Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friendship Basket

Do you remember this lovely basket that Sujata made? Well, she sent it to me as part of a block exchange on the 15 minutes play blog. I've been having such fun this weekend, playing with this block and a mixture of scraps from her and other blogger friends.

Those little churn dash blocks are 4". I've never made a block that small in my life! But they are just so cute, I decided I really like the small piecing idea.

Here are soon-to-be potholders, made with the scraps from the churn dash blocks--scraps of scraps! Those little triangles are about 1/2".

Thank you Sujata!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Work in Progress

Here is what happened to the leftovers from the back of the basket quilt.
I decided to make it into a little wall art for myself .

The little house I started is no longer lonely. It is part of a neighborhood and it is growing.
While there is too much to do between now and Thanksgiving day, this is just the right size of project for me.

And, a little bit of hand quilting works well too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010


I added a few leaves today.
My berries are now happy
and I'm going to call this....
gotta quilt it!!
Thanks go to you, blog friends.
Thanks for steering me away from my
flower idea.
I like this much better.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Scrappy Baskets

I started this quilt in a workshop with Freddy Moran last fall. It was going to be all dot scraps, but a few stripes and florals crept in. The white floral sashing is a home decorator remnant I bought in Sweden.

The block pattern is in the book, Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again. In this method, you sew scraps onto newspaper triangles.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

lonely berries.

I'm hoping those little berries will not have to wait
too, too long for some flowery company!!
They need it.
Poor little things!
Maybe they'd even like a few leaves.
Probably so.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Flickr Group

Hi Everyone!

If you have a flickr account and would like to post your pictures in the group, here is the link.
I have posted some of my pictures and you are welcome to do the same.
I hope this works!

 And... here is the new basket!

Looks little too coordinated but it is just the beginning...

Blue Basket Quilt

My quilt top is together! It took me a lot longer to get it to this point than I thought it would.

These are the blocks before they became the top. I show you this mostly because it is a better representation of the colors than the first picture.

I am thinking of using this for the border. I am really enjoying this quilt!

Monday, November 8, 2010

15 handles is a top!

It's a top- yay! I may not have time to quilt this for a while, but wanted you to know at least the top is done. This was lots of fun!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

3 Baskets Full

A tasket, a tasket , A little yellow basket...

I wasn't sure if my squares looked like flowers so I asked my partner what he thought they were.

" Little squares of fabric from the quilt shop!" he answered.

I figure the only 2 things I really enjoy shopping for are flowers and fabric so I don't mind which they represent.

Little Red Riding Hood has left her basket on the table.

Toffee Apple Polka Fun!

What fun!! But for today I'm done. I'll be back again another day, with show and tell from basket play.


A beginning

So far, my baskets had come out pretty subdued, but it seems that these fabrics are the one's I hit first. I will skip the handles and put something in the baskets. Need more play time to know where I am going.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

16 blocks done. I forgot one handle, but I'm not going to worry about it. I'll get the blocks together soon, I hope!

A Little Amish Looking

Okay I started yet another project. I will say this was a lot of fun and I want to make more! I used all hand dyed because I have a lot of scraps laying around and I seem to be wanting to work with them right now. It is not going to be all blue and green, this one just happened to work out that way.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Quilt for Meera

I did not mean to copy you .. I mean it..

It's just that the fabrics in the backgrounds are seersucker and I wasn't sure if they would hold well.. 

And your quilt is so pretty..

I looked for the large floral.....and since it was a gift for a baby girl,

I thought the floral fabric would be just right..

This fabrics was perfect. 

Baby's room is green and orange with Shasta daises on the wall
 Now I am STUCK....

I think the border was a great idea!

K says it does not look like a quilt for baby. Anything mild I choose for the back is not going to cut it.

Whatever I come up with.. is too loud and busy for a baby.. 

I have not made many soft pastel baby quilts. 

I don't know how to!

Tell me what to do. Anybody?

I am sorry, it looks like I copied you.. I did not mean to..

I just thought I would have an out in open conversation with Nifty.. If you didn't already know that!

I know, she wouldn't mind.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Can't stop!

I didn't think I was going to participate, but the other day when I saw Sujata's post it hit me that I have all these scrap blocks already made. It was so easy to create the baskets. I grabbed handful of greens and got to work. What fun! I had done similar baskets in a workshop with Freddy and Gwen earlier this year, so the handles are done in that method. They are made with a 1/2" bias tape maker and machine sewed down both sides of the handle. This is intended as a charity quilt, so I wasn't as careful as I would be for a quilt for me. I didn't even change the thread color from what I already had. It looks great though. The only thing I would do differently is to try a wider bias tape maker. I'm pretty sure I have a 3/4" or 1" wide tape maker, but darned if I can find it. This will have to do for now!


I now have four baskets, but they're awfully drab.
I need to fill them up!
What should I fill them with?
What colors should I use?
Then I'll have to figure out how to border them!!....
Are we having fun yet?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Scrap Baskets

Here's a basket quilt I made last year, using a similar method taught by Gwen Marston. These handles are strips cut on the bias and steamed into shape, then top-stitched. The whole thing measures about 42" square.

Why not?

Yesterday was crazy!
Tons of little and big kids stopped by..
We actually finished most of our candies.. always a good thing!

I did not sew a stitch over the weekend. Lots to do around the house.
Took my daughter shopping for some fall cloths and it was a successful trip.
We even made it to a furniture store. Did not find the perfect dining table but, now I can say I tried!!!
NO more running to the mall and that give me time to sew!

Over all it was a crazy weekend!
Well, that got me dreaming of Monday and more baskets..
And I woke up this morning thinking, why not go crazy all the way?
Wait, that was the last night's thought but I had to wait to experiment till this morning.
So here is what I finally decided to do with my background for the basket..

The crazy background.. of course! I just made two more blocks but could not wait to show them to you all.
What do you think? I have used seersucker. I am not sure how it is going to hold. May switch the background to shirtings. I do have a lot of that.. old shirts from goodwill and some from my husband's closet..
He does not know that..