Last night I scattered paper patterns out of the way, laid the fabric basket in place, and snapped this photo knowing I would do some slow stitching today.
When I applique I usually turn the edges under and pin them but this time I tried something different. I used a running stitch to hold the folded edges in place. It worked well except where I turned the edge in too much or too little. But it was easy to adjust and I didn't miss trying to keep the thread from tangling in the pins.
I left the top of the basket and both sides of the handle unstitched because I'll be adding stems behind the handle.
The background for this basket is about 21" x 25". It's much bigger than any applique I've ever done. I hope it's still lays flat after I've appliqued all the pieces. (I feel so brave even attempting this challenge.)
This basket is the center for my Gwen-inspired basket medallion quilt. I don't suppose this looks like it was inspired by Gwen which is because it really wasn't. I had this in mind before the medallion quilt-along was announced. I anticipate the subsequent borders will give me plenty of opportunities to hone some new improv and liberated quilt-making skills.
I'm linking this post to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.