Friday, June 26, 2020

Design Floor Friday - Skinny Bin Deluxe

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!!!  It's been a busy week leading up to yesterday's ZoomBEE (LIVE and in person.)  I had fallen a bit behind with our group projects, but the time had come to catch up on all of that.

There were charity blocks to complete...

Using tutorials found at Shabby Fabrics, I made a Disappearing 4-Patch on the LEFT and a Disappearing 4-Patch With a Twist on the RIGHT:

Pineapple Pieces blocks for a children's charity available through North Carolina owned and operated Pineapple Fabrics:

... A party to prepare for...

I decided to make this Skinny Bin from Kitty @ Night Quilter as a gift.  Suffice it to say, instructions are merely a suggestion.  Mine came out about an inch taller than the tutorial size - and that was AFTER cutting it down a bit!  That's how it came to be known as Skinny Bin Deluxe:

These scrappy "Made Fabric" panels (shown on my design floor below) were used to create the Pineapple Pieces block (top) and the Skinny Bin (bottom):

In case you were hoping for a better look at the Skinny Bin, here is the gratuitous garden shot with one of my specimen lilies purchase on a field trip to the local-ish daylily farm before it closed to the public a number of years ago:

As well as, a party to attend...

Our guest of honor, all decked out in celebration attire:

It was a fun day and our retiree was SEW surprised as she opened her gift:

I realize there aren't as many "action shots" as I normally include in a Design Floor Friday post, but the time crunch had me focused on the project instead of the process.


I missed a number of photo ops during the making of my Skinny Bin.  For those of you who like that sort of thing, I apologize.

Sharing with Alycia


With Cynthia (on Sunday)

Until next time...
Celebrate friendship!!!

Waiting to get this party started!!
Masked, socially distant, and within the guidelines for outdoor gatherings.
Special thanks to Deborah, DeeDee, and Ella for planning this event!
(Organizers not shown above.)


  1. That Skinny Bin is a cute project! Looks like a great gift, too. Thanks for linking to her tutorial!

  2. What a fun skinny bin, and I love the gratuitous garden shot! Thanks for the link to the twisted disappearing 4-patch, I'm tempted to pull out some scraps.

  3. May she have a very long, healthy and happy retirement. Lovely blue gift she got. Well done, Joyful! ;^)

  4. A very fun retirement gift. So glad the retiree got a party, even with all the social distancing.

  5. Out of all the disappearing blocks, how did I miss the disappearing 4-patch with a twist?? The retirement party looks like a great fun and the Skinny Bin had to be a favorite gift! ~Jeanne

  6. I hope your friend has a long, enjoyable retirement! Love the disappearing 4-patch blocks.

  7. Blocks, a bin, and a party! Sounds like a perfect week! I love your blue pineapple!

  8. Love your skinny bin. I'm sure your friend loves it too. It looks like a fun retirement party.

  9. Thanks for sharing your lovely items with Oh Scrap! I cherish my socially distant time with friends.

  10. Looks like you got a lot done. I hadn't thought of using "made fabric" for little baskets and the such. I may have to drag out my basket pattern and give it a try!

  11. Skinny Bin is great!! Your other blocks look good and fun!! Hope you enjoyed your partying haha!

  12. Ooh, the skinny bin is gray! A gear solution to the little bit of space left on the shelf! I really love the contrasting top binding! Hoping July is a creative and happy month for you!


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