Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Cleo Basket Blocks

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while been very busy with holidays. Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holiday season. And I wish you all the best in the New Year.

I've switched to the new blogger so I'm giving it my first try at posting.

I've been sewing on about 7 different projects over the holiday. I laid all the blocks I had cut out on a pile and I've been working my way to the bottom.

Here are some of the basket blocks I've been working on the book I got the pattern from called it Cleo Basket Quilt. Sorry I don't remember the book it was in. It was one I checked out from the library and I can't find it back.

I was stalled with this quilt because I just couldn't get the applique done. My sewing machine doesn,t have a button hole stitch that I can use for applique so I thought I would have to do it all by hand. I love the look of applique quilts. But really don't like appliquing by hand. Out of desperation I thought why not try a small zigzag stitch. Like Dah why didn't I know this would work? The results look wonderful. You can't see the dark thread on the background because it is so close to the handle. It hardly takes any time at all to sew on a handle. I have all the basket parts of the blocks done now. I finished them this weekend they where in the pile of sewing I'm working on. All I have to do now is get the handles on. Here's the ones I have done so far.

Lucy even looked over the handles and thought they looked as good as if I had

done them by hand.


Carol said...

Very pretty baskets!

The Calico Cat said...

Very nice, I like that they are scrappy, but monochromatic.

Nancy said...

Welcome back. The basket blocks are so pretty. They're going to make a very striking quilt.

Libby said...

Lucy seems very happy with your work *s* I like them, too.

Laurie Ann said...

Lucy is beautiful!!

Bingo~Bonnie said...

I love your baskets! My grandmother was a big fan of baskets and made several quilts with them. I have always wanted to do one in honor of her but those applique handels have kept me from even thinking twice... but after reading about your luck with aplying them by machine - maybe there is hope after all? :c)

Of course it will have to be a "one-of-these-years" projects b/c I already have more than I can do this year in the works.

Oh and your red fabric choices are so beautiful!!! I will be back to see your progress. ~Bonnie

paula, the quilter said...

Nice baskets. I love to machine appliqué using a zigzag. And even better, if the quilt is not going to a child, appliqué with 'invisible' thread.

Shelina said...

Happy New Year Lizzie! I guess we can forgive you for not blogging, since you were busy quilting. These are very pretty basket blocks. Smart idea to use a zig zag stitch. In fact, Beth Ferrier in the book Hand Applique by Machine recommends a skinny zig zag stitch with invisible thread.

Susan said...

Love those pink baskets. I just love baskets in general, but these are quite appealing.