I finished filling out all my documentation sheets early this week, clearing off even more space on the worktable, readying to fill it again with new projects! I put a fresh blade in my rotary cutter and got to work. This Ghana batik is going into the first baby quilt.
As is this snow dye I was less than thrilled with. But it is a good pairing with that batik
I'm freewheeling here, hoping to capture an idea that popped into my head awhile back. I decided not to try to sketch out the image that came to me, but just have faith that as I work with the strips, I can reconstruct it. The strips are cut 2 inches wide with this arrangement just a start to get me going. The blue batik further to the right will also be cut into strips to fill in. This is what I was referring to when I said I was done with circles for awhile, being siren sung by rectangles.
But before I do more to that, I also cut strips for another basket to be given as a housewarming gift. The recipient's favorite color is red and what is left of this very old print should look good as the accent.
Oh, I am SO pleased with how this turned out. I wanted to try another oval basket since my first try didn't turn out quite like I'd envisioned. I really like the baskets with the more vertical sides and I definitely got that with this one.
Another improvement - I managed the sides better to avoid the dip I got with the other one and also did a better job of tapering the end of the clothesline at the finish.
The particular pattern I was using as a guide did not call for the base to be done in the same fabric as the accent band but the red hand-dye I'd chosen was in short supply - not enough of it to do the base too. I actually like this better - a little surprise when you look inside.
This one is a bit smaller than the other oval basket (partly because the sides do not slope out) - I'm tempted to say, not too big and not too small: 9" x 6" and about 4 inches deep. And no need for handles or embellishment to improve it - it's pretty darn perfect as is. I just love it!