As usual, I'm behind with my Basket of Plenty for July/early August. There was rain -- days and days of rain. Some days were so dark we needed lights on inside. Artificial light makes it hard to see and choose colors. And then we had family in and out of town for three weeks. Interaction with family is definitely a higher priority than choosing fabric and appliqueing a quilt block.
I chose the fabric for the basket (which, in real life, tends a little more to teal than in this photo) and cut and stitched the bottom half before the rain. The bird is basted but nothing else is definite in this block. I hope I can choose fabric for flowers before we have rain again tomorrow and then I can play with placement.
These are the pattern pieces for this block. The leaves and several flower shapes are obvious but some of the pattern pieces can be combined to make six or eight different flowers.
You probably can't see it well (unless you click on the above photo to enlarge it) but along the side of the paper with the bird I've penciled in a few possible arrangements of the pattern pieces to create different flowers. Decisions, decisions.
This quilt-along has been a fun and interesting challenge. There's so much variety from block to block and I don't want to use the same fabrics for each block as I might for more traditional pieced blocks. Baskets and flowers just want variety. And yet not knowing what the blocks will look like in advance makes it hard to plan what the whole quilt might look like. But it's fun to play. With all the options for variety in the pattern pieces I suppose there are enough to make dozens and dozens of basket blocks.
There's just one more block in this quilt-along after this one so I guess we'll be finished with the applique blocks by mid-September. I don't know if Cheri will suggest a layout or not.
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