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!!!