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