Pieced baskets will be the border on three sides of this quilt. Karen has lovely baskets with handles on her quilt but that means applique. I don't want to be distracted from appliqueing Star Dance by starting another applique project.
I googled foundation paper pieced baskets and found this link for the Cake Basket block. Karen's baskets finish at 5 1/2" while this pattern is 6" finished. I'm reducing the size to 5" and going with the paper pieced pattern. I can piece faster than I can applique. By using a 5" block I can add a narrow border on the outside of the quilt. I think that gives a nice finish to a pieced border.
Right now the center measures 93" x 103". I may need to add some spacers between the basket blocks but I'll worry about that when they're finished.
I'm going to try to have the baskets completed in May and hopefully finish the top this month. I used to help with the spring field work, getting the crops planted but not anymore. I won't be on farming duty until the hay fields have grown enough to make hay which will be several weeks. I'm still in the barn twice daily though with dairy cow chores.
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