I bought this book a few weeks ago and I am surprised it hasn’t fallen apart already as I spend most evening perusing the contents and planning on what I will make first, second and third. I have quite a collection of quilt books, or quilt porn as I tend to view it! I really love to read a good quilt book on the days I can’t actually sew, but I have to confess that I don’t then make a lot of stuff from them.
This book is a big difference as from the moment I got it I had big plans to make many of the projects contained within. Anna Graham has a talent for really hitting the balance between useful projects, stylish design and accessibility for making.
I made the basket first. I used some Cloud 9 Koi heavy weight canvas and for the lining I used the map of Tokyo quilting weight fabric from Moda Passport range. The pattern calls for heavyweight double fusible interfacing, which I didn’t have on hand, so I used a thicker padded interfacing which was not fusible at all. This was not the best move on my part and meant that I had to top stitch the top of the basket all around to make sure that it stays in place. It also means the lining is quite loose inside.
To be honest, I think the lining needs to be a little bit bigger as it doesn’t quite fit into the corners at the bottom and had I been able to fuse this to the interfacing that might have made the top o the basket curl over.
I found the pattern to be very well written and straightforward. There is an erratum on the website to change the size of the lining, which I did follow, but even so I still found mine to not be large enough. The sides and base are a single piece of fabric that is sewn to the ends with curves at the corners which I found very tricky to get smooth and had to re-pin a number of times before heading to the sewing machine. I was very precise with my 1/4″ seams and this is very important in this pattern.
All up, I am really happy with the result and am definitely going to make more of these baskets once I have acquired some double sided fusible heavyweight interfacing! Next project to be made from the book will be the double wallet, which I am going to enlarge a little so that I can use it as a travel wallet for passport, currency and printed out hotel etc reservations. Watch this space for review and info on how that works out!