Quilted Row turned into a basket

>> Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This Fall I've been fortunate to participate in the My Happy Place Row along hosted by Seams to Be Sew.

happy place rowalong 2018 button image

The winner from my rowalong was Vivian O - congratulations!

(keep reading - there's another giveaway today!!)

Today bloggers who participated were also invited to share rows they made that were designed by other bloggers. I made the cats and books row designed by Beth Strand.

rowalong row cats and books beth strand

I picked it because my daughter moved to attend her first year of university. Yep, that happened fast! We have two cats that adore her and she likewise AND she's a lover of books so it was perfect for her. (You'll notice that I did modify one of the cats to make it's face look more like our Siamese cat.)

Except I didn't think she needed just one row and didn't have the time or desire to make her a whole quilt. I already did that ;)

I got creative and wondered if I could turn the row into a basket!
I also looked at Connie's list of tutorials and referred to this one to keep my parts turned the right way(I did use Google to translate it, but mostly used the pictures;) )

I took the row apart at the 16 1/2" mark and added another book to make two sections 12 1/2" x 16 1/2". Then I added 2 1/2" strip of black polka dot fabric along each top and a 7" x 16 1/2" rectangle to the bottom of each section.

quilted basket pieced halves

I made a lining for the basket using some leftover wide backing material - 2 pieces 16 1/2" wide by 21" tall. I sewed them together leaving the top untouched and a sewing gap in the middle bottom edge of 3" wide. Then I boxed the corners at 5" - originally I tried 3" but then it would have turned out more like a tote bag- which is definitely another option for turning a single row into something useful!

creative grid ruler boxing basket corner

To complete the corner, separate the two pieces of the lining at the inner cut corner and make into a straight edge with the seams nesting in the middle of the edge; sew along the edge to join the sides together.

boxed corner seam quilted lined basket

I quilted both panels. I echo quilted around the cats and did several rows of stitches at the top of the row section. Then I switched to black thread and quilted on the diagonal between the polka dots on the bottom section; for the top I stitched in the ditch between the row and the added strip, then added one more row of stitches.

quilting pieced quilted basket

Once happy with the quilting I pinned the sections right sides together and sewed them together down both sides and across the bottom, starting from the top of one side and going all the way around to the top of the other leaving no turning gap. Now it's time to box the corners at 5" again - the same as the lining.

quilted basket panels boxed corners

Turn the lining right side out and place inside the sewn together quilted sections that are still right side in. Pin around the top edge and sew all the way around leaving a turning gap. Now turn all of the parts through the turning gap. When I did this I found one of my seams wasn't great and had a hole so I pushed it back through and resewed it. 

Check to make sure you're happy with all of your seams, then push the corners out of the quilted section and push the lining down into the basket. I rolled the top seam edge where the lining and quilted sections are joined between my fingers to make it flat - you could iron it flat. Then I pinned around the top edge before doing a 1/4" top stitch around it. I tried to get fancy and stitch the lining into the basket as well, but it bunched up so I took the stitches out.

quilted basket sewing lining to basket

The basket is ready! I put in some bright towels my daughter's taking to university. I'm happy to report it has a place of honour in the bottom shelf of her side table in her room :)

quilt row turned into quilted basket

Thanks for sharing this fabulous row Beth Strand!

There are other bloggers sharing today too:

Words & Stitches | Upstairs Hobby Room
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Clever Chameleon | Creatin’ in the Sticks | Sew Joy Creations (you are here!)
Seams To Be Sew

quilted basket

tutorial quilted row into basket

I hope you enjoyed this row turned quilted basket and maybe you'll make one of your own, or use a row you have already completed.

There's a giveaway today too! 

Enter to win a $25.00 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop

If I won this giveaway I would use it to purchase the awesome golden and olive bundle they put together for fall! See it here ;)

The giveaway is open for 24 hours only!!
 I'll post the rules again below the post (gift certificate will be emailed to the winner)

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BUT WAIT, there's more!

Electric Quilt is offering a coupon code for 20% off any product (excluding classes) on their site until October 23rd.

Visit the site and use code STBSRA20

With Joy,

Sarah V.

p.s. here are the rules for the giveaway from our hostess, Marian at Seams to be Sew

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Dione Gardner-Stephen October 9, 2018 at 1:01 AM  

This is a very awesome idea of how to use a row. Yours is particularly well suited. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Aurora October 9, 2018 at 1:30 AM  

What a neat idea! I would have never thought to turn any of the rows into a basket.

Carla October 9, 2018 at 1:43 AM  

What a super clever idea for a row. Awesome.

Carol Andrews October 9, 2018 at 2:34 AM  

Now that is the perfect conversion of Beth's Row. I'm sure your daughter will enjoy it for many years.

Happy October 9, 2018 at 3:38 AM  

That is so creative and useful. What a wonderful gift for a student (or anyone, really)!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs October 9, 2018 at 6:24 AM  

Great idea to turn a row into a basket!! Awesome. I know it will remind your daughter of home when she sees it each day. They do grow up way too fast! Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Coughlin October 9, 2018 at 6:39 AM  

What a clever idea! This could work with so many different rows; thanks for walking us through it!

sketchrs October 9, 2018 at 6:42 AM  

I love your cat basket - that is so awesome. Thank you for sharing your idea with us.

Susan L. October 9, 2018 at 6:49 AM  

What a great basket! I'll have to try doing this myself!

quilter October 9, 2018 at 7:17 AM  

Very pretty thanks for sharing and the great giveaway

Allison October 9, 2018 at 8:05 AM  

Such a cute way to use a row! It makes me think that this row would make a great tote, too.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity October 9, 2018 at 8:31 AM  

I enjoy sending my kids off with hand made gifts and items just to have something unique and easily recognizable as their own :)

Mary Lou P. October 9, 2018 at 8:44 AM  

Sew clever...need to keep this concept in mind for my rows. Who doesn’t need more baskets.

Lisa England October 9, 2018 at 8:52 AM  

What a clever way to use a row!

Needled Mom October 9, 2018 at 8:53 AM  

That is fabulous. I love what you did with your row.

Rozz01 October 9, 2018 at 9:10 AM  

Sweet thought to have a project from home which will help in case she gets a little homesick.
Plus adorable idea to create.

Chelsea October 9, 2018 at 9:38 AM  

That is such a creative way to use the rows. Perfect for the dorm room or a guest bath. I love it!

Cecilia October 9, 2018 at 9:49 AM  

Awesome basket! Thank you for the detailed tutorial. I will have to try this as it would make a great Christmas present for my daughter in law.

Paula G October 9, 2018 at 9:55 AM  

Love your pattern, and what a great idea to make it into a basket! Would be cute as a tote bag too. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

Laura October 9, 2018 at 10:29 AM  

I love love love your row. What a great idea to turn it into a basket (so wonderful for a gift for a cat and book lover!)

Susan October 9, 2018 at 10:53 AM  

I really like the basket. What a great idea to do with your row (which was my favorite).

Unknown October 9, 2018 at 11:19 AM  

A really cute and practical use of the row. I am sure your daughter will enjoy using it for a long time. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Susan October 9, 2018 at 11:27 AM  

Too cute! These kitties make a perfect bag, and can go with you everwhere!

Susan October 9, 2018 at 11:50 AM  

Very cute bag, it could turn into a a great Christmas gift for someone I know! This has been a great hop! Thank you for sharing your talent with everyone.

Bonnie58 October 9, 2018 at 11:53 AM  

I love your "happy place". Thanks so much for sharing

JANET October 9, 2018 at 12:14 PM  

Great project! Thanks for the idea!

shobs October 9, 2018 at 12:26 PM  

That's a neat way to use up that block.

Anonymous,  October 9, 2018 at 1:14 PM  


Marcia in TX October 9, 2018 at 1:19 PM  

Neat idea with the cats into a basket. Hope you enjoy your empty nest.

Sewgirl October 9, 2018 at 2:28 PM  

Cute basket. That's a great use for a row., Thanks for sharing.

Tu-Na Quilts October 9, 2018 at 2:39 PM  

Your row made a very cute basket. Great idea. Karen

Carol Swift October 9, 2018 at 2:45 PM  

This is a great idea for using a row...love that basket!

Karrin Hurd October 9, 2018 at 2:46 PM  

Love the way you used the tow! Thanks so much for sharing!

ShirleyC October 9, 2018 at 4:06 PM  

Good idea! You do great work too.

Danette October 9, 2018 at 4:19 PM  

That is really a cool way of using your cute Cat row! Thank you for the tutorial!

Lynne Stucke October 9, 2018 at 5:23 PM  

Clever setting for your row . . . purrfect for bringing books home from the library!

whistlebet57 October 9, 2018 at 5:33 PM  

I love the Basket!
Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

Quilt Maniac October 9, 2018 at 6:29 PM  

a clever idea! pjrquilter at msn dot com

Farm Quilter October 9, 2018 at 6:49 PM  

Oh, now I want to make your block and turn it into a basket too!!! Totally adorable!!!

wendy October 9, 2018 at 7:49 PM  

Love it! thanks so much for sharing!

Marian October 9, 2018 at 9:27 PM  

Well didn't that just turn out wonderful!!! It's just way cool... I am definitely going to have to try this, I am enamored. Great Job Sarah. Thank you for sharing this with us today.

Nancy October 9, 2018 at 9:28 PM  

This is such a different project. You did so much planning to get it to take shape. Thank you for the great tutorial.

nancy c October 9, 2018 at 10:41 PM  

the basket is adorable!! thanks for all the great ideas!

OhioLori October 9, 2018 at 11:22 PM  

You are soooo Creative! Love how you made your Row into an Awesome basket!! I loooove it! Thank you for sharing :)

Unknown October 9, 2018 at 11:41 PM  

Thanks for your ideas, and for the wonderful giveaway to participate in.

nicolesender October 9, 2018 at 11:49 PM  

Great tutorial and basket!

teachpany October 10, 2018 at 2:10 AM  

Great use for the row. Thanks!

Susan October 15, 2018 at 11:10 PM  

Now that is just too cute! Thanks for sharing what you did.

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