I've been working on a new project during the last couple of weeks. This is my first batch of basket blocks, its the cake stand block and it is a quilt that I've always loved and wanted to make. The quilt that has inspired my version is from a book by Roberta Horton called Scrap Quilts The Art of Making Do. I've had the book for years and its a great source of inspiration. I love Roberta's quilts. I was reminded a few weeks ago of this quilt by a discussion on Kathie of Inspired by Antique Quilts blog.here. Kathie had a picture of the cake stand quilt on her notice board the quilt is called Cake Crumbs by George Taylor. Since I was cutting up my old fabrics for scraps I decided to have a go at the block.
I have been cutting the triangles for the block using my go cutter which has been working out really well. I don't think my way of cutting the fabrics for the blocks has been any quicker than any other way but the accuracy is a lot better. The inspiration quilt has an interesting mix of fabrics, a lot of pale pinks and washed out colours with some bold prints mixed in. Some of the blocks are high contrast and a few are very low contrast. I decided it would be perfect for using up some of my old florals that I've been hoarding for years. So even though I think these blocks have been quite time consuming to make I have enjoyed the process of choosing the backgrounds and the baskets, its been like visiting with old friends.
I hadn't realised that my border was a bit too long so my flower has ended up right on the edge, this really has been a learning experience. I like to believe there's no such thing as a mistake in quilting just a design opportunity!