WARNING!!! Picture-heavy post!!!
As you may recall, I have been on a bit of a basket making kick this month. A couple for me posted HERE. Then I moved on to gifts for my Knit Group. These were made by adapting Christina Cameli's Little Quilted Bucket pattern. You can read about them in THIS post.
Once these quilted "yarn bowls" were made, I moved on to even SMALLER "thread catcher" baskets using only one of the two panels required in Christina's pattern:
With Knit Group taken care of, I moved on to thinking about making gifts for my Weekly Quilt Group.
Led me to a WHAT IF... moment! As in, "What if I use this leftover portion of the failed attempt basket to make an EVEN SMALLER basket:
You KNOW that I love a good mini, right??? Well, I went into hyper-drive making these little baskets:
I had some leftover red, too:
Quilters like color, so I made a "thread catcher" basket out of a bit remaining from the back of my Rainbow Picnic Quilt. Shown below at the "I" stage of the process. That's after the corners have been cut out, but before any sewing has begun:
Here's the completed basket:
I was limited in the number of fabrics that worked for the binding of this one. At the time I finished it, I thought the dot "went", but now I'm not so sure. What's YOUR opinion? Not that I plan on changing the binding now! This baby has already been delivered:
This seemed to fit the next recipient:
I did "topography" quilting on this field of flowers:
Apparently, I stayed up too late while working on the next turquoise "thread catcher"! Fortunately, I noticed there was a problem which diminished the need for stitch removal:
Here is the completed quilt sandwich...
... and the finished basket:
Hmm... that's different:
Moving along... only ONE person requested yellow:
ANOTHER turquoise made with MORE pre-quilted scraps from my big aqua/turquoise scrap basket done in a wishbone pattern. I'm really getting some mileage out of that project:
You may not have noticed anything different about the photo above? (Also in that "yuckie green" pic a couple of baskets back!) Look closely because that basket (through a cutting choice) turned out rectangular, instead of round. Who knew?!?! By changing the corner cut-outs, you can change the shape:
Another evening, another technique...
Let's try TWO at a time:
Alas, I only got a photo of ONE of the completed baskets:
... And right side up. This "thread catcher" was salvaged from that first failed attempt:
Would you believe there's more???
Well... Just ONE more:
I did some fun accent quilting in the flowers:
And, with that, Santa's Sweatshop is officially CLOSED til 2018!!
I had a wonderful time sorting through my fabric scraps to come up with pleasing groupings for each little basket. HERE are my friends with their "thread catchers." Together...
Oops! A couple were missing after the first round of distribution:
... And separately...
Little Ms. Sunshine Yellow:
Ms. Purple Power:
Mrs. Positively Purple:
Until next time...
Ho, Ho, Holy Basket Making, Batman!!!