In keeping with my goal this year of making art every day, I’m keeping my eye out for quick sewing and quilting projects. If these projects are useful, so much the better.
One of my favorites is this technique I learned from Candy Glendening on “Quilting Arts TV.” Candy Glendening showed how to make organization baskets you can quilt in a day.
Candy starts by stitching a sheet of foam stabilizer to the fabric, using a walking foot. She sews three lines straight across the piece as her baseline, then free-motion stitches wavy lines on either side.
Once the fabric is stabilized, Candy adds free-motion stitching to write the label on the basket-such as mail, coupons, etc.
Then she free-motions decorative stitching and appliqué before constructing the pouch tote bag-style.
Here are some of Candy’s tips for making these baskets:
1. Use a thick, slightly variegated cotton thread for your thread sketching, so it will stand out against the fabric.
2. Stitch the word label on the basket before adding your free-motion decoration. That way, you will make sure there is room to put your word where you want it, without overlapping the stitching.
3. Remove the paper backing from your fused appliqué fabric before freehand cutting your motifs. If the paper is left in place, it can distort the shapes as you cut.
4. Use tweezers to place your fused appliqués. It’s easier to see where you’re placing them and they won’t stick to your fingers.
Maybe I can reduce my family’s clutter with a few of these hanging organizer baskets. Full directions for the baskets are available to download instantly.
You can watch Candy make the baskets, plus learn how to make small quilting projects like a passport cover, prayer flags, button pillows, and more on QATV Series 1300.