Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Merrily we plod along ...

Progress is being made, for the moment, on piecing scrappy baskets for this as yet unnamed bed-size quilt. As of tonight, a grand total of eleven have been completed.  Here are the baskets made since my post last week:
They sure do look bright, don't they?  Partly due to my general ineptness at photo editing, though I have to admit this is about the point in any new quilt venture where I begin to have doubts - fabric selections, ability to put together pleasing combinations from the scrap bins, you name it.  Hmm, get over it and move forward, there are enough HST's cut to make at least twice as many blocks as needed, and there ought to be enough acceptable ones to pull together into one queen size quilt!  Next batch, I'll photograph them on the setting triangles fabric and we'll see if that tones them down a bit, or not.
Anyway, here are a couple of my favorites from the current batch, a few lopped off points notwithstanding. I subscribe to the galloping pony test, and my pony is fast out of the gate and never looks back, lol!



Tomorrow my quilting space will need to be packed up and the rolling carts containing rotary cutters and other sharp objects removed to our bedroom.  My son and DIL and the three youngest grands will be here for the long weekend, and the two oldest (ages 6 and 4) will be sleeping in the quilting room. The toddler will sleep in the guest room with his parents, but in his waking hours he's faster than a speeding bullet - always a challenge to toddler-proof a house!  It's going to be a fun weekend of the very best kind, and hopefully our seemingly never-ending rainy spell will be over with the new month.  Hoping the raging creek behind the house recedes enough from today's thunderstorms that the grandkids can do some proper fossil-hunting, wading, make lizard traps and other fun stuff.  After the grandkids depart my daughter, her boyfriend and their two rambunctious dogs will descend upon us for a couple days, so it will be awhile before these fun little blocks can be pulled out again.

Wishing you all a safe and happy 4th of July with friends and loved ones - the best kind of celebration!

10 comments:

  1. I love basket quilts. This reminded me that I'd used this basket in a wall quilt for my niece several decades ago.

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  2. Sounds like you have lots of fun things planned for the holiday weekend. I loved the title to your post. I think most of us feel like we're plodding along!

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  3. These blocks will look wonderful combined into a quilt.
    And I love that your galloping pony is fast out of the gate and never looks back. I probably need to use spurs on my pony and let the points fall where they may! *LOL*

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  4. Sounds like you have some fun times ahead of you! I always have to do that in my sewing room when the littlest grands come to visit too :*) I have to admit I never made lizard traps as a child - sounds like the best kind of fun. We had lots of woods behind our house, so we enjoyed quite a lot of "exploring" .... when I think of how we waded through swampy areas (probably barefoot too!), climbed those ancient, towering trees, and swam in the pond which we knew was populated with water moccasins though I only ever saw a baby one once back in those woods, well, I am amazed we survived childhood LOL!!!!

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  5. I love your basket blocks. I, too, subscribe to the galloping pony test. Enjoy your time with family!

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  6. Your baskets are beautiful! And the sashing and setting triangles can calm and change the overall feel of the quilt. When picking those scraps....remember the old rle of thumb...you need lights, darks, and brights. So include a few low contrast combos along with those brights. enjoy your family visits and kids, and dogs......sounds like a full weekend.

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  7. They're very pretty, Pat. You're doing great with your selection of fabrics. I had to make seven of these for my Amish quilt. Mine were paper-pieced.

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  8. Love the basket blocks! Have a great family time and Happy 4th!

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  9. It sounds like you are going to be busy. Your basket blocks are beautiful.

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  10. There's always a point where we second guess ourselves isn't there? Love seeing these come together! Enjoy your weekend too!

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