Thank you Pokey & Julia!
You're right, maybe some pictures will help!
I have been wanting to make a liberated basket quilt for well over a year (maybe 2 now?) based on Gwen Marston's Easter Basket quilt in her book Collaborative Quilting.
I have several half baskets made. LOL And cannot get my handles to work :( Every couple of months I pull them out again and give them a try.
You know the definition of insanity, don't you?
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results!
I keep trying different things though... and keep coming up with the same result. FAIL!
Here's a few pics of what i want to do...
above pic is a Gwen Marston liberated basket quilt. Couldn't find a pic of the easter basket one i am referring to...
below is one i found on google images
These two were borrowed from Blue Elephant Stitches -LOVE how her quilt came out!! This is very similar to the look i am going after. Just look at how flat her handles are! See how they bend like they are supposed to? Mine end up with too much material in the inside curve, and trying to ease the fabric in, makes the handle look squared and bulky :( What am i doing wrong??
Ok, so here's where i'm at...
yes, i have cut all my handle material on the bias - 45* angle, sewn them together... after struggling with trying to fold and iron them myself, finally went down and spent the 5 bucks on a bias tape maker. LOL MUCH better success!! Have the tapes made and pressed and wrapped around old spools and ready to go!
Except when i go to curve them (and not even as much as some of the above ones) I end up with bulkiness. Even on slight curves.
So - i am obviously missing something huge! LOL!!
And probably something extremely simple, knowing me!
I need bias education! :D
Ideas? Thoughts? Step by step instructions?
ANYTHING would help at this point! :D