Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Day Flower Baskets


You've probably seen this stunning quilt from the Chicago Quilt Show on other blogs.  I took close-ups of the baskets (two baskets per picture).  I'm going to post these pictures in order (one basket set each post) starting in the upper right corner.  I've seen some comments on reproducing this quilt, so I thought the basket detail might be useful.  So, here's the first installment.  Happy May Day!


The Lightning quilt is ready for assembly.  I've hit a dilemma.  I added two rows to make the quilt 82" square (as pictured below).   I'm now thinking of adding only one row so lengthwise borders are symmetrical - width approximately 75".  The book quilt has asymmetrical side borders - one edge pieced pyramids, one edge solid pyramids.  Decisions, decisions!

 

19 comments:

Jan said...

I think you would be happier with the top being symmetrical; I know you!

Taryn said...

Jan's comment made me chuckle. I've tried reproducing old quilts that were quirky and asymetrical but just could not make myself do it. I have one in mind particularly and my borders are symetrical; the original quilt's are not. Good luck deciding.

Lori said...

Your dilemma is personal preference for sure. I'm sure it will be wonderful either way.

Quilts and Cats said...

I think I would make it symetrical, but I'm a bit obsessive compulsive and the right side would just drive me crazy! Great job. Lynne

Erica Spinks said...

Lovely antique quilt - who made it? It would be respectful if you could provide credit to the maker if you know it.

Vicki said...

Maker unknown.

Karen said...

The basket appliques are wonderful. I am looking forward to seeing more.

Janet said...

The antique is wonderful, I've admired it in books and it's so thoughtful to provide the basket photos. They are glorious. I love your zigzag quilt! I don't mind either way with the borders but I guess you'll choose the one that feels comfortable to you.

susi said...

thanks for sharing the basket pictures,mine are already finished,but there are others who want to make this quilt,i know.am i right,that it is not quilted has no batting and no back?happy sunday,susi

Nyla said...

Thanks for putting up photos of the basket blocks. So much better to see them a little closer. I'll be looking forward to seeing the rest. I have at times forced myself to do something like what I think an old quilt would have been instead of what I would naturally do and long term I haven't liked them as well. By now your've probably already made this decision so I hope it turned out just as you would like. Happy stitches!

Vicki said...

I don't see any evidence of quilting in any of my pictures. Has this quilt been published? If so, where? I read thru Suzi's blog, but didn't find reference to where she found it.

libbyquilter said...

love the lightening quilt and i can relate to your quandary . . . i really like the quirkiness of some of the antique quilts that i've seen but often don't have the courage to include the same elements within my own pieces. just last night i was admiring a quilt that only had a border on three sides . . .

i'm currently working on a doll quilt that uses a couple of half blocks and although it's one of my favorite things to see in a quilt, this is the first time i will have actually done it.

:-)
libbyQ

Michele said...

always go for the quirky choice! much more memorable, in my opinion. it looks awesome!

YankeeQuilter said...

Thanks for the photos of the baskets...love that quilt!

Barb said...

That basket quilt is incredible - I love it! thanks for the close up.
Your lightening quilt is great. I think either way it will look great, depends how you will feel each time you look at.

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Vivian said...

Love that lightning top -- great way to use up scrap triangle squares. I agree with Lori -- whatever border style you prefer is what will make it perfect for you. You only have to replicate the original exactly IF that was your intention going in. Make it the way you'll most enjoy it.

gail said...

I am making this same quilt. I guess we have the same old book. I started making it just like the instructions in the book give and my smart alec husband comes in and tells me a much easier way of doing it. I had to admit he was right. I will let you know how it goes. Your quilt looks great. I think I will had another row to make the top wider.

Sally Bramald said...

I found your previous posts, thank you for putting up so many fabulous photos of this quilt.