Little Baskets, More Templates Needed, & Dear Daughter

Time to make some new templates. I iron two pieces of freezer paper together to make them sturdier,  yet still, after a few rounds of use, they start to lose their sticking power…the shiny side says “I’ve had enough” and it’s time for a new round of templates for my Little Baskets, Starflowers, and on the upper left, some applique for the new Dear Daughter project from Sentimental Stitches.

I know I know…I don’t need a new project but Gay at Sentimental Stitches is so wonderful ….her background stories into the projects, the great photos of the quilts and their individual blocks…I had made a few of the Benjamin Biggs blocks, many more of the 1857 Album ….enough for a large sized couch quilt that is down at my son’s house, covering the grand kids when they watch TV, and now this one :)

She started a Facebook group, had over 800 join in and we crashed her website this morning when she let us know that the first set of blocks were ready :)     As with the 1857 Album quilt, I won’t applique every block but simply focus on a large couch quilt size. If you go to the link, you’ll see that the quilt has quite the thick sashing and I do not intend to replicate that.  I don’t want to spend the money on new fabrics for that. I’ll wait until I am done and go from there :)

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month is green. I have appliqued two green themed Little Baskets thus far, with another one prepped and ready to go.  And then those older freezer paper templates have been thrown out and new ones will be used as per the earlier photo.

As to the last item needing new templates, the EPP Starflower, I had such a fun exchange with a reader of this blog today.

Janet is a talented quilter who enjoys EPP and she would like to start making some Starflowers as well. We exchanged a few emails and she sent some links to me with an alternative to my whip stitching…I may try that method out on my next one. I hope that down the line once Janet starts on these that she might send some photos of hers that I can show on the blog  :) We both have a love of reproduction fabrics.

You might also enjoy : Rainbows and Potpies   OR  Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt 

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16 Responses to Little Baskets, More Templates Needed, & Dear Daughter

  1. Karen says:

    I’m using a double layer of the freezer paper for my Hertfordshire Quilt too – it is working out great. Sentimental stitches has offered so many free patterns over the years it is a good site

  2. BillieBee says:

    Great idea! Thanks

  3. Kyle says:

    Can’t do sharp work without a good template. You’re working on some great projects and it will be fun to see how the Dear Daughter comes along.

  4. I made the midget blocks form Sentimental Stitches several years ago. So many great patterns. Nice progress on your baskets.

  5. The new pattern you’re going to start looks like a pretty one! I hadn’t been on that site before. Great idea to use a double layer of freezer paper for your templates!

  6. If I did hand appliqué, this is a project I would love. But sadly the hand joints don’t like me to do much hand stitching these days (a little bit once and a while, but not enough to start a real project). LOVE baskets!

  7. Joyce says:

    Every time I see your little baskets, I have an urge to pick them up by their charming little handles and tote them right out the door with me! Too cute!

  8. gayle says:

    I love your little baskets every time you show them!
    Thanks for the link to Dear Daughter – I hadn’t seen that one, so I’m off to explore. I love antique quilts!

  9. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I love the stripe-y handle on your little basket–so cute! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s Dear Daughter blocks!

  10. Deb says:

    Well shoot. I was going to sit out this one… but I seem to have gone and downloaded the patterns. Maybe a donut quilt in my future….. we will see. Pretty baskets… it reminds me I have a few that need to get finished off into something.

  11. Kathy says:

    thank you for the tip on using two layers for freezer paper…doh, why didn’t I think of that sooner. Have fun with your applique.

  12. audrey says:

    So much fun to find projects that speak to us. I always enjoy seeing your gorgeous applique work coming along!

  13. Chris Forster says:

    Nice to see you are doing Dear Daughter also. I started mine yesterday and am today I am making the sashing strips. Sentimental Stitches also had extra thick freezer paper that I am using for my donut templates. I just photo copied the pattern and cut them out. I tried the starch method right over the freezer paper. Going good so far.

  14. Sally T says:

    Your choice of background fabric is lovely. And if I saw a basket with a red striped handle, I would snap it up immediately!

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