Frustration post here on these baskets so I am asking for advice. Julie has some really cute finished 4" baskets at her blog and the handles are perfect! Why am I having such a time? I've made basket blocks before but for some reason these smaller baskets are giving me fits. Here is a run down of the pattern included with this GO! die.
Press the 1" strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, to make a handle. (yes, the GO! cuts this on the bias)
Stay-Stitch long edge of one of background triangles (don't skip this step). Did it.
Trace handle placement guide on template plastic. Cut on lines and transfer markings. Center the handle with the marked placement line. (The folded edge of the handle should face bottom edge of triangle). Machine stitch a scant 1/4" from the raw edges of the handle. There is no handle placement guide in the pattern so I tried to guess with the "actual size" finished block shown on pattern. I also cannot get the handle to stitch down nice. It does say a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
I've stitched the block as far as I can. The handle must be on before attaching the rest of the pieces. I really wanted to have a block together before I announce a winner of four blocks to make yourself. The giveaway is closed with a winner or winners soon to be announced...that is if I can get this block together soon!
On a good note....I was smart enough to just cut two different fabrics with the GO! and stopping to try a block first. I absolutely love how fast the GO! cut all the pieces...it is me, myself and I feeling frustration at moment.