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…..
Warren chose a pattern from this 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.
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!
Here are the baskets growing on my wall:
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.
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.
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: