Monday, June 20, 2011

Little Blue Basket

Took it easy today, still trying to shake this cold. First thing this morning I cut out one of the blocks I skipped over, Block #13 Little Blue Basket from the Civil War BOW. It was posted on Barbara Brackman's blog in March. Didn't want to do this block without a handle, but also did not want to applique one, so I set it aside. After seeing two quilters in the flickr group piece their handle, I decided to do the same with HSTs and am very happy with it. After getting some work accomplished, I finished the block this afternoon.
Little Blue Basket
I cut from several different blue 8 inch squares to get a scrappier look. The background fabric is a blue and white shirting ~ Nineteenth Century Backgrounds II from the Collection of Judie Rothermel for Marcus Bros. Now that it's done... WHAT was I thinking using a stripe in a background with triangles and HSTs! It was a good lesson in patience. AND it's OK that it's not perfect! lol

The 8 inch squares are all from a swap with a group from AAQMB in 2004. Marlene was one of the group and some of these fabrics are from her. She loved to make basket blocks/quilts so this reminds me of her. I sure do miss her.

Also in the swap was Vicky who I recently found through another blog, Inspired by Antique Quilts. Many of Vicky's fabrics are in my Civil War Quilt. I am so glad that I found her blog as well!  Life is good!

Posting this block was also a test to see if the set from flickr would update when I added blocks, but it doesn't. There has to be a way to get a slideshow to work and stays at the top of the page. Will have to work on that again... another day.


  1. love the blues you used in this block, wow
    I have just started to really collect blues...

  2. Your blocks are wonderful, Jo! Sorry now I didn't start this project. Good job!

  3. Jo, just found you blog! What beautiful blocks! The basket block is just perfect! Leaving Sunday for Lake Tahoe. Give me a call when you have a minute.

    Miss you,

    Marilyn (IQuiltToo)

  4. I LOVE the fabrics AND design you created for this block! All of your CW blocks are gorgeous!
    I look forward to following your wonderful new blog!


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