The Vintage Pink Basket Quilt, Part 10-Finally Finished!


Having heavily marked all the diagonal quilting lines, I’m slowly rolling the quilt back and forth on the longarm while spraying all the blocks with water: spray…wait to dry…roll…repeat. It helps that I have a ceiling fan almost directly above the machine.

So while I’m going through the “blue line removal” let me show you a few close-ups of the added embellishing.

This tiny pink butterfly, measuring about 1/2”x3/4” comes in handy by covering a split in the seam. Remember back a few posts when I told you the quilt top is a combo of both hand and machine construction? Well, this barely 1/8” seam opened up due to the stresses of the quilting process. While on the longarm I positioned the little butterfly and stitched around the edges.

More vintage ribbon fashioned into a bow at the top of the basket handle. The white lace leaf/fern looking motif is new and commercially produced. The ivory Lily of the Valley piece is vintage.

This flower, an older commercially produced piece has gotten a facelift by adding hand embroidery.

French knots and commercially produced daisy-like flowers add interest.

Larger daisy flowers and hand embroidered lazy-daisy flowers. I have yet to heat remove the lazy-daisy petal stitching lines.

Binding…one of my least fav tasks…a very old dominated hand thumb injury (think ski slope tumble) makes hand stitching very slow.

Taa-Daa! Finished and through the washer/dryer! Soft and cuddly and clean and ready as a utility throw for any cool weather that might find its way to Houston.

Now…you know the actual longarm quilting dilemma I experienced with this quilt. Do I like the diagonal lines? I say this honestly…I’m not crazy about them. Do I like the fact that this project is finished? Yes!

Do I think I should have thought out the process a bit better and added a 3” border around the quilt top to give it a visual anchor? Yes. I’ll just call it 20/20 hindsight.

Am I happy to have had the chance to rescue/save this wonderful vintage quilt? Absolutely!

Blessings to all and happy quilting!


11 thoughts on “The Vintage Pink Basket Quilt, Part 10-Finally Finished!

  1. Rhonda, in spite of all the obstacles you had to overcome with this piece, it turned out beautiful and you have a wonderful quilt you can be proud of! Great job!

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    1. Well some of them I actually use as throws, here in Houston I really don’t need a quilt on the bed too often others sometimes just get stacked up in my stack I like to call “oh look I finished these projects!” 🙂


  2. It’s beautiful and I love the cross-hatching, one of my favorite ways to fill in (but then I hand quilt). I mark my quilts with blue water erasable pens too, so when I’m finished, I just toss it in the washer and use the rinse cycle, easiest way to remove the marks.

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  3. I am blown away with your transformation of the quilt. Your detail work is amazing! I get enthralled looking at every detail of each close-up picture. Oh, those beautiful bleeding hearts! I gasped when the caption words “utility quilt” leapt off the page, but yes! I can imagine the pure joy of your being covered in the memories of your experience in creation.

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