|Mitchell River, Bairnsdale, Victoria|
While I was waiting for Mother's Day to come I thought about how I would use them. I like Dear Jane and The Farmer's Wife but I didn't want to make the same quilts as everyone else. I though that a basket block would suit the colours. I was going to use one pattern and make each block in a different colourway; then decided a collection of different basket blocks would be far more fun. And seeing as Pomegranate is a fruit I chose Fruit Basket as my first block.
My finished block, hot off the press, is a little smaller than my intended 6 inch finished. I had some difficulty dividing a six inch block into five by five pieces even with EQ7.
Fruit Basket is a pattern in Ruby McKim's 101 Patchwork Patterns (1931). She has suggested piecing it all in small squares and half triangles, I think that would have caused even more grief.
This fruit basket quilt was on eBay, I like the way the baskets spin around the (almost) centre.
The Mitchell River isn't the only picturesque place in Bairnsdale. I visited the Courthouse too. Inspiration can come from anywhere!