Saturday, 2 March 2013

February Finishes - Swaps and BoMs…

With a rush, a sense of purpose and armed with the real thing, I set about making February's paper pieced block for QuietPlay’s - And Sew On Block of the Month. - suddenly it was 28 February and I had no more days left!
And  Sew On BoM - Little Ripper
You can find the link to March’s free block on Kristy’s blog - Quiet Play. It’s free for the month and then will be available for sale after that (just so you know).
Here’s a reminder of what my January block looks like.
Block1 "Measure Twice"
Looks like I’m going for a blue, green, orange and yellow theme.

Another Feb finish is this basket for the Modern Scrappy Bits Swap on Flickr
side one of scrappy basketother side of scrappy fabric basket
It’s a generous 13” x 9” x 6”.
I laid out the charm squares in 4 rows of 3, 5, 5 and 3. I added a 2” x 14" piece of solid to fit the 3 block ends (at the top and bottom of the picture below) and a 2" x 9 1/2" to fit the 2 charm square sides (on the left and right hand sides of the picture below). This was to make the side heights up to 6” finished – otherwise they would have finished at 4 1/2” and I think that would have looked a bit skimpy.
charm square layout for basket
The handles are two pieces of 4” x 8” pieces of Kona Ice Frappe solid. I ironed a thin pellon to them, folded them in half, and sewed a 1/2”. They were turned right side out, the seam centered and then top stitched a 1/4” in from each end and then another 1/4” in from the first lines of stitching. The look just the right amount of puffy and sturdy!
The lining is a lovely piece of McKenzie by Dena designs that I have held on to for a while.
It’s really quite therapeutic to cut into something that has been hoarded for almost 2 years!
paisley liningI have a book on making paper boxes and this template format is a simple way to make fabric bags too. It’s just a matter of doing the maths and having faith that the pellon will give the basket a bit of shape and body. If you Google “diagrams for fabric baskets” or words to that effect you will find plenty of inspiration and maybe the maths done already.
It’s a simple matter of sewing the matching short sides together to get a lovely rectangle bottom basket, that I hope my secret swap partner will find very useful.
Of course, it’s not called a "scrappy swap" for nothing…here’s a sneak peek at some of the fabric scraps that will go with the basket.
gorgeous fabric scraps

More sewing is on the agenda this weekend…I have to make the most of the days before Netball and Soccer start again…and I've still got the DS Doll Quilt swap on Flickr to begin making as well as the 21st quilt to finish

While I'm off sewing, I'll leave you drooling…
Look what arrived yesterday…
A whole FQ pack of Flea Market Fancy...I just love flicking through it.
FQ bundle of Flea Market Fancy
and a charm pack of more DS fabric
Charm squares Shelburne Falls
Do you know I have never bought anything from Etsy? This is my first ever purchase and the lovely Constance from The Spin Cycle was kind enough to send this little surprise piece too.
extra surprise

Etsy I think I'll be back...shhh...

thanks for taking a peek over the fence…

...and I'm linking up with...


  1. Oooh! Thanks for sharing your Etsy purchase! I am the proud owner of some Shelburne Falls too! I look forward to seeing what you make! And I love your February block- the orange handle of the unpicker is perfect!

  2. Love the fabric boxes, I could fill a few of those very quickly with crafty bits and pieces!
    What? Never bought from Etsy, shame!
    Watch out, it can be addictive :)

  3. Thank you for linking up in March to Richard and Tanya Quilts on our Link a Finish Friday. We will have a new linkup available every Friday. So stop by and share what you have been working on and check out what others are doing.


Nice of you to take a peek over the fence. It's lovely to meet you. Do come in, have a cuppa and a chat. I will talk back...


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