Even before Jenn at Quarter Inch from the edge dubbed 2016 The Year of the Stash, I was raiding my stash to make some last minute Christmas gifts. In late December and early January I've made four 1 hour baskets, all from my stash. If you haven't come across it yet, the One Hour Basket is a free tutorial on Craftsy designed by Hearts and Bees. I first saw the pattern on Diana's blog Red Delicious Life.
I made my first basket for my friend Pauline. Pauline is my neighbour from down the road and we've been friends for close to 20 years. She used to watch my kids after school and I can always count on her or her youngest son to look after the cat when we go away.
I knew that Pauline would really like this Japanese woven fabric that I purchased at Kallisti Quilts. I believe the fabric for the handles (also Japanese) is from Greenwood Quiltery.
After making Pauline's basket I made one for my son and his wife. They are expecting their first child in March so I filled the basket with lots of fun things for the baby.
I love the little fish on this fabric (sorry I don't know what the fabric is) and I was happy to have a project to used it in as it never seemed to fit with any projects I've made in the past. The handles here are floral fabric from Piece O Cake, and the basket is lined with an aqua Grunge. My favourite goodie in this basket is this little shirt.
I don't usually like cutesy sayings on baby clothes but this one just made me roar with laughter. This little shirt is size 3 months.
After making these two baskets I decided to make two more, for my two quilting friends. I met both of them at my local quilt shop and our friendship developed at our local guild. We get together to quilt about once a month.
I used another Japanese woven fabric to make Wendy's basket, which I lined with a small print taupe. The handles are teal decorator weight fabric left over from a bag I made for myself a few years ago.
For Cyndy's bag I used a brown and grey Grunge fat quarter. It looks kind of red in the photo but it is brown. That's a light green grunge lining the basket. Cyndy loves Grunge. The handles are again, a Japanese fabric.
I really enjoyed making the One Hour Baskets and I'm sure there will be more in my future. I'm sharing these little finishes at TGIFF which is hosted this week at Faith and Fabric. Do you have a go to gift that you like to make?