ISSUE 17 :: Welcome Back! :: WHAT'S UP :: WORTH A READ :: ROUND-UP :: ON TREND :: IN-STUDIO :: YOU ASKED . . .

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It's been a while since the last issue, and I know there are new followers reading for the first time today - welcome! Thank you all for checking in with The Scrap Basket. It's been enjoyable getting back into the routine of gathering things I think you'll enjoy. This issue is jam-packed, so let's get to it!


New to me is the fact that I've joined the 2016 Finish-A-Long global hosting team. That sounds official, right? If you're unfamiliar with the FAL, check out this post. Basically it's a no-obligation, no-incrimination group of crafters who want to finish up works in progress. There's still time to make a list of your projects and join in!



This round-up is a little different in that rather than highlight one kind of quilt or technique, it's a variety of items that I just plain love. All of them gave me a wow moment when I saw them pop up in my Instagram or Bloglovin' feed.
I'm a sucker for Raspberry Kiss Blocks, tutorial by Rachel/wooden spoon quilts, and I was smitten with the pillow I saw on Pamela/[sewmama123]'s Instagram feed. Actually it was made by Melanie/[crandons]. One of my favorite palettes and patterns for sure. 
When I saw Nicole/Mama Love Quilts' coordinating quilt and matching pajamas made for her young daughters, I could hardly believe it. Sweet! I bet her girls were comfy cozy on Christmas. [mamalovequilts]
We use alot of cloth napkins at our house, so Daryl/Fabric Spark's striking napkins jumped out at me. She used the Self Binding Napkin Tutorial by Patchwork Posse. Isn't Daryl's choice of fabric the best? [fabricspark[patchwork_posse]

I was so intrigued when Michelle/Factotum of Arts started posting her Fabric Art Blocks, and was tickled that she wrote up a tutorial. I'd really like to try my hand at these! [ml_wilkie]



Almost every quilter I know does more than quilt. It may be knitting or crochet, sewing garments, you name it. Something trending lately is rope bowls.

The variety possible is amazing. Here Heather/Winding Bobbins used various blue threads and finished hers off with a spiral. [windingbobbins]
I fell in love with this solid yellow bowl by Trinia/Penguin Feats in which she dyed her rope with turmeric before sewing. How cool is that? [penguinfeats]

This lovely bowl by Samantha/Petunia Blossom is fabric-wrapped, and I love its low shallow shape. Note the sweet finish with contrasting thread. [petuniablossom2]
Here's a fun one! When I contacted Julie/Julie Hirt Quilts about sharing her bowl, I asked if she'd followed a tutorial. Her response? "No. I'd be happy to make a tutorial though." Serious? Oh yeah. Check out Julie's Rope Bowl Tutorial - it has oodles of tips and variations and makes it all seem so very doable. [juliehirt]


I loved seeing the Selvage Ironing Board Cover that Michelle/Factotum of Arts made! Another cool pressing solution is Katie/Sew Katie Did's DIY Quilter's Ironing/Pressing Station. And Amy/Amy's Creative Side shared her tips on Sewing Room Efficiency: Making the most of the time you have in your sewing room.


I need your help! I've been asked to do a blog post on quilt math, and I know many of you already have some great stuff written. So I'm planning a round-up! If you have a quilt math post or series you'd like me to include, or one you refer to often, email me Thanks!

P.S. Can't say my results were worth boasting about, but it was enlightening taking Abby/while she naps' 2015 Online Sewing and Craft World Quiz. It's obvious I basically concentrate my efforts in one area of that world . . .

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