The sewing is pretty self explanatory by looking at it, but if you have any questions, please just ask and I’ll help. (Sew wrong sides together with batting and handle placed and leave opening for turning. No batting in the handle.) I used (4) 1/4″ ribbons cut at 16″ long leaving a 4″ tail hanging over on each side, and I sewed them 2″ in from each side. Be careful to sew under the handle and not over it.
I hope this makes sense. Not really meant to be a beginners tutorial, but I will be glad to walk anyone through the steps if help is needed. I am so bad at giving directions without waving my hands. LOL
You could make these little cuties any size by adjusting your measurements. I love that they lay flat when you are not using just by untying the corners.
Would love to see yours if you decide to make any.
Another thought I would like to share: If you want a laugh for the day, go to You Tube and do a search for Jeanne Robertson. She is a Southern motivational speaker and her motto is to handle stressful situations with humor instead of anger. I think you will enjoy it.
Regatta pieced and ready to quilt
Fleece backing for Regatta
The Regatta was an easy quilt to put it together, although it took me quite a while to get it together. 🙂 I think choosing the fabric was the hardest thing to do, then I had some medical issues and could only sew a little at a time, BUT I love the end result. I used a Jelly Roll of Moda Solids in the blue shades and supplemented the colors with a few strips of colors from Artist’s Club fabrics from my stash. I used the Kona White for the white strips and other than struggling with the raveling edges of the Kona it went together very easily. I plan on using a pretty multi color leaf design fleece fabric as shown in the second picture for the backing. Even though the blues and whites make me think of summer and the beach, the cold spell we are having right now is making me think “I need something to keep my feet warm while I’m watching TV.” Y’all know I have no other quilts around my house to use. 🙂
The quilt pattern is a free download from block M Quilts and the Quilt Along is the brain child of Roseanne of Home Sewn by Us.
I am so glad to be back in my sewing room, even if it is for a few minutes at a time.
ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT THAT YOU MAY BE HEARING MORE ABOUT: THE NEW GREAT GRANDBABY IS A BOY AND WILL BE HERE IN JUNE!!!!!!
Well, here it is, after the New Years and not only have I not started sewing, I have not made the decision on which color. I have narrowed it down between the two blues. I am saving the 1.5″ Kona Dusty strips for a log cabin and I have cut the white strips and squares. I purchased the yardage fabric at Artist’s Club, the Bella Solids Jelly Roll from Missouri Star, and the Kona Mini strips from Tuesday Morning.
This is going to be a fun quilt along brought to us by Roseanne from Home Sewn by Us. Roseanne pointed me to the free pattern at BlockM Quilts to download. It looks like it will be an easy pattern with a striking design. This is not a race and we go at our own pace.
Due to my health issues I have been unable to be any use to Roseanne in the roll of co-host. (sorry Roseanne). But I will be back in my sewing room soon and my machine will be humming as fast as ever.
Happy New Year everyone.