Sunday, March 25, 2012

Here we go again!

More baskets! I couldn't help it. Temecula Blessings Basket #4 was posted on Thursday and as you probably already know, I am making 4 different sets. So far this has been my favorite, in spite of the fact that I have had to unpick and reassemble two of the blocks due to sewing machine operator error!
I chose the colors based on that strip of batik to the side. That piece, along with a considerable length of binding, were in the scrap basket I used to raid regularly at a now closed LQS. I will be binding it with this.
Then there is the set that makes me think of the color blindness test photos that used to fascinate me in the World Book Encyclopedia. Does anyone know of what I speak?
Next there is the set in a variety of CW scraps. It has been fun to choose random scraps to put these together. I just had to work a purple basket in, though. That was not random!
And finally, the set that I started out to make before things ran amuck--CW scraps in blues and browns.
I am curious to see what the setting is for these blocks--and even more curious to see if I follow it.
We aren't finished with baskets yet--sorry! Recently I had downloaded the pattern for this Spring Baskets quilt from the All People Quilt website. You can find the pattern here.
As I was preparing to put it away last week I had a thought. My Mom gives me all of the scraps, leftover pieces and yardage whenever she finishes a quilt. The one she just finished hand quilting produced a considerable number of bonus triangles, which she would be inclined to throw away, but she knows to save them for me. I wondered if they could be trimmed to make this basket design, though they would have to be smaller than the pattern indicates. Most of the the triangles are not very large.
This design board shows the jumble of squares with which I begin and then the finished Spring Baskets block that is the end result.

These baskets are finishing at 5 1/2" and I have enough triangles to make 5 or 6 blocks.
And last, but not least, Randy posted more Barrister's Sow-Along blocks and I needed to catch up. And wouldn't you know it--there is a basket block among this group. I am making a second set of these blocks in Christmas fabrics, but I haven't made it that far yet. Here are the plaid versions for what I am thinking I may call "Barrister's Day Off".
The block in the upper left corner was assembled using bonus triangles from my Rocky Mountain Christmas quilt, so I didn't follow the color layout--just used what I had. Not sure that was a good choice, but I am going to live with it. 
Primitive Gatherings Picnic Quilt is nearly ready to assemble into flimsy stage.  I think this would be a fun quilt in red/white/blue. I think I will eventually have to make another one of these! (You may be wondering what this quilt has to do with baskets. Picnic quilt--basket--picnic basket--get it? I know, that was pretty weak.)
So that is enough of baskets for now. (*Huge sigh of relief!*)
I'll leave you with this shot that I caught (with the less than stellar zoom on my point-and-shoot camera) from my kitchen window a couple of days ago.
Happy Spring!!
Janet O.

28 comments:

  1. Your basket sets are so cute. I love them all!

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  2. Well, NOW we know why you haven't blogged since for ever! What great stuff you have been up to!

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  3. You know - I really should never look at your blog!!! LOL I want to do everything you are doing!!! I love the baskets - all of them!!! How fun to have a choice of which one to put on your table or hutch!!!

    I've been working on TWQ, but realized yesterday that I do not have enough fabric for one of the parts - I can order more of the one, but the other I will just have to match as close as I can - bummer! But it is going together. I'll update pictures soon!

    Have a wonderful day!!

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  4. Love, Love, Love your baskets...I don't think anyone can ever have too many baskets! EVER!

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  5. Janet, your bevy of baskets is beautiful! How perfect to be working on them just when we are all thinking about Easter, too.
    Thank you for showing the design wall picture of one basket block that is not yet sewn together to see how it is made. That was quite informative because I have always thought that basket blocks were too hard to do and so I've avoided them.

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  6. Ah, Janet ... you are selling me on baskets!! I'm thinking I've GOT to play with some ... I just happen to have some new fabrics which may make some darling baskets. LOL! Your primitive picnic flimsy is awesome! What a wonderful quilt that will make!!! :)

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  7. I love all baskets and you've got a great variety! You are such an over-achiever (I'm jealous!) I have not found time to make ONE set of the Temecula baskets.

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  8. You have gone basket crazy! Which set is your favorite?

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  9. I stand in awe of you, my friend!! I am in love with EVERY ONE of these---so I think it would be an EXCELLENT idea for you to go ahead and make ONE MORE OF EACH that is destined for Ships Landing. ;D (I especially love the purples)

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  10. You certainly are keeping busy! Really like those basket blocks...and yes I know what you mean about the color blindness tests! The ones they use now are trees (not sure why I think they are apple trees) with "hidden" numbers in them.

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  11. Mebbe instead of "rogue quilter" your blog should be "basket world"???

    *lol*

    Love all your basket blocks and that picnic quilt is fab!

    Hi, Mr. Robin!

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  12. You are a basket lovin' crazy woman!!! What terrific blocks!!

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  13. Good gravy, Janet, do you ever sleep? You have so much going on! I love the batik and black blocks - they are just stunning. And the very very "blendy" ones do look like a color blindness test - my late husband used to always fail those. He was blue-green color blind and I had to hang a dress shirt/tie combo with a tag on it for him ... "this goes with your navy suit" or "this goes with your grey suit" or he would have looked like he dressed in the Goodwill dumpster!

    Well, I do have one paltry little charity quilt that I'm going to work on today. Nice big blocks that should go quickly so I get fast gratification.

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  14. Lots of progress on many lovely things at Chez O! Love the small basket from the bonus triangles -- I love finding purposes for gifted "parts" :cD

    Bonnie

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  15. Wow Janet - You've been VERY busy! I love all the projects you've been working on - some versions of the Blessings Baskets more than others. I really, really want to make those myself but need to get motivated!

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  16. How nice of your mother to save the triangles for you. That's why they call them Bonus triangles... And you say I'm busy.??? Looking great on the Blog and Wall.

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  17. My goodness! I love all of those baskets! I can't wait to see how many more you make.

    Have a wonderful day
    Kristie

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  18. Janet, I think you have just coined a new sewing acronym that will be used quite often...SMOE Sewing Machine Operator Error.
    My favorite basket is your scrappy spring basket. You better be careful creating such beauties from others left over bonus triangles, you might find them piling up in your mailbox!
    Amazing post as always and Happy Spring to you!!!

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  19. I'm in love with every one of these baskets! (And the picnic quilt, too!) And I totally know what you mean about the eye-test patterns..... I'm semi blue-green colorblind, and never understood what those test cards were....cuz I couldn't see a thing, just dots! lol But the baskets are great in those fabrics!

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  20. LOVE all the baskets, Janet! They're great!!!

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  21. A-dorable baskets!! And I just looove your Barrister blocks too, with the plaids. You really have some excellent variety there!
    That is the Ishihara test for color blindness you are talking about...Some great color combos in those (unless you can't see them! Yikes!)

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  22. I love seeing all the variations in your blocks.
    I totally remember those color blindness tests in the World Book encyclopedia! Fun memory!

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  23. Janet - what am I going to do with you??!! I am loving the batik baskets more and mores, especially after seeing your source fabric. And then you post another basket Quilt! It almost looks like a basket within a basket the way they've colored it. I've saved that one as well...

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  24. I'm enjoying your basket frenzy. You can never have too many baskets. Was the quilt store that closed Red Rooster? I used to love going to that store when it was in Providence.

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  25. hey Mom...I love the basket you did with Grandma's scraps. The 30's set is still my fav. Yes, I know the color blindness tests of which you speak :)

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  26. Every time I think I have a favorite I find something I love about the next set. Amazing!

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  27. Wow, you should be thin as a rail because you are sewing so much you couldn't possibly have time to eat! The baskets look great :)

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  28. I love that you are making these baskets from scraps - makes them extra special!

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