Scrappy basket quilts have always been a favorite of mine, so when I had the chance to participate in this quilt study, I jumped right in. Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection by Kay & Lori Lee Triplett and Xenia Cord had recently been released and I knew the moment I saw the Eight Petal Flower Center Medallion with Basket Border quilt, this was the one I wanted to make.
Because I was working from an image and not the actual textile, I decided this quilt study would be a challenge of my inner eye. I would not “copy” fabric for this beautiful antique quilt, as I had done with others in the past; rather, the quilt would inspire me. So I drafted a pattern as close as possible to the size requirements and used my own selection of fabrics to create the overall antique expression. It was a challenge to maintain the scrappy look and allow some fabrics to be paired with others – because they just didn’t go together. What struck me in the end was that most scrappy quilts seem to have the same visual aesthetic. Ultimately, I learned that the multitude of fabrics leads my eye to a place of cohesiveness among the chaos of different prints and plaids. It is this overall “unity of the variety” that draws me to love scrap quilts.