Monday, October 26, 2015

Fabric Basket

Fabric baskets are a great weekend project and they make nice gifts too, especially if you fill them with some goodies! With holidays coming up I can see one with bath salts and bubble-bath, etc.
I've made a few different kinds of fabric baskets over the years which are great to make them in whatever size you need. I needed a catchall for scissors and rotary cutters. So I made a template in the size I needed [I had to put my math hat on - ha!] and lined the outside fabric with fairly heavy fusible interface. Then squared off the bottom sides.
I cut the lining to the same dimensions as the outside except I cut the top edge 1/2 inch shorter so I could fuse the outside edge over the top. This was stitched with the same squared off bottom sides and positioned inside.
This shows the seam down the middle. To finish it off I used a decorative stitch around the edge. This is 8" x 5" around and 4" high.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Scrappy Little Leaves

This is a scrappy little wall quilt of several different kinds of leaves finished just in time for Fall! This was inspired by the Scrappy Little House quilt I made for a travel project. So used the same idea with leaves by starting with 5" charm pack for backing squares and 5" batting squares. While on vacation I hand quilted them with embroidery floss. Here they are before embellishing.
I then added a backing fabric, and sewed 1/2" strips through all layers to hold the layers together.
I love how the variety of colors just meld together so well.

  Here are the leaf sketches I made and then traced them on the fabrics.
Here is my little sewing buddy Olive - all happy to be my office chair while I'm sewing at my machine! She is always by my side.
Thank you for following my blog! Happy Fall to All :)