Two Finishes: Baskets and a Halloween Quilt for 2016

NOTE: Please forgive the blog gremlins who used to work here.  To quote Monty Python, they have been sacked.Halloween QuiltQuilt Number 154
Spooky Action at a Distance

Construction began October 2015 • Finished November 2015

I began saving Polaroid blocks for this quilt two years ago, and purchased the fabric about the same time.  I thought it was time to push it over to the “done” side of the ledger, given my last post.  Label’s not yet finished–coming soon.  The title is taken from one of Einstein’s scoffing statements over the idea that  that one particle can have an effect on another particle which might be some distance away.  He thought is was not possible.  Modern physics has proved him wrong, and scads of poems have been written about this, so I thought, why not a quilt title for a spooky quilt?

Spooky Quilt_front

Howard Levy’s poem, of the same name, notes that those who snuggle under quilts can experience this effect:

It is this way: men and women
spin. Hundreds of miles apart, thousands
of miles, the speed of light, it will make no difference….

And Einstein, could he admit
that love would be fast enough,
that this “spooky action at a distance”
is not necessarily paradox,
that these two influence simply in their being,
taken in to each other and separate,
separate and taken in.

Spooky Quilt_detail Spooky Quilt_back

Baskets QuiltQuilt Number 155
I carried quilt and basket through whispering grass

Made the first basket in May 2015 • Finished November 2015

This was a fun quilt to make, a really great one to do with large scraps.  I have a tutorial •here• for cutting up the baskets quickly, and the how-to for the handle is *here.*  Just go go go, trying not to think about it too much, and have fun while you cut and sew.  The title is taken from “The Picnic,” a poem by Maylee Bossy, about an outing after her husband has passed away.  My husband is still very much here, but the poem involved a quilt and a basket — how could I pass it up?

Basket Quilt_frontBasket Quilt_back

So I guess that deadline thing is working for me, right?  A Halloween quilt finished in November?  A Spring quilt finished in autumn?  Let’s just say we’re EARLY, and leave it at that.

Baskets Finished!

Basket Blocks Quilt Top

You know, I think I have had more fun with this little quilt than I have in a long time.  Of course, maybe the fact that last Monday I taught my last class of the semester may have something to do with it.  (At church this past week, I was flanked by two K-12 teachers from two different districts, and they knew practically to-the-minute how long before school let out for the summer.)

Baskets wo border

Here they are without the borders.

Border Try One

The suggestion I’d seen for a border was a piano key border, so I whacked up a bunch of 6″ wide, random-width strips and put them together.  I just couldn’t figure out why I didn’t like it.  I thought it was the fact that there were a lot of light-colored pieces in there.  So I ripped all the borders apart (which is why I have a photo of only one border–on the bottom) and took out the lights.  Still didn’t like it.

I had this older piece of blue fabric laying on the board so I could cut it up for darker “keys” for the piano key border, and pinned it up to the quilt and liked it!  Not quite enough, so I pieced in some random pieces to hint at the idea of a piano key border, and went with it.

Baby Baskets

Tutorial for the big baskets is *here.*  Tutorial for the baby baskets is in the next post.