Good Morning Quilters! The May Day Baskets blocks are almost finished. There are 32 blocks, but I am only using 30 to set the blocks 5 across and 6 down. This week I finished my 29th block:
When I get the last block finished, I have to decide how to combine them to make a quilt top. Here are two examples, one from the Successful Farming Magazine, November, 1932, of the original offering of the patterns, with green setting blocks. Next to the magazine photo is a copy of the only internet version I could find of a similar quilt, with orange setting blocks. They both have the same outside border that looks like a ruffle, but is not. The set of patterns I am using were copies from the ones offered in 1932, and were published in the 1980s in a quilter magazine. I know I will set the blocks on point, and I do like the peaceful medium green that is seen so often in 1930s quilts. I’d be interested in hearing what your ideas are for this quilt.
The last basket block I am making had a bird in the basket! I left the bird out and substituted more flowers in place of the bird. I don’t think the 1932 version had only one basket with a bird, but I could be wrong. Anyway, my version will be all flower baskets with no birds. See 1980s pattern for this block:
My version of my last block that will be this week’s hand work:
It sure will be exciting to get this last block finished! What are you starting - or finishing this week? It is so nice to look at all of your blogs and see your beautiful work. Thanks so much for being part of Design Wall Mondays. I am looking forward to sitting down with a cup of coffee and reading about your projects.
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The flower baskets are so lovely! this is going to be such a beautiful quilt. I like the Dresden plate border and think it would be lovely with your quilt, gives it more of a 30's vibe. Happy stitching!
It has to feel both good and sad to be working on that last embroideried block. I'm always excited to finish a project, but with some of them I get sad too. Not with all projects, there are some I can't wait to finish and never look back! I'm a big fan of the blues and yellows used in those 1930's quilts, but the green will work too. Happy stitching this week.
Such a pretty block!!! and a lot of work!
there seems to be some problem with my picture and the one before me
Your embroidery is very pretty!
Yea for almost being done. I like the setting you have shown but being somewhat lazy -- do you really want a curved border that you might have a heck of time binding? (See, I really am lazy -- I'd never make the pretty baskets or do a border that would complicate my life!)
wonderful colors in block 29. I suspect the pieced scallop edge on the original would be a challenge to bind; an alternative to deal with it would be to applique it on a solid border. Your on point setting sounds wonderful!
Another gorgeous block with lovely embroidery from your clever hands. Wow, you are nearly done! Oh, that dresden plate border is scrummy.
Your embroidery looks terrific. I like that 30's green too. I will look forward to seeing all the blocks laid out together, how pretty that will be!
Wow, so much embroidery work. It's going to be a beautiful quilt.
I prefer orange to green, in general. But in this case, I believe that green setting squares will provide the perfect contrast to your delicately embroidered blocks.
Hi Judy, how exciting to get near the end of such a long project! I really like the on-point setting. It's going to highlight the embroidery well. Take care.
September of last year I wanted to join Humble Quilts fall quilt along but was hurting so much waiting for hip surgery replacement, that I was only able to pick out the fabrics from my stash. Earlier this year I finally had the surgery and began cutting the fabrics. I now have the little quilt top done, hand quilted, and in need of trimming for the binding. That will go slow as well, due to aging hands. Love your old looking project, that is what I like to do too, recreate heirlooms I never got.
Your lovely baskets are still progressing. Lovely as ever!
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