Sunday, June 27, 2010

Time for a New Project


It has taken me a long time to settle on the design for my new project using a layer cake of Simple Abundance that I got from Busy Thimbles last year.

Check this post for the original design idea. While I liked Late Bloomer, I wasn't completely sold on the idea. Can't really tell you why - it just didn't feel right in the end. I would like to make up Late Bloomer, just in different fabrics.

Then Rachel (p.s.iquilt) held a pinwheel quilt along using this fabric and I do like a pinwheel but I still wasn't convinced. It wasn't until I saw these blocks on Sister's Choice Quilts that I knew I had found the inspiration for my design. Nicole is using a Schnibbles design by Carrie Nelson. She makes a phenomenal number of beautiful quilts.

Image courtesy of Sister's Choice Quilts

I have chosen Scrap Baskets from Kim Brackett's book Scrap Basket Surprises. I knew then it would be just right.

Here are my first blocks


Kim's designs are for 2 1/2 inch strips but I was confident that I could use the layer cake. Some of the pale fabrics wont's be suitable so I will substitute with a little yardage.

These blocks make up well and Kim's instructions are clear, easy to understand and well illustrated. There are lots of terrific designs in Kim's book.

A message for the APQ Blog Buddies Swap members: The July draw will be happening soon and this month there will be three people drawn. Just wanted to give you plenty of notice.

Happy Stitching...Ann




21 comments:

  1. Love the blocks, the colors are wonderful! Are we getting that close to the end of our swap? What will we do when it is finished? This is so habit forming!

    Liri

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  2. I like those baskets. It made me feel better, too, to know that you won a layer cake and it took a while to decide how to use it. I won a charm pack a while back and had a tough time deciding what to use it for, too. I don't have that much trouble cutting into fabrics I buy, so maybe the winning aspect is what makes it tough?

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  3. Just beautiful! I love the colors! :) Christine

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  4. I really like your colors and the pattern. I'm not normally a fan of basket quilts, but this one seems modernized and really quite appealing. Connie

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  5. That will be a beautiful quilt made up in the Simple Abundance! You do have to let the fabric talk and tell you when it's ready - this wait will be be well worth it.

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  6. Hi Ann, your basket blocks looks greate - can't wait to see the top :o) Love your choise of fabric.

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  7. I like it! It will be a beautiful quilt when you finish. I hope to be caught up from the TRIP soon and able to get to the machine again, sigh. Things are such a wreck around here but I'm getting there!

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  8. The basket blocks are beautiful! This will be a fantastic quilt.

    I mailed off the June blocks earlier this week and July's are ready and waiting for the draw.

    Happy quilting!

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  9. your blocks are so pretty, Ann. I love the long history of the basket quilt. this design has soul!

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  10. Nice choice Ann. It's going to be a lovely quilt. :)

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  11. What a wonderful choice of patterns! Can't wait to see it develop

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  12. Love your baskets !! Will be another lovey Ann Quilt!
    Lola

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  13. I am a huge fan of basket blocks and yours are just beautiful. The fabric is so pretty. I can't wait to see it evolve.

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  14. It's going to be fun watching the progress on this new pretty quilt. I have a feeling we wont have to wait very long! ---"Love"

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  15. Lovely design. Nice to start a new project. I have to many I have start but not finished. You might inspire me to get some things completed.

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  16. Love Baskets too...know what you mean about Deciding...can take ages but then it just comes & woohoo Gorgeous Blocks...looking forward to seeing them all come together...
    cheers

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  17. Wow, Ann! I'm blushing. Thanks so much for kind words. I love your blocks made with Simple Abundance. Seeing your blocks makes me want to do another basket quilt with my Simple Abundance jelly roll!

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  18. Ann, I love the blocks and fabric colors.

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  19. I love the idea of making the basket blocks. I haven't seen anyone do those lately...it will be great;)
    Happy Quilting!!

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  20. Those basket blocks look great!!!!

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  21. I love your baskets...I will have to check into this book.
    Micki

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