At the September Chicago Modern Quilt Guild meeting, I did a demo of the wonderful One Hour Basket pattern by Hearts and Bees to show guild members a fabric basket they could make for our holiday swap. In order to show how easy it is to adjust the pattern, I made one with my own dimensions and an added flying geese panel inspired by Night Quilter. The basket was one of the most loved things I've made! Guild members and Instagram friends asked me to share my modifications to the One Hour Basket pattern, so I wrote up my first tutorial for you!
This basket is modified from the original One Hour Basket pattern to be thinner so it fit tons of fat quarters snugly, and longer to fit perfectly on my IKEA kallax shelving unit. Soft and Stable interfacing makes it the most sturdy One Hour Basket I've made. And it has a beautiful flying geese panel which makes your favorite prints pop! The FINISHED SIZE of the Eliza Basket should be 13"Lx5.5"Wx6.5"H.
The tutorial is meant to compliment the original One Hour Basket tutorial, one of my favorite patterns, so you will need to download my tutorial as well as the One Hour Basket tutorial for complete assembly instructions. Basic knowledge of foundation paper piecing is helpful, but if you're new to it, here's a video to help you. Most of the tutorial is designed to help beginners at foundation paper piecing, so if you're a pro, you can skip pages 1-4. A special thanks goes out to my partner Mitch for making the flying geese template and helping me with the math to change the size of the original One Hour Basket! Another special thanks goes out to Kelly from Kelbysews who graciously gave me permission to share my modifications to her amazing pattern.
The basket modifications add time to the original pattern. It takes around TWO hours to make this version of the One Hour Basket. But I have great news for you...that's about one full listen to the Hamilton soundtrack! Trust me, it's spinning pretty constantly in my house currently. As a public historian and a museum professional, I am over the moon in love with Hamilton. It's a project that has turned seemingly dull history topics like the treasury and the location of the US Capitol into fascinating and dramatic stories. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a musical that's both about history and how history is told and interpreted, and as a curator I am so happy to see a project that inspires critical thinking about how the past is interpreted. And have you watched the PBS documentary Hamilton's America? My heart swelled every time cast members visited museums! Hamilton also features a cast of badass women who are not afraid to be as smart or smarter than the male characters (as in real life). Since most of my work is named after music I love, and since all the modified baskets in the Friends of One Hour Basket pattern have lady names, let's call this One Hour Basket modification Eliza after the strong smarty pants Schuyler sister, Eliza Hamilton.
Have fun, blast your Hamilton soundtrack, sew like you're running out of time, and whip up an Eliza basket! If you make this basket, make sure to share it on Instagram with the hashtag #elizabasket so I can see your beautiful work. I love seeing the creativity in our quilting community. And remember, this is the first time I've tried writing a tutorial, so be friendly because I'm nervous!