Getting Back Into Baskets

>> Monday, August 2, 2010

My design wall this morning shows my completed July String blocks and lots of squares.

The squares will be made into some basket blocks to complete the Mystery Basket quilt I've been working on. You can click on the link to see the planned layout. I need to make one more basket like the ones above to complete the layout. I've decided (for now) to make 4 more to put in the outside border corners as well.

The yardage required for the blocks was a mystery to me too so not all of my blocks have the same background fabric. I switched the placement of the two larger blocks to separate the purple ones. It looked a little top heavy.

This stripe fabric was the fabric I bought and set aside thinking I'd used it for sashing, but it disappears in the busyness. It also reads a little 'pink' in person.

Here's some other fabrics I'm auditioning. I think I will use the tone on tone orange for the sashing {hoping I have enough of it! ah, mysteries!} My daughter and I thought the green floral to the left would make a good border.

Yes, but now I'm reconsidering the stripe fabric from the last photo for the outer border. Beside the sashing it should look good.

The dark blue fabric with houses on it didn't get any votes this time around. It's still sitting waiting for its quilt to show up!

I was also on a roll with my Season of Grace BOM quilt top. Here are fabrics and orphan Christmas blocks laid out to make the backing. Some of this fabric has been waiting a LONG time for its quilt to show up! Most are from Granny's stash {my husband's maternal grandmother whose leftovers I inherited}. The top blue fabric I"ve had for a long time. The floral strip at the top will be the hanging sleeve.

All I did here was rearrange the blocks so I wouldn't have too many seams on the outside edge. Just because? Or to make me think it will go together smoother and be easier to handstitch a binding onto?

Can you tell I've been away from my sewing space for awhile! I jumped right back in!

See what's up on the Design Walls through Judy's links. Stay tuned for some more busyness tomorrow:)

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Diane August 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM  

wow so much going on. Really like your basket blocks. Mystery quilts aren't my favorite, I don't like not knowing.

kwiltnkats August 2, 2010 at 1:29 PM  

Have you thought about the direction your corner baskets will be placed? Find a solid or tone on tone to match the majority of the tops background blocks as a small inner border and the background of the corner baskets. Then use the stripe for the outer border. How about the corner baskets be the width of the combined inner and outer border (ie corner baskets 6" and 1st border 1" and 2nd border 5"). I like the orange as the sashing. I'd say purple(s) or maybe the darker green for the binding. Like what you've got going on. Look froward to seeing it progress.

AnnieO August 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

I sure love that orange as the sashing for the basket blocks! And good idea on the switching around of the backing arrangement.

Teaquilts August 2, 2010 at 6:00 PM  

Great basket quilt you are making; love the pastel feel to it.

Nanette Merrill August 2, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

Love love the baskets. I love baskets of all kinds and yours are wonderful. Hey!! I got a sweet package from you today. Thank you so much!!! What an unexpected pleasure.

Glen QuiltSwissy August 2, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

I was thinking to myself, what a hodge podge assortment of baskets. But I really like them together in the quilt. And, you know, I kinda like the stripe. Too bad about the pink-ness.
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