Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Too Many Pictures of the Vertical Basket Quilt

Hope you're ready for a picture overload!  I am just so excited and overwhelmed at how well this quilt top finished out.  I've said it before, and I know I'll say it again, but the difference between initial inspiration and end result is often extremely hard for me to bring together.
Vertical Basket quilt top is finished!
I started out with my birthday (border) fabric, added a whole bunch of fabrics that I thought looked super sweet with it and let it set.  For a very long time. Every now and then I took the fabric out and played with it a little, taking one out and putting another back in.  What to do?  I had a vague idea of a Kaye England look and that was it.
Sometime it comes out just right in the end.
I came across a picture of this basket in one of my stacks of ripped out magazine pages and stuck that in with the fabrics, so then I was playing with the fabric and trying to imagine it working with that basket somehow.
And more detail....
One day I came across a picture of an antique quilt set in the vertical lay-out (working on a totally different quilt you understand) and it all just sorta clicked.
Even my 'off pink' block works.
But I'm slow getting started sometimes, don't want to rush anything.  The basket blocks gave me a few problems.  For a long time things looked a little iffy.  My colors not so warm and inviting like I envisioned.  The lay-out seemed maybe a little bland.  You know how it goes.  Lots of time simmering until I could be sure.
Love how it warms up in the right light.
Then finally, just attacking it and making myself decide.  And then in the end, that perfect moment of 'AHA'! The reverse applique pulling it all together in my mind anyway.  Which then pretty much made the coping/accent border decision a total non-decision!  No I did not miter the corners on the borders.  I like it like this.  It seems kind of ingenious and maybe like it doesn't even want to pretend to be an heirloom quilt.*wink

23 comments:

  1. How very beautiful your vision turned out!! Just warm and inviting and lovely!

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  2. You can never have too many photos of such a beautiful quilt!!

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  3. Totally fab. The little red/pink diamonds lift the brown and make it twinkle. Definitely like the idea of no mitres!!

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  4. Wonderful quilt! I agree that sometimes a quilt needs to tumble around in the back of your mind for a while until all the parts come together. I dithered on a challenge quilt idea for six months, then the weekend before the deadline, it all came together, and I love how it turned out. Love the borders too!

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  5. I love that you’re in love with this quilt and that you were able to translate the vision into your head into such a lovely piece.
    I think it was well worth taking your time with and letting it roll around in your mind . It’s beautiful!

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  6. I couldn't figure out what you meant by reverse applique and then suddenly I realized what you had done, so clever? Beautiful quilt!

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  7. I have been waiting to see the finished quilt. Love it, love it! I have followed you along the path of creativity and the end product was well worth the thought you put into it.

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  8. "AHA" indeed! This basket quilt is gorgeous Audrey! I don't see any "off pinks"... the fabric designs and colors really compliment each other, the sashings, and the border! I also like the pop of blue in the 3rd row, second from the top basket block. A true beauty!

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  9. It looks great, Audrey! The reverse applique really sets it apart, and I am glad you decided against the inner border. ;)

    It will be perfect for your hand quilting!

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  10. What a beauty! I'm not sure I'd give that border fabric a second look in the store but I love how it looks in your quilt. Can't wait to see it quilted!

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  11. It has become a beautiful quilt top, it just all comes together perfectly. I admire your design skills & AHA moment!

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  12. It looks absolutely awesome! love your complimentary fabric I would be very excited too...!!Bravo!!

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  13. its beautiful, I love basket quilts and I really love your solution to the border fabric
    really makes the quilt special....
    Kathie who could keep seeing pictures of this quilt its a beauty!

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  14. Really Beautiful!!
    Many basket are so cute!
    Have a happy time. :))

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  15. Beautiful - reverse applique diamonds look like jewels!

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  16. I love to read about the journey....the process. You put so much thought into your quilts. And it shows!! Very inspiring!

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  17. Every decision along the way has led to the most wonderful top. Congratulations on finishing!! The red diamonds really sparkle.

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  18. Awesome! Love everything that you did with this top!

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  19. Gorgeous baskets and wonderful use of the border fabric with the reversal appliqué.

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  20. Yea! Beautiful!!! Sometimes the design process is a great struggle, but so worth it!

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  21. Congratulations on finishing another beautiful top. Thanks for charing photos of it. Have looked at them lots. Those little diamonds you put in makes the quilt sparkel. Love it.

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