Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter and back-up plans - WIP Wednesday

Monday, I pulled out my Les Amis baby quilt and finally resumed all the SID.  Towards the end of the day, it dawned on me that I really need to have the girls' Easter baskets finished by Thursday because they are out of school starting Friday.  Scratch that, I'm having my wisdom teeth out on Thursday!  They have to be done by Wednesday, yikes!

Luckily, I had already pulled fabrics and started cutting out the general sizes of the templates.  I decided the pattern looked WAY more involved than I have done before, so maybe it would be a good idea to make one of the baskets to see how it goes.  This would give me a good indication if it was even feasible to get all three done on time.  The first one went together alright - not quickly, exactly, but within reason - so I continued with the other two and here they all are!  That one in the middle was my first one.  Clearly I choose the wrong fabric for the pocket (it would have been better as a lining), so I altered my plans a little for the other two baskets.

Divided Baskets for Easter

I used Anna Graham's Divided Basket Pattern found at  If you remember, last year I made some little baskets from Kat's tutorial at Diary of a Flutter Kat.  These were much easier to make, but I couldn't fit much into them (both a blessing and a curse).  These divided baskets have a ton more room, as you will see below.

I really don't like to fill the baskets with candy (they get so much from school and Grandma), so I spent way more than I should and got some toys, pencils, snacks, even some Chapstick to go in them.  Here they are all filled.

filled Easter Baskets

Other stuff on my mind for this week is our upcoming trip to Mammoth, CA.  The whole family is going, and we hope to ski our little hearts out.  I can't wait!  I love skiing, even though I didn't really learn until high school (a girl from Florida doesn't have many opportunities, you know).  Although.... we are going for the whole week, and I'm not certain I am in good enough shape to last all week on the slopes.  So, as a back-up plan, I will be bringing my Handstitched Quilt to work on; just in case I'm stuck in the cabin with something broken or super sore.

In case you are wondering, Building Blocks Tuesday is already pre-scheduled and ready to go, as is Inspirational Sunday.  The only thing that will be missing next week is WIP Wednesday, and since I am making progress at a snail's pace on everything, you really won't be missing much!

This Wednesday...

Completed Projects:
  • April Showers Mug Rug - done, but I can't show you until the 17th (my new day in the schedule). Hmm, that might give me enough time to do another one.
  • Easter baskets - 3 of Noodlehead's Divided baskets are done!
On-going Projects:

AKA - "stuff I plan to touch this week or next".
  • Bee Blocks & BOM blocks - Skill Builder BOM blocks (now 2 months worth), April's Simply Solids stuff came in the mail this week too.
  • Star of Africa Bee - February's block still needs to be done, and we just found out the March theme
  • Les Amis Baby quilt - all the SID is completed.  I am struggling on deciding if I want to do an all-over feather design, or if I want to do a more traditional "inside the lines" feather design, or maybe just scrap feathers all together and do flowers.  Decisions, decisions.
  • Baby quilt in blue - fabrics chosen.  Must decide on a design soon.  I would like to do a interlocking square type pattern, but simple chevrons might be more appreciated by the mom.
  • Discontinuity 2 - top is complete using the log cabin method.  Backing came last week, but I haven't done the basting yet.
  • Block tutorial for my month of Make it Modern - coming this Monday, assuming I can get it done.

Back Burner:

These will likely be touched in a couple of weeks - I know I've been saying that for more than a couple of weeks.
  • Handstitched Medallion Quilt - quilting in progress.  This is the project I pull out whenever we go up to the mountains for the weekend.  I usually only get a few threads more done, but it is a nice project to do in front of the fireplace while the girls are watching movies.
  • Beginner Quilt Along at Quilting Gallery - PROGRESS!  I have put the sashing on!  Hey, it is something in the right direction.
  • Curves Class goodies - catch up in progress, but on hold for now.   
This week's stats:
Completed projects - 2
New projects - 1
Currently in Progress - 6 ish

Don't forget to link up any blocks you have been working on to the Building Blocks Tuesday post!

And as always, thanks for reading,


Quilter in the Closet

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 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. You must be the most generus easter bunny ever! Those baskets look so pretty and look at all that loot! Have fun skiing:)

  2. What lovely ladybirds -- and such sweetly thought-out gifts.

  3. Those Easter baskets have way awesomer stuff in them than I remember getting as a kid ;D

    Anyway, the baskets themselves look pretty great, good job!

  4. Your baskets are great and such lovely gifts! They remind me of Christmas stockings :)

  5. Love your baskets.

    Hope you get some stitching done on your holiday, but not because you have broken something or are super-sore!

  6. Oh, I love the sweet polka-dot for the pocket. It really looks great out there. :) Smart mama to fill with non-candy.

  7. Those baskets are sooo cute! I love how you stuffed them full of goodies :) I think I should make a couple... I always need more yarn and fabric storage!

  8. Those baskets are really adorable! Love all those pockets on them. Hope your holiday is wonderful!

  9. Your kids are going to be thrilled with these baskets, Jen!They look great.

  10. Your Easter baskets are adorable. you have really stuffed them with all kinds of goodies.
    Happy Easter.

  11. These look great, I'm sure the kids well love them even when the contents have gone!


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