Zakka Style sew-along, my book is strewn with pencil marks and scribblings. I don't know if you can make it out but the note at the bottom of the page for this project says "why? oh why?". It is referring to the joining of the handles to the main bread basket (paragraphs 3 and 4 of 'Basket assembly'). In the project Rachel instructs us to stitch these on after we have added the sides to the bottom panel. And this is where my exclamation comment arises. Surely, it would be easier to stitch the handles to the ends of the bottom panel before we attach the sides to the bottom panel. I followed Rachel's instructions for the outer shell but then did it my way for the lining. I have to say I found my way simpler and quicker.
If you do follow Rachel's instructions I would recommend that, when stitching the side panels to the side of the handle (paragraph 4 of 'Basket assembly') you stitch down from the handle to the base rather than as per the instructions which suggest you stitch "up the side of the handle to form the box corner...". I found it less tricky to sew into the corner than away from the corner. And this will only work if you have followed paragraph 3 of 'Basket assembly' exactly and "stop sewing 1/4" from each end".
Also, section 2 in the 'Basket assembly' should really be section 4 of the 'Front patchwork panel'. It is easier to add running stitches before you apply the fusible interfacing. A small point I know, but worthy of mention.
½" squares of colour will either make this a stunning little item or an 'okay' project. Either way, I would thoroughly recommend this project. Even if you don't need a bread basket I have a couple of suggestions to make this project work for you.
Gotta go - the smell of sausages sizzling on a 'barbie' is wafting through the window. If I follow my nose (and my canny suggestions) the money I save on food this summer can be spent on buttons and fabric!!