May 31, 2022: May Monthly Mini – Spring Baskets

Greetings dear readers! May has been the month for Baskets! When I started making granddaughter Ursula’s basket quilt, I decided the basket handles on the first 4 blocks were too narrow. Rather than take them apart, I decided to start over with Ursula’s quilt and use those first 4 blocks for my mini – and here it is: ”Spring Baskets.”

Astute long time readers may recognize that this is the same construction I used for last September’s mini:

I love the cheddar, red, and black of the original, but I love the ”spring” version too! They are both about 20 inches square and the center is hand quilted while the border is machine quilted:

I used 3 of my favorite green fabrics – the spring green sashing is an Art Gallery fabric and a perfect shade for the season. The border fabric looks like Monet’s fields, and the binding is a lovely Essex Linen:

The back is a beautiful Art Gallery print I bought on Cape Cod last summer:

This mini looks perfect with this plant on the deck!

A closeup of each basket:

While making the quilt, I put the first 3 borders on with the dark ( green) fabric triangles pointing out – just like in the original one. By mistake I put the 4th border on with them pointing in and the light triangles pointing out. After realizing what I had done and studying the effect, I realized my ”mistake” looked better! These light triangles look like little plants sprouting. I took the other borders off and reversed them and am very happy I did!

Be sure to go to The Constant Quilter – Wendy Reed’s blog (link on right side) – to see all the May minis.

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

16 thoughts on “May 31, 2022: May Monthly Mini – Spring Baskets

  1. Janet O. May 31, 2022 / 2:39 am

    What a beautiful spring basket mini. You know I loved your September mini, but this month’s creation is perfect for the season–so fresh and delightful! Everything about it is happy, and the little appliquéd squares in the corners are a nice finishing touch!

    • gladiporsche June 1, 2022 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you Janet! I’m glad you like the little squares in the corners – the only part of the design I struggled with a bit🙂.

    • gladiporsche June 1, 2022 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you Mariss!

  2. KYLE May 31, 2022 / 1:43 pm

    What delightful spring baskets. They May be related to the September baskets, but they are a one of a kind. Funny how a goof can be the perfect direction as in the placement of your pieced border.

    • gladiporsche June 1, 2022 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks Kyle! I always try to be open to possible changes to a design as I proceed if I think it might improve the overall look. Serendipity!

  3. Wendy C. Reed May 31, 2022 / 2:18 pm

    What a fabulous use of “experiment” blocks. And, now you have Spring and Fall mini basket quilts. I love them both. Thanks for another super monthly mini.

    • gladiporsche June 1, 2022 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you Wendy!

    • gladiporsche June 1, 2022 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks Cynthia! Those words cover just what I was looking for!

  4. Janet Giles May 31, 2022 / 6:01 pm

    Wish I could express in words the extreme happiness I feel every time I read your most recent contribution. I am so grateful that I came across your blog.

    • gladiporsche June 1, 2022 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you Janet for your very kind words!

  5. Angie May 31, 2022 / 9:20 pm

    So many wonderful fabrics to study and drool over!

    • gladiporsche June 1, 2022 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks Angie – I totally agree!😊.

  6. Tazzie June 3, 2022 / 12:44 pm

    Gladi, your spring baskets are just gorgeous, and I love that you hand quilted it. Your hand quilting stitches are so lovely and even. Well done!

  7. barbvedder June 11, 2022 / 11:23 am

    what a charming basket quilt for spring. Hand quilted! yay
    I love the photo with the potted flowers

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