Monday, September 21, 2015

Vintage Makeover

Top of the week, top of the morn!   It's so nice to be back home and in my happy place.  While I was away there was a little time for wandering around the internet.  In my meandering I stumbled upon this unique block called Colonial Baskets.  The basket base made with dresden blades is adorable.   The basket handle is a little too pointy for my taste.  Let's see if I can rework this block and make it my own.

So in my quilty brain archives I know that a charm square(5" square) can yield 3 dresden blades 5 inches long. You can find a tutorial on how this is done here. Well did you know that one charm can also make 4 smaller blades?

Here's how it's done.  Pretty simple, huh?  

Now just stitch them together in groups of five.  I added a few extra pieces from my scrap box so I would have enough arcs to make a matching pillow or wall hanging.

The block below is my first reworked block idea.  I like the design but I've not committed to the basket and handle fabric.  As you can see by my poor drawing, I'd like to add a flower and some leaves.  Well.... that is IF I can find the right fabrics in my stash.  Of course the handle could be made from ricrac and the flowers from gingham.   So many ideas to play around with before actually making the block.  Oh the block name?  
Bumpkin Baskets!

~ Lea Anne ~
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  1. OMGosh! Such a darling idea! You are inspiring! Can't wait to see the block completed!

  2. This is adorable. Very creative. Thanks for sharing. Janita

  3. I'm glad you are home for a bit. Enjoy your time in your happy place. Love your basket idea!!

  4. Such spectacular spring fabric colors you have chosen and adding rick rack for the handle is a brilliant I had not considered and definitely will. How is your mother and how are you holding up? I will continue to keep both of you in my prayers! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

  5. Very cute, Lea Anne. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  6. Do you realize how smart you are? I could never figure out that stuff, so I am glad you do it for us!

  7. I really like how the Bumpkin Baskets look!

  8. Clever girl! I like the idea of a ric-rac handle....that would look really pretty.
    Cath from Bits 'n Bobs
    ps..thanks for your link to the sycamore SAL....I bought the centre block today and intend to make the Longmeadow quilt.

  9. Love your take on those baskets. It's going to be a very cute quilt.


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