Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mail call and a few more baskets

A couple weeks ago, Audrey of Quilty Folk celebrated her fifth blogaversary with a giveaway, and I was the lucky winner of this book that arrived in yesterday's mail.
I've only spent a few minutes with the book so far, and although I doubt I'll ever make the entire quilt, there are a number of the simple applique blocks that would make great hand quilting templates, and a really fabulous primitive goose applique that will definitely find its way into a future quilt.  Here's a close-up of the image showing the goose (also note the smaller swan block).
Quilty Folk happens to be one of my favorite blogs since discovering it during a Bloggers Quilt Festival a year or so ago.  If you're not familiar with Audrey's quilts yet, you definitely need to head over and check out her blog.  Her delightfully whimsical and original style is a breath of fresh air, and a source of inspiration to reach out beyond our own comfort zone with our quilting.   She has a series of posts on the courage to feel creative that is thoughtfully written and I found very encouraging in trying to step outside my little box in fabric selection, color and fabric design combinations.  Thanks so much Audrey, for taking the time to write these blog posts and inspiring us with your creative style!  And for my blogaversary winnings!

I've been moving ahead with the basket blocks, and now have 23 completed and one more nearly done, as soon as I find the seam ripper to remove one badly mismatched piece and resew.  Here are a couple of the more recent baskets.  A few more (so I have plenty to choose from to play nice with the setting triangle fabric), and it will be on to putting this top together.  Looking forward to seeing all of them laid out on the design floor.

Are you ready for August?  Definitely not at this end!  Happily, we still have at least one more month of summer before the threat of frost hits and we begin covering the tender garden plants at night. Will the main crop of tomatoes ripen before then?  It's beginning to look doubtful, but at least right now we're enjoying green beans and a bumper crop of summer squash.


  1. Oh gosh, as you might know, green tomatoes have broken my heart time and time again. Don't believe people who tell you green tomato relish is good. It isn't. It's simply sad wishful thinking.

  2. A nice collection of basket blocks.
    Didn't even put in a garden this year, for the first time in 30 years and it has been a good thing after all. Problems with the well hook-up and health issues would have made it impossible to maintain, so I am glad I avoided that frustration. Hope your tomatoes ripen. DH did the "pull the plant up by the roots and hang it upside down in the basement" trick one year. They did get ripe.

  3. Yes, I'm ready for summer to be over. The temp here today is supposed to reach 106!!! My garden is just starting to produce tomatoes and I hope to get lots from my 3 planted and 2 volunteer plants. What a neat book! And your basket blocks are bright and cheery.

  4. I love those basket blocks ... that's exactly the block I've got in mind for my basket quilt. At least you're getting green beans and summer squash. We got onions and a few cucumbers ... I'm not sure we're going to be getting anything else. Our overly wet spring just did our garden in. :-(

  5. Summer is going by much too quickly.:) Love those basket blocks as always. Don't think I can ever quite get enough of them!

  6. p.s. Thanks so much for all the nice things you wrote about me. I am blushing.:)


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