Sunday, July 11, 2010

Baskets Galore!!

I've been sewing like a woman possessed for the last week!  I started Monday night, with Basket Block 12:
From there, the sewing machine and I were pretty inseparable.  Weirdly enough, I've taken to calling my sewing machine "Bessie" in my head.  Is that weird?  Anyway, barring a small incident where Bessie decided to hork up a lint ball 1/4" in diameter and I had to clean out the lint and oil her moving parts, things moved pretty quickly.

This was where I stopped Wednesday night.  Thursday night left off with the nine patch blocks finished, and the top partially done.  Friday night, at about 1 AM, I was left with this:

I got into a determined frame of mind, and by 1:30 AM I had the 1" red and black border pieced and added.  I debated staying up later to add the last border, but I had Stitch'n'Bitch in the morning.  I held off finishing up until after show and tell, then got that bit done:

That's it!  One week of sewing like crazy, and I have a top done!  I'm so excited.  I've already got the binding decided on.  Now just to cut the binding and piece the backing.  I'm hoping to be able to pick up batting next week, but we'll see if I get around to Joann's.  I might not, since we're stopping at a quilt shop Saturday morning, and I think I'd rather buy fabric. 


Cheryl said...

Wow...this is really turning out kewl...I love your palette here~

The_Grey_Cat said...

I'm really loving it too! With things like this, where I didn't have complete creative control over which blocks to use, I tend to second guess my fabric selections. This time, I went with my gut, and stuck to it.

Sandi said...

I need to borrow some of your "stick-to-it-iveness." The quilt looks fantastic, and everyone at the S&B oohed and aahed.

Vortex33 said...

I am loving that black fabric in the first photo! The layout of the baskets with the red border pieces is really elegant. It looks like an heirloom quilt!

And my sewing machine's name is Betsy so I don't think calling your Bessie is wierd at all! Machines run better one they are named.

The_Grey_Cat said...

I love both of the black fabrics that I used in Block 12 (the black HSTs with the wavy white dots, and the background fabric in the mini-block). However, I am VERY bummed that they were only available as fat quarters at Joann's. I would have purchased yardage in both for my stash!

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