Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oh, No, She's Using Salad Dressing Again!*

After I swapped out the indigo and caramel baskets, I put mine all up on the design wall and admired them for a while.  Then it dawned on me that even though Judi and Mary will each be bringing me one caramel and one indigo block next week, I'm going to be heavy on indigo and short on caramel.  What to do, what to do?  Well, duh!  Make two more caramel!

This is Simple Flower Basket, the first basket block I ever made and still a favorite.  It's the block I chose for the mini-block when I made my Piecemeal-inspired block this weekend.  So that was one done, now one more would be needed.

What about that basket block that Piecemeal designed in my honor?  Surely I should give it a try.  And so I did.

Except not quite.  I replaced the simple flower basket in the base with a Cactus Pot!  The marvel of Piecemeal's "basket with mini-block" designs is that a person can put any finished-at-4 block in that base!  I'm envisioning a quilt of the same basket block with all different mini-blocks inset.  Wouldn't that be smashing? 

So here's a variation on Piecemeal's #13 with the handle pinned in place for me to hand-stitch down very, very soon.  I just couldn't wait to share!



*If you missed the original reference to salad dressing, you can find it here.

8 comments:

altar ego said...

I really like the idea of a block within a block. Cool! Smashing, too!

piecemealquilts said...

Yay for variety! I love the little cactus block you used here. I could definitely see another(!) basket quilt using all basket in a basket blocks. The possibilities are endless.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I just adore the baskets w/in baskets idea, smashing is indeed the word! You're on to something, and I don't just mean applique. ;)

LizA. said...

I really love the block inside a block.

Pat said...

Ever since that new little man Blackberry has come into your life, your creativety has been on steroids. Extremely stupendous block and design concept, oh Queen of Baskets, near Philadelphia!

Judi said...

Oh Nancy, the basket within a basket block is gorgeous - what have you started? I'm in the middle of making Piecemeal's basket and now I may have to make a few more....

Looking forward to seeing you next week!

:)
Judi

Juliann said...

Oh I love these basket blocks. I am trying to figure out what to do at my upcoming quilt retreat and I am thinking baskets are an option.

AnnieO said...

Beautiful! You are on an amazing roll with this basket business :) This reminds me of the barn quilt BOM blocks too from http://thegoldenthimble.com/clubhouse.html
The inset for the barn "hayloft door" is 4 inches.