Thursday, June 30, 2022

Cherry Baskets

Cherry Basket
15 inch block


The end of the month came and I blogged "And since I only moved forward 3 of the 4 basket UFOs I don't get my planned reward - start another basket quilt I have had my eye on. "

Well, the basket block I had my eye on is called Cherry Basket and I wanted to make it with what else but cheery cherry fabrics. 



Then this month I received a box of scraps from a friend and what happened to be in there? A couple of small pieces of cherry fabrics -- just enough for basket blocks I had my eye on. So I thought that was a sign that my Cherry Baskets were meant to be.  But there was still that little problem with appliqued basket handles made of bias strips. I'm not good at making little pieces of bias (or big pieces for that matter). Then I remembered I had a lot of rick rack I picked up at thrift stores or bought on sale over the years. So, the baskets will have rick rack handles. I sewed the rick rack down by hand with herringbone stitch. 

I'm hoping I have enough of those two different red solids for backgrounds for 18 baskets I will set on point. If not I'll figure something out. No sense worrying about it now. 

I decided on the large 15 inch block so that the cherries in the fabrics did not get cut too small and could still be recognized as cherries. 

The block instructions came from Ladies' Art Company Block Tool. 

And sew it goes...

 

11 comments:

Beth in NH said...

I love the herringbone on the rick rack! Especially the white on the red. Love it.

Linda said...

What a fabulous block - I can understand why you were tempted to try some out. The ricrac is a perfect solution for the handles and your herringbone stitch is great.

Unknown said...

These are lovely! The way you’re doing the handles is great!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I like the rick rack as a handle better than the appliqued version.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Cherry fabrics in the mail were a sure sign, Cathy, and the rick rack handles were a brilliant solution!

Pamela Dempsey said...

Those are beautiful 😻

Laura said...

Love these! Genius to use rick rack! :)

Ann said...

Red on red with rickrack. Beautiful. If you run out of these reds, just introduce more. Never too many.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Super cute handles!!!
and of course - the fabric gets to help you decide what to do ;-)

gayle said...

And now I'm craving cherry pie for some reason...

Grams Jean said...

Years ago, while still much to learn, I did some basket blocks with the bias fabric handles. I only used one fabric for all the handles! And they didn't all stop before the edge of the baskets, that I made in 1930s reprints. So, yo-yo flowers got tacked on to cover my mistakes.