Yahoo!! I finished a quilt. This is Charlotte’s Baskets (with a few changes from the original pattern). The quilt is in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling.
I’m including a picture of the pattern from the book so you can see the differences. The blocks are all the same except I made a 5 x 6 layout vs a 4 x 5 layout. The sashing on mine is 2″ strips with 2″ cornerstones. I didn’t piece the small cornerstones like the orginal. I also opted to not add an inner border….so I guess you could say- I followed the block pattern and then made it my own.
Mine is all batik scraps. The triangles for the baskets came from saving bonus triangles from the quilt Texas Tumbleweeds. When making this quilt I sewed and saved all the bonus triangles then used them for Charlotte’s Baskets. That made Charlotte’s Baskets go quickly.
Here’s a closer picture of the quilt….This photo is the true color. The first picture makes it a little more dark looking…it’s not dark in real life.
I was a little hesitant at first about the green sashing but now, really love it. This border fabric looks so good with the green. I almost wish I had these fabrics for my Scrap Crystals quilt…alas, there isn’t enough….(yep, I checked!)I had asked for some advice on sashing and border for this quilt and several people told me that they thought I should use the sunflower fabric from the Texas Tumbleweed quilt. In the end, I’m glad I didn’t. As much as loved the fabric, I think it might have made this already busy quilt even busier. Plus Charlotte’s Baskets is a small quilt so the design scale is different.
I really enjoyed making the blocks…but I like anything with tiny pieces.
I was at a quit shop not long ago. I was looking for fabric for On Ringo Lake boarders. The gal working and the owner both told me they don’t like scrappy quilts. Oh my. Scrappy is my happy. I honestly had no idea anyone would ever be in the “I don’t like scrappy quilts camp”.
I think I started making scrappy quilts because of cost. I never had money to buy yardage. I had money to buy fat quarters to add to my collection and that allowed me to make scrappy quilts…so scrappy quilts it was.
Now scrappy is my preference all the time! I love the feeling of using up the bonus triangles which might have ended up in a garbage. Finding a project for them makes me feel thrifty too.
Well the quilt not has the stamp of Ruby approval…and with the writing of this blog post this quilt is done. Now onto it’s destination….
It’s going to be the quilt I donate for the Fireman’s Breakfast Fundraiser.
So…on my String Challenge…I am down to only THREE quilts that I have to make before I’ve made every quilt in Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book. I’m so happy. The goal is in sight. If you’re new to the blog and haven’t heard about my String Challenge, you can check it out here.