14 – A Quilted Fabric Basket, Upcoming Swaps, How to Task Manage Your Crafts

Procrastination Project of the Week: Quilted Fabric Bowl
This is the fabric basket from my recent Free Pattern Friday post.  It is reversible.  The only issue I had was when I zig-zagged the edges some of the batting was poking through.  Not sure how to solve that quite yet.
Note to self:  Make sure to test a chalk pencil before actually using it to draw lines.  The Dritz Dressmakers mechanical pencil worked great until you tried to wipe the chalk off the fabric after stitching on top of it.  Not happy!  At least it was on this and not on a quilt or something.  My quest to find a good quilting pencil continues.
Cutting out all the layers took a good amount of time as did the quilting.  Still, you can accomplish this in an evening without a problem.  This is great for a gift or a way to display fussy-cut fabrics in your sewing room.  I recommend it!
It is a great way to practice some quilting techniques but I didn’t like quilting through the heavy-weight interfacing.  They just don’t show up as well in the end.
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments on my Sunbonnet Sue gift!
Upcoming Swaps:
You must be a member of our Swap group on Swap-Bot.  You can create an account and request to join or e-mail me and ask to be sent an invitation to join.  Anyone can join our swap group!  
Jelly Roll Strip Swap (Swapping a total of 20 2.5″ Strips of fabric, Signup by May 31, 2011 and swap your strips by June 30, 2011).
Pinwheel Block Swap (Swapping a total of 16 pinwheel blocks using a technique making them from 5″ charm squares. Signup by July 1, 2011 and swap your blocks by August 5, 2011.)

Task Management and Organization

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  1. Katie! You made the bowl! I'm so impressed! I'm still slogging through a last minute "easy" baby quilt that has swallowed my entire week! Looking forward to having a listen later today.