Basket Quilt

 










This quilt was started at least four years ago.  My plan all along was that it would be a queen size for my guest bedroom.  It took me a long time to finish, because it was a bit of a slog.  And I had to really puzzle over how to get the block setting right.  The blocks had to be on point, and I was very particular about their spacing!  I used a variety of navy blues for the baskets, and a wide range of whites and off whites for the background fabrics as well.  

It was inspired by a photo of an antique quilt that had blue baskets like this that got cut off at the sides of the quilt.  It also had a similar spacing to these baskets which I was determined to achieve.  The distance between baskets and how they are offset from the rows above and below them actually makes a big difference in the look of the finished quilt!  I've included a photo of the quilt that inspired me.  It's from the book Warman's Vintage Quilts, which I highly recommend if you enjoy antique quilts.  There are no patterns, just hundreds of photos of old quilts.

This ended up being such a big quilt that I got it long arm quilted.  I love the finished quilt, but realized that I just didn't need it since I already had a lovely quilt that my mom had made me which I wanted to use in my guest bedroom.  I sold it in my shop, and have been selling more larger quilts.  I'm finding that larger quilts are selling faster than smaller ones, which is making me rethink the standard idea that smaller and cheaper sells better.  Maybe more of my buyers want larger throw and bed quilts?  I'm happy to oblige!


11 comments

  1. Gorgeous! My favourite of all the basket quilts I've seen.

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  2. I am a basket block lover also! I love how you managed the spacing between the blocks...genious! You and I have been quilting the same amount of time and I have 2 queen size quilts finished piecing and sitting because I am stumped at the quilting part. Baptist fans look like they are great for almost everything, but my favorite quilt I have done is a blazing star and I think I know how I want to quilt it, but I quilt on my domestic machine and that is a lot to finagle in a machine. Maybe this will be the year I just do it! No matter how it comes out at least it won't be sitting in a drawer!

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  3. Really lovely...beautiful work!

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  4. I love basket quilts too. I really love your quilt. Hugs

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  5. I really like the way you set these. Much nicer spaced out.
    What a beauty!!! and a treasure for sure.
    ❤️💐🎄

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  6. Oh, my. You made this stunningly beautiful quilt and then SOLD it??? That's a concept I have to wrap my head around! Making a blue and white basket quilt is something I do hope to do, but need to find baskets without so many points! I do hand applique and hand quilt.

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