Grandma’s Sewing Basket/February OMG

I did it! I finished my February OMG project, Grandma’s Sewing Basket.

I used some stash fabrics to make this piece, going for a more subtle than bold look. I even used stash buttons from my vintage collection, which has buttons from my Grandmother and my Aunt. While I do not have a sewing basket that belonged to my Grandmother, I do have this one that belonged to my Aunt.

Along the way I learned some things. Like sewing down the appliqué pieces with a long stitch on your machine. I learned this tip on the LAST TWO BASKET HANDLES! I learned that having a good stash of hand dyed floss means when you run out of your original basket floss you have another brand on hand that closely matches!

I also learned that baskets look better with said handles.

I learned that stippling larger roaming patterns isn’t any easier than stippling tight roaming patterns, as in I Heart You. Don’t look, it’s horribly uneven and inconsistent! But I am learning. I learned that I really need a drop in cabinet for my machine! I had one ages ago, but in all the moves it got left behind. Even though my Bernina has a removable bed that is fairly large, it still isn’t a big surface area, and it definitely isn’t slick enough. Also, I am very jerky when trying to move the quilt.

But most of all I learned, that I am getting there. Each effort will refine my motion and technique. It will all come together some day. Until such a time, I just need to enjoy the creating and keep on trying.

I always enjoy seeing the back once the quilting is done.
Hubster mentioned that the flowers are going to fall out
when it’s hung. I explained it’s a table topper


This counts for triple duty as it was my February OMG, part of my Sewing Challenge, and my Monthly Table Topper project. So does this mean I get triple the points?

Joining with:
Whoop Whoop
Off the Wall
Busy Hands
Crazy Mom
Sew Can She

27 thoughts on “Grandma’s Sewing Basket/February OMG

  1. Julie Stocker says:

    I think you did well, and look at all you learned already! This piece is beautiful, and finished. Big points.

    When I first started FMQ at a sit down, I had no drop in cabinet either. I had no little extension table either. I built the area up around the stage of the machine with books. Then I bought the biggest teflon oven mat I could find, (2 for $10 on Amazon), and used those. Cut a little spot out with an exacto knife for your bobbin and feed dog area. It’s not a photo opportunity, but it functioned well. I quilted many, many large quilts that way on a Pfaff with a 5.5″ throat. It’s not the fastest way, but it was economical. I see they are available up to 16″ x 25″ now, and just as effective as EZ Sliders.

    • chrisknits says:

      Thank you. I am trying to learn how to quilt different areas to make the most of the quilt designs. It’s an evolving process.

      On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 7:08 AM, chrisknitssews wrote:


    • chrisknits says:

      Thank you. I do love it’s sunny look and plan to use it for the table during the summer. Now to get St Patricks’ Day table topper made, then Easter, then Memorial Day, then, then,…… LOL

      On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 8:57 AM, chrisknitssews wrote:


  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Chris,
    I totally agree – the handles finish off the baskets and they look great! I would be so pleased to have this on my table! I had to chuckle about the flowers falling out. No one else is going to be as critical at the FMQ than yourself! No one else is going to look at every stitch unless you are entering it into a show . . . so relax and enjoy the process. I am trying to work on improving my FMQ – it’s my goal for this year. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. autumngeisha says:

    What a sweet table topper. The handles add movement and a special touch to the piece. Love your Aunt’s sewing basket! I am on a lookout for one at every antique/flea market I visit but no luck so far.

  4. inquiringquilter says:

    Oh this is so wonderful! Your fabric choices, the addition of handles, and the quilting came together to create a beautiful table runner. It looks so great on your table! What I like best though is your attitude. Keep trying, keep practicing, and your quilting will get better. For now, enjoy the journey! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  5. dezertsuz says:

    I think it looks fine, especially paired with the perfect cross-hatching. Beautiful piece that I had to come see – from Wednesday Weight Loss. Thanks for sharing it.

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