Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Amy Barickman

Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Amy Barickman

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

Hi! I’m Amy Barickman, founder of Indygo Junction. I am so excited for this opportunity to reboot one of Jenny’s tutorials. I am lucky enough to be a neighbor of Missouri Star. My hometown, Kansas City, is about an hour from Hamilton. I have enjoyed collaborating with the MSQC team over the last year. Jenny invited me to film a tutorial on quilting with my Crossroads Denim. I have also been a guest on Man Sewing, creating a recycled denim messenger bag from jeans and recently Rob released our I LOVE My Mummy pattern pillow tutorial. If you get a chance to visit the wonderful “Quilt Town” of Hamilton you will see a trunk show of our Indygo Junction apparel patterns in the main street stores. Yesterday my Missouri Star catalog arrived and our Fabriflair Radiant Star made the cover!!!

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

For the reboot I decided to combine the Love Notes block with our popular Indygo Junction Banded Baskets pattern.  Since the body of the basket is pieced in sections, it was very simple to add patchwork- a perfect canvas to showcase blocks. The fabric we chose was my new RJR line Vintage Made Modern Stitcher’s Garden combined with Crossroads Denim Eggplant. Customize your basket with colors and fabrics to make a great gift or useful storage basket for your home!

To make the basket, I used both florals and a ginghams from my Stitcher’s Garden line, and my Crossroads Denim in Eggplant for the top band, bottom section and handles.  You will also need a stiff interfacing, batting or stabilizer to give the basket some structure.  Choose a coordinating thread for the topstitching.

Using Jenny’s tutorial, cut eight 5” squares of both the gingham and the floral for the blocks, and sew all around with a quarter inch seam.  Then cut them diagonally to create four half square triangles and sew them together in a four-patch to create a ‘love note’.

Arrange all the blocks with the ‘envelope flap’ in the upper right corner and pressed the center seam up in half the blocks and the opposite way in the other half to nest the seams.  The pattern uses 3/8” seams, you don’t want to lose the points in the blocks so use a quarter inch.  Press the seams toward the denim and top stitch close to the seam on the denim side, just for a little more reinforcement.

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

After sewing the blocks together in a row, it measured 5.75” x 44”.  Since the pattern calls for a 44” long body of the basket, it worked perfectly without adjustment.

If your seams are a bit scant or more generous than a quarter inch, your measurement may be a bit more or less.   If you need to, you can add a bit of sashing at the end to bring it up to size, or adjust the other pieces to whatever your length is. (Just remember to adjust the lining dimensions, too!)

Based on the height of your block row, you will need to do a bit of math to determine how wide to cut the strip for the bottom of the basket body.  In making the large basket, the piece below the band (the pattern refers to it as the bottom) needs to be 12” tall.  Since my block is 5.75, I need a strip 6.25 plus a half-inch for seam allowance to have a 12” piece after I sew them together.

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

Sew the basket band onto the top of the row of blocks and the basket bottom onto the bottom of the pieced row to complete the outer basket body!

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

Follow the directions as written in the pattern to construct the rest of the basket.  

Just for fun, I decided to miniaturize the block by starting with a 2.5” square to make the patchwork inset in the small basket. (Pin for scale in the photo).

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

I love this combination of Stitcher’s Garden Prints! Also note that the fabric line has a signature collage print, “cheater” type fabric.  

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

Eleven blocks was exactly the correct length when sewn together.  Again, border the print fabric with strips of Crossroads Denim and add a print fabric to bring the total to the correct height for the outer basket.

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

This is a fun & easy way to add a new dimension of quilting to your home. I love the idea of making a basket to companion a quilt for gift giving and Chloe our cat does too!! Keep in mind you can use almost any block along this border in this versatile Banded Baskets pattern!  Enjoy.

Love Notes Banded Basket Tutorial

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What is Fabriflair™ Feature and Giveaway!

What is Fabriflair™ Feature and Giveaway!

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Have you ever heard of Fabriflair™? It’s a brand new product from Indygo Junction. Paper piecing with mat board templates to create beautiful three-dimensional projects that are eye catching and so much fun! You can learn more about it in our latest issue of Block Magazine.
Block Magazine! 10 quilt patterns for $5.99!Think…
  • Dimensional paper piecing
  • “Material” amusements for needle and thread
  • Eye candy for quilters
Fabriflair™ kits are such a clever, unique way to showcase favorite fabrics, embroidery and fiber art for quilters and sewers alike. And they’re quick projects, so it’s a nice break from always feeling like you have to finish those UFOs and PHDs.
Here’s how it works: Cover pre-cut, rigid mat board templates with your favorite fabrics and piece them together into decorative and functional projects. It’s English Paper Piecing with a twist and it’s dimensional so no need to remove the “papers” or “templates”. Whether you pull from your stash for a more eclectic look or grab a precut pack from your favorite designer’s new line, once you start stitching you will find it’s addictive!
Take a look at this short video for a peek at the process:
My name is Amy Barickman. Check out my book Vintage Notions and RJR fabric lines for more of my story. My company Indygo Junction has produced patterns and books inspired by my extensive collection of vintage patterns, fabrics and embroidery designs. Fabriflair™ was inspired by a dimensional star I found created with feed sack prints with buttons accenting the center of each star! It started with a star and now we have 6 kits available!
Fabriflair™ is the perfect on-the-go project for quilters. Easily portable and perfect for pre-cuts! If you love to keep your hands busy, these can easily be stitched in your leisure time while watching sporting events (kids or on TV) or listening to your favorite podcast!
While you can make Fabriflair™ for yourself showcasing your favorite new charm pack, you can also personalize Fabriflair™ for friends and family using all kinds of themed/novelty fabrics!
We are huge Royals Fans here in Kansas City! 2016 World Champs! How about combining your team’s fabric and up-cycling shirting for this Brio Sphere. I am also Kansas Jayhawk Alumni and die hard fan!!! Here’s my Radiant Star showcasing a combination of several novelty team fabrics.
Customize Fabriflair kits with your favorite fabrics!
Christmas will be here before we know it!  I love the large Radiant Star as a centerpiece or even a tree topper!
My favorite ornaments on my tree are hand made with a story! Try making a Trilliant Ornament or Brio Sphere with vintage fabric and beads or personalize with an embroidered name. A perfect keepsake to make with leftover fabrics from your quilt. Stitch up an ornament to accompany a quilt you are giving as a gift!!
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Enter to win! Now it’s your turn! Share your ideas for personalizing Fabriflair™ in comments and choose 1 (or all) of the options to enter above and could win all six kits along with a Fat Quarter pack of my new RJR line Vintage Made Modern- Stitcher’s Garden OR a second winner will win $25 MSQC Quilter’s Cash.
New Friday Tutorial: The Denim Strip Quilt with Special Guest Amy Barickman

New Friday Tutorial: The Denim Strip Quilt with Special Guest Amy Barickman

Make a Denim Strip Quilt with this Free Video Tutorial! Featuring Jenny Doan and Amy Barickman!

Quilting superstar Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction is here to team up with Jenny for a new tutorial, the Denim Strip Quilt! This is a great quilt for beginners because it looks so much more difficult than it is, so you can show off your skills without pulling your hair out! It doesn’t even require binding (though you could absolutely construct it like a traditional quilt with binding)!

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Amy Barickman’s Crossroads Denim fabrics are a dream to work with! They are so soft and come in so many gorgeous colors that you’ll definitely be making a list of all the things you can make with it!

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This quilt was inspired by this pillow that Amy had made and we just had to turn it into a quilt!!
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Click on the button below to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need to make this beautiful quilt! Happy Quilting!

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