Tuesday, September 2

The Mystery Basket is on its way.......

The Mystery Basket from my Giveaway is on it's way......well, sort of. It's packed and ready to be sent but I didn't get to the post office with it today. Just a bit "under the weather" so didn't do much of anything today. Actually, I really enjoyed the day because I woke to the sound of rain and that is one of my favorite sounds!! We were in dire need of some moisture here so it was very welcome!! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had to find a bigger basket to put all the stuff in and you can see that it is pretty well packed. After I took the picture I realized that I never pulled any rick rack or trims so I tucked a couple in before I packed up the box. Kathy, I hope you enjoy the basket and have lots of creative fun with what you find in it!

Good thing I took more than one quilt picture yesterday as today's rain would not have been a good background. Also, I didn't get the lining removed from the butterfly quilt yet as I want to do that outside, too. Tomorrow will do just fine. Anyway, here is another quilt top bought by my mom and dad at auction. Several years ago they held an auction when they decided to move from their acreage so I bought this one at their sale. I call it "Southern Cross" because I saw a pattern once by that name and this one reminds me of it. You can see how thin the fabric is because you can almost see right through it. It's all hand-stitched and strangely has the one faded blue piece along the right side. I am going to cut that piece in half and add it to the left side. First will have to trim the left side so it is equal to the right. Purists may not agree that I should do this because I am altering the work of the original quilter but I like balance and as an unfinished top, I cannot use this. If I re-do the top just a bit, I can make it pleasing to me and retain the original design.

Last winter I purchased some good quality reproduction fabrics for just $1.00 a yard that I can use for backing. Found them at the Dueber's Variety Store in nearby Gaylord, MN. :-) I haven't decided yet if I will back the quilt with the brown I found or the navy print. I need to make up my mind by the weekend for this is going to become my "sewing room handwork project" and I want to get started on it. I usually have three or four handwork projects going so I don't waste a minute. Plus, I am just plain less stressed when I get in a lot of handwork!!! And as many of you know, if there's handwork you can grab and stitch on while waiting at the Dr.'s office, dentist, at school, etc. then the time passes so much more quickly. Oh, and speaking of time, it's time for me to get supper started. Going to make chicken and noodles tonight with some of my biscuits. Yum!


Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This quilt is so cute. You should recreate this pattern. I don't think I've ever seen a quilt like it before. Its lovely. I say do whatever to it. Its your quilt. Let the purists do what they want with their quilts.

That basket is ultra fabulous! Unbelievable. Kathy is one lucky girl. Its all so lovely.

Linda said...

What wonderful surprises in your mystery basket! Congratulations Kathy!
Can't wait to see the quilt when you are finished with it! imho(in my honest opinion) you are not taking away from a quilt when you change it, you are encouraging its personality to expand :)
Good luck!

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