Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giant Quilted Basket

Ever since I got my hands on Kajsa's book, "Scandinavian Stitches", I've had my eye on her quilted baskets. With a little wire as the secret ingredient, her simple design means that you can make very large fabric baskets that still they hold their shape pretty well.


Yes, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist those quilt scraps for long! This is the seventy-four year old quilt, reincarnated as a lovely large, nice soft basket to hold whatever we need it too. At the moment, it is Tilly's toys that are taking over the living room -- so, into the basket they go!


Of course, once all of her toys were inside, Tilly wanted to get into the basket as well...


How lovely to have something so old, and with so much history, not only on display, but being useful. And, in case you're wondering just how big our big basket is, I made it 13 x 13 inches, which is the perfect size to fit into an IKEA Expedit bookcase!

9 comments:

dolie said...

Well that didn't take you long did it. Perfect place to keep Tilly tidy

Kathryn said...

I love big baskets and this is so special that you could use that quilt!

And I also love that cute felted (?) red and green ball, did you make that?

Carin said...

Hi, just found my way over from the Pickled Herring...

What great baskets! I love baskets, can't get enough of them (in fact that's how I started my last post lol) and these are just fabulous! And your daughter looks so cute in it too :)

Astrid said...

Thanks for the comments!

Debbie -- I just couldn't wait! The idea of not using them until after England was unbearable!

Kathryn -- yes, I made the little felted balls. Really easy knitting pattern in "Knitting for Baby", and Tilly loves them.

Carin -- thanks for stopping by! Baskets are so handy, aren't they... especially giant ones!

Jadyn said...

You are fast! What a beautiful and functional way of using something this special.

Greedy Nan said...

Lovely basket but can I have one sans bubba please? Makes me want the book EVEN MORE - I'm still waiting for it to arrive and understand it's not going to come till apres Christmas now.

Astrid said...

Jadyn, I love having it out and in daily use... stored away would be no fun!

Yes, it's a great book -- highly recommended! And not just Christmas stuff... so don't worry that it will be late!

The Quilted Chuppah said...

Can you tell me which of her books this pattern is in? My search came up with a few choices. So want to make a couple of gifts! Thanks,
Adele

monique's mess said...

you'll have to make Tilly a little sailors hat to wear whilst travelling along in her basket. Your basket is lovely