Monday, April 27, 2009

Spring Baskets

Here we are well into Spring and I just remembered my Spring Baskets wall hanging. Last Spring I went through all my quilting books and found many wonderful baskets. I decided on Pat Sloan's basket pattern for my wall hanging. This is also the first time I used fusible web. I must say, I much prefer the softer look of needle-turn applique. The hand stitching around the baskets was done with Aurifil Wool thread.
This cute little basket is from a Better Homes and Gardens book called, Designers & Their Quilts. I reduced the basket size to 3.5" high. My sister recently gave me a charm pack called Hopscotch by Chloe's Closet and I thought it would be perfect for my little baskets. I like to prewash all my fabric. Yes, even charm packs! All the prep work is done and my baskets are ready for stitching.
Before you go, how about a little stroll through the Spring garden.

Checkered Lily (Fritillaria)

Corkscrew Hazel

Siberian Squill

Victorian Brooch Pulmonaria (Lungwort)

Until next week.....happy quilting!



Karen said...

I don't quilt, but I do see pretty! The colors are really beautiful and I love the whimsy of the stitched daisy! I'm also amazed by the detail of the bee...beautiful photographs!

Catherine said...

I love your spring baskets! And the photographs of the flowers are fabulous!

Stina said...

Love your Spring baskets... really cute ones..and lovely colours!!! :o)

Fiesta said...

Karen I love your basket wll hanging and your tiny baskets are just adorable.
Of course, your plants are a delight.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Spring the embroidery flower touch!!

Jackie said...

I love the little baskets, very sweet. Like you, I am also a pre-washer of fabrics. That way everything is ready to go! Thanks for the photos of the garden. My favorite is the Checkered Lily. I have never seen one of those before. It is so unusual.

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi Karen,
Such adorable baskets. I pre-wash everything too. Once I started that, I can't break the habit. Beautiful flowers...thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

What a darling little wallhanging! And will look forward to your new little baskets. I envy you your lovely flowers - I miss having a garden to go out and check this time of year and to get ready for summer. I adored perrenials and have tried most of them over the years. Maybe I will post some "Bygone Gardens" later on. I still have my container gardening and am so happy I can still do that!
Thanks for a peek at your garden through your lovely pictures!

Yvette said...

Who knew you could pre-wash a charm pack? Not me!

I really love your baskets.

Sherri said...

I absolutely love your wall hanging! Your spring baskets are all gorgeous!

Carrie P. said...

Lovely wallhanging. Thanks for sharing your beautiful spring pictures. Love the lily and the bee.

Kaaren said...

Your Spring baskets are lovely as are the photos of your flowers. Thanks for sharing.

Ruth's Place said...

The Spring baskets are really cute!

I love your lily, I've never seen one like that before.

YankeeQuilter said...

That basket wall-hanging is wonderful! And that Lily is wild! Great photos.

Robin said...

Your spring baskets are lovely! I'm with you... I definitely prefer the look of needleturn applique. But sometimes, you just can't beat the instant gratification that a fusible can offer. :)

Beautiful photos. Sigh... I wish I had a green thumb!

kymber said...

Hi Karen,
You are so inspiring! I love to read about all of the beautiful things that you make. I get so many great ideas from you!

Your flowers are lovely. It is so nice to see color again after a long dark winter. Don't you just love the Spring?


Janet said...

Those flowers would inspire a multitude of baskets. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love your spring baskets. I love doing this on dish towels. Its a fun fast and easy gift.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I always love reading your!