I'm so enjoying the slow cloth piecing of Baskets of Bill. Here are the two recent blocks that I've made, both from Piecemeal Quilts site. Sandi is new to me, but I'm enchanted by her creative baskets, and plan to make all of them -- she has two left to post in her series.
She goes about basket making in a different way than I'm used to. For one thing, she has me cut pieces bigger than necessary, making HSTs that finish at about 3" and then trim to 2.5. Uses a bit more fabric, that's for sure, and at first I wasn't sure I liked that. Then I realized that my HSTs are perfect when made this way. Perfect. Something I've not achieved by other methods.
Her directions are very clear, and would be even clearer if a person had the use of a color printer! And, of course, the process is complicated by the fact that her fabrics are pink, red, yellow, blue, green; mine are peach, brown, cream, red, blue, etc. Even so, the bottom block looks different to me than it does on the direction sheet. I still love it.
I continue to press seams open instead of to the darker side. It has made all the difference. I've learned to write the correct-for-me colors on the directions sheets. And to take my time. One of Sandi's blocks that I made took nearly three hours from start to finish. And it is perfect. I'm delighted with it, with them, with Sandi's process.
Here are the two new blocks along with the first five that I made. Four or five of the seven are from Piecemeal Quilts and the others from other sources.
You can, of course, see them all more clearly by clicking on the photos to enlarge.
So many people have written to say that they, too, tend to fall back on basket blocks. There's just something to satisfying about them. Especially these that Sandi has designed.