I have been watching Alex Anderson on The Quilt Show these past several weeks. Her current class is a pieced basket quilt. I actually took a class from her many years ago and have a wonderful basket quilt as a result of that class. However, a pieced baskets just was not what I was in the mood for.I bought this pattern sometime in about 2009/2010. I have pulled it out multiple times and put in back away in the closet. I actually at one point bought a second one not realizing I already had one. But, Alex did get me thinking about baskets so I pulled it out and decided finally this was a perfect time to try it out. Bias basket handles and a small blanket stitch. Instead of using invisible thread I am trying out Superior Threads Microquilter white 100wt/2ply Polyester. It is easier to sew with and looks great on the primarily white handles.
And the first basket turned out really well. I will admit using fabric that is only one way has made it interesting especially on the basket's 60 degree side pieces.
And a good start. I am thinking 36" by 36". I guess it just depends on how I feel about it as I go along. I am also playing around with the sizes of the baskets. Once I made one or two I realized I can manipulate the sizes a good deal to fit where I wanted them to fit in the lay out.
I finished my Cold Wind Blows wall hanging this past week. Even quilted it myself which for me is no small feat. I actually started out doing eco quilt on the center section and had a fair amount finished, but just could not get over the fact that it just was no coming out as I felt it should. I ended up pulling out all the quilting and changed my plan completely. Yes, I am much happier with it!I stuck with just serpentine stitching.And even that worked well within the center area.Many of you are familiar with my youngest daughter with all her chickens, peacocks and ducks, but she also has 4 dogs and 4 cats. I gather this congregation was a result of salmon on the human's dinner menu.