Stitching Sunshine BlogHop… Here Today at Seams To Be Sew…

Stitching Sunshine with Creatin in the Sticks First, let me apologize for being very late this morning. I’ve only just gotten home last night from a family emergency, and am just now getting this post written. 

A HUGE thank you to Carla at Creatin’ In The Sticks for creating this fun blog hoop featuring the color yellow.

As a child my favorite color was yellow, when my parents moved into a new house when I was 12 or so, I got to pick my bedroom color and I chose a bright yellow. In fabric, finding good yellow in prints is very difficult imho. It’s always been one of those colors that just seem to be really hard to get, yet when you find a good one you want to stock up on the yardage so you can use it over and over. Finding yellow in batiks, totally different story, there are plenty of them and you get a nice range of the value also which is awesome. Because batiks are so popular, I own many yellow fabrics now that I just dearly love and I don’t hesitate to buy new ones either. Yellow is my favorite bright color.. not my favorite color, but when it comes to bright fabrics, it’s yellow. 🙂

This post is short today as I need to get it posted and I have had very little sleep since getting home so plan to sleep the day away after I catch up on email this morning.

Last month when I did the It’s Cool To Be Square bloghop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt I did some small baskets. Many of the comments wanted to see larger baskets so today I have larger baskets for you.

These baskets were made in my machine embroidery hoop, but 90% of the stitching is in the hoop and the other 10% is on your sewing machine.

stbs mpena DSCN3201 largeI used only batiks in this project and the brands vary from
Island Batik, Hoffman, and Timeless Treasures.

Aurifil 50 wt thread was used for the piecing and the quilting of this project in the color yellow. All of the quilting is in the color yellow.

The pattern for these baskets is from Sweet Pea Designs.

These baskets are about 6 to 8-inches tall depending on the size chosen to stitch in the hoop. I did 6, 7, and 8-inch size baskets.

I used fleece instead of heavy interfacing that the directions asked for as I always have fleece on hand and rarely have heavy interfacing and because shipping is so slow with some companies I chose to just use fleece, and it worked fine. The baskets stand up very nicely and as you can see they hold heavy objects very well. I rolled up some fabrics for one basket, and the others have my starch and water bottles for pressing in them.

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The baskets are lined and  a cuff is added. The only thing I didn’t like about this design is that the seam under the cuff is exposed even tho you can’t see it because the cuff hides it, there are no directions for how to finish the seam, so I will note if you have a serger, use your serger to finish the seam or use a zigzag or serpentine stitch on your sewing machine. By finishing seams you give them a professional appearance, but at the same time they help prevent fraying. The seam is exposed because the lining is added with wrong sides together and the cuff at the same time. If a hole had been placed to stitch after turning it inside out, you could easily hide that seam so the seams don’t need finishing.

However, I looked at many sources before deciding to do a machine embroidery pattern this time and I did that simply to see how they were done in the hoop as I hadn’t made baskets this large before in my hoop.

Sources for your sewing machine are:

FreeMotion By The River
Connie keeps this post updated, so it’s worth it to visit even tho it’s an older post.

All the sites listed above give lists of other sites who offer free tutorials for these baskets and the process is basically the same as doing it in the hoop. When I make these baskets again I will do it by sewing machine because I believe it’s actually faster to use your sewing machine in this rare case versus the machine embroidery hoop. It took me all day to make these 3 baskets, but had I done them in my sewing machine I know I would have whipped them out in less than 1 to 2 hours.  I would also use the open seam technique for turning the lining as I believe that’s a much more professional way to finish projects of this type.

Today’s Other Bloggers Are

Thursday, June 25th
If you missed any days, you can visit them from the links below also

Sue and Sam will be out next week, I’ll be releasing 2 of them to try and get caught up.

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I am an affiliate of the above companies when you click one of these links and purchase something, I earn a little bit of a commission with it. I use this money to help maintain my website and offer my free patterns to you. Every little bit helps, thank you so much for clicking and for your support. I don’t just offer up these brands to you I actually use their products and shop at these places. I would never partner with someone whose products I didn’t use.

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Let them know you appreciate it.

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23 thoughts on “Stitching Sunshine BlogHop… Here Today at Seams To Be Sew…

  1. Great little baskets. Thanks for sharing all of those links with us. Hope your life is getting back to normal and you have been able to catch up on your sleep.

  2. Hope that things are going better for you and your family and that you were able to ‘catch up’ on your sleep. Sweet baskets and I love the yellow sunshiny fabric lining. BTW, perhaps you could add some bias tape to that seam to enclose it and ‘finish’ it off.

  3. The batik baskets are great! I’d need about 20 of them to straighten my sewing room a bit. LOL Thanks so much for sharing the idea and the where-froms.

  4. Oh I do hope your family emergency is now ok.
    What lovely baskets. Thanks for the tips on this one.
    Have a wonderful week.

  5. So sorry to hear about your family emergency. I do so hope all will be ok, very soon. Beautiful baskets, especially with those yummy batiks. I had seen the ITH pattern, but was fearful it would be more work than making baskets 100% on our sewing machines. Now I want to make these ITH versions. Yours are adorable and certainly bring cheerful sunshine into your home. They’d make an excellent gift filled with goodies too!

  6. There is always room for ,ore baskets and bigger is better. Hope you got some rest and everyone is ok.

  7. Those baskets are terrific, and I do need to make a few for a drawer that will hold my scraps!

  8. Thank you git including the
    Links to sewing machine patterns fit those of us without embroidery machines!

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