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BASKET OF ORANGES
BASKET quilts are always
endowed with a quaint charm
that assures their popularity.
There is the "Cherry Basket"
which really shows no cherries,
the "Grape Basket" sometimes
called "Basket of Chips," and the
Fruit Basket. There are numerous
flower pot and basket designs with
both pieced and applique posies
above. But the "Basket of
Oranges" with its naturalistic fruit
and leaves atop a patchwork
basket is especially charming.
If seams are added to the
marking units here given, a block
will finish about 10 1/2 inches
square, right size for one of those
cunning little tuck in pillows, or a
border may be added for size. The
cutting patterns here given really
piece only the bottom half of the
blocks; the large top triangle upon
which the appliques place will be
identical in size with your pieced
half. Allow 3/16 seam extra on
all applique parts, also.
Material Estimate: When
set together on diagonal with
plain unbleached blocks this takes
25 pieced 10 1/2-inch square
blocks, 16 plain blocks, 16 plain
half-blocks (cut diagonally) and
4 plain quarter-blocks for the
corners. It requires 3/4 yard
orange, 2 yards turquoise, 1 yard
green and 5 1/2 yards unbleached
or a total of 9 1/4 yards. The quilt
top finishes about 75x75 inches,
and extra borders may be added
top and bottom for additional
One of those delightful
"Running Vine" borders, most
beautiful of the applique frames,
would be wonderful on this quilt.
The background could be about
10 inches wide, cut plain or
shallow scalloped. On this a
continuing S curved vine made
of green bias fold with leaves to
match, oranges slightly smaller
than those in the baskets, and
grapes cut the size of a quarter
A simpler border could be
pieced from white and turquoise
triangles and bordered with bands
of green with an orange binding at
the outside. Material estimate
does not include borders.
The Cherry Basket quilting
pattern is charming with this pattern, on the
alternate plain squares.