I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
Happy 2012 to all of you! I hope that you are spending the dawn of this new year with those you love and cherish. I suspect that I am not alone in choosing a quiet evening at home in the company of my sewing machine. My hubby initiated himself in Pilates on Saturday morning and spent the rest of the day flat out on the couch after working muscles that he never knew he had. This left me to my own devices all day and I indulged in applique, hand stitching and machine sewing. What a great day! I did feed him meals and tucked him back in as I skipped back to my sewing cave.
So, now that the formalities have been dispensed with, I must ask your opinion on my current project. I finished off 20 red and white basket blocks for a special project. They were inspired by a tattered old small quilt I own. I wanted them to look chunky and a little primitive.
After consulting with Kathie and Linda, I decided to emphasize the red in this project. But I am torn between two setting choices. I don't have much in the way of design wall so you'll have to ignore the clutter and imagine the 20 blocks without distractions. This one (below) is my on-point version.
Or, do you prefer the straight setting which actually places the baskets at an angle? I am thinking of a narrow sashing (perhaps 1"?) with a very slightly wider outside border. The actual quilt would be 4 blocks wide by 5 blocks long.
I would love to hear your opinion on these settings or give me other ideas if you have them. Again, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year with loads and loads of time for quilting!