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Garden Baskets Update

I have been working on the borders for the Garden Basket quilt.

I used my soapstone marker to mark the center length and width of each border. 

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I also mark the quarter measurement of each border.  All of those marks will help to place the vine and appliques.

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I used a flex ruler to help draw the curves of the vine.

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I used the Quilter’s Strip Ticket (I have had this handy reference chart for a lot of years) to help me calculate and cut the amount of yardage needed to make the bias vine.  I am sure that if you want one, you can find this chart in several places…I just did a quick search and found it at Soft Expressions (no affiliation).

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In the picture above, you can see a Clover bias tape maker.  I find these to be useful little tools and I have several sizes.  I did not take a photo of actually using it to make the vine.  Oops.  If you are unfamiliar with a bias tape maker, there are lots of tutorials when you do a search, including on You Tube.  Here is one by Pat Sloan.

I chose to glue baste the vine onto the border.

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I will be machine stitching the vine to the border, and I don’t want to deal with a lot of pins!

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What tools do you like to use when you applique?

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Garden Baskets Update and a Gif

Garden Baskets Update

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Garden Baskets Update

Just a quick update:

I have made all eighteen basket blocks and have sewn them together!

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This quilt needs an applique border…that may take a while.  I am still trying to work out a new routine for myself.  

I am noticing that less computer time equals more me time.  🙂

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Garden Baskets Update and a Gif

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Garden Baskets Update and a Gif

I will share the good news first!

Regular readers of this blog know that I have worked 6 days a week (7 in December), split shifts, for quite a number of years.

No longer!

I finally have a routine day job 5 days a week, weekends off, and paid holidays!  Same job, but a nice little promotion.

This probably sounds crazy, but as soon as I adjust (How long can that take – ha!) I plan on cleaning house.  

Meanwhile, back in the Decompression Chamber, I have managed to sew up a few baskets for the Garden Basket quilt.

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It has been enjoyable making up these baskets with the different colors!

My son and daughter asked me to share what I was learning in photography class, so this last item is for them.

I have learned how to take a time lapse and make a gif.  I chose to show melting ice cubes (I wish I had thought to clean the water spots off of the glass first.  Oops!).  This was a fun little project!

Edit: *Click on the photo to see the gif.

Gif Photography Project

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One of my sewing goals for this year, is to use some of the fabrics that I hand dyed years ago.

Hand Dyed Fabric

As you can see, I have enough for several projects!

Hand Dyed Fabric

Remember when I organized my paperwork (patterns, ideas, inspiration)?  While I was doing that, I was looking for something to do with the hand dyes.

I chose the Garden Baskets pattern designed by Janine Holzman and published in Quilters Newsletter Magazine 1997.

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I have 18 blocks stacked and prepared for sewing.

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This should be fun!

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