For this quilt, I used scraps of blue, red, and pink prints, plus a few yellow prints to add a little zip, and a cream for the block background. Then I set the blocks with a narrow cream sashing and--WOW! I love how the baskets form a circle. Rummaging through my scrap bag, I found some leftover strip sets from another quilt, and I knew they'd be perfect for a checked border. A soft, light blue print in the outer border was all it took to complete the enchantment.
Finished quilt: 48" x 48"
Finished block: 8"
From the book Appliqué Quilt Revival by Nancy Mahoney
2 yards for block backgrounds, sashing, and borders
1 1/3 yards for outer border
5/8 yard for corner squares and binding
1/2 yard for basket appliqués
1 fat eighth each of 12 assorted prints for basket appliqués and checked border
1 rectangle each of 68 assorted prints, 3½" x 5", for basket appliqués
2 1/2 yards of 16"-wide fusible web (optional)
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As an author and teacher, Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for more than 40 years. An impressive range of her beautiful quilts has been featured in over 250 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy's best-selling books include Learn to Paper Piece (2016), Simple Circles and Quick Curves (2013), Treasures from the '30s (2010), and Applique Quilt Revival (2008). When she's not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine-applique techniques, and visiting gardens.
Nancy makes her home in central Georgia with her life partner of over 45 years, Tom, and their umbrella cockatoo, Prince. Visit Nancy on her website at NancyMahoney.com and on Facebook at Nancy Mahoney Designs. Follow her on Instagram: @nancymahoneydesigns.
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