I have wanted to make a miniature quilt ever since I saw them in 2005 at the AQS Quilt Show, Paducah, KY. Recently I found the book, Thimbleberries Pint-Size Traditions, by Lynette Jensen. The themes of the miniatures in this book are the seasons and special holidays. Now I have the perfect
opportunity to make one of patterns, Brown Basket.
For the past few years a group of us have participated in project exchanges at our annual quilters’ retreat at Watson Homestead in Painted Post NY. From these exchanges, I have received this beautiful embroidered piece, Autumn gave a party (which I framed) from Pauline;
and a fantastic Fall pieced wall hanging, Things to Love About Fall, from Lisa. (Do my friends know me or what? – Autumn – my favorite time of year!)
The project for the exchange, to be completed by the October 2009 retreat, is to be made from provided material consisting of 5 fat quarters and background fabric. We each put our fabric in manila envelopes and randomly distributed them among the 7 of us (Pauline, Lisa, Mae, Jeanne, Debbie, Ruth and myself). Now the challenge to create something that the giver of the fabric will just love!
So, as I often do when trying a new technique, I made a sample block out of some scrap fabric – just to make sure that everything would turn out as I expected.
I think that the basket block is just too cute and will make a neat-looking wall hanging.
The block will be pieced and the basket handle is hand-appliqued.
I certainly hope that my unidentified recipient will like it too!
Quilting from Home!