At first glance, this does NOT look like a basket quilt. But, it is! Stand back, and look again. Can you see the three baskets, tipped over on their sides, being crushed by their contents – pineapples? A perfect and unique basket quilt!
The inspirational quilt’s construction is curious and intriguing. It is neither an ordinary basket quilt nor a traditional pineapple quilt. It is a bit peculiar, and strange. I have speculated why the three baskets are dissimilar. Was the quilter practicing her sewing skills using different sizes and numbers of triangles? Was she intentionally striving to create her own unique statement using different baskets? The pineapples are different also! Some might think it is unusual, incompatible, ludicrous, or even grotesque to mix two distinct color patterns of pineapples in the same quilt. What happened here? Did the quilter work on one stack of pineapples, put them away, start on the second stack, and later discover that the stacks were color opposites? Can you imagine her moment of recognition? Did she say a bad word or two? Was this a purposeful design decision or a moment of inattention to detail?
My task – reproduce, copy, or modify? Do I emphasize the baskets or the pineapples? Do I include both pineapple colorations? After generating countless computerized design possibilities and obsessing over the look and feel I wanted to achieve, I discovered that exact copies of the quilt felt contrived and uninspired. In the end, my reproduction is not as fanciful, creative, or as carefree as the inspirational quilt. I must also admit with humility and introspection that I am not brave enough to co-mingle different types of pineapples in the same quilt. I kept the dissimilar baskets for character and charm, and set them on point so they were strong and stable enough to hold the pineapples steady.