When I participated in Cindy Needham's retreat at Richardson Springs, my name was drawn to pick a prize! I was delighted with the stack of 1900 reproduction fabrics in 4 inch squares. Here is what I came up with. I used a pattern from Tonye Belinda Phillips
Her book Hand-Appliqued Quilts is really a beauty! So much fun to look at and very easy to understand the techniques. The pattern that I was particularly drawn to is called Dozens of Baskets.
I fused the handle pattern to shirt tailor interfacing which is nice and pliable. Then I cut them out and sewed them to the light side of the half square triangle which is a beautiful fabric called Moda's Essentials. If you haven't tried shirt tailor to add substance to your machine applique, I highly suggest you give it a try. It is made by Pellon and can be found at JoAnn's.
I sewed the whole thing together, trimmed the corners and had my 36 baskets. I used a zig zag stitch and used Superior Threads Nature Colors for the top and Bottom Line for the bobbin which worked beautifully in Miss Bee Bernina.
I just love Miss Bee's sweet little hum as I stitched along. She is easy going and not one bit tempermental. I think I have found the perfect machine for me! Thank goodness!
I am happy with the basket blocks but I am still choosing border fabrics from the pile below.
I truly love cinnamon pink and browns. They are lovely and timeless as proven by fabric designs over 100 years old! When I get it done, I'll post it asap! I hear there's rain coming this weekend!! Hallelujah!