Friday, June 19, 2020

Design Floor Friday - {Quilted Basket} Challenge - Take Three

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!!  You may recall that I am in the midst of a Challenge with my friend Judy @ Busy Hands are Happy Hands.  If not, let me refresh your memory.

The story goes like this...

I challenged Judy last month and ended up making this:

{Quilted Basket} Challenge - Take Two

This month SHE challenged me!


I made this PINK Quilted Scrap Basket for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

That brings us to...

{Quilted Basket} Challenge - Take Three

Because Judy upped the ante this month and challenged me to finishing not just ONE Quilted Scrap Basket, but TWO!!!

Here is a look at how the now THIRD challenge basket developed...

First, a stack of pairs of dark blue scraps were sewn:

And then they were pressed for the next step in the process:

Trimmed pairs of pairs, the last of them being guided through the machine:

Of course, those were also pressed then trimmed up for another turn at being paired with another now-larger scrap chunk:

The process was repeated time and again, until...

... I ended up with the scrappy panel that measured 16" x 20" shown here:

That's when I went searching for a scrap of batting and a piece of fabric to use for the lining.  Then promptly layered the panel for quilting:

And quilted it, I did, with free form flowing lines:

Before I knew it, the quilting was complete:

The final trim was quick and had the basket panel ready to be transformed into a 3-D object.  Folding the panel in half, right sides together, "hamburger style" and stitching up the sides:  

Then it was time to flatten the corners and lop them off.  Immediately before sewing those edges up, too:

It looked like it might rain and I wasn't sure if I would finish the basket or not.  This is a shot of the nearly done basket with today's blooming daisy:

Ultimately, there was enough time to make and apply a binding:

Challenge Met.  Dark blue Quilted Scrap Basket DONE!!  I went out to take a photo of my new basket with the gorgeous red-orange daylilies that I spotted out by the mailbox yesterday, much like this one available at Gilbert H. Wild and Son:

Daylily Autumn Red

Alas, Bambi or Thumper were hungry last night and all that was left were stems with the blooms eaten off.  You'll just have to use your imagination to picture how pretty they would have looked together:

Here's a porch shot of the other side:

I noticed some yellow chrysanthemums just starting to bloom.  This shot gives you a better look at how the texture shows up on the basket's interior:

Since I was able to finish the basket, it seemed like a good idea to get another picture with that daisy:

For my RSC Quilter friends, here is the PINK, included in honor of June's Color of the Month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

Sharing with Alycia


With Cynthia

Until next time...
Challenge(s) accepted!!!


  1. You're really cranking the baskets out! This one turned out so great in all those deep, dark blues :)

  2. Great job on the blue basket... such a fun idea!

  3. You guys are hilarious! Love the blue basket. ~Jeanne

  4. I love that you let the new basket go romping with the flowers!

  5. Pretty basket in dark blues! How many of those have you made now, Joy?

  6. I love that so many of us quilt bloggers are sharing our flower photos also! Nice work on the baskets.

  7. I love that you are using your scraps to make fabric buckets. You must have quite a collection of them now. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  8. Oh boy! Look at you! Challenge met and with 9 days to spare!! I love your technique too. I think I’ll continue using Angela’s tutorial for a while so most of mine will match, but just this morning was thinking I needed a basket for just patriotic fabric and Christmas fabric....they would need to be bigger, so I may give your technique a try!! Wonder what the color for July RSC20 will be? I’ve got fingers crossed for yellow or purple “

  9. Soon you will have a basket in every color!


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