Handful of Scraps

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Handful of Scraps

While I am stitching down the 3rd border for Handful of Scraps I decided to lay it on the floor and play with border ideas a little bit – this is just playing for now – I have not decided what I am doing at this point.  I might do something totally different – maybe a straight chain 3 rows wide.  I have some thinking to do on this while I finish up stitching the center down to the background and I need to straighten out the miter corners a little bit also – I can see that I do not have them tight enough with the fabric being so wavy in the middle right now with the wrinkles all over the place – I will press the pieces with starch and then get it laying out on the table better before the final stitching of the mitered corners take place.  – they are basted right now just so they are not flapping all over the place right now while I work, I did cut some of the excess fabric off also.


Another angle – I know it is not uniform right now – I was just playing – I could make them two rows wide instead of a single wavy chain.


Or little hexies scattered around – could make each hexie one color with a different center or mixed up playful like this.  If you have any ideas with links to a border that you have seen that you think would be great let me know – I won’t be doing a final layout for awhile, I’m sure after I get the borders all attached I will be ready for a break once again.  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.


The baskets that I prepped are finished and added to the stack – 21 out of 300! a long way to go.


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11 comments… add one
  • Marianne May 5, 2017

    300 basket blocks – wow! I can see why you set it aside and work on them in spurts.

    I like the more regular border with hexies over the scattered groups of what looks like flowers. But I bet the regular one will be harder to achieve (a little more math needed perhaps). I always take the easy route!

  • Deb May 5, 2017

    I like the scattered hexies option! 🙂

    Your rain moved my way… 🙂
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  • maxine lesline May 5, 2017

    Not sure about your scattered hexies .. great colors, tho… but I certainly like the many different background fabrics for your baskets.. 200 is a lotta baskets.. but what’s the hurry? It’s a lovely journey.

  • Joyce Barham May 5, 2017

    My, oh my, it sure has rained for the last two weeks. last night on a local channel, the weatherman said we had received 18 inches of rain in the last 14 days. We live 2 miles east of Hwy 65 up in the hills so there is no danger of flooding in our area. We live in the Ozark Mountains Forest Range Region. But, I am so tired of rain and cloudy, dreary days! We went to Branson on Tuesday and Lake Taneycomo is over its banks and flooded the new Landing, Bass Pro, and the Turkey Creek area. A little rain yesterday Thurs. May 4, but none today so far. The sun is shining and the ground is still soggy. The UPS delivery guy says he has to watch carefully to find a place to turn around on his deliveries, so that we won’t get stuck! I started a basket quilt several years ago and didn’t quite finish the basket blocks. I finished cutting the blocks out this morning and hope to finish them soon. I only have 16 blocks to finish. I think there must be close to 100 already done. I plan to layout my quilt blocks on the diagonal and put setting blocks between them. My blocks are 6″. I’ve enjoyed watching your tutorials on applique. Bonnie Hunter has a basket quilt which is laid out on the diagonal. Her blocks are 3 1/2″. Hope to be able to finish this quilt quickly. The pattern I used for the baskets was from Gayle Bong. Glad to see your projects moving toward the finish line! Hopefully, I can move mine along toward several finishes this year. Glad you are safe! Happy Spring!!

  • Dottie bishaw May 5, 2017

    I think I like the idea of three rows of straight hexies. I’m sure whatever you decide will be the best and most beautiful! Have fun planning, such a fun decision to make. Wow, so many pretty baskets finished! You must have been busy, and quiet, making these so as not to wake up your husband! Great job and you’ll have the whole 300 done in no time I hope. It’s going to be a very special quilt with your special touches.

  • Elzaan May 5, 2017

    I like the wavy hexies. Maybe two rows of that, one closer to the center and one closer to the end of the quilt.
    The scattered hexies will look great if you will throw this over the bed…
    So I guess it depends on what you want it to be in the end (if you mentioned it earlier, I apologies, because I missed it then)
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  • Belarmina May 5, 2017

    Karen me parece que tres filas de hexágonos estaría bien.
    Tus cesta maravillosas
    buen fin de semana

  • Bea May 6, 2017

    Karen, your Handful of Scraps quilt is beautiful. You have done an amazing job on this quilt. I personally like the scattered hexies around the quilt. Whatever you decide will be perfect for this quilt I am sure. I love reading your blog every day.

  • Jill May 6, 2017

    Playing around with different ideas is a good thing. The quilt top will eventually tell you how to do the border. Love the scrappy baskets.
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  • Magali May 6, 2017

    The basket pattern is adorable!
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  • Judy B May 8, 2017

    Wow! What a great modern layout of a traditional hexie quilt! I love it. Which ever option you decide on will be lovely. I am partial to the last one above.

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