June 20, 2010

Mini Basket Quilt

I brought back a book from Japan and it was one of those books that the cover tells all. I didn't even know what the name of the book was (I do now) or who the author was, but I liked what I saw on both the cover and contents. I saw a quilt in the book that I really liked  and decided to make it.

I started looking for taupe kind of fabric to make this quilt. I had a passion for baskets long before I started basket weaving. Basket patterns makes great quilts too. This is a mini quilt 26 x 26" square all hand appliqué and hand pieced. I will also hand quilt it too. Will show it to you again once I have completed the hand quilting.
I made it slightly differently from the original. The original quilt has sashing around all the blocks, but I didn't do that on mine; only a small inner border to separate the pieced border to the block. 
A closed up of my favorite basket. It reminds me of an egg basket I made. This is really a fun quilt to make. The smallish pieces challenged me in appliqué as long as they were not too small.
  
Here is the book Start Quilting with Triangle & Square by Yoko Saito. It took me awhile to find the name of the book and the author. Yoko Saito has published many wonderful quilt on hand appliqué and quilting. She is a terrific quilter both in Japan and Internationally. See the bags of scraps I brought back from Japan.
A page on basket quilting. I will hand quilt mine the same way as Yoko did her quilt. Its simple lines go well with the style of the quilt. 
The patterns are all in Japanese, but I only need the measurements. I remembered learning how to quilt from Japanese quilting magazines which was quite easy.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer days in the US and everyone here in Australia is also enjoying quilting weather in the winter. The only thing I'm struggling with is not having long summer days to take photos after work.

26 comments:

Béa said...

I really love this mini quilt, pattern, fabrics, wonderful !

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hey Nat I love the colours on that quilt!!! And how many of us buy books for the cover alone...I know I have done that!!! Have a great week, Dzintra♥x

Christine said...

I love all the taupe colours your little quilt is beautiful,love the japane's book and magazine's too

cheers
Christine

Sue-Anne said...

Hi Nat. Your little basket quilt is so sweet! I love the fabrics you have used. Since getting Quiltmania, I have really fallen in love with the taupe coloured Japanese quilts.

Kaite said...

hi Nat, you've made a lovely little basket quilt, quite adorable. thanks for showing us more about the book too.
how's the weather down there, have you got the indigo out of its box yet? cheers, kaite

Kathie said...

oh this is my favorite quilt you have made!
it is just beautiful, love the fabrics and well baskets, I LOVE baskets.
thanks for sharing.... can't wait to see how you quilt it
so special
Kathie

katrien said...

What a sweety,love it.

Bunny said...

Oh I love your quilt it is awsome. Love the bag you are making too, is it all hand quilted. It is gorgeous.

Nedra said...

Basket quilts are always in style, no matter how much time goes by. Beautiful job on your interpretation.

Karen said...

That is a wonderful quilt Nat! I love baskets too.

Sharon said...

It's adorable!

Simone de Klerk said...

What a great quilt, Nat! Your appliqué work is so secure. Incredible!

Micki said...

your mini quilt is just so pretty!
Micki

Darlee Byron said...

I like the earthy colors you chose and the baskets are so cute! And doing things differently is how quilting continues to evolve...

Karen said...

Your baskets quilt in the taupes is just wonderful!

Kim D. said...

Nat, what a beautiful little basket quilt!! That little egg basket is my favorite too. Great job!! Love the stitch basket you made also. Very pretty!!

Janet said...

Your basket quilt is gorgeous, I love it and the fabrics are so nice. I like how the Japanese books show diagrams for quilting.

Anonymous said...

hi Natima, another lovely quilt, you are so talented.

Lynda XXX

ria vogelzang said...

Love your little basketquilt! It's such a gorgeous pattern!
The book from Yoko Saito is so great!
Have fun!
And enoy your monday! Love, Ria.

QuiltSue said...

I love this quilt and the fabrics are just perfect for it.

Jacky said...

What a lovely little quilt Nat and those taupe colours work so well. Loove all things Japanese, especially those little bags of scraps. Did you use those for the basket quilt?
I bought some wonderful bags of kimono scraps from Purls Palace in Dalesford my last trip...worth a trip, or at least a phone call to the shop!

Jacky xox

Terry said...

Wonderful little quilt. The Japanes broens don't have as much yellow . Like your egg basket tooo. Have a good week.

Marydon said...

Nat, that wee quilt is gorgeous, I love the basket theme. Your colors are perfect.

Have a beau-TEA-ful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Linda C said...

Very cute little basket quilt. How wondeful to be able to use those scraps you bought in such a lovely quilt.
Thanks for sharing.

Ivory Spring said...

Natima,

That basket quilt is absolutely ADORABLE!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

This is just gorgeous! I love how all of the taupe fabrics work together to give the quilt movement.

Have fun quilting it!

Enjoy your day,
Stefanie

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