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Saturday, 17 June 2017

June's FNSI

Many thanks to Wendy for organising our FNSI again this month. You can what everyone did here.

It must be a couple of years now since Wendy sent me these lovely Heart of the Garden fabrics as a thank you for taking part in FNSI.

I loved them so much that I put them aside for 'that special project' as you do, and there they have stayed. Earlier this week I decided that it was high time that I did some more crazy patchwork and I got out the box that holds my equipment when I am working.

What a sad sight! Ah thought I, I will make a nice basket to hold all my equipment and immediately Wendy's fabric came to mind. Two of them are perfect for fussy cutting and so I scaled up this Pink Penguin pattern, used some new to me In-R-Form to stabilise and hey presto, one basket.

The In-R-Form has worked very well and has made for a very firm basket. Another time I will use a larger seam allowance especially around the rim but otherwise I am very pleased with the result.

The inside

The two large 'pockets' on either side are open at the bottom to make them easy to hold bulky things in place. The four end pockets are all closed at the bottom.

While I was making the basket I read this post by Barbara, she of The Flashing Scissors, which reminded me that I have been wanting to make one of those little twisty threadcatchers for some time. Perfect opportunity and so following Barbara's instructions here we have my version.

So thank you very much Wendy for those lovely fabrics.

Now to this months FNSI. A few days ago I put together this patchwork base for a frame purse.

So my first job for Friday was to pull out some threads, beads, ribbons etc to work with.

My new basket by coincidence matches perfectly with the tray I use for my bits.

After a happy hour rummaging I was ready to go.

Here is my progress so far.

The postman has just been with this lovely book which I have been waiting to read ever since Sharon announced she was writing one about two years ago!

So with the temperature set to soar over 30 degrees this afternoon I am about to sit down with some iced coffee and have a good read.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  1. Nice basket and beautiful crazy block!

  2. Hi lin love your new bag and twisty holder,well done xx

  3. Very beautiful and so organized! Your crazy quilting is beautiful!


  4. Hi Lin,
    Wow, gorgeous fabrics you won ..... nice that they matched your tray! What a pretty basket, and I especially love all the useful pockets!
    Thank you for the lovely mention, and it's nice to see that your twisty thread catcher sits so well in the wider rim.
    Looking forward to seeing your beautiful crazy block progress.
    Barbara x

  5. Hello Lin.....loove your basket....perfect for all our Friday night stitch a longs. How cute is that matching thread catcher too. Your crazy patch is beautiful. Enjoy your new book of inspiration xx

  6. What a fabulous basket and great matching thread catcher.. I must make one of those...
    Fabulous start to your Crazy Patch project.
    Enjoy your read...

  7. Love the pretty pink ribbon embroidery. Your basket is lovely. Isn't it great when fabric from your stash becomes the perfect material you need to make a project. Very pretty!

  8. I've made several of her fabric baskets, but never thought to add inside pockets! What a great idea, and it came out so nicely! Well done!

  9. Sitting quietly reading is the best thing in this weather, i agree.

    That's a gorgeous basket - it will be very pleasing to use!

  10. Fabulous basket - a lot classier than the plasitic box :-) and with all those handy pockets, ideal storage! Lovely work on your crazy patch...it's going to be a gorgeous purse.

  11. Hi Lin oh my I love your little basket so clever. The fabrics are gorgeous and again wow with the new crazy block amazing! Hope your having a lovely creative summer chat to you soon huni X:)

  12. Great basket! And the fabric is very pretty. And oh be still my heart - I so love the crazy quilt block! I'm excited to see more of them. What did you do with the last batch you made? Are they a quilt or are these new ones going to augment them?

  13. What a lovely basket, glad you were able to find some In R Form to play with. The twisty thread catcher is great too, I use mine all the time - so handy to have in your sewing kit.

  14. Beautiful little basket and thread catcher . Your crazy patch block is starting off so pretty. You do lovely handwork Lin.

  15. I love your new basket 😃


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