The One Hour Basket Swap within the Quilt Block Boot Camp Facebook Group has been a lot of fun !!
I have always wanted to make the One Hour Basket – even if it was to see, if it really only took an hour to make !! I have made more since this swap and the tutorial by Kelby Sews does only take One hour, however this is for the basic basket.
My partner in the swap is the organiser – Jane from Lil Pip Designs – so there was pressure right from the start to make sure she received a gift to say THANK YOU for organising this swap !!
I am delighted to say – she loved her treats !! As she posted this collage on Facebook on the weekend !
We started with the brief : Love Cotton and Steel, Owls and NO pink and red !!
Coincidentally, I was going through a phase of paper piecing and I found Elizabeth Hartman’s Owl Pattern. Alas it was too big, so I shrank the pattern to fit the side of the one hour basket dimensions (by 60%!) .
I had just purchased a Layer cake of Cotton and Steel from Clair’s Fabrics – and found this gorgeous grey with teal brick pattern – perfect !!
The sides are a little higher than the dimensions Kelby Sews mentions – but these dimensions also accommodated a couple of outside pockets on the otherside too !!
There are 3 pockets on this side – it is a little hard to see in the photo but there is a pen pocket in the centre !! I reinforced the sides with medium interfacing and the pellon for extra strength. I really hope Jane finds this basket useful. I love this very Aztec Cotton and Steel print – funky and modern !!
Then the fun part of the swap started – what to fill the basket with !! As I live at the “Gateway” to the Yarra Valley – it had to contain Chocolate (yes, I thought about wine !! but the basket isn’t quite big enough to hold a bottle 🙁 ).
The Card is handmade by The Little Card Boutique – another Melbourne based business. Helen makes the most stunning cards !! I really recommend you take a look, I now buy all my special cards from her ! And the Charm Pack I bought from the Cotton Factory on an IG sale ages ago – and it was just the perfect treat to pop in !
The Umbrella Lady from the pattern – Spring Fling – by JMZ Blondze on Craftsy was then created for Jane – again using Cotton and Steel Fabric. It is such a lovely pattern to paper piece !
Unfortunately I didn’t get to the Craft and Quilt Fair this year to meet Jane and personally give her, her box of treasures. Instead I was looking after children and doing many Mum things…….. so on the weekend I was creating and using the Triangular Pouch Pattern by A Spoonful of Sugar. So as I was wrapping up the gift to send on Monday I popped two of these in as well !! These were made from my stash of Liberty fabrics and using the Charcoal Shot Cotton. These are fun little gifts to make – great to put chocolates or little items into !!
All together the Gift looked great together and hopefully it said thank you enough for organising such a great and fun swap for us !!
Thank you Jane for all your organising and ENJOY !!
Until we meet……