Monday, March 19, 2018

It's an Easter Picnic

We are having the longest winter known to mankind, or at least it feels that way to me.  When March rolls around I'm ready to be enjoying some sunshine and walking outside, even if I have to wear a jacket.  Well this March has been as cold as February and I'm still wearing my winter coat when I venture out.  Since Spring has not sprung at my house I decided to bring some spring to my sewing room.

First off, the search for spring fabric.


These fat quarters are leftovers from previous projects that I saved. I store leftovers by color.

Then I googled basket quilts, because I was feeling the need for an Easter basket quilt.  It 's hard to choose just one basket quilt pattern, there are a lot of great ones.  I thought Carrie Nelson's Picnic pattern would look great in my spring colors.



I even had this pattern on hand which made the whole process even easier.  Carrie's Picnic quilt finishes at 34" x 34", I decided I needed a bigger quilt so I made everything just a wee bit larger.
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I made the basket blocks 2 inches bigger than the pattern.  And I made them one at a time, which isn't the most efficient way to piece but it was fun selecting two fabrics for each basket, then watching them grow one by one on my design wall.  




This is Lifetime Quilt Number 223
I've named it Easter Basket
The pattern is Picnic by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co
It finished at 48" x 48"
It has approximately 461 pieces.  

I enjoyed every minute spent piecing this quilt top, it was easy,  practically went together overnight, and the happy colors improved my mood, considerably.  And the best part, I have a cute little basket quilt to hang up each year around Easter, regardless of the weather.

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11 comments:

  1. This quilt is a nice dose of Spring, which really should be showing up soon. (I keep telling myself this hoping to make it true.) Enjoy your Easter baskets.

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  2. so pretty! love your color choices :)

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  3. Very nice, Thelma. Our snow and winter is still hanging around up here, too. Some melting temperatures and warm sunshine would be nice!

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  4. Cute as a button Thelma. I like to make a cheerful sunny springlike quilt in the dead of Winter as well. Good for the outlook. TX winters used to last way too long for me after moving from CA to TX. Don't have that struggle quite so much these days, but I have a string of springy quilts to show for the years where Winter seemed to go on forever. Stephani in N. TX (Tomazec@aol.com)

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  5. Even in SCal winter is hanging on and in temperature wise even if not enough rain! Such a cute project! Thanks for sharing it!

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  6. So cute love how this quilt turned out!

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  7. Another beauty - and another one to put on my most favorite quilts of yours! We're enjoying spring here. Azaleas are in full bloom and gorgeous! Of course, the oak trees are pollinating now, and there is a carpet of orange in my driveway and in the yard ... achoo!

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  8. Sweet quilt, and the colours remind me of spring and make me smile

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  9. Totally delicious easter baskets!
    Happy 1st day of spring!

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  10. Love this! Just what I needed ... Spring has sprung!!
    I think I'd do the larger size too. Do you have suggestions, or know of a tutorial (easy) that would help me to know how to enlarge this quilt like you did?
    joan

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  11. Joan, send me your email address and I can give you the details. Thanks!

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