Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your projects(s) and share in the news and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!
This week I’ve been working on the blue version of my Into the Woods runner. It is basted and quilting has begun. The plan was to have finished it by now… But I allowed myself to be distracted… Making fabric baskets as gifts for the ladies coming along to my Patchwork Workshop on 12th July – less than two weeks away! (Click to the Workshop page of this site to find the details :-)).
These baskets are closely based on a pattern I downloaded from the Craftsy website several years ago (the One Hour Basket pdf pattern by Hearts and Bees can now be purchased for $1 from Bluprint). I made several baskets and recorded the changes I made to alter the finished size. After such a long lapse I wasn’t too surprised to find myself scratching my head as I looked at my notes! What had seemed so obvious two years ago had become rather puzzling! Anyhow I’ve figured it out and have promised myself a clearer set of notes. In fact I shall share my cutting measurements right here:
The base of my version of the ‘One Hour Basket’ is 4¼” square and the basket stands 4″ high. To achieve this size (smaller than the basket made in the tutorial) I cut two 5¾” x 9½” fabric pieces for the main part of the outer basket; two 1¾” x 9½” rectangles for the contrast strips around the top of the basket; and two 6¾” x 9½” pieces for the lining. To make the box corners I cut away 2¼” squares. I don’t have any fusible wadding in my stash so I used a high loft polyester wadding rather than the recommended fusible with acceptable results i.e. my baskets stand up! I’ve cut out fabric to make three more baskets – six in all, to make sure I have enough to gift should the final two places on the Workshop be filled 🙂
Away from the sewing room I’ve been fruit picking at the allotment – raspberries and redcurrants are ripening fast. Nothing beats the taste of sun-warmed raspberries! Here in the UK the news is all about the weather (well! ok! Brexit and the Conservative Party leadership campaign do get headlines too…).Today is set to be the hottest day of the year so far. But we are experiencing nothing like the temperatures being endured on Continental Europe. We have been sent some photos of three of our family trying to stay cool at this outdoor swimming pool in Heidelberg, Germany where the temperature is set to rise to 39°C.
Having been fruit picking this morning I’ve opted to stay indoors through the heat of the day – with windows and curtains closed – and drink lots of tea! Weird how hot tea can be so refreshing on a hot day 😀
Just a few links into the Worldwide Quilting Community this week:
Glue basting for perfect points: Suzy has a comprehensive tutorial on which glue to use, how to apply it and a myriad of tips on the subject of glue basting. I’m definitely going to give this a try.
Wendy spent two years creating her cobweb quilt. The quilt looks amazing and has deservedly won awards at the QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show.
The 4th July celebrations provide quilters in the USA with an incentive to get inventive with red, white and blue fabrics! Jocelyn has finished her table topper in plenty of time. 🙂
Linking with Myra for Finished or Not Friday. This week Myra is sharing her latest pattern release, ‘Gooseberry Pie’, as well as featuring quilts made by participants of last weeks link up – always a good source of inspiration. Also linking with Alycia for TGIFF 🙂 She’s been searching out her patriotic quilts ready for 4th July.