Wednesday, 10 August 2016

dabbling with some blues..

I have been thinking about a project that might use some of my blue stash, a project that can be picked up whenever and worked on and that can wait happily for when the mood strikes. No pressure sewing just how I like it.
These baskets were an internet trend project a few years ago and you know me I eventually catch up with the band wagon once it has come and gone.
They will be a handy little project.
I have prepared a dozen blocks so far.

 I want to alternate the basket blocks with a nine patch block so had to cut one to see how it would look.
I do like it but annoyingly my 9 patch ended up a 1/4 inch smaller than my basket background block.
I cut the backgrounds 6 1/2 inch and the 9 patch blocks use 2 1/2 inch blocks. Might need to check out my 1/4 inch seam. It seems I'm off to a false start already.


I have been playing around with some zipper pouches too. The finished one can't be shown at the moment but I thought it would be good to make a couple more to reinforce the method of making them.
I am not using a pattern so it grows as I go along.
Love this little applique and seeing that I don't need another pincushion thought it might make a nice applique for the pouch.

I have been having a bit of a knitting phase at the moment and made myself a slouch beanie. When a work friend admired it I offered to make her one ( I now have to make one for the other two girls at work too-new office uniform?) As a thankyou I found this on my desk one morning-some goodies to add to my travel kit. So lovely and so thoughtful.
Well I've made it to hump day....
Can it be friday tomorrow? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaase?
Have a great rest of the week...
cheers
marina

22 comments:

Maria said...

Nice baskets... Sew annoying when your arch is out.. Maybe you need to do a scant 1/4"...
Lucky ladies getting a nice slouch beanie... Sew nice you received a lovely thank you gift.
Cute little appliqué...

Marie said...

I think I'm on the same bandwagon as you - I always seem to be playing catch up with the online projects. Some I get to, some I don't. Love your baskets - they are the perfect project to have ready to go. Looking forward to seeing your pouches.

sunny said...

What a thoughtful gift from your coworker! Where did you find the basket pattern? I've been wanting to do a similar project, and haven't been able to find the perfect pattern. A lady in our guild made a quilt with over 300 tiny blue baskets, and she didn't repeat any fabrics. It was fabulous, and I'm sure yours will be, too!

Sheila said...

I love your new project , my next quilt I'd like to do a blue quilt but I have a ton of others to finish up first lol . Enjoy your knitting , it sounds like it is appreciated.

Jeanette said...

The baskets & 9 patch are fabulous. Love the applique. Hugs,xx

Fiona said...

Your baskets and nine patch will be lovely.... and a cute pouch front.... good friend knows what is perfect to put in a gift for you...
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

At least you see the bandwagon come and go lol! Your baskets are going to be so pretty. Frustrating when you are that smidge out. Enjoy your knitting xx

Christine M said...

Your blocks look lovely, Marina.

Ondrea said...

Thoughtful gifts there. IT has been the weather for knitting and crochet. Your basket blocks look wonderful . Just as well you made a nine patch and measured it before making more. Have you checked your 1/4 inch foot? I know I often stuff blocks up on the machine. I am better had hand piecing LOL. Your applique is rather cute. Anni's? Lots of projects happening at your place. WEll done.

elliek said...

Good job that fabric never goes off. Love the blue baskets, perfect to take away for just in case.

kiwikid said...

Well I reckon any pattern is in fashion if you like it and want to make it!!! Love the baskets and the patches, hope the size diff is sorted!! Well done on the beanie, love to see a photo of the new office fashion!!! The applique is very cute!! Will make a lovely zipper pouch.

Lynda said...

Always so many lovely goodies to see that you've been working on.

Lin said...

I love your idea of alternating the baskets with the 9 patch, it's going to look lovely. xx

Susan said...

I need a new project just like yours! At least you didn't cut a whole lot of nine patches the wrong size. I'm in a knitting phase too. See you Saturday.

Anthea said...

Ha ha Marina, once people know that you sew/knit/what-have-you, your secret is out & you'll get asked to do stuff all the time...!!

Michelle said...

Love the dabbling in blue blocks-will look stunning when you are finished!!

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