Quilt guilds are as bad as Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. I go over to socialize with other quilters, and come home with a list of projects I HAVE TO TRY. Right now.
My first one was a gift for my mom. She discovered the Arabella fabric line from Maywood Studios and is slightly obsessed. I had ordered some for her, and a mini charm pack for me. (Mini charm packs are my kryptonite.) I decided to use my charm pack and a few fat quarters to whip up a basket. It was quick and easy. It probably took me a little longer than an hour, because I didn’t read the full pattern or tutorial. I hate to slow down and read when I sew, but I really should.
There weren’t quite enough charms to make both the front and back panel, so I pieced in some of her fat quarters. I’m not a jerk, though. I had already sent her yardage of those prints.
Even the inside is cute, with that border print wrapping around the sides.
It came out so cute, and was just the right size to pack up a fat quarter bundle and a card I made with a leftover scrap.
Obviously, one basket wasn’t enough.
I’m always looking for quick projects to use up some of my fabric and batting scraps, and if I can throw it on the longarm and get a little bit of experimenting in, that is even better. I decided to layer some older Tula Pink that I have yardage of and put it to good use. I love how the two I’ve tried so far came out.
I do believe I will be making a few more of these. They will make great packaging for Christmas gifts.