If you're like me
and many others fabulous quilt bloggers
gathered under Wendy's wing,
you know making a monthly mini
can be a challenge.
It feels like the months
get shorter and shorter,
but it's still a great way to explore new ideas
and create something small each month.
This month I went digging into a
sewing cupboard and pulled out
a stack of vintage basket blocks.
When or where I got them
is unknown, but they
have been there for a very long time.
The fabrics are a combination of
30's and 40's prints with a bleached muslin background.
The 32 blocks all measured
I decided I didn't want a big quilt
so I pulled out Jack the Ripper
and took the blocks apart leaving the
I wasn't surprised to find all of these units
looking very different from each other.
The blocks were mostly hand stitched.
There was no way these blocks
would fit together.
I resized these from 2.5" down
to 1.5" along with the center section and
the rectangular side pieces.
The blocks would now be
a quarter of the size, 5" finished.
The blocks went from this to that.
Vintage Spring Baskets
25" x 35"
I set the blocks together in
sets of 4.
Then I added a simple border
of Kona Snow and
machine quilted diagonal lines.
Bound it with a 30's repro fabric.
The backing is a piece from a flour sack
with one more of the blocks used as a label.
Then it was time to hang it out on the barbwire fence
along with the other vintage minis that have been
reconstructed over the years.
All of the quilts are made
from vintage 30's and 40's fabrics pieces.
I was asked if I had any regrets taking
apart another person's work.
I would have to say no.
I feel like I have taken pieces that
were abandoned and left undone for a reason.
Maybe I've brought these to completion, finally.
The exciting news is that
Running Man and I will be soon
gathering up our passports,
vaccination cards and heading off
on an adventure.
I can't wait!
So Until Next Time-Kyle