Monday, March 28, 2011

Farmer's market blocks, Sunbonnet Sue, and more

I got a yummy surprise from Bella and her Grandma Edwards this morning.  They bought me these four beautiful fabrics.  More beautiful paisleys, and the polka dots.  Bella picked the polka dots, and they go beautifully with the paisleys.

I finished all the basic blocks for my Farmer's Market basket.  Twenty-five tasty fruits, vegetables, and hazelnuts.  The new fabrics I bought the other day are the bananas, carrots, and mixed berries.  The rest include oranges, summer squash, blackberries, apples, plumbs, sliced cucumbers, olives, garlic, blueberries, and the list goes on.  I did manage to get the borders on one block.  All of them will have mixed borders made from the basket fabrics.

The most fun I had today was creating my own version of Sunbonnet Sue.  Since I was in college, I have wanted to make Sue, but I never got around to it.  This afternoon, I finally did it.  I drew up a sketch, and tweaked it until it was what I wanted.  Then, I dug through my new box of batiks and came up with fabric for her and for the background.  Making Sue entailed several firsts for me.  I did fusible applique for the first time.  I then used the buttonhole stitch for decor.  On the apron, I used a different decorative stitch.  I really love how she turned out.  She will become my next Alzheimer's art quilt.

I like the back almost as well.

Joyful quilting, everyone.
I have linked this post to Quiltstory Fabric Tuesday.


Vivian said...

Those first four fabrics look good enough to eat. Such rich colors. I always have a soft spot in my heart for paisleys.

You set quite a goal for yourself, collecting all the food fabrics. The basket project is moving right along. I like your mixed border.

Willa said...

Thank you for a fun morning read. My machine is back from annual service and I am hopeful of starting Sandy Pritts's quilt tonight; it's very traditional soft pinks, greens and golds. It's supposed to be rather traditional looking - that will be a first for me.

tropicslady said...

I think that the fruit/veggie border you made for the basket blocks is fantastic! I was wondering what you were planning to do for a border around the blocks...I love it.


Quiltstory said...

I love little Miss Sue, looking so cute! And those fruit fabrics are scrumptious, love them with the baskets!! Thanks for linking!

ZenDotStudio said...

I can feel Sue's energy and I do like her flip side too. Maybe you are on to something new!

love the paisley polka dot combo and the colours.

That quilt looks like tons of work! And good enough to eat.

scraphappy said...

Those fruits and veggies look so yummy! I've seen the fabrics around, but always wondered how to use them, basket blocks seem just perfect. Definitely good enough to eat.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love your farmers market baskets!! The blocks look great with the fabrics around it too. Such a great idea to do baskets!! Your Sunbonnet Sue is lovely! I'm yet to try fusible applique.