Monday, June 6, 2016

Basket Reveal - Gwennie Inspired QAL

I'm so excited the day has finally arrived to show you the baskets I made for the liberated medallion quilt along. Plus we've been given the challenge for the next step. More about that later...

If you hop over to Humble Quilts there's a link party wherein you'll be able to see the variety of baskets that have been made for this quilt along. So far most fall into what I would call a country or primitive style. But not all! Mine don't clearly fit into that category either. ;- )


There's been a lot of applique happening to make the various basket blocks. I don't applique (except under duress) so of course my baskets are pieced. I also chose to make two so I would have a rectangular format for my eventual-quilt.


Or maybe I just had so much fun making the first one that I made a second one to go with it! (If you're going to piece one basket block you may as well piece two.) My baskets are filled with roses. They were fussy cut from a skull and roses print. Now you may have a clue as to the choice of bats for the background of my blocks.

The challenge that has been given us for the next month is to think on our childhoods, or on childhood in general, and use that to direct our design decisions for the first border around our baskets. I truly hadn't anticipated that curve ball. But now that I think about it, my goal when I selected the skull and roses print and then the bats was to allow my inner child to finally play with these prints that bring a smile to my face. They tickle my funny bone, they make me happy. I'm not quite sure how that will manifest in the next round but I'm looking forward to finding out! :- )


23 comments:

Karen said...

I like the rose fabric you have used in the basket centers. Unique idea to have the two baskets handle to handle for the medallion.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I love the setting - how brilliant to position two baskets like that! And hurray for letting the child inside you play!

Sandi said...

Love the whimsy of the bats, it's going to be fun waiting for your next border!

CecileD said...

Your two baskets are beautiful and it's an unusual setting but i love it !!
Congrats for this center !

Cathy said...

Lovely...can't wait to see what you do next. Hugs

Béa said...

Love your idea with rectangular setting and pieced blocks, very beautiful.

Danice said...

So pretty. All of the fabrics are really great together also.

Lori said...

Love the two blocks put together! The bats! Wow! I love them!

gayle said...

I love the fact that you've used two blocks for the center! Brilliant!
Can't wait to see what your inner child adds. Trick or treat?

Cathy said...

I don't really enjoy applique either but I think Gwen says to have fun so it looks like you did!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I designed my center so the eventual quilt will be rectangular, too! I agree that "childhood" as the second round's theme was a curve ball -- I think I have it figured out, but if it is anything like this first month, I'm guessing the idea will evolve.

Kate Chiconi said...

Those neutral colours and the pale roses together are gorgeous. I hadn't registered immediately that they were bats and not birds, but bats is so much more fun! You can blame the pain meds for my lack of observational skills.... I've always loved basket blocks, and these are beautiful. It's sparked off an idea – which I'll never get round to, of course – of making the centre block flowers pale, like these, radiating out to stronger colours in the baskets as you work outwards, maybe a gorgeous deep, almost black red on the outside edge. Sigh.... it'll never happen. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

Browndirtcottage said...

Very nice! I will be anxious to see how your quilt evolves!

i'm still on the fence about joining in. I did wake this morning thinking about a basket block.

Martha said...

I love your pieced baskets and your choice of fabrics -- great idea to make two baskets for your center.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Ha! I love the batty background!

Angie in SoCal said...

Very nice! Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

katyquilts.net said...

I really like this idea! I've been pondering (a bit too late!) about how I will get mine to end up as a rectangle!

Sharon said...

I love your batty baskets! And I like how you put them together. I hope the skulls will show up later! Yes, those fabrics will be fun to play with.

I don't do applique either, unless I can fuse it. But even then....

I have two blocks also, but they don't really go together, to my mind. Just can't make up my mind, so I'll play with both for awhile.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Truly inspired to think of positioning your two baskets in that way. The colours and fabrics work perfectly.

Véronique Prat said...

Love this traditional basket ..Nice project
See you next month

Véronique

Rebecca in AK said...

Great baskets! Such a great idea making two and creating a rectangular block!

desertskyquilts said...

I love seeing a pieced one, and the rectangle plan was a great idea!

Nancy said...

Your baskets look restful (except for the bats in the background). I especially like the roses and that the placement of them is not identical in both baskets. I was surprised about "childhood" for the first border, too. It should be fun!
--Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)