Friday, March 16, 2012

Baskets and More Baskets

I've been working on these basket blocks from When The Cold Wind Blows by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.  Several of us that attend the Dear Jane retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana, started these blocks when the book was first published.  Someone at the retreat thought it would be fun if we reduced the size of the blocks to finish at 3 inches.  The first photo shows the ones that I made at that size.


Then I decided I would make the rest of my baskets at the 5 inch size like those in the book.



When  I get an email from my friend Trudy she usually asks whether or not I'm working on my baskets and how many I have finished.   I'm always glad when she asks about them because it motivates me to pull out some fabric and applique' a few more each time.  Here are the three that I just finished.



.......and a few more


I also found these three baskets in the 3 1/2" size done in 30s fabrics.  I think I'll do a few more of these and make a wall hanging.   

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The quilt in the book has 300 baskets so I'd better get busy.  I hope you are finding a few minutes to do some stitching today.

Thanks for stopping by today!

23 comments:

Mary said...

Your basket blocks look great. I especially like the way you are mixing your accent prints with the backgrounds.

blauraute said...

Dear LuAnn,
wonderful basket blocks. You're so busy and I think your day has more than 24 hours.
Have a nice weekend and take care
Roswitha

Raewyn said...

Your baskets are so cute, LuAnn, and the smaller ones so tiny!! They are going to look fabulous sewn up!

Julierose said...

I love those little baskets--and that book. I began making those baskets and kinda found them difficult...I will go back to them after my hexagon-mania has passed. (It's kinda like the flu--it overtakes you completely!!) :-)) I especially like the last htree colors of your baskets...Nice work, LuAnn...Julierose

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

lovely and very tiny baskets, they will make a beautiful quilt.
Wish you a nice weekend ☺
Liebe Grüße
Bente

Nancy said...

Love the baskets. I have that book and don't remember the baskets. Better get it out and take a look because yours are just too cute.

Janet O. said...

What an ambitious project--at least in my little non-applique corner of the world it seems really ambitious! And very cute!

Sue said...

Love those tiny baskets LuAnn. Did you hand applique them. The 5" ones are my pick! LOL!

soscrappy said...

Lovely tiny blocks. I have made a few in the bigger size, but now you have me tempted to try a few tiny ones as well. So cute!

Linda said...

I love your little baskets! They are so cute. What an awesome quilt they will make.

Mama Pea said...

Wow. I cannot imagine trying to applique 300 of those!

Pat from Florida said...

Oh my! These baskets are adorable!

Michelle said...

I love your little baskets.
It's going to look great when it's finished.

Connie said...

Wow, look at all those lovely little baskets! What a pretty quilt you will have one day. Looks like lots of work, you are doing great!

Ellen said...

Your baskets are adorable - something else I absolutely "need" to make!

Aunt 'Reen said...

I really LOVE all these darling basket blocks! They are so cheerful to look at! This is a quilt that I too would like to make. (someday...lol)

Cyn ;-) said...

Darling baskets. OMGoodness but they are small. Very nice work, LuAnn.

Maureen said...

I love these baskets. The background fabrics with the cross stitch patterns are really cute. Funny how a block can grab us and we start making more than one quilt with it!

Janet said...

Those little ones are tiny but cute. You've reminded me of mine that haven't been tuched for a long time.

Yvette said...

I just love those baskets. I got as far as making a template and one basket. Only 299 to go. LOL

Vicky said...

OMG, fabulous! Thanks for reminding me to pull mine out and prep a few more!

Francien said...

Thank you LuAnn for your lovely comment on my blog.....and your baskets are so beautiful!!! this is going to be one stunning quilt!! love the colors and fabrics....please show us your progress with these.....greetings Francien.

Teresa said...

LOVE those baskets...it never occurred to me to shrink them! They look great in either size...the ones in the 30s fabric look very fresh and springy!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

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