I especially like this one, but I think you will want to see them all on the Stof Genoeg blog.
APPLIQUÉ OR PIECED?
There are many fabulous ways to use baskets but some quilters hesitate because of the handles.
The new Inklingo Basket Shape Collections give you a choice—appliqué OR pieced handles.
There is a back-basting lesson on QuiltingHub showing how I appliqué the handle.
TODAY IT IS ABOUT PIECING
We think you will want to try the pieced option—even if you normally prefer appliqué.
- Easier than appliqué for some quilters.
- Simple preparation.
- Curves that are easy to cut and easy to sew.
(Rotary cut or scissors cut)
- Design options include having a different fabric under the handle,
so the basket can be full of flowers—or something else!
Printing the shapes on fabric gives us more flexibility and better results.
Even when I machine piece the rest of the basket, I usually hand piece the handles, but it is possible to sew the hand on the 6 inch Basket by machine.
You can print the handle outline on the back of the fabric for back-basting appliqué or you can print three shapes on fabric to piece the handle.
Combo 4 (above) prints all the shapes at once (5 x 11) so you can mix and match for scrappy 4.5 inch Baskets.
Notice the matching marks!
Sewing curved seams is the same as sewing straight seams by hand with a few subtle differences:
- Load fewer stitches on the needle at a time.
Only two or three at a time is still faster than appliqué.
- Stitches are automatically hidden in the seam.
- Clip sharp curves.
- Let the layers of fabric curl around your fingers.
- Press both handle seams toward the top of the basket (photo below).
- Pin one match at a time.
- Perfect positioning.
- I’m wearing a finger pincushion but you can’t see it in the photos.
Hand pieced Press both seam allowances away from the basket.
Appliqué Tuck both seam allowances under the handle.
The pressing makes a difference to the appearance on the front.
- Pinned only at the first match with a tiny bite.
- Only load one or two stitches at a time.
- Short clips between the matches.
- Used a fine needle instead of a pin.
- There are no extra pins to catch your thread.
- The fabric curls, making it easier to line up the edges.
SPECIAL INTRO PRICE $25 is great value, but $20 is even better. How can you resist? Hurry!
I almost did not do this size, but the 3 inch Basket is so cute that it has become the most popular size so far!
No sissies here!
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The sky is gray and the wind is blowing the leaves around, so it is not a good day to deal with them. The city will be coming by tomorrow morning with a big vacuum truck to clear away the leaves everyone has blown to the curb so far. There are so many trees here that there will be another pickup too. Winter is coming!
It is a good day to stay inside and sew.
Linda & Monkey
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