Red and White Basketweave Quilt

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Quilting is one of the main reasons I started sewing two years ago. I have always been intrigued with the craft, and love its accessibility as an art form. When I was younger, I really wanted to do well in painting or drawing, and while I felt like I had pretty good ideas, I could never execute these ideas well on paper. Sewing quilts, however, really appeals to me because I can create art with beautiful colored fabrics and a sewing machine. And its not very hard to do at all!! I find that sewing a quilt is a nice break from sewing garments, because with a quilt you basically sew the same thing over and over again – its all very therapeutic. :)

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This is my second quilt from Denyse Schmidt’s book, “Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration“. My first one was this Whole Cloth quilt (featured in my first post), which I made start to finish last summer.

This red and white quilt is based on Denyse’s Basketweave pattern. I really love this book because each pattern is introduced with a short history of the design. Here’s what she writes about Basketweave:

“Sometimes called Rail Fence or Roman Stripe, Basketweave seems to more aptly describe this arrangement of blocks, as it visually resembles the weave of a reed or wicker basket. My Basketweave is based on a quilt made by Louisa Thomas Bunten, circa 1875, in West Virginia. Louisa fashioned the quilt from her husband’s American Civil War uniforms (West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers: Echos From the Hills). … Efficiently made and not so precious, this simple, graphic pattern is beautiful, fast to make, and easy to customize with scraps.”

This time around I decided to send the quilt top to a long-arm quilter , and I can’t tell you how happy I am with the results!! While I don’t mind wrangling a quilt top through my machine – the basting, quilting, and binding do take a lot of work and sweat equity that I just can’t handle in this west Texas heat!! Besides, my favorite parts of a making quilt are picking the colors and seeing the design come together, so it’s worth it for me to pay someone else to do the dirty work. It’s also pretty magical to pack up all the pieces (quilt top, batting, backing, binding and label) and ship it off, only to receive it back in the mail in a couple of weeks later in its complete form. :)

Here are some more detailed shots of the quilting:

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And – just like with my last quilt – I made a quick label for the back out of some leftover muslin. I included the city this time, as well as my initials and year the quilt was made. Since Jose and I move so much, I figure its a good idea to include the place where the quilt was made. It took a lot less time that I thought it would – I simply printed the design from my computer, then traced it on a piece of muslin and embroidered over the traced letters.

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I was so inspired by the way this quilt turned out that I’ve already started my next one. Also, I’ve been working on some baby projects for my first little niece, due to arrive in September. :) I can’t wait to post what I make for her here, but will wait until I send the presents off to my brother and sister-and-law. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise!

Hope you all have a lovely week!

xo, Amanda

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