Saturday, March 23, 2013

More Little Red Baskets...

Here are the rest of the little red baskets for the small quilt I’m making. The fabrics are all Daiwabo taupes.  I think they're looking really cute and they are super fast!  Using the prepared edge technique for appliqué, it only takes a couple of hours to do one of the more complicated baskets.  The easy ones are even faster!   Once the appliqué is finished, it's on to the fun part -- embellishment.  The basket above makes use of some lovely Mokuba organdy flowers that I dyed.  The ribbon bow is a lovely taupey color called "twig" from Mary Jo Hiney Designs.  The feather stitch on the basket is done in silk floss from Gloriana Threads in "alpine taupe" and "dried roses."  I am always fascinated by the names for colors!

This basket has a more minimalist design and looks a bit Native American to me.

This basket features what my husband calls "whirly flowers."  They are done in Gloriana 4mm ribbon, "dried roses."  The Queen Ann's lace is Gloriana silk flass in "gilded pink" and Thread Gatherer's "honeysuckle white."

The simplicity of this little basket is sweet.

This one is a bit on the fancy side.  The flowers are 7mm ribbon from Gloriana in "gilded ink"  and Mary Jo Hiney in "floribunda."  In the style of Japanese quilters, I used French knots to highlight the handles and upper rim of the basket.  The Japanese quilters will put French knots in abundance just about anywhere to achieve a beautiful outlined look!

Stay tuned for the little quilt top all put together -- it's coming soon!

In the meantime, March Madness is a big deal at my house. Although my husband was briefly unhappy that his Kentucky Wildcats didn't make it to the big dance this year, we're happy to have a great team to cheer to victory -- the University of Miami!  GO 'CANES!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Little Red Baskets

Several months ago, I began working on some little red basket blocks inspired by Japanese design and fabrics.  Now that I'm home from Appliqué Academy, I've had time to get back to them. There's this gorgeous large leafy print with Queen Anne's Lace flowers that I've been saving for a dramatic border and it is the inspiration for the colors in these little blocks.  More on that later when I have the rest of the blocks embellished.  In the meantime, here are the baskets I've finished with embroidered flower embellishments.

All nine blocks are appliquéd.  They were very fast -- gotta love that!  The blocks will finish at six inches and there will be a total of nine blocks in the little quilt top.  I'm planning to bite the bullet and actually hand quilt this little piece myself.  Wish me luck!

In quilting news, be sure to check out Tresa Jones' new blog:

It's full of inspiration and reflects Tresa's positive, giving nature. 

And here's something to make you laugh:  Stella seems to think she's top dog.  Probably because she is!

Here in Florida, it feels like Spring is just around the corner.  As we head into that magical time of transitioning from one season to the next, I wish you gorgeous days with time spent stitching something you love!