Building work and fabric baskets

I spent half of today tidying and cleaning the downstairs of our home.  We are into week eight of a building project.  Up until two weeks ago most of the work was on the outside of the house and there was little disruption indoors. Since then walls have been knocked through and the building project is very much indoors – along with the dust, noise and workmen (all very nice and polite but still in my house – I guess I’m not the only one who feels slightly uncomfortable having work done in her home?)

The view from the bottom of the stairs! There used to be a loo separating the house from the garage!

The view from the bottom of the stairs! There used to be a loo separating the house from the garage!

The view from my kitchen sink!

The view from my kitchen sink!

All week I have been feeling a bit unsettled, seeming to do bits of everything but little of anything.  I got home yesterday afternoon and suddenly couldn’t ‘keep smiling and carrying on’!  Yet another evening of dusting down the kitchen worktops and hunting for saucepans and utensils in the sitting room before cooking dinner! Poor me!  I lost sight of the bigger picture for a few hours! Anyhow, after a good nights sleep and waking to the pleasure of seeing rain soaking our parched garden and the realisation that no workmen would be arriving today (the gas meter needs to be moved before the next stage of construction can begin) I understood I just needed to get re-organised, get some dust removed and reclaim my sitting room for the weekend!  I guess we all have different tolerance levels of muddle?  My Mum was always envious of a friend who could set up her sewing machine on the kitchen table amidst the pots, pans and piles of washing and ironing and make the most beautiful clothes for her children.  I obviously follow Mum and find great difficulty in settling to a project when there is muddle around me.

I did manage to make two fabric baskets a couple of days ago (they are my FINISH for the Finish It Up Friday link).


I followed the ‘1 hour basket’ pattern by Hearts and Bees downloaded from Craftsy. The baskets came out a bit bigger than I’d envisaged (the base measures 5½” x 10″ and the sides are 9½” high) but I am pleased with them.  Not quite sure what they could be used to store – perhaps knitting wool, fat quarters, nappies? I didn’t have any stiff iron-on interfacing so improvised and used cotton wadding.  I added some widely spaced quilting just to keep the layers together. Perhaps if I’d quilted more densely the sides and base would have been more rigid?  I might try adapting the pattern to make smaller baskets and spend more time quilting the outer layer to the wadding…


While I was cutting out the fabrics for the bucket bags I also cut some extra pieces to use as panels for a tote bag.


Loving these monochrome elephants and henna-type designs.

In a rash moment I signed up for a quilt along and treated myself to Amy Ellis’ new book ‘Think Big’.  If you’d like to find out more about this quilt along go to Amy’s blog or to the associated Facebook page, Quilt Along with Amy Ellis.  It’s due to start in a couple of weeks so there is plenty of time to sign up.


Hope you have a relaxing weekend.  We are getting very excited about re-visiting the London 2012 Olympic Park and Stadium for the Anniversary Games tomorrow 🙂


Linking with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday

About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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8 Responses to Building work and fabric baskets

  1. Helen says:

    We got major work done 5 years ago , you eat dust for months ! I’m amazed your sewing at all. Enjoy the games, we were lucky enough to go to both the Olympics and commonwealth games , had a great time

  2. I think you are amazing for finding a way to find sewing time in the midst of the dust and disruption. Good for you!

  3. Colleen says:

    Those baskets look great – I especially like the elephants ! I would love to renovate this house … with a bulldozer, lol. You have probably already thought of this but – get some heavy plastic sheeting from the hardware store and seal off the doorways and that window you showed us in your kitchen. Also, if you have some rubbermaid containers or just boxes, pack away all the kitchen stuff that isn’t essential and store that out of the way for now. Just put the kitchen basics in closed containers nearby.

    • That’s good thinking! Most of the kitchen stuff is in an assortment of boxes that makes it sort of portable but I should have covered them with a dust sheet. I’ll get the hang of it by the time the builders have finished!

  4. Colleen says:

    p.s., I have that book out from the library right now, thanks for the link.

  5. farmhousequilter says:

    I was thinking…wow she is sewing amidst all of that? Then I realized, we sometimes have to be creative even when living in chaos. It’s feeds us. Good luck and it will be awesome when done!

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