The pieced basket block quilt was a popular quilt pattern during the late nineteenth century and reemerged during the quilt revivals of the twentieth century. Examples of traditional pieced basket block quilts, however, date back before the Civil War. After the Civil War quilt makers began to add a variety of creative appliqué elements to the pieced basket blocks. Quilts made from pieced basket blocks became more uniform after women’s magazines began to publish patterns for them. The pieced basket block quilts have not lost their appeal and continue to be popular even in modern quilts.
I purchased my inspiration quilt from eBay. The quilt maker had appliquéd single posies in each basket which I found charming. The inspiration quilt has twenty baskets arranged in two pairs of horizontal rows facing each other. The light background creates negative space and gives this quilt a contemporary appearance. This inspiration quilt has a simple color scheme of pink and brown using fabrics from the quilter’s scrap bag. The fabrics used in this quilt were fashionable in the late 1800s and would have made beautiful dresses or shirts.
For my study quilt I used similar reproduction fabrics in shades of pink. I used EQ6 to create a pattern as the basket blocks I used are smaller than the blocks in the inspiration quilt. I sketched the posy appliqué from the original blocks. The baskets and settings are machine pieced and machine quilted. The basket handles and posies are hand appliquéd. I used nine baskets in my study quilt and arranged them in a vertical setting alternating with plain blocks. The darker border was added for contrast and interest.