Baskets, Starflower & a Baby Quilt Beginning

Last year a lady in a Facebook group that I belong to showed little applique baskets that she was working on. They were so cute…and I believe that they were from the book “When the Cold Wind Blows”.  I didn’t want to buy the book to make that huge quilt, but I did find a PDF template online  of a basket and decided to add little circles to mine.

I remembered that in one of my older quilting books there was an antique basket quilt with the baskets in vertical rows.  They were pieced, not applique, but they had the same look and size. Perhaps I’d do a similar layout down the line.

I decided to make the applique baskets and nudged Karen in to this basket idea and HER quilt top is finished already.  ( HERE )   She’s faster than me :) I love the setting that she did with her applique border.

I, on the other hand,  just made a few per month throughout the year following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month.  When I was up to 40 or so of them, I’d done a post showing them, and then after that I layed them all out and realized that most of them were light and bright and the reproduction sort of blocks were few.

So I decided to separate this in to two projects.  One will be with an eye towards a baby sized quilt…the lights…and for the other I want to focus on darker / reproduction style baskets, and perhaps use them in that vertical row setting that I’d liked in the book.

In the past, aside from getting Kona Snow, or quilt batting, or thread as needed, I’ve mostly purchased reproduction fabric or any fabrics on clearance in January.  I have had to buy 1/2 yards at the minimum and have never purchased fat quarters or charm squares, etc. That means that I have had nice bargains on a few fabrics once a year but not a lot of variety.

A few years ago Susan from DesertSky Quilts had kindly sent me a wonderful variety of small pieces of reproduction fabrics that she’d inheirited from a dear friend. I used many a piece of that in my Stars and Spools quilt. I was still using that fabric up in basket blocks such as this :

Susan offered to send more to me and I took her up on it! I sent the price of postage and she is cutting pieces as she finds the time. What a dear blogging quilter friend! :)  I didn’t have many big scraps left of the fabric that Susan had sent to me before, but I had enough for a few background squares and baskets.  The only other thing that I did was purchase a charm pack on clearance which I can use for baskets and starflowers.

I added a more joining pieces to the latest Starflower. I can insert it now to this other one but I may hold off until I make more colors. I think that the important thing is to keep up with the joining pieces on these since they are more tedious and less fun than picking out fabrics and creating the Starflower :)

Some young friends were gathering here the other day, meeting up prior to going to a local bar and restaurant to eat and drink and watch the Steelers game.  If you are a regular reader, you know that once I finish up the Botanical quilt it is going to a couple for their engagement / wedding gift.

Well, they were here and saw the progress ( hand quilting was done ) and then another friend was teasing that his third kid is on the way and where was HIS quilt :)   He’s one of my youngest sons’ best friends so I decided that I would make his quilt. They now know that the baby is a boy and he is due in July.

After the Botanical came out of the hoop I discovered that I did not have enough batting or even backing fabric to start another large quilt so it made sense to go ahead and do this baby quilt first. I do have enough batting and fabric to piece for that!

Red white and blue fabric purchased on clearance years ago for this July baby, who will be a boy.  I know that babies love bright colors.

I’ll add a 2 inch white border, then a strip with some yellow in it, then a wider border to add applique shapes to…there are lots of online resources for simple shapes for baby quilts. For a start, I printed out a few from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

I like how she provided the shapes in different sizes. Everything there is for free. How kind.

I’ll add some things of my own and put other projects on the backburner for awhile so that I can get this done and ready for quilting.

The temperatures remain bitterly cold and we have more of this falling now to add to the 5 or 6 inches on the ground ( with solid ice underneath it )

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12 Responses to Baskets, Starflower & a Baby Quilt Beginning

  1. Pat in WNY says:

    Good idea to separate those little baskets into two quilts. I love your repro baskets. I’ve been thinking of cutting down the size of my little basket quilt or mixing the baskets with another block – I know that 300 of them is beyond my interest span! We’re due for more snow overnight and into tomorrow. Looking forward to warmer weather.

  2. Those baskets are great, and a good idea to make two quilts with them separating the brights from the reproduction fabrics. Do you need any more bits of fabrics?

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Carole what a sweet offer ; I think I’ll be ok for awhile now. Unless you hate reproduction fabrics and want to offload some, lol :)

  3. Eileen says:

    Hello, I love the cute baskets. So the quilt is not a surprise? I think the baby quilt shapes are cute. We had a little dusting of snow overnight. Stay warm and safe. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

  4. Joyce says:

    I agree about the baskets! The light ones will look so fresh and springy together and the repro prints will finish to a nice vintage look.
    But I am really crazy about the red, white, and blue baby quilt! That one just sings with joy! My 10th (and last) grandchild was born on July 4th last year and I wish I’d have thought of this! What a welcome to your friend’s baby!

  5. Melanie says:

    What lucky recipients of your beautiful quilts!

  6. Kate says:

    The baskets are very cute. A bright baby quilt of them sounds very pretty. The new July baby quilt is very fun and bright. You’ve got lots of fun stuff in the works. Stay warm and stitch on!

  7. Kyle says:

    Separating the baskets into two quilts sounds like a positive thing to do rather than forcing them to go together. I’ve always loved those little baskets

  8. Kim says:

    Between spending time with your beautiful family and those adorable pups, where do you find the time to make so many lovely quilts? I am awed by your talent…

  9. Susan says:

    I like the little baskets, think I’ve mentioned that before! LOL If you need some fast, I can send a few in an envelope – that’s not much postage, and you can have more to play with.

  10. Looks like you have plenty of projects to keep you busy while you wait for this wicked winter to pass.

  11. Those baskets remind me of an appliqued pillow I made as a teen. Sometimes I think I was more talented back then! haha Thanks for the memories. Your quilts are beautiful. xo Deborah

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