A New Year, A New Project

Oh, my, it has been a long time. Apparently, I don’t juggle all aspects of my life very well… Enough said!

Ta-daaaah! Presenting the 2014 Block of the Month from Jeanne’s Quilting!Flower Basket Quilt logo

Flower Basket Quilt
Flower Basket Quilt
38″ x 45″

The Flower Basket Quilt features four foundation paper pieced baskets with appliqued flowers. The appliqué in this quilt was designed with machine appliqué in mind but is still suitable for hand appliqué. Other elements include pinwheels, flying geese and pieced posies. The twelve steps to making the blocks will be introduced throughout the year with the finishing directions to end the year’s lessons.

The first block is Basket 1, a foundation paper pieced block. If you’re new to foundation paper piecing, fpp for short, there is a wealth of information both online and in books. Connecting Threads has a good video fpp tutorial here. I never really liked to paper piece until I took a class from the queen of paper piecing, Carol Doak. She has a good page of instructions here.

One thing that I find indispensable when paper piecing is the Add-A-Quarter Ruler. I have the 6″ but for this project, the 12″ would really come in handy. Do you have a favorite paper to use as a foundation? You can use typing paper, vellum, specialty paper or a water-soluble paper. My favorite is Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper.

Basket 1
Basket 1

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the little blocks you’ll be doing in future months. Look easy, don’t they?

 Flower Basket Quilt
Little blocks in the Flower Basket Quilt

So choose your fabrics and start cutting. Your first basket will be done in no time!

Next month: Basket 2. Happy Quilting!