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Thursday, May 6, 2021

May Baskets for Mother's Day ~ Basket Quilts


Happy Mother's Day to all. If you're not a mom yourself you are probably honoring your own mom. Ten or so years since my mom has passed there's hardly a day when I don't think of her or mention her. I do miss her. 

Happy Mother's Day, mom! This blog is, as always, for you.❤

May Baskets / Basket Quilts

Here are some in my collection.

For many years I collected quilts but didn't sew them, no time, no incentive. I always wanted a Basket quilt but during those times quilt prices were super-high. I knew an antique Basket quilt was unaffordable. I saw this damaged Tiny Baskets quilt top, below, at an antiques show and it became my first rescue quilt. I sewed replacement Tiny 4" basket blocks, mended or replaced some of the white ground. Finally had it quilted.

Still a favorite quilt and block.


Later I began reading blogs and through ''meeting'' Lori of Humble Quilts I realised it was possible to make a big quilt that looked like, or at least had the feeling of, an antique or vintage quilt. This is my Blue Baskets/ Cheddar Handles from one of Lori's inspirational sewalongs.

And here are a few others from my collection: FB Marketplace find: Art Deco Baskets:


A faded but sweet palest baby blue crib quilt, a thrift shop find. [on top of Tiny Baskets, whose red handle you can also see.]

Some Basket blocks [all designed by Jan Patek, I think] I have made, not entire Basket quilts:


A couple littles made by me.

This was an exchange quilt. Still wish I had kept it.

TQC sampler


Pandemic Blessings, a Julie Porter sewalong.

A cutie, much treasured, a  gift from AU quilter Dorothy Ramage.

                                                        by Dorothy Ramage

So my Baskets dreams came true. Still a much beloved pattern, in all its variations.



gone to the beach...


  1. You have some very sweet basket quilts. My fave is the first one you rescued as well, though I adore your blue/cheddar quilt!:)

  2. You have a lovely basket quilt collection..

    Hugs, Julierose

  3. Love all these wonderful baskets, but especially your blue and cheddar creation! That art deco basket quilt is pretty interesting too. Happy Mothers Day to you!

  4. What wonderful basket quilts and it's wonderful you've rescued some of them! As a quilter myself, my favorite is the blue basket quilt you made during Lori's sew-along.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    1. Quilt rescue and redo and/ or finish is my first love.

  5. Those are lovely. Not a block I've tried - yet!

    1. The various Basket blocks have an old-fashioned charm, I think.

  6. fun basket quilt show! Happy May and Mothers Day

  7. Great collection, all so unique and fun! I love your Blue Baskets (and honestly I hadn't thought I would!) and I love the little exchange quilt from Dorothy - cute baskets with tulips? and they have no handles! Different and very cute!

    My mom has been gone nearly 40 years now and I still miss her so much! I really wish she'd gotten to know her grandkids and great-grands. I am so envious of people whose parents live to healthy old ages!

    Happy Mother's Day to you! I hope you have an enjoyable day!

  8. These are all so terrific - especially your blue baskets with cheddar handles! You definitely achieved that vintage look. Happy Mothers Day!

  9. For a long time I didn't care much for basket quilts but they've grown on me and I think I'm going to have to make one one of these days.
    I love, love, love the first one you show with the bright, tiny 4" baskets. What a great first quilt for you! And then there are the two black-and-red-striped ones, which are such fun. And the one with cat and stars, and the little quilt you gave away. What great inspiration blocks for me, Lizzy. Thank you.
    I hope you have a Happy Mother's Day, too.

  10. Hi! I hope your Mother's Day was nice.

    So fun to see all of your baskets. I like the Art Deco quilt, and Dorothy's exchange quilt it pretty cute, too. Makes me happy that you also 'save' quilts and turn them back into loved favorites.

    What a charming last photo :)

    Hope you share with us if you were able to meet with friends over the weekend :)


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