Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winged Blog Tour Stop

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Welcome to my stop on the Winged Blog Tour.  This being my first blog tour, I'm very excited to be included in this group of talented artisans.  If you've been following along you've seen many creative projects using Bonnie Christine's Winged Collection. You can view the entire Winged collection here. 

Hope you enjoyed the blog tour so far. Yesterday's stop was at the very talented author of Quilt As You Go, Jera Brandvig from Quilting in the Rain. Tomorrow, December 18th, the blog tour comes to an end with Maria Hennlein. Be sure to head over there tomorrow to see what she makes. 

For my project I wanted to create a fabric basket large enough to hide all the ugly technology clutter accumulating on my coffee table, along with all the supplies I use at night for hand sewing quilt bindings.

I found a free, easy fabric basket tutorial online. The instructions are for a small basket, but with a quick pattern size adjustment I was able to make this great large basket.  You can find the tutorial here. To make a large basket, simply change the outer fabric and lining to 12" x 17". The basket handle sizes stay the same. To accommodate for the increase in size I used fusible fleece for more stability. 

The entire basket only takes two half yard cuts of complimentary fabrics, along with some scraps for the handles. I used the lining fabric for inside the handles.  

The other change I made to the instructions was the opening for turning.  
The pattern calls for leaving an opening in the top of the basket.
I wanted a really clean edge so I left an opening in the bottom of the lining. You can also leave a much larger opening in the lining than the top which makes turning a lot easier.

I top stitched the lining closed on the sewing machine, but you could whip stitch it by hand if you prefer.  The stitching is barely visible, plus with the basket full of stuff, no one will ever see it. 

I fell in-love with all the beachy aqua colors in 2012 when I had the opportunity to live in a beautiful beach house in North Carolina. When I moved back to Connecticut in March, 2014 I brought some of the furniture with me.  I've been slowly changing my color scheme to match. The gorgeous shades of aqua and teal in the Winged fabric compliment my new decor beautifully!  

I hope you enjoyed your stop here! I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment here, or connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

You can purchase Art Gallery Fabrics at my online shop
(I decorated my logo and shop for the holidays)

Don't forget, tomorrow is the last day of the blog tour so be sure to hop over to Maria's blog and see what she made.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Winged Blog Tour  photos property  of  Bonnie Christine and used with permission. 
All other photos are property of Tillalili, LLC and cannot be copied or duplicated without written permission by Tillalili, LLC.  
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  1. What did Google do with all my photos?!!
    Of all days for my photos to disappear... ugh! :-(

  2. Many thanks to you for your review today. I appreciate that you explained what you did differently from the pattern when you made your basket so the rest of us don't have to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Now I'm off to select a pair of fabrics for my own basket! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

    1. You're very welcome Ellee! It was my pleasure! I'm thrilled to hear you are going to give this basket a try after seeing my blog post. I would love to see the finished product!!
      If Google will give me back my photos I have an easy quilt tutorial on my blog. Of all days for my photos to poof! ugh! (haha)
      Happy Holidays!
      ~ Gwen

  3. That is a great bag (roomy!) and really beautiful fabric.

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