Several years ago, I decided to do a basket block exchange with my long-distance blog friend, Sandie, who blogs at Sandra Kaye Designs. You can read and see a few of the blocks HERE. Sandie was the first person to comment on my very first blog post HERE in September of 2011, a little over five years ago.
Sandie and I quickly decided to do a basket block exchange. For seven months, we made 10 blocks a month and swapped five of them with each other. At the time, Sandie lived in Arizona, so these little blocks travelled all the way from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, to Arizona. The blocks are pretty tiny, at 4.5" unfinished, and I very quickly realized Sandie was an expert in making these little blocks. Each batch from Sandie was perfect. I, on the other hand, struggled with seam allowance, cutting off tip after tip. But I persevered, believing that when the quilt was a finish, perhaps the missing tips wouldn't seem as noticeable? Fast forward to last week when I pulled out the 70 little blocks and decided to sew them together into a cuddle quilt just for me.
It is a small quilt, about 42" x 52", but I have already tested it out. I am always under a quilt watching TV, no matter what the season, either sitting in my quilting chair or lying on the couch, and this works really well!
Many of my blocks were made of civil war reproduction-style fabrics, while Sandie added most of those wonderful splashes of colour. I ended up using a soft brown for the alternate blocks to give the quilt a bit of a vintage look.
Baskets Galore was fairly quick to put together. After all, the baskets were made years ago!
I started by joining the baskets with the brown squares, but ended up unsewing a few blocks as my rows, set on the diagonal, were actually made up of odd numbers.
Because I don't have a design wall, and the floor is just so far away, I literally grabbed and sewed, not worrying too much about the colour placement of each little basket.
Again, because of space issues, I had to lay out and sew half of the quilt together at a time!
Once I had everything together, the quilting seemed to go even faster. I used straight-line machine quilting, marking some lines with my Hera marker, and then I just did it by eye. Not perfect, but either am I!
I love my little quilt, and thank you so much to Sandie for suggesting this so many years ago!
Another thank you to my Nova Scotian blog friend Sheila who blogs at Sheila's Quilt World.
This beautiful postcard arrived for my birthday last week. Her work is amazing and I am thrilled to have her fabric art depicting Peggy's Cove. Thank you, Sheila!
It's a great day for quilting!