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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Quilty Life Around Here : Baskets, EPP, Botanical

Just as with many of you, the cold weather has inspired me to stay in as much as possible over the last few days and focus on my quilty life and projects.

I have always loved to use baskets for storage.

On Sunday I finished appliqueing another Little Basket and I thought to get the rest of them out, where they were stored in a basket.

I’d just been following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge of the month suggestions for color over the last year….

Originally I thought to do a basket row quilt. I’d seen something like that in a book that I had. However those were all old-fashioned colors and I can see that I just went willy-nilly with colors and shades over the last year and that I’ll have to come up with some other plan in the end, now that I’ve taken a look at these thus far :)

As to a new project for this year, I completed another EPP ( English Paper Piecing ) Starflower.

Then I worked my way around adding the edging pieces:

I have neglected hand quilting for a good week or more but there is just a wee bit of work to be done on this final Botanical Quilt block prior to addressing the borders and finishing it up:

Stay warm & safe :)

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