Quilt Flap

This blog is for and about vintage and antique quilts and the folks who love them. We get together and show our quilts. Hence the term 'quilt flap,' as in, drag-n-brag or show-n-tell. Starting in coastal North Carolina, a region of the American South with lots of history and mosquitoes, we hope other people will join us as we search out textile treasures and share them on this blog.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Baskets and Quilts

A  tisket, a tasket
A green and yellow basket       
I wrote a letter to my love
And on my way I dropped it
I dropped it
I dropped it
And on my way I dropped it.
A little boy he picked it up
And put it in his pocket.

OK-my basket's not green-and-yellow. It's gold with bitty yellow spots and big pink polka dots. For whatever reason, quilters love baskets. Depicted as pieced quilt designs or serving as handy storage for quilters' sewing tools, the basket is a symbol of domesticity as much as a handmade patchwork quilt.

I have a few basket quilts in my collection and have made several basket quilts myself. However, I've never made a real basket and can only admit that I am an admirer of the art of basketry. 

Showing a few vintage basket quilts now. This 1930s quilt of wool, silk, and rayon was an ebay treasure. 

Advertised as being in good condition, this quilt was actually a tattered beauty. But when I got it up on the fence to photograph, I was taken with its loopy charm. Crazy quilt + appliqued baskets! 

This 1940s Basket quilt belongs to my friend Anne Hope Marvin. She found it as an unfinished top and sewed on the pink and blue borders and hand quilted it. It's from a wide place in the road called Black Jack, North Carolina (after a tree of the same name) and so I call it Black Jack Baskets.

Black Jack Baskets inspired me to make a quilt of my own. Meet Black Jack Baby. Note: the quilt is not faded on the left. The picture was taken on a humid hotter-than-Hades day and the camera fogged up.

Baby now has a scrappy smaller sibling that is yet unquilted. 

Baskets keep coming up in my quilts, even if only a singleton in a sampler. This little quilt top is from my plaids class and the basket block was certainly the most time-intensive block to sew.

And if you put something in the basket, it's even more interesting. Here is a North Carolina Lily block in some of my favorite colors. Not quilted yet.

With times what they are, excursions to thrift stores are a treat. Obeying social distancing etc. etc. I
ventured in to a second-hand store today and came out with a basket as my prize.

Sue Williams, a master basket-maker friend, identified my thrift store basket as almost certainly hand woven from oak. Enjoy this short video about Sue and her work. She was awarded the 2019 Heritage Folklife Award from the governor of Tennessee. 


Blogger Penny Prichard said...

Great post, good way to spend a sleepless night. Would you like to make a basket together? I'd be happy to teach you. I have a wonderful tool basket that is fun to make and you would use all the time.

May 24, 2020 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Susanne Miyake said...

Hmmmm, something in the air? I got a bee in my bonnet and randomly made two basket blocks this week.

May 24, 2020 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Connie Wells said...

Thank you for posting this! I enjoyed the clip of Sue Williams too! But i do hope you get a better night's sleep tonight!

May 24, 2020 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Baskets on a Crazy Quilt- love that combo! Fun post.

May 26, 2020 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I love basket quilts, too. But have only made one, a stamp basket quilt using a set of 7 fat quarters I bought at my LQS many years ago It's one of a very few quilts I made using muslin. I bought extra fabric to match one of the fat quarters (irises on dark purple background) and made a large lap quilt. I found a small basket template just the right size and used it to quilt 4 stamp baskets in each plain muslin square. It's one of my favorites.

May 30, 2020 at 10:48 PM  

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