I wanted to try one more basket pattern before I went back to making my favorite ones to sell. This one is heart shaped. I found the pattern in It's A Wrap II, by Susan Breier.
The hardest part of this basket is keeping the heart shape and then sewing in the tight corners. I won't bore you with the techniques to make it more triangular, as they are in the book, but it took a lot more time than my favorite baskets and this would make selling it a bit more problematic as the price would have to be higher. I may take the different baskets with me when I go to a craft fair, but I don't have any idea of how to price them.
I still have a few bags of fabric all ready to use on my baskets, so what did I do? You guessed it. I went to a quilt shop!
I like Jo Ann's and Michaels for things I need for my hobby/retirement fund. (Just kidding. I am not making big money.) But I really love some of the fabulous fabric you can get in quilt stores but The Old Trinity Schoolhouse quilt shop closed and I hadn't been to another in Roanoke. We were bored and so we went on an excursion.
I got some beautiful fabrics. Some of these will be the only fabric in the basket and some will be used together to make a basket. Then I needed to get some thread. They had thread at the quilt shop, but I had a coupon for 50% off at JoAnn's, so that's where we went. I like the larger sizes of thread I can get at JoAnn's. It is awful to run out of thread in the middle of a project and have to go out to the store. It is an hour and a half round trip in the car for a $5.00 purchase. So I hope I have enough.
One of these days I will buy one of those boards with slanted pegs for holding thread and mount it on the wall in front of my sewing machine. Oh, wait. Cats. Hmmm. I may rethink that.
Look at the fabric and then look at the thread. The thread cost almost as much as the fabric, before I used the coupon. Does this make sense? Fabric is made from thread. A LOT of thread. How can this be?
I am getting excited to see how these baskets turn out!