Horse Rescue

100_3762 I’ve been working on a crib quilt using a package of 10″ squares by Melody Miller of Cotton and Steel fame.  The quilt includes plenty of this favourite galloping mustang print but I just had to rescue these mustangs from the left over blocks and make something.

I used the free one hour basket tutorial from Kelby Sews , which has very clear, well written instructions. Of course I changed things up a bit, mostly due to wanting to highlight those horses but also for proportional concerns. My basket measures 6.25″L x 5.5″ W x 5.25″ H while the tutorial basket finishes at 10″ L x 6″ W x 7″ H.


One of the other changes I made was using a foam interfacing instead of the fusible kind. I do like how it makes the basket more structured and was not difficult to work with – don’t forget to adjust your foot pressure and possibly your tension if you give this a try. I used a very light spray of 505 adhesive to fuse the exterior fabric to the foam after I had that section sewed together. I also left a little more space for turning;  4″ instead of the 3″ opening in the tutorial and it went through quite painlessly. Oh, and I think clover clips are essential when working with this foam – can’t imagine trying to use pins with the thicker layers.


I also added some light fusible iron-on interfacing to the handles and did a little quilting before sewing it all together.


I really like the size and shape of this basket and can imagine many uses for them. Any kind of storage items you want to keep nearby – sewing patterns, charging devices, balls of wool, thread, medicines/vitamins and I have seen baby themed baskets that would make a great baby shower gift when filled with things like powder, lotion, body wash, ect.

As usual, I was much slower making this basket than what the ‘one hour’ the title claims but I take full responsibility for that 😉  !!!

Since these horses were rescued from the scrap pile – and quite quickly I might add… I haven’t even showed you the quilt yet, I’ll be linking up with Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday.

Thanks for taking a look – I’d love it if you left a comment – the clickie thing is up at the top on the left by the date.




7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicky
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 13:07:54

    wonderful basket and a great save! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday!



  2. allisonreidnem
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 02:07:56

    The basket looks great – good idea to rescue the horses. I like the way you’ve adapted the original pattern to suit your scraps and what you might use the basket for. The fabric bundle in the first photo looks intriguing!



    • Colleen
      Mar 10, 2016 @ 06:25:21

      Thanks Allison. That is the bundle of Mixology fat quarters I won last year. The colours are sooo intriguing I can’t bring myself to cutting into them 🙂



      • allisonreidnem
        Mar 10, 2016 @ 06:27:46

        Oh! I know what you mean! Fabric bundles should help get over that fabric matching problem but it’s hard to break up the loveliness of the bundles to make something!


  3. k9dancer
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 04:53:48

    Thanks for the tips on using the foam. I’ve been wanting to try that!



    • Colleen
      Mar 10, 2016 @ 06:20:04

      Give it a try, it was easier than I thought !
      I forgot to mention that I used a very light spray of 505 adhesive to fuse the exterior fabric to the foam after I had that section sewed together.



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