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.
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.