I bought this pattern and the packet of Rigid Weave 1 3/4" roll last year at my LQS, Cotton Patch Quilt Shop last year. Planned to make it in the summer, but it didn't happen.
I thought I might make it out of some of the batiks I bought for another of Karla Alexander's Stack a New Deck quilt, but I saw this roll in JoAnn's a month or two ago, and just LOVED the colours. Thought it might grow up to be in a Bento Box quilt, but then decided nope, it would be perfect for this project.
This is the first time I've bought and worked with jelly rolls. I'm sure those at a quilt shop are die-cut, so very precise; this one was not! Consequently some of the strips were as much as 3/16" too wide. I tried to compensate during stitching the tubes, but still had a few tubes where the fabric is not taut against the stabilizer.
|Pretty colours, n'est-ce pas?|
|Auditioning the layout prior to sewing|
One complaint regarding the pattern is that she insists on using 44" wide fabric, something which I believe is pretty hard to find. The majority tend to be 42-43" wide. These strips were not 44", so I had to use two to make a 22" tube of fabric
Below, you see the bottom all woven. The 3 green ones form the sides and the 5 blue and green ones form the front and back longer sides of the basket. It's totally finished off inside, no seams or raw edges.
|Starting to weave|
The end result was worth it, however.
The colours are jewel-like no? And speaking of jewels (gosh, I'm good sometimes, ha!) what is that pendant you see hanging from the top centre of the basket?
Think I might be changing the lanai colour scheme...
What IS that brownish thing I just noticed now in the righthand lower corner?? Sigh. Bella's butt. HOW many pics has she backed her butt into?? It IS a cute butt...
What am I going to use this for? Joe's usual question when I want to buy something, that, or, "Where are you going to put it?" So, I've been thinking of possible uses. Sewing room of course, as I can never have enough catch-all organizers, or a lanai catch-all, and I suddenly thought of the bathroom too!
And yes, those are all shells and sand dollars from the Sarasota/Bradenton area beaches.