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Cherry Blossom Baskets

Yesterday was like the best day EVER.  A new friend came over for tea and stitching.  I met her in a quilt shop a while ago.  She recognized me from my blog.  (Dude, that was totally weird ... being recognized in public from my blog!)  She found me in blogland from this lovely lady

So I ... or rather WE ... finished my quilt yesterday.  She kindly offered to help me bind it.  (Thanks again for coming over G, and for the beautiful pink tulips!)

Holy cow does synchronized binding every go way faster!  Or, at least it makes up for time lost from chatting and pouring/drinking tea. ;)

Thanks to her, I can show you the finished quilt.  (She's holding it up for me.)

You guys, this quilt was so much fun to make.  I think I accomplished what I set out to do - make a pretty quilt - simple, but not boring - to feature the entire fabric collection.  But doesn't it look like a total scrap quilt?

I was inspired to make baskets because of a beautiful appliqued pattern I'd seen recently, and from the notion in my head that these fabrics looked like they came from Grandma's scrap basket.  Basically, the universe was telling me "BASKETS" and I listened ... I've learned to not mess with the universe.  It says "jump" I say "how high?" 

And these rogue prints? 

Well like I showed you yesterday, I managed to use the whites for all the cherry blossoms (LOVE how they just pop against the other fabrics!)

and the check in the pieced border. 

I'm really tickled with how the white dotted prints ended up becoming the inspiration for the secondary (or arguably the CO-primary) feature of this quilt. 

It just sorta happened.  I didn't see them in the beginning.  I think they're my favorite thing about this quilt. 

Oh, and I also got the idea to FMQ a little flower in each post. (Except that wave of brilliance came AFTER I'd already swirly twirled my way through one ... )

So I hope you like Cherry Blossom Baskets as much as I do. 

And I really appreciated all your comments about my quilt this week.  It really feels so nice knowing you like what I do and look forward to seeing the things I make.  I do not take your time and appreciation for granted.  Thank you for making me feel ... worthwhile.

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Reader Comments (39)

Well, you have done it again.....inspired us all AGAIN!!! Your creation is lovely. Sure wish you lived in Ohio and I could meet you in person in a quilt store, who knows what the future holds. Those pink tulips are so pretty.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

What an absolutely lovely quilt this is. All of your sweet touches add so much charm. :o) And so sweet to have a dear (new) friend right there to help bind.
Will this pattern become available to the public anytime soon?
I love your blog. I come every time you post and come back even when you don't. :o)
It is such a pretty place to visit. :o) Have a lovely weekend. Sincerely, Trish

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertrish

You are so very creative and talented. Wow!! I am totally in awe. Fantastic quilt - and to think you just made it without a pattern or anything.....Double Wow!!!! You are an amazing artist!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina in Nevada

Beautiful quilt! I think it's the embroidery on those adorable cherry blossoms that really makes it too.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarcella

Wow! I love your quilt!! I am so impressed by how fast you were able to design this quilt and sew it up! I love how you were inspired to see this collection coming from Grandmother's scrap basket and combined the fabrics!! Love the baskets with the cherry blossoms!! Thanks for sharing your talents!!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColette

I love it!! I love how you put the flowers in different places on each basket - very nice work.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

YAY!!!!!!! Cherry Blossom Baskets is beautiful!!! It really features the fabric line so well, and the addition of the cherry blossoms...well, they absolutely set this quilt apart! How fun to stitch and tea party with a friend! Wish I could see this one in person! :)

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly

Am I dreaming, or did you just start that quilt, like, yesterday? It is gorgeous! And of course the rogue prints added just the perfect touch. How wonderful to find a new friend in the process!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

So beautiful!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBev

After this post, you are going to have people asking to come to your house for tea all the time!!! Can I come??? lol About your blog, I love what you make, but I equally love how you write. It exudes your personality perfectly and makes me jealous :) !

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracey Holzer

A. MAZ. ING. Beyond pretty, dare we say Beautiful? Such a wonderful balance of the fabrics and it is apparent that you listened to the fabrics and the Universe speak. I seem to recall that you had mentioned that there might be more than one quilt out of these fabrics so can we hope for more? I've got fingers and toes crossed!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Your quilt is wonderful! Love that scrappy look of it although it's all made from one collection. I think it's one of my favorite quilts from you so far ... til you show us the next one;-) Have a wonderful weekend, you truely deserved it, Hildy

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHildy

What a beautiful quilt! Baskets are a favorite of mine!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClara

Oh! Miss k!! It's beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the picture with me. It is for ME? Right??!! I was gone all day yesterday. Lisa's coming over this morning to help witha DIY project. I'll take pics to send to you. ;p

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterina

It's lovely!! You've really pulled all those prints together well. And your "co-primary" cherry blossom flowers are like icing on the cake - so cute! Now I really want that fabric - and your pattern!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

That is so gorgeous Kristyne, just beautiful, I especially love the little flowers. :)
Never, ever mess with the universe. ;)
happy weekend,
V xxxxxx

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreenrabbitdesigns

Your quilt is breathtakingly lovely! I want to make one, too! And I have bound a quilt with a friend, and you're right--it is so much fun, and it goes so much faster!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

It's a lovely quilt !! I'm totally in love with it !!!
Bravo !!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlorence

What a beautiful quilt! I love the fabrics you used, the special touches you added to the flowers, your quilting, the fabric you cheese for the binding -- everything about it! I love baskets and your quilt is an absolutely fabulous basket quilt!!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCathi

I can't believe how quickly you made that. It's really beautiful and a perfect match for those fabrics. Fantastic job!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill@NorthStarQuilting

Just poured a cuppa, and now I can tell you how beautifu the quilt looks.
Slurp, good tea ;-)

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinny Worden

It's a beautiful quilt, a perfect marriage of design and fabric! I'd have recognised it as one of yours anywhere! (And that's a good thing, just in case you're wondering!) I love how this fabric line doesn't look like a fabric line and I wish my Granny had scraps like this in her sewing basket!!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArchie the wonder dog

Amazing. Oh my word, I adore that. Lovely. Love the details.

You are one amazing quilter. Inspirational, too.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Really very pretty. Love the little living room shot. So soft and nice. Now why don't you live closer?

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Love the scrappy baskets especially the dots and checks yum

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Once again you have outdone yourself! Another wonderful, cute, totally want to make quilt! I can see why they ask you to make these, because you are very good at it! Keep it up! Thanks for sharing with us. K-

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

I just finished the dishes, brewed a pot of tea, and sat down for some time off and WOWZERS - I WANT TO MAKE THIS QUILT! I love how you used the fabric and love the scrappy feel but it coordinates so pretty! I love scrappy quilts but have a hard time doing them because I have this matchy thing I can't get over... This is lovely and I really do want to make it. Yesterday. Way to go! Another wonderful project! You never cease to amaze me! :O) I love basket quilts, have never made one... was studying your pictures from yesterday wondering how in the world you did those - since I am not excited about bias appliqu├ęd strips! I cannot wait to get your pattern! Woohoo! (ps - way to use your good china girlfriend!)

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo

I've always liked basket quilts and this is no exception... I love it! I want to make one now. Hugs

April 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunnybec

Look at your beautiful quilt, and equally as pretty lounge room. I love seeing glimpses of your homes in USA.....I swear I will come to America one day, if only to see your homes.....and all the quilting stores!! I'm coming with 5 empty suit cases I think, and might take one or two yards of fabric back here to Australia! Ahhh....one day xx

April 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I really, really like this. I'll have to add it to the "in basket".

April 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Pami

I love cherry blossom and the fruit it brings. With this delicious quilt cherries all year filling the baskets. Yum - just love it, Krystyne. Thank you for sharing the process with us - such joy.

April 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Dude! I don't know which is prettier! Your beautiful Cherry Blossom Basket quilt or your teapot! I think you might be the first "normal" (relative term, of course) person I know who has and actually uses a beautiful teapot to serve tea! That's just the coolest. :)

I have been eagerly anticipating the unveiling of this quilt and I loved how you took us through your thought process... want this... think I might want that... except then it means this... terrific. Especially because sometimes you're halfway through a project when you get the idea that finishes it perfectly.

A beautiful quilt from someone very worthwhile.

April 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Very, very cute Ms. Pretty!!!!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThimbleanna

So pretty! And great you have a new stitching and tea drinking friend :-)

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaley

Your hand quilting is amazing!! Such a beautiful quilt!! Love all the fabrics!! xo Heather

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Just gorgeous Kristyne! Congratulations. And thanks so much for sharing your creative process - so interesting to hear that fabric talks to you too.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeredithe

It's beautiful! How wonderful that you found a new friend.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Is this pattern going to be available for purchase? I would LOVE to make one for myself (and I have lots of pretty fabrics that would go wonderfully in this quilt)

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
genius! and the Sakura are the perfect thing to lift the lines of the baskets and it being a Japanese fabric line!

boy you are good.
March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA Peppermint Penguin

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