I was so excited to get my sewing machine back from being serviced but realized I had nothing to sew. So, since I’ve been looking for just the right project for my dear daughter and her new husband, I thought it would be nice to do something that’s 50/50 piecing and applique. And after searching through some of my reference books, I found just the right project in “The Quilt Engagement Calendar Treasury” by Cyril I. Nelson & Carter Houck.
First, I isolated a basket to reproduce. Easy Peasy. Because it’s for newlyweds I knew I wanted hearts.
The problem was drafting the basket. Since there is no pattern for it I turned to trusty Electric Quilt to help me. It had a couple of cute baskets that were similar but not the same. And since I especially liked the foot of the basket on the original quilt it meant I would need to draft it myself. It took some time but I was finally able to get it.
Then came the real fun. Designing the applique for the top of the basket. Using the original quilt again as a starting point, I drafted the top of the first basket and came up with this:
I’m really happy with it, and can hardly wait to get stitching on it! I designed the applique in Adobe Illustrator, since I’m more comfortable with those tools. But again, it made it so easy to do.
The whole block is only 7 inches, so there isn’t a whole lot of room. And the quilt itself will have 81 blocks – but half of those are setting blocks, so I only need to come up with around 41 basket blocks. I’m relishing the challenge of recreating the quilt and updating the applique to something a little more modern. I think half the fun lies in the designing and preparation that comes before the actual stitching. But the stitching is pretty awesome, and I love that!