Progress on my wonky basket quilt. It’s been a LONG time in the making – I’m thinking it’s been at least 4 years since I started it as I remember doing some of the appliqué blocks while sitting in the hospital with Mr. W nearly 4 years ago.
I started by outlining each basket. Then I did a 2nd row. Then I became obsessive and decided to draw on the Japanese Boro and Kantha stitching styles and I just kept going around and around the baskets until I reached the edges of the individual blocks. It’s very meditative – doing this type of stitching. I typically do about an hour or two of it in front of the TV each night – or until my naughty finger gets sore. My callus is developing nicely!
I’m about 2/3rds of the way through the basket section. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do in the borders….I’m of two thoughts – one doing a cross hatch about 1″ apart – the other is to outline all the motifs once more and then do trailing lines through-out the background with bees and bugs and dragonflies here and there. The second option is almost a little too cutesy for me – but I’m considering it.
This is the quilt where I’m using Finca Presencia Perle cotton 12 and the wadding/batting is a woven cotton fabric that is used in tailoring suit coats (think it was call Light Quilters wadding or something like that – I bought it at A2F in Canberra). The batting is very light weight – midweight between a muslin and a cheesecloth. It’s very easy to quilt through and will make for a nice, lightweight quilt.