It's hard to believe that this is my third Blogger's Quilt Festival. Amy you are a darling to bring us bloggers together through the BQF so thank you.
There is a story behind every quilt, but this quilt has more than a story, there is a mystery about this quilt. Let me tell you about it. All through Australia there are opportunity (thrift stores for you in the US) shops called 'Salvos', short for Salvation Army. There are remnant fabrics in all the branches of the Salvos and I have found some great fabric from them. This is my way of recycling. On one of these visits I found the quilt top amongst the remnants. It had a $1.00 tag on it. I picked it up and had a good look. It was well pieced and well appliqued. I put it back because I did not want another UFO! I walked away thinking why did someone give away a perfectly good quilt top! I walked past it again and thought, I 'm a quilter and I have a responsibility to rescue this top and finish it. So that what I did!
The top was completed with only one basket left without applique on it. I appliquéd the rest of the flowers and added the inner and outer border with the corner stones to complete the quilt. I already have fabric in my stash that goes quite well with the top. Whoever made this top had done a lovely job even using the reverse side of the fabric for the four triangles. I then reversed the fabric for the corner stone in keeping with what was there already. I sent it off to Donna Ward to machine quilt it for me.
I should have taken a photo of it when I got it, but this happened before I started blogging so I didn't think to do that. This is how I found the top less a few flowers.
Wouldn't it be great if I could find out who made this quilt? In the meantime it remains a mystery quilt for me and that is why, I named it Mystery Baskets. Even though I didn't start this quilt, by completing it I feel that this is how it was meant to be.