I’ve been sewing away! Made some more fabric baskets that I first found out about at the Pink Penguin blog -- http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/05/tutorial-fabric-basket.html
I like the different looks you get when you pick different colors from the focus fabric for the checkerboard rows. Four fabrics used for each basket shown above.
If you click on the pic above, you will see a larger version of the pic and you will also see that I am in my “gridded wavy lines quilting” phase on my quilted pieces these days. The gentle wavy lines are so easy to stitch and so relaxing. No matter what you do, the quilting comes out looking great. Try it sometime. These fabric baskets are a good place on which to practice quilting.
I cut the striped fabric into squares for the checkerboard rows on the basket and when I laid out the rows, I rotated the squares so that a horizontal stripe was next to a vertical stripe. I forgot to take a pic of it in the flat, but here’s a drawing from EQ6 to show you what I mean --
When I first made a fabric basket --http://anotherpatch.blogspot.com/2008/11/its-lovely-day-after-election.html I cut the lining shorter so that it would lay better in the inside of basket.
On the stripes and dots basket, I experimented & cut the lining the same size as the quilted piece. I let the top seam allowance extend up. Did NOT turn the top seam allowance to the inside of basket. Much easier to stitch in the ditch through all the layers – no bulk.
In the pic below you can see that the lining fabric shows at the top cuz it is brought to the outside of basket, rather than being turned to the inside of basket.I like the “cut same size” method cuz I don’t have to do any figuring and the lining does lay nicely inside.
Angie Padilla has directions for a cute basket -- http://tinyurl.com/c46c2d I’m just going to have to make one of those!
I have a few more things that either haven’t been completed or haven’t been gifted and will put them up on the blog when I’ve made it so.