I've been wanting to work with these fabric coiled baskets again, with the thought of playing with color palettes, almost in an abstract way. I also wanted to make one up as a housewarming gift and this one using leftovers from the Sea and Sand quilt should do the trick. The new house has a bit of water view off over the trees. Rather than put that leftover yellow from the binding in the center per the example in the book, I've placed it at the bottom as if you were standing at water's edge. The trimmings of the batik backing is the next layer up, once the water gets deep enough you can't see the sandy bottom anymore. And a few rounds of darker blue to be added at the top is what you might see the farther towards the horizon you gaze.
Working with this color palette reminds me how much I love it. I especially like the way the hand-dyed yellow looks in the base of the basket. I've been too frugal in the past, thinking hand-dyes and batiks too "special" and expensive for a project like this. It's easier to incorporate them when cuttings from another project present themselves as scraps rather than having to cut into, say, a full yard of pristine fabric. I also find the wrapping process as soothing and relaxing as that color palette.