Patchwork Baskets

My daughter has an art class every week in a dangerous location: across the street from Joann's.  I don't love Joann's, but if I wander inside I somehow spend gobs of money without realizing it.  Last week I was browsing around the magazine section and saw the 16th issue of Love, Patchwork, and Quilting.

It had lots of pretty things inside, but I was drawn to these patchwork baskets. I needed these in my life.
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I am not a particularly organized person (and that would be an understatement).  My house isn't a total disaster but piles of mail tend to overtake the counter every few days and if you open a cupboard in my sewing room you might be surprised how many things would fall out.
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I started out with scraps from this quilt (which I just got back from the long armer and which is a sad story for another day) minus the reds and oranges plus a few other random scraps and added a linen.  The whole project was pretty quick and would be really fast if you used a solid piece of fabric instead of patchwork.

The smallest size is adorable and is perfect as a catchall for keys, wallet, change, etc.  The little squares are each 1.5" finished.
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The middle size is great for setting next to my sewing machine to keep bobbins and seam rippers from rolling all over the place.
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And the largest size is perfect for mail.  It holds a lot without holding so much that I will never find what I am looking for.  I have been using it for the past few days so you can tell it is already a little worn in :) 
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If I made these again I think the only thing that I would change would be to quilt it a little bit.  

The pattern called for "lightweight fusible interfacing" and I used Pellon 808 because that was all I had.  It gives the baskets nice structure, but I think something like fusible fleece would also work well.  

7 comments

  1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one out there that's "organizationally challenged". :D I hope your sad longarmer story is not a ruined quilt story... at least these little baskets turned out beautifully!!!!

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  2. These are super cute! I might have to make a couple for my little piles of stuff everywhere lol

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  3. I understand the struggle! My daughter's dance class is half way between Starbucks and JoAnns. I spent way too much at both!!

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  4. Really cute! I am cringing at the sad story, though. If it involves a ruined quilt I don't think I could stand to look at it, talk about making lemonade out of lemons!

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  5. i feel the same way about joann crafts! and i keep on buying magazines even though i tell myself never, ever again! but that was a really cute issue. and you actually made something from it, so good for you!

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  6. these are lovely!! Bobbins, Mail!!! You must have read my mind ;)
    XX!

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  7. Oh, that looks fabulous! I've been craving cabbage a lot lately (does my body not know it's officially spring?) and have been on the lookout for new recipes. This looks like a great take-to-work salad. http://sewingmachinejudge.com/

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