MCM #86 – Mixing the Old with the New

I have a great working relationship with my local quilt shop, Bolts and Quarters (love the name – One of my customers calls it Nuts & Bolts because she can never remember the name, and that just cracks me up.)

Part of our relationship includes me making store samples for them as needed. I really enjoy doing this, as it gives me a chance to work with great fabrics and patterns I might not normally have tried.

I was sooo excited when the store received their first shipment of Alison Glass fabric, and I bought yardage of all nine colors. Then, when Warren (store manager) asked if I would be interested in making a quilt using Alison’s fabric I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough. In fact, I think I raced him to the cutting counter and kinda shouted YES! a few times more than necessary. I really don’t remember though, it’s all a bit of a blur…..

AG Meadow

Warren chose a pattern from this book:

Primitive Style Book

I’m proud to say Primitive Style was written by a local girl. She and her sisters design patterns, ran a quilt shop, and publish a quilting magazine that is distributed world-wide. There’s a lot of talent in my neck of the woods!

The pattern I’m making for the store is called Baskets A-Plenty.

Baskets A-Plenty Pattern

I’ve seen many variations of the basket block and love the traditional look of it. Using AG fabrics added a sense of fun and whimsy to the pattern and I couldn’t wait to get started!


Basket Block


Here are the baskets growing on my wall:

Basket Blocks


Each time I added a new basket to the wall my excitement grew, and I found myself sewing just a little faster so I could finish more baskets. I love how pretty these blocks are with the brighter AG prints. This quilt is for the store, but you know I’m gonna have to have one for myself! Maybe just a mini, like I did for Cookie Cutter. Hmmm….

Adding the background pieces made those basket blocks just POP! I’m becoming a big fan of darker backgrounds and want to use them more often in my own quilts.

Baskets A-Plenty

This quilt is a quick make. Once the HSTs were sewn and trimmed, the blocks went together quickly. And because every other block in the quilt is just a square of the background fabric, there’s less piecing than with other block quilts. Two borders later, I can call this a finish.

AG Basket Quilt

Sorry for the crazy pic – I snapped this right before hopping in the car to deliver it to the quilt shop.

This project feeds my obsession with all things Alison Glass. I know, sounds a bit stalk-ery doesn’t it? (Is that a word??)  It was fun to sew with these fabrics. They feel great, look great, and there is very little fraying which I love. I know I’m going to be adding a lot more of her fabrics to my stash. I’m looking forward to her new line arriving at the shop in the fall.

Unfortunately I don’t get to quilt this beauty, but that’s just one more reason why I need to make one for myself. 🙂 I have to admit that I’m glad though – there’s only a few days before I head out on vacation and I really don’t have the time to quilt it. It’s been delivered to the shop and I can mark this off my To Do list!

This fun quilt is my crush for this weeks Main Crush Monday, and I think it’s a great crush. Now it’s time for you to share yours! You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic. We’d love to see what has you excited to be in your sewing space – here’s how to link up:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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24 Responses to MCM #86 – Mixing the Old with the New

  1. Laura Piland says:

    I have that book too! The author of it and a more modern book actually had a contest to make the patterns in your own style – so exactly what you did! I think Alison Glass fabric looks good in everything. I would use it in everything if I could!

  2. Linda says:

    I love how you have used this tradtional pattern with those gorgeous ‘modern’ fabrics… and that aqua blue background is great! So much to like here!

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  4. Debbie says:

    That block is so cute! The versatility of the HST is beyond belief!

  5. Wow, i love the look of this pattern in the Alison Gkass fabrics! I will have to look at some of my more traditional patterns with new eyes.

  6. helen says:

    I always liked Alison Glass fabrics, but from afar. I told myself when I used my Carolyn Friedlander fabrics then I would buy some Alison Glass. I succumbed last week! I love your baskets. It gives a whole new look to that traditional block

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  8. Very pretty, Beth! I would have loved to see your quilting on it. Enjoy your vacation!

    Sorry for the multiple tries to link up. My browser was misbehaving this morning. Thanks so much for hosting!


  9. Teresa says:

    reading your post today, I couldn’t imagine those bright beautiful fabrics in a primitive pattern, but prove me wrong you did, absolutely beautiful, will have to change my way of thinking on some things

  10. Tish says:

    David has been drooling ever since he found out the boys ordered in some Alison Glass fabrics 🙂 The shop quilt turned out great! I love seeing traditional quilts in more modern fabrics. It just makes my heart sing!

  11. Beautiful! Sounds like you had a ton of fun making this pretty top 🙂

  12. Jayne says:

    It is so much fun to see a very traditional block using modern fabrics. Alison Glass fabrics are among my favorite. Love the bright modern feel you achieved! Have a great vacation!!

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    It’s such a traditional block, but it looks wonderful made modern! You are one lucky ducky to work in a great shop.

  14. Alycia C says:

    That is just so pretty!!!

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  16. Andrée says:

    Hi Beth, that’s a great quilt. I love the way that it’s changed by using different fabrics. I love the Alison Glass fabrics and almost bought some this summer until I saw the insects on them….not a huge fan…but these look like their bug free – so I guess I know what I’ll be investing in:-)

  17. What a pretty quilt! Alison Glass fabrics makes us all swoon. I hope you post a photo after the shop quilts it. What is their quilting policy for store samples? At our LQS, everything is the store’s expense for quilt samples except the thread and the quilting.

  18. Beautiful quilt and fabric. Good job. 🙂

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  20. Kate says:

    A very bright and fun finish! Enjoy your vacation.

  21. Cocoa Quilts says:

    Those AG fabrics really to make this quilt sing!!! I always lean towards a white background, but that blue sure does make the blocks stand out!

  22. kaholly says:

    Yes, yes, yes! It’s just delightful!

  23. Liz W. says:

    I’m obsessed with Alison Glass too … I think I’ve judged quilt shops by how much Alison Glass fabrics they have! It’s amazing seeing this ultra-traditional pattern with ultra-traditional fabrics done in a complete modern fabric line, but still using the traditional layout. I love modern traditionalism! The quilt top looks so great, all those colors are just amazing together, and I just love that aqua background. It’s too bad you don’t get to quilt this, but if you ever get a picture of it quilted up in the quilt shop, I’d love to see it!

    And enjoy your vacation!

  24. Oh, the Alison Glass prints really glow in this quilt top, Beth. I can certainly see why you are crushing on it this week! I hope you have an awesome week as you get ready for your vacation.

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