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Keeping busy

This year has definitely been an odd year with challenges none of us expected, planned for, or wanted. But here we are.

Most of you if not all know one of my many hobbies is quilting. I have been watching Alex Anderson of The Quilt Show work through some quilting suggestions. She is always so upbeat and personable—and it is much like having a good friend come and sew with me.

Her last two quilts were based on a set of blocks from a book (great book and I am happy I have it—and if I ran upstairs I could list its name for you) and then another quilt of baskets from the same book. I am not particularly fond of basket patterns but decided I would combine the two into one piece.

I used a scrap bag of Ricky Tims’ hand-dyes, a layer cake of Tim Holtz grunge from Missouri Star and my own hemp/cotton batik dyed fabrics as the alternate squares.

The final top measures 57 by 69—a nice couch sized throw—and it goes into the lineup for quilting–just four ahead of it.

I don’t really have a good place to take photos of my design wall at home–and there is usually too much wind to pin it to the clothesline out at the shop for a photo—-but this gives you the general idea of it. Those blue squares might be a great place for some fancy quilting—but there is some time to think about what will work in them.

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