You will be seeing this quilt on a couple of blogs today. This is Thelma's (Cupcakes 'n' Daisies) Door County Cherry Baskets quilt. It was a pattern designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. Ever since Thelma started this quilt I have wanted one too. Primitive Gatherings was offering the quilt as a kit, which I had in my imaginary shopping cart on and off until it was no longer available. The $225 price tag was making me hesitate, and then it was too late. Thelma did not use a kit, she used fabrics from her stash. Thelma's quilt was masterfully quilted by Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple. Check out both Linda and Thelma's blogs for more pictures!
So. How am I going to get a quilt like this one?
Being the fine friend that she is, Thelma sent me her leftover black and brown triangles for the basket blocks. She did this ages ago and the pieces have been sitting around in my cupboard until yesterday.
That's a lot of brown and black triangles. Enough for lots of baskets.
When I was at Road to California, I purchased two of these gorgeous charm packs from The Primitive Gatherings booth. Each pack has 30 pairs of red prints--60 pieces in all. And I have two packs. Plenty for lots of baskets!
Now, I did not think I would be able to replicate the exact pattern that Lisa designed and that Thelma executed. But I was determined to use the leftover dark triangles and these gorgeous red charms to make some basket blocks and see what I might come up with. So I started playing around.
In Carrie Nelson's Picnic Schnibbles pattern, she shows how she made eight half square triangles out of two five inch charm squares. I remembered that, and pulled out the Picnic pattern, which as you can see is a basket quilt with four or five variations of basket blocks.
I did have to trim down the smaller dark triangle units to 2 inches, but every one of them is going to be usable. And the large triangles are exactly the right size, at 3 1/2 inches.
At this point, I have not decided if I am going to go with Carrie's basket blocks set on the diagonal with alternate red blocks, or if I am going to try for a smaller version of Lisa Bongean's Cherry Basket quilt. Today I am going to play around and see if I actually can make a version of the block in Thelma's quilt. Either way, I think I can replicate the feel of the original Door County Cherry Baskets quilt. You will have to stay tuned for this one!