When I was home for a visit last month, I hit the fabric shops and Jo-Ann’s for supplies. I found a couple of new books full of promising projects. I really don’t need new projects but, like any quilter, I have a couple quilt projects going at all times and about a million projects that I want to make!
One book I picked up is called “Civil War Remembered” by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene. The quilts in this book are mostly smaller, lap-sized or wall hanging projects that are a gorgeous use of reproduction fabrics on mostly traditional blocks. They just look really homey and I fell in love.
This basket block is from the “Gather the Troops” quilt. It’s made with reproduction pinks, blues, greens, yellows and browns. It’s a very feminine quilt that I plan to make for a Christmas gift.
The only drawback of this quilt is the handle which has to be appliqued. Maybe you’ve heard how I feel about applique? It’s not my favorite thing.
On this block, I hand appliqued the handle. I machine appliqued the other blocks and some looked OK and some didn’t. I wonder if it will be very noticeable if I do them all different?
Surprisingly, the hand applique or needle-turned method wasn’t that much more effort than the machine applique method so I think I’m going to try to do the handles that way and probably go back and re-do these blocks. The quilt has 20 baskets so I’ve gotten a good start. Maybe if I can make 2 basket blocks a week I’ll have the quilt top done by the end of August and still have plenty of time to get it quilted and finished in time to ship for Christmas. It sounds like a good plan.