Ta-da! I can finally share my basket study quilt. I participated in the AQSG (American Quilt Study Group) Study Quilt project this year. The theme was Basket Quilts, and fifty quilters each chose an antique quilt (from a museum, or collection, or wherever) to study and reproduce/represent as a small wall hanging. The quilts were displayed at the annual seminar in Tempe this past weekend. I am new to AQSG and have never been to a seminar, but next year it is local!
Anyway, for the study, I went straight for the collections at the NEQM (New England Quilt Museum) and chose to study this 19th century scrappy "Baskets and 1000's of Triangle" (maker unknown). I just loved the scrappiness of it! Pink and brown overall but not matchy matchy - plenty of interest.
I sat with the quilt for a long time, taking notes and photos.
This one roque blue block intrigued me and I knew right away I would use one of David's old shirts to represent the blue:
The only clue to provenance was this label:
Somehow or another, this quilt must have been treasured by Ethel. So I called my study quilt "Ethel's Treasure Baskets."
I gathered fabric and searched high and low for a good sashing fabric to represent (if not replicate) the original. Finally had to call good enough good enough, just dig in and start. I drafted a pattern, and decided to applique the bases, to retain the soft angle of the original.
I'm sure there are better ways to piece it but this worked for me:
Trying this and that...
We were each required to write a short essay to accompany our study quilt. That in and of itself was a fun challenge. All fifty will be published in a book and what a thrill that will be! To my surprise, "Ethel's Treasure Baskets" was among the twenty five quilts chosen to go "on tour" - so I won't see it back home for a long while! I really feel honored.
Next year's "Seminar" is in New Hampshire. If you are local and have an interest in quilt history, consider joining AQSG and let me know if you do!