September 29, 2021: September Monthly Mini

Greetings dear readers! Here’s my September mini, ”Halloween Baskets.”

I had never made a basket quilt or a Halloween quilt so decided that this month’s mini was a good way to remedy both situations! I looked through some pattern sources and couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for so decided to draft my own:

I also wanted to foundation paper piece it so figured out how to make that happen. For pieces 4 and 5, I cut the rectangle and triangle oversize, pieced them together, and then matched the seam with where I marked it on the foundation paper and proceeded to trim as usual. It worked perfectly.

Here are some closeups:

I foundation paper pieced the spikey border (drafted my own pattern). The center is hand quilted, but you can’t see the quilting well. The border is machine quilted. The corners needed something so I added the hand appliqued circles.

I thought cheddar and black were good Halloween colors and I always love the chance to add red to anything!😊 The batting is the Hobbes black that I showed in my last post. I found a good black print in my stash for the back:

I had fun using a stripe for the hand appliqued basket handles:

I think I see a larger basket quilt in my future, but no idea when because now that I have finished my red and white quilt, I am re-dedicating myself to finishing the hand quilting of Golden Glow, my album quilt done as part of Barbara Brachman’s Hospital Sketches sew along. It’s long past time to get it done!!

”Halloween Baskets” measures 19.5 inches square. I’m really happy with how it came out!

Be sure to go to Wendy Reed’s blog, The Constant Quilter, to see all of the other September minis. Thank you Wendy!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

30 thoughts on “September 29, 2021: September Monthly Mini

  1. Wendy C Reed September 29, 2021 / 6:33 pm

    Oh my! I love everything about this one! What a prefect seasonal mini. I particularly love that spikey border and the circles in the corners. I love how you fussy cut the centers. Thanks for another super mini. I love the change in weather and hope we all get to enjoy some wonderful Fall quilting this month. I am really looking forward to the Cocheco show. We should arrive around noon on Saturday so we will connect then. Can’t wait.

    • gladiporsche September 29, 2021 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks Wendy! I am really looking forward to seeing you at the show on Saturday, the 16th!

  2. juliekquilts September 29, 2021 / 8:29 pm

    Oh wow! I just love your min…what a perfect quilt!!!

    • gladiporsche September 29, 2021 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you Julie!

  3. acityquilter September 29, 2021 / 8:48 pm

    i love the stripe handle as well….very pretty and perfectly ghoulish!

    • gladiporsche September 29, 2021 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks so much!

  4. Marie Tymrak September 29, 2021 / 9:21 pm

    The miniature is complete in every way: saturated colors, adorable traditional basket forms with perfect “braided” handles, and oh those corners. Thanks for generously sharing both your motivation & techniques. Thanks to seeing your considerable efforts, Gladi, I appliquéd 6 inch stems on 32 pieced maple leaf blocks and now congratulate myself on how much improved the blocks appear.

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2021 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Marie for your kind words! Wish I could see your maple leaves!

  5. Pat in WNY September 29, 2021 / 11:14 pm

    This one is beyond perfect! The glow of that cheddar with the black and red fabrics is glorious. I love that it is seasonal and Halloween without screaming Halloween.

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2021 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks so much Pat! I agree – I like that it isn’t too “in your face Halloween” 🙂

  6. Cynthia @ wabi sabi quilts September 30, 2021 / 12:41 am

    Wonderful mini for Fall, and you used a variety of techniques to really create perfection! I’ve only made one basket quilt and like you, I drafted the pattern (this was a quilt study with AQSG). There is just something special about basket quilts!

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2021 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you Cynthia. Because I like basket quilts, I can hardly believe it took me 27 years of quilting to make one!

  7. Kyle September 30, 2021 / 1:17 am

    I love everything about this quilt, the colors, the fabrics, design, and the spiky border! It’s a fabulous mini.

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2021 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you Kyle!!

  8. Lynn Jarzombeck September 30, 2021 / 4:02 pm

    Absolutely wonderful. Just love the basket handles!

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2021 / 9:17 pm

      Thanks Lynn. I just happened to have the perfect fabric in my stash, purchased long ago! Of course, this is one of the arguments for buying even without a plan! 🙂

  9. marissthequilter October 1, 2021 / 6:30 pm

    You certainly should be happy with this intricate mini-quilt. It is beautiful

    • gladiporsche October 1, 2021 / 11:05 pm

      Thanks Mariss. One of the most satisfying things for me about my quilt making is having the ability to design my own pieces. I’m happy with this one!😊

  10. Paul McKenna October 1, 2021 / 10:16 pm

    Supremely seasonal and sensational sewing!

    • gladiporsche October 1, 2021 / 11:17 pm

      Thank you Paul! I’m grateful for this supremely satisfying avocation!
      Hope you and the family are well and thriving and enjoying the season!🍁

  11. Angie October 2, 2021 / 5:40 pm

    I always find your quilts inspiring – LOVE the spikey border! Now I’ll be dreaming of ways to incorporate spikes into one of my quilts!

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2021 / 1:08 am

      Than you Angie! The spikey borders are easy to do with FPP and are really dynamic! Definitely try!

  12. 107sophie October 3, 2021 / 12:31 am

    Every thing about this little sweetie is just wonderful! Those splashes of red are the perfect complement to the black and cheddar (BTW – LOVE that cheddar print – is it something that still might be available?). The spiky borders are fantastic. Each and every part is incredible but combined — OH MY!!!

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2021 / 1:10 am

      Thanks for your kind words! The cheddar print is not new and I doubt still available, but there are some wonderful cheddar fabrics available that are likely just as good.

  13. audrey October 3, 2021 / 5:05 am

    What a fabulous little basket quilt you made! Love the cheddar. There’s just something about basket quilts that seem very appealing to me and so I’ve made many of them through the years! Just can’t resist making them or crushing on them.:)

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2021 / 1:12 am

      Thanks Audrey! I’ve really enjoyed seeing many of your basket quilts on your blog over the years and they have inspired me! Thank you for sharing them and your creative processes!

  14. Janet O. October 3, 2021 / 5:47 am

    Oh, Gladi, what a spectacular little quilt! I just drooled over the photos. When I was reading down through the comments deciding what I would say, I read Kyle’s comment and realized those were the very words in my head!
    I will add, good job designing that border. I have made my own foundation paper designs for borders on minis sometimes, but never had a result that stunning and dramatic.
    Also, this is one of my favorite color combos!
    I have actually made several basket minis, but now I want to make another! 🙂

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2021 / 1:14 am

      Thank you so much Janet! High praise from you! I’ve loved seeing your many wonderful minis over the years!

  15. barbvedder October 3, 2021 / 8:11 pm

    I love every little detail of this marvelous mini. The circles in corners, the dragon teeth, the striped handles. The coloration is just lovely too.
    I’m so glad you’ve joined the mini group. So fun to see what you come up with.

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2021 / 1:16 am

      Thank you so much Barb!

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