Saturday, June 8, 2013

How the time flies...


I am very slowly quilting my Trailing vines and sewing my Coxcombs and Stars but I noticed a friend sewing this pattern, The English Basket Quilt and remembered I had started this when I bought the pattern a number of years ago.

 
It was a pleasure to find that I had actually had quite a bit done. The blocks and borders are all cut, as are all the templates, baskets and stems. The baskets and stems were attached to their blocks and I had sewn two of them. The fabric for all the flowers, butterflies and leaves I had returned to my stash. Not to worry, as long as I pulled out fabrics that matched the border fabric it would work. It is really quite good as I now have many more yellows in my stash compared to when I started. This is a photo of the first 3 blocks, my borders and the bundle of baskets on blocks still to be done. I have made changes to suit me. I'm not a hexagon making type of person so the dark background in the pattern I've replaced with light and the border fabric will replace all those hexagons etc. Can you imagine how it will look?
 

 
 
A few Sundays ago it was Mother's Day and my Daughter ordered a copy of the catalogue for me, for the V & A quilt show being held at the GOMA in Brisbane from now til September. It arrived yesterday and it is a beautiful book of Quilts and has plenty of detail and reading inside. Thank you Nicola.

 
Meanwhile I have splashed out and bought 2 new ranges of 'modern' fabrics. I have an idea in my head what the top range will be used for

 
and this range will be for applique. I do like the Marg Sampson-George quilt on the front of Quiltmania No 94. I think this may have to wait.

 
My new header for this month is my version of the Sundial quilt. I used a pattern from Karen Cunningham when she had an online workshop. I changed quite a few of the blocks to some in the original quilt which I will get to see when I visit the V & A quilt show in Brisbane later in the year.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

12 comments:

Susan said...

Your appliqué is amazing Dorothy. Lovely purchases too.....looking forward to seeing what you make.

Lida said...

Wow what a lovely quilt, it surely deserves to be finished! The new fabric is so different, I am curious what you will make from it!
Greetings
Lida

Kathie said...

I love those basket blocks , always loved that quilt and am thinking now I may have to make it too. your blocks are beautiful
looks like a wonderful book, a must have for my library I think.
ok surprised to see these fabrics on your blog! good for you sometimes we all need to step out and work on something different.
Kathie

Heather said...

I just love the English basket quilt but have put off buying the pattern as I have so many other projects awaiting me. Hmm, may have to think about ordering it now!

Karen said...

I have admired the basket quilt design many times. Looks like a lot of work to accomplish it but will be well worth it.

Pat said...

Dorothy your blocks are beautiful. I love the fabrics that you have used and the way you are making it your own.

Linda said...

Wow, Dorothy, your version of the quilt will be better than the original, I think :) Great vision. The baskets are charming. And your choice of border fabric is perfect.

Carin said...

Your applique blocks are beautiful, just as the fabrics !1
I also love that quilt in your header, I realy like that one. is that a pattern that you can buy somewhere?

WoolenSails said...

I really love the way you are doing the blocks, the fabrics are perfect for this design and really look beautiful in the settings you chose.

Debbie

Sue-Anne said...

i have the pattern plus all the background fabrics and a box full of prints for the applique and reading your post, I got a shock when you said "several years ago" - I havent even started mine yet! Your quilt is going to look fantastic with that border print and I am dying to see it all come together.

Lori said...

How fun to "find" a new project and I was happy to hear I'm not the only non-hexie girl!! LOL

audrey said...

Your border fabric is a fabulous choice! Can't wait to see this one finished. Love your selection of modern fabrics too, esp. the more 'floral' ones.