Dang Those Cute Baskets!

A few weeks ago, I made myself a Pixie Basket.

I got the pattern from Heidi of Fabric Mutt, and you can too. But be warned! These things are so fast and easy to make they are truly addictive. In fact, after making this one and blogging about it, I instantly added the task of making more of them to my Quarter 2 Finish Along List.

And here they are!

Aren’t these baskets cute?

Now I’ve got a small stack of baskets for last-minute gifts. Feeling so great about that! And as a bonus I also get to officially knock off another item from my Quarter 2 FAL list. Woot!

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Quilting at the Lake

I belong to a bee that has a quilt retreat twice a year at a lake house owned by one of our members. I know, I’m really lucky! The lake house has plenty of space for us, and the lake view is gorgeous. Going there always makes me feel reinvigorated. I’m deeply appreciative of the time we get to spend there because not only do I get a lot of good quilting done, I also get an opportunity to grow closer to my quilting buddies.

Did I mention the great sunsets?

And the tea parties?

Bee retreats are awesome! <grin>

We had another of our bee retreats this past weekend and I got a lot of good quilting done. First I worked a bit on the rainbow version of Charming Stepping Stones. I’m quilting it using several modern quilting patterns but I don’t want to show you much right now. I want to get the quilt finished first then I’ll feature the quilt in a post.

Next, I worked on some dotted blocks for a bee challenge. You may remember that my bee got crazy about dotted fabric a while back and decided to have a block exchange.

We’re making a block for each person in the bee, in either 6” or 12” size or some combination. We can make our blocks all the same or make different ones. At the end of the exchange, I’ll have one block from each of the members of my bee. It’ll be a wonderful memory of these girls I’ve grown so very close to.

Finally, I pieced together the rows for the gradations version of Charming Stepping Stones. I’ll sew the rows together this week, or at another retreat that I’m going to this weekend.

I know! Another retreat? I’m really lucky.

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Sewing Up Some Cute Baskets

I’ve got a lot of quilt gifts to make, so after scouring Pinterest for ideas, I decided to make a Pixie Basket from Heidi of Fabric Mutt. It look me a just under an hour to make it, but I probably spent an additional hour or so organizing my scrap bin and choosing just the right fabrics. <grin>

As you can see, these baskets are oooh so cute, and useful to boot! Just look what all you can put in one!

These Pixie Baskets are addictive! I want to make some more real soon and keep them on hand for last-minute gifts. I guess I’m on a basket making spree because I made this cute little quilted basket too, following the Fabric Box tutorial by Tina at Seaside Stitches.

It was also fast and easy to make, and it holds a lot. The buttons are optional, but not to me! I think they add just the right touch, don’t you?

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Happy Valentine's to Me: Another Finish!

I had a lovely Easter and I hope you had a nice weekend too. The weather here was very nice but even nicer still, my daughter was home for the weekend!

Despite being busy this weekend, I managed to finish another project--however late it might be for its intended holiday, which was Valentine’s. Luckily, my valentine doesn’t care about punctuality. He just loves that I take the time to make him something--even if it's a month late. Me, I’m gonna ignore the calendar and instead revel in a project I got done early for once!

This is my own design and I had a lot of fun making it. I really like how the letters turned out and how cool that rick-rack looks running down the middle. I might make this into a pattern if there's enough interest.

I quilted the background with a loopy meander with a few hearts thrown in every once in a while. Since I didn’t want my less than perfect quilting to stand out too much, I used white Aurifil for the white squares and a beautiful red-violet Wonderfil that blended perfectly from the brown to the red for the rest of the background.

I decided to quilt the hearts because they seemed kind of puffy after all the background quilting was done.

I used a jelly roll from Moda’s All You Need is Love fabric line to piece the front, and various scraps from my stash for the hearts and letters. I used a larger piece from the All You Need is Love fabric collection for the back. This project barely cuts into my stash of Valentine’s fabrics, so I see other Valentines inspired quilts in my future. <grin>

I used two different methods to do the applique hearts and letters, which I talked about in an earlier post. I had thought about machine-finishing the binding, but decided against it when I realized I could do it by hand in the car as we were driving Katerina back to school. I wanted to get this one done more than I wanted the convenience of a machine binding.

Here are the details:

14” x 50”
Quilter’s Dream batting
Moda’s All You Need is Love fabric for the background, various scraps for the hearts and letters

This was another UFO on my 2016 Finish Along list, so check that one off! Yippee!

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