This week kicks off the quilt along to celebrate the launch of Summer Memories Book by Susan Ache. Use Hashtag #summermemoriesqal to join along. The book is an eye-candy filled with great projects and is sure to inspire you to pick up some red and blue fabrics to get started. I knew I did! But what really caught my eye was the basket quilt.
I wasn’t sure at first whether I was going to join in, but I have longed to make a basket quilt and I thought this would just be a good time to get that started. Quilt Alongs are fun and I always love the motivation and inspiration I get when others are making the same quilt.
Inspired by the colours used in the book and the basket quilt, The Summer Picnic Quilt as it is named in the book, I went ahead and picked up some lovely peaches and baby blues from my stash. They were from various collections and I had to actually busted out some of my fabric bundle and break them apart to get these together!
Totally was inspired by how Susan Ache built her stash. If you haven’t seen her stash of fabrics, you better check it out here. A dream! She is a big believer in breaking those beautiful one collection bundle apart and play with them! So, here I am channeling that.
So far, this is a lot of fun! I am loving how the colours comes together and I am hoping this would turn out into a beautiful sweet quilt.
These basket blocks are so much fun! They are a few variations of basket blocks just for this quilt. Looking forward to making more of the blocks.
I used triangle papers to make the triangles as there are a lot of half-square-triangle (HST) units for each block. However, I did not have the size, so I did have to trim some more. But, I’ll be sure to grab the right size from the wide selection HERE for the upcoming blocks. If you are new to triangle paper, you can try a freebie I have on the blog HERE.
You can watch my Reel below to watch snippets of me sewing these blocks together.
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Quilting Tools and Notions I used:
- My trusted workhorse, Janome Horizon Memory Craft QCP8200
- I used Superior Thread Snow for piecing this quilt
- My favourite Ergonomic Rotary Cutter – this have saved my wrist a lot!
- Large cutting Mat
- Triangle on a roll papers
- Wool ironing Mat (I have no issues with the smell, but sometimes it can burn if the iron is way too hot and no steam)
- Oliso Pro Iron (I love this Iron, it lifts as you let go, saving the wrist from too much work and it gives a good heat and steam)
- Portable Design Board
- Quilter’s Clapper
- Wooden Seam Roller
- Diagonal Seam Tape – the tape I have on my machine to guide my 1/4″ seams and diagonal stitching. Game changing! Buy the original, it’s worth it and it will last for a very long time.
I finished the two blocks for this week and I can’t wait to continue on!Will try to keep up with the 9-week Quilt Along. Are you joining in? Grab the Summer Memories Book by Susan Ache HERE. And simply use the Hashtag #summermemoriesqal to join along over on Instagram.
I made the second block just this morningwith my morning coffee.. I love sewing in the morning… when is your favourite time to sew?