Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Done Pick'n . . . . .

Here's my version of Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles' pattern, Door County Cherry Baskets, from their book, Summer Gatherings.

I made mine a little smaller, 8 by 8 blocks instead of the 9 by 10 blocks in the pattern.

It finishes at around 90 inches square, has approximately 2,069 pieces, and is Lifetime Quilt Number 75.

To make sure I kept that perfect block placement I numbered each block with a post it and did not remove the post it until the row was connected. I left the row number on the first block in each row. I think it looks like I managed to get them all together just like I wanted and most importantly, no like reds are touching.





The whole time I was making my baskets I was fretting over the border. That plain red border did not appeal to me at all. But once I got all my baskets together I realized they needed that red fabric to frame them. I'm glad I followed the pattern. The red I used for the border is from the Cotton Club line by Bonnie Blue Quilts for Marcus Brothers Fabrics and is called Red Bubble Dots.

Just for grins I made one little change to one little basket,

I thought it would be fun if it looked like I picked all the cherries there were, and put only 3 in my last basket instead of the 5 in all the other baskets. You know me, I just have to be different somehow!

A big thanks from Cooper for all the birthday wishes. Someone pointed out he's now of legal age, legal age to do what I'm not sure, he's yet to ask for a cold brew........

Thanks for stopping by,
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35 comments:

  1. It's absolutely beautiful Thelma! Love the surprise basket!

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  2. I'm thinking I really need to make a quilt with a lot of red in it...your's is absolutely beautiful! :)

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  3. It is a really beautiful quilt, Thelma. I'mglad you personalized it.

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  4. Love your quilt and the suprise basket makes it yours and yours alone. Way to go.

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  5. Amazing! You're so clever with your little variation!

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  6. love the different basket gives me an idea i can tell people that i wanted to do that if i make an error next time
    also i have a question about binding do you hand sew or machine if machine i would like to know how you do it i have seen many ways not sure how i prefer thanks diana young

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  7. Thelma, Your quilt turned out absolutely gorgeous and I love the idea of leaving the last basket with just three cherries. I have to tell you what it made me think of. Back during my 'growin up years', we had apple, cherry and pear trees, lots of them, and it was a family chore to get the fruit picked and out to our little roadside fruit stand every day when each of the fruits was ready. (Back in the 50s) Of all the fruit, I loved picking the cherries the most. Since I was the smallest, I could climb way up into the top of the trees. Up there, I would often eat more than I picked, thinking I was sly, of course the evidence was all over my face and clothes and I often lowered the bucket with just a few cherries in it. We had so much fun. I can still hear my dad calling up to me "Jodie, don't be eating more of those cherries than your picking, you know what will happen." Well, he was right, but every year there was at least one day when I had to stay very close to the bathroom. (I can't say they didn't warn me...over and over again, LOL)...Good Times.
    See, it was that last little basket with fewer cherries in it that made me think of that! Great idea. Hugs...

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  8. I LOVE IT!!!!! Doesn't get much better than red and baskets. It is really wonderful.

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! And you are so creative! I love the last basket.

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  10. It's a gorgeous quilt - love the way it turned out and the small black inner border really sets it off. Congrats and Happy Birthday to Cooper, what a cutie!

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  11. It's gorgeous! I like how you made the black sashing from different fabrics...really keeps the eye roving around the quilt. Love it! I need to buy more reds!

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  12. Fantastic! I like the scrappy inner border (good way to use up the leftovers and perfect look for the quilt) and the wide outer border is the perfect canvas for some impressive quilting.

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  13. Wow, it sure did finish up gorgeously!

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  14. Thelma! It's so beautiful..it just blows me away :) Just when I think I have a favorite you go and make a better one!

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  15. The quilt is gorgeous! and that last little basket is endearing.

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  16. Absolutely Gorgeous Thelma ! A true labor of love :-D

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  17. What an achievement & I adore the little tweaking of the corner block! It is so fun to do something like that, isn't it? The red border is perfect!

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  18. Heart stopping quilt! Absolutely a beauty!!

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  19. Gorgeous!! I adore this quilt :) I love the basket you changed ... cute!

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  20. I can't quite believe you've finished the top already! It looks wonderful and I love the black and red borders and the almost full final basket!

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  21. Absolutely stunning. I guess I need to buy this book. Thelma, please don't ever stop quilting or blogging. You inspire me to the max.

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  22. Stunning, Thelma! Let me know when ( I'm being optimistic) you order your Stars for a new day pattern and maybe that will get me started on mine!

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  23. Amazing, I love the surprise basket.

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  24. Beautiful, Thelma. Love the surprise basket.

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  25. That is so gorgeous, and I love the little twist you added! :o)

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  26. Wow - such a beautiful quilt! I love seeing it all put together!

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  27. Thelma that is one gorgeous quilt!

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  28. WOW! What a beautiful quilt! Your sense of color and your workmanship is to be admired.

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  29. just really love your version of the quilt and the special little basket ;)
    I love doing things like this too, just keeps the quilt interesting! I know when I look at antique quilts I always wonder what was she thinking! So I think it will be fun and hope someday people will wonder what was she thinking, wonder why she did that!
    your selection of reds are wonderful!!!! I need more reds :)
    great quilt, congrats on another great finish
    Kathie

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  30. What a gorgeous quilt! Love your fabric selections! After looking at your quilt I got my book out and started dreaming of making it. You are such an inspiration.

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  31. Stunning Thelma!!! It's one of my favorite PG pattern of all time!!! Your version is nothing short of spectacular. I love the wide red border!!! It'll make the quilting pop and create a perfect frame for all the baskets!!!! I love your missing cherries basket. Looks like I was around to sneak a few. LOL! My family always gets after me for taking a bite! :-)

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