Wow! I just had a weekend that was WAY too full of things to do… Taking care of my Father-In-Law, getting groceries in two different trips to the store (preparing for thanksgiving plus getting groceries for the regular week’s meals) at two different stores, doing chores around the house, running errands, Charge Conference at church on Sunday, plus attending morning service, etc. But I did manage to squeeze in a tiny bit of sewing!
I put two of the baskets on point so that I could see how I like that, and yes, this is how they will look. I will have a total of 18 blocks – 6 in each column. Each scrappy basket will finish at approximately 15 inches square. So three columns of 6 baskets (no two are alike), and two columns of neutral fabric in between the baskets. The two columns will have the applique work on them, which has yet to be designed. Oh, I know how it will look, but you can’t see it yet because it is stuck inside my head. One of these days I will let it out… it will leave my head, flow down my arm into my right hand, and release itself via mechanical pencil onto paper.
I warned you earlier in this post that this is a “do-as-I-go” project, so anything can happen.
Still, you need to Stay Tuned!
The fabric for the applique panels on the quilt “Honeysuckle Baskets” has been chosen and is in the hands of the United Postal Service via Priority Mail from eQuilter.com.
First, the beautiful fabric: Rose & Retro Pink, Cherry & Watermelon Red
Soft transitions of cloudy colors and the unique yet wonderful imperfections we have come to love from artistic hand-dyes have made this ombre a dream come true. Hand-dye, ombre gradient is darker on both selvedges moving towards lighter down the center of the fabric, from the ‘Ombre Hand Dyes’ collection by Marcus Fabrics. Made in India.
I love ombre fabrics for applique. It affords me the option of creating a real, natural look with one fabric.
Next for the stems and leaves: Windham Blendables – Speckled Yarn-Dye – Loden Green
Lt Olive, Moss & Loden Green
This woven cotton poplin is constructed from multi-colored threads in subtle shades of dusty greens. The slight shifts in color and natural irregularities make for an interesting woven that can stand all on its own. Yarn-dye, from the ‘Windham Blendables’ collection by Windham Fabrics. I had looked at several other fabrics before deciding on this one, but this one spoke to me for some reason. It’s always hard to determine the precise color, as every computer monitor is different. But on my monitor, I fell in love with this.
My husband and I celebrated our 39th anniversary on November 15th, and as a special gift, he presented me with this AWESOME book! I have seen a photo of the quilt that graces the cover many times over the past year, and that beautiful honeysuckle flower always catches my eye. There is something about the shape of the petals that I find charming. Do you have a particular shape that catches your eye?
Over the past year or so, I have been making basket blocks here and there. The plan is to put them together in columns with an appliqued panel in between each column. The panels will feature the honeysuckles draped on a vine, with a border around the outside also featuring applique. What pattern am I following? I don’t have a pattern. Other than the shape of the petals, the design will be free-form in nature, much the way quilters long ago created their quilts.
These are the baskets that I have thus far. I have many more to make! They will finish at 10 inches square, however each basket will have a neutral background that they sit on, so each basket get four triangles (one per corner) to square them up. Hope that makes sense. The quilt will be scrappy in nature.
I plan to show the progress of this quilt as I go along so you can see how I work. This is a “do-as-I-go” project, so anything can happen!