Thursday, January 22, 2009

Currently Inspiring

I'm in love with this fabric. It's so happy! It's also very Seventies, don't you think? My first inclination was to make an apron from it, but that's my first impulse with all the fabric I buy. Aprons, tablecloths, or kitchen curtains. I wonder what that means?
But I resisted the kitchen-y urge and made these:
I LOVE THEM!! I can't stop playing with them. They're so fun to toss around. I found the tutorial on how to make them at a wonderful blog called, "Pink Penguin." The link to the tutorial is here: Fabric Basket Tutorial by Pink Penguin She has some other great tutorials on her site, as well as some adorable things for sale on Etsy.
I've seen some of these baskets made up on other crafter's blogs, but I never could tell how big they were. So, I thought I'd give you an idea of size:

Cute basket and soup can for scale. As a matter of fact, look how cute the soup looks IN the basket!:


Hello little soup! Are you stalking me? Are you wanting to come out for lunch?
This basket would make an excellent two-can soup can holder. I'm not sure why you'd want to make fabric baskets for your soup cans, but hey...after thirty years of sewing, I'm running out of reasons to make little baskets. So soup today...maybe green bean cans tomorrow. Gotta sew.


This is the pallette that's currently inspiring me. Two years ago, I NEVER would have paired pink and orange! And after living through the seventies, I didn't think I'd ever be attracted to that dark chocolate brown, either. And yet...here they are and I love them! I don't think I want to put this assortment away yet--perhaps I need to make another tote bag or something. Yeah...a grocery store soup tote. I don't have one of those. All my other totes are for other things, like crackers and tea. I don't have a tote for soup. Well, I know what I'll be doing today!
I would love it in this colorway, too:


This green colorway would make a good broccoli tote, yes? I need a broccoli tote.
And how about this colorway for donuts?:
Funny how I keep ending up in the kitchen with my fabric choices. Maybe I'm just hungry.

22 comments:

Quiltersal said...

I have made several of those fabric baskets from Pink Penguin's tutorial as well...addicting aren't they? At first I thought you had that fabric in those lovely shades of green as well as the pinks and chocolates but then I realized you were photoshopping! Silly girl! Glad to see you back!

Di's Quilting and Craft Blog said...

Good to see you back blogging. I used to enjoy all your travelogues of that wonderful part of the world where you live. Must make some of these little buckets, they would make good gifts. Thanks for directing us to the tutorial.

mau said...

Glad you are back, I also go to Pink Penguin's blog, have you seen her tutorial on sewing teapots, they are so beautiful. Anyway love the fabric and keep blogging I miss it.

Vanessa said...

Beautiful fabric and lovely baskets ....

Enjoy your crafting.

Vanessa

Denise (Nour) said...

Nice to see you back. I have been very lazy about my blog but I do write one for our guild. I see you have been playing with photoshop? Nice colorways! That basket is one I want to make someday. Not sure what I want to put in it though!

Andrea said...

I have had that pattern printed out for ever but have I found time to do any ? nah. Nice to see you back Lisa..

Abi said...

I have missed you so much. Glad you are back.

Amanda said...

Are you playing with your photoshop, again? lol

I love those little baskets. I see them everywhere, too, and I have them listed as a "tutorial from other places" on my blog. I've never made one. A valentine one would be cute.

yarndork said...

Is it just me or do those fabrics look eerily similar? And what's this with 2 blog entries in the same month?

Salem Stitcher said...

I love that fabric. It reminds me of this little bird that Dana at Old Red Barn Co put on a little quilt recently. Check her out. It's sweet!

anne from finland said...

Wow! Very lovely fabrics and baskets! I´ve also printed that tutoral to make baskets in the future. A larger basket would be nice for toys! Have a nice weekend!

Pat said...

Hi...I've read your books and laughed until my sides hurt, but I didn't discover your blog until today...when Amanda (Busy Little Quilter) sent me. I'll be back!

Bonnie said...

"She's bbaaaaccccckkkkkk!!!" About time too -- I have missed your commentary on life, Kauai, humidity, soup cans, and ugly fabrics that scream your name when you enter a store!!!
(Still), your BFF in Seattle,
Bonnie
P.S.
Oh yeah!! We "won" a week at the Kaha Lani again for this summer. This time, I leave the hair spray at home!!!

Catherine said...

Fabric baskets for soup and veggies and -- yikes!!
Really glad you're back!

belinda said...

OK..Amanda sent me over....and since I see you have sitemeter you'll know I've been on here for 8 days reading all the way back to your beginning.....great blog!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love those fabrics too.... really pretty. I too want to make a few of those baskets.

Elizabeth said...

I'm scrolling down...see the can of soup and to me it made PERFECT SENSE that you'd make a soup tote. Didn't even occur to me that you stuck it there to show us the size.
I'm totally gonna reorganize my cupboard with color coordinated canned goods totes.
Thanks for the inspiration.
I think.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Oh my goodness another post from YOU. LOLOL Im so impressed.
you've been missed. Glad your back.
Do you think those colors of fabric have anything to do with that dreaded state of "M".??? Just asking. lolol

Mary Anne Drury said...

OMG !!! HI LISA !!!! It's so nice to see you back around the Blogland Neighborhood! I'm lovin' that fabric .... it's so Marsha Brady!! .....and CUTE soup totes! (not to mention that GORGEOUS sweater from your previous post ....WOW !!)

Thanks for stopping by to visit me over at my blog .... and thanks for the hair doo suggestion ... (trust me, I'd better do something with my hair and SOON ... or I'll have to make one of those cute soup totes and wear on my head! )

susan said...

there's this little quiltl shop in norway, mi. and she makes up the most awesome fq rolls...i think there are 16-18 pieces in each roll and they are wonderful. maybe i will do a tour of her shop and take pictures of her combinations. they are just the best. i have gone in there not planning on buying but if those rolls are on sale, i will come out with at least one or two. mark always gives me this look of total disbelief cause i know he thinks i have plenty of fabric as it is... but i am sure you can relate

Dionne said...

Oh, I LOVE those fabrics, I really like what you did with them. I haven't seen those fabrics before, I'm going to have to keep my eyes open!
Cheers,
Dionne

Anonymous said...

hi lisa, i work at barnes & noble in manhattan and i found your book"that dorky homemade look" on the shelf, and i promptly bought that and ordered "stash envy". your writing is very funny, i loved that shot of the soup can in the tote. i made my first (and only) quilt) back in high school in 1978, and i'm finally ready to start again. i've got lots of ideas for collage-like quilts, but no sewing skills. my mother, however, is a master seamstress, knitter, jewelry maker, etc, so i've enlisted her help to get me started. i also thought it would be a fun thing for us to do together.
i like your relaxed attitude and i look forward to resding more of your blog as i start my first adult quilt. where did you get hat beautiful fabric on the jan 22 entry? thanks for your inspiration, marcy