Sunday, May 15, 2011

A tisket a tasket, a red and yellow basket (and green and white)...

I was quilting downstairs in my lurkim, doing some custom work on a new customer's project, when I said to myself, "Self, I need a new project to use some of my time up when I'm letting the IQ run for these wreaths."  I looked around, and lo and behold! there was a long strip of 1 1/2" x 40" fabrics that I had sewn together in the hopes of doing a cloth bowl some day.  My friend, Mary, had given me this honey bun of fabrics as a challenge over a year ago, and I had attempted to make the bowl once and had given up in frustration.

However, having succeeded with the Bali Bowl project a few weeks ago, I was armed with renewed self confidence and decided to tackle it again.  The difference was, though, that these strips were only 1 1/2" wide, whereas my Bali Bowl strips were 2 1/2" wide but folded over to give me 1 1/4" with no raw edges.

Susan S from my guild had shown a lovely bowl she had made using the raw edge technique, so I thought I would try that out and add little handles.  The wrapping of the clothesline went without a hitch, as did the sewing, although I did have to be careful not to get that raw edge caught under the presser foot.

About four hours later, here's the end result.  What I learned from this project was 1) I needed to have a wider base for this bowl, and 2) I sewed too many rows AFTER the handles were made.  So this is just a prototype, not good enough to be on display, but useful nonetheless for holding odds 'n' ends under the bathroom sink.  I'll make another one later this week, using my lessons learned.


  1. Very too cute! Someday - I will also make one.

  2. Looks good to me. I want to live next door to you. We could get into all kinds of trouble in each others sewing rooms..

  3. Good job!!! Glad you tried this technique. You sure have been busy. I can't believe those snowballs are only 1 1/4 inches. What was the size of the whole quilt?

    Your baby blanket looks great too.