|Honey Bun Quilt|
This little quilt is from a pattern by Gwen Marston from her Liberated String Quilts book, my absolute favorite. You may remember I pieced it last year and put a horrible yellow border around it. That border was promptly removed and the quilt waited around until I realized that a black border would be just right. So now I am almost finished hand quilting the center. The borders will be quilted with Baptist Fans. I can't resist them. In case you're wondering, all these little pieces were left over from cutting my Dresden Plate wedges from charm squares. I couldn't bring myself to throw the scraps away, they were too darned cute, and here's where they ended up!
And as if I hadn't already started enough projects, here's one from a different pattern in the same book. I love these little baskets! In the past I have always hand-appliqued basket handles. But Gwen recommends sewing the handles to the background using a small machine stitch right next to the edge. I finally got up the courage to try it, and guess what! It works! What a timesaver, and it looks nice and neat. Those little stitches really don't show.
The baskets themselves are great fun. They are like little mini crazy quilts, and each one is different. A great way to use up those scraps.