|8" baskets with handles prepped|
|Baskets finished & on the wall|
|Where everything starts out...|
And last but not least, since I'm on this Use-It-Up-And-Be-Frugal kick.... I dug through my orphan blocks to see if there was anything to jump start a new project. I just love to rescue cast-offs and discards! There was a large applique block that I had abandoned for some strange reason, quite a few small hst's in lovely homespuns my sister had dumped on me years ago, and a stack of larger hst's leftover from a border issue on one of my previous quilts. Yes! And they all look like they could play very nicely together. You can see where I have already started picking and choosing fabrics to introduce into the new project using the applique block as the base.
Obviously, the project starts out with basket blocks. One of my baskets has extra piecing in the background fabric because I didn't have enough of that fabric to cut the rectangle properly. That is the way I intend to approach this entire quilt. Hopefully it will end up with an old fashioned 'make-do' charm that doesn't look all contrived and fake!