I like basket quilts year round, not just during the spring. But since I don’t have much seasonal decor (other than Christmas), changing quilts is the way I change seasons or Holidays.
This first quilt today I named Hattie’s Baskets, this small quilt, approx 24″ x 24″, was entirely hand pieced, hand quilted and the binding attached by hand also. I made it in 1986 – yes 26 years ago, in my learning to quilt years, it was year 6. Interesting to look back for a while. I also made it into a pattern when I began my pattern business in 1995. Do you remember it? For newbies – out of print.
The next quilt – Aunt Hattie’s Basket quilt was made in 1986-1987. l986 was my chemo year (actually March 1986 to March 1987), I was asked to design the opportunity (aka raffle) quilt for the 1988 Symposium hosted by the Nebraska State Quilt Guild. I was actually very pleased to be asked to design the quilt, because I then knew that other people knew I would be OK!
My good friends in Omaha suggested that I create kits for the blocks, they would send them out to be pieced, so I would have help making the quilt, they even had the blocks sent back to them. I did sew the top together, then the quilting bees began. These same friends helped set up the bees and asked for hand quilting help. (side note – today it would be sent out and machine quilted wouldn’t it)
Russ really liked that quilt and I had given it away. I decided I should remake that quilt for Russ. So in 2000 (OK it took me 12 years to decide I should do that) I began pulling some of those same fabrics from my ‘fabric collection’, luckily I had most of the same fabrics and enough for the border too! I wanted this quilt hand quilted and it wasn’t happening, I finally asked a friend who hand quilts for hire if she would be interested, she took on the big job and it took some time, but so worth it. I published the pattern in my second book ‘Collecting Baskets’ in 2001. FYI – book has been out of print for years.
This next quilt I call Rebecca’s Baskets (aka Double Handle Basket in a different setting). This setting is the one I used for teaching the double handle basket block. It was published in American Patchwork and Quilting, Issue 65, December 2003, page 28.
Here is a picture of my book ‘Collecting Baskets’ published in 2001 – out of print.
That is it for today, more to come, stay tuned!
May all your baskets be full with blessings.