Thursday, April 25, 2019

Baskets Month by Month

We love scrap quilts and sampler quilts ! Here is a lovely sampler quilt, with a different colorful basket for each month of the year.  Closeup photos of the May, June and July blocks are shown below.

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Baskets Month by Month by Jo Ann Kilgroe, quilted by Jessica Jones Gamez

Jo Ann Kilgroe writes, "The appliqued and foundation pieced blocks were adapted from a 2003 Quiltmaker magazine. Made totally from batik scraps.The setting was my original design."  (The patterns were featured as a series in Quiltmaker Magazine 2003.)
The wonderful border of nine-patch blocks, set on point and framed with half-square triangles, certainly adds to the joyous, lively look of JoAnn's quilt.

May block

This May basket has beautiful log cabin-style piecing, with delightful flowers.
One of the challenges of scrap quilts is to create a unified work without making it look too chopped up or disorganized. Jo Ann has done a terrific job of combining the scraps in color groups, so the blocks appear to be very cohesive units.

June block

This little bluebird gives the June basket lots of cheerful energy ! Notice how the entire basket is outlined in fabrics of the same periwinkle blue shade so that the viewer can easily perceive the entire motif. 

July block

What could be more appropriate for a patriotic holiday than vibrantly colored star-shaped flowers? Again, we appreciate how the same shade of batik was carried through to the flag in the center of the basket, giving an orderly look to the entire block. The "secret to success" in scrap quilts may be to organize like-colored fabrics in small sections that can be seen one at a time.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Quilt Arizona show.

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