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July 7, 2008

Tisket a Tasket

I love basket quilts. Period. Never met a basket block I didn't like. I also like mid-1800's reproduction fabrics; about 8 years ago I got 100 fat quarters from here for $1.00 each, beautiful fabrics that I've fondled and cossetted... I used a lot of them in my Christmas Quilt (baskets) and a top by Joined at the Hip (wonky baskets!) and now I'm using up the much smaller pile of left-over pieces in five inch baskets with stuffed appliqued handles.

I'm getting quite a stack of them and need to start thinking about a setting. I did up 8 blocks with mixed neutrals (all the handle background are mixed neutrals) to see how they'd look but now that I have lots of blocks finished I'm thinking I don't want quite so much blank space. Maybe I'll do 1 inch print cornerstones with 1 inch mixed neutrals as buffer strips between the blocks. Think? We'll see. Anyway, great mix of busy-bag carry along hand work, and machine work when I'm at home. I love quilting and everything to do with it.

Things I'm grateful for today:
The bowl of fresh radishes from the garden...already eaten.
Found strawberry hullers, have been looking for them for yonks.
How my fresh line dried towels smell.

2 comments:

Inger Lise in Norway said...

These baskest lokks so great. looking forward to see how you set them all up in the end.

Bizarre Quilter said...

I just ADORE these basket - the fabrics, the handles, the setting. Everything? Did you design the handles yourself? I found a UFO yesterday - 1930s baskets. I was inspired by the U.S. stamp series released last year. (A friend brought us some from over yonder). I saw them in your quilter's journals. Thanks for sharing those. I have journals or notebooks too, but they don't contain fabric swatches like yours. Good idea!
THanks for an inspiring blog.
Lorraine :)