After more than three months of being ignored, my Charm Baskets blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge became the primary project in my sewing room for the past couple of weeks. I made 60 more blocks in orange, light blue and light/bright green, bringing my total number of blocks to 227. Once all the blocks were made, I jumped right into joining them together, and now I have a completed quilt top!
Charm Baskets, 52.75" x 69"
I was amazed at how quickly this top came together once all the blocks were made. I knew that I wanted the blocks arranged in a rainbow gradation, but not in straight horizontal or vertical lines of color. I had a total of 227 blocks and needed 215 of them for this arrangement (13 columns x 16 or 17 baskets per column.) I started at the lower left corner with the purple blocks, keeping the darkest ones at the outer edges. I added the blues next and kept working my way up and toward the right. After less than an hour, this was the initial layout on my design wall. It's a shadowy photo and not very straight, but you can get the idea.
There was very little rearranging of blocks the next morning, mostly in the upper right corner. After that, it was time to cut some background rectangles for the offset columns, then I started sewing everything together. The basket blocks were stitched into vertical columns, then the columns were joined together. I did lots of pinning on those columns to keep everything lined up.
True confessions time--I've nearly really cared for basket quilts before! At least, that was true until I saw the Charm Basket pattern by Edyta Sitar at Laundry Basket Quilts. Those little 4" blocks in a wash of color were just irresistible!
I made my first sample basket blocks in October, 2021, then continued making them in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month throughout 2022. The last basket blocks were made on October 29, 2022, and the quilt top was finished on November 2nd. I had so much fun making these blocks all year, and I'm very pleased with the result!
Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Peacock Party at Wendy's Quilts and More
Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy
Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at Inquiring Quilter
Happy quilting everyone!
Julie in GA
No, you are not a basket case. No, there is no such thing as "too many basket" especially when they are this cute. This will such a joyful quilt!!!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness; the most beautiful quilt I"ve seen in the rainbow challenge!ReplyDelete
LOVE it, Julie!!!ReplyDelete
Another beautiful RSC quilt. You got the color wash just right.ReplyDelete
Gasp! So beautiful!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
This quilt is spectacular! I love the little baskets and the way that you arranged the colors. Great job!ReplyDelete
It is a gorgeous RSC quilt top, Julie. love the way you arranged the colors.ReplyDelete
Your basket quilt top is glorious! I loooove the colorwash effect you’ve sewn! You are amazing, Julie!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous basket quilt! I love the colorwash effect, and what a great idea to make it an RSC project. Congratulations on the finish!ReplyDelete
I like how you placed all your color I was thinking of trying something like that on one I am currently working onReplyDelete
Julie, this is just beautiful! I love the layout you arrived at. So glad you decided to give these basket blocks a try!ReplyDelete
All those tiny little baskets! You've done a wonderful job indeed, congratulations.ReplyDelete
what a lovely quilt top - I like the way you've put the colours, very pretty!ReplyDelete
This is a beautiful rainbow of baskets. Your layout of colors really makes it shine.ReplyDelete
Congrats on that top finish! It turned out so well and the color wash of the tiny baskets is adorable.ReplyDelete
Oh! My! Stars!!! ( okay I should say baskets!!) that is such a beautiful quilt!! I love the color graduations!! I've not really been a fan before either - but your quilt pushed me to the love side!!! (ps - thanks for linking to Finished (or not) Friday!ReplyDelete
Wow! This is a lovely quilt! The arrangement of your rainbow blocks is perfect! The little baskets are so pretty!ReplyDelete
Wow, this is such a beauty! Isn't it wonderful when a layout just flows like that!ReplyDelete
This basket quilt is simply adorable! No wonder you couldn't resist. I'm not into baskets either but this one is special. Thank you for sharing it on Wednesday Wait Loss, my weekly linkup and show and tell.ReplyDelete
Pretty baskets and a great way to participate in RSCReplyDelete
I've always loved basket blocks, and yours is no exception. Any size, any shape, I love basket quilts. This is such a great pattern for the color project all year.ReplyDelete