Today, I taught a liberated baskets workshop for a group of 8 quilters from the London Friendship Quilters' Guild. My friend, Christine, was there to help out as well. We started with a short discussion about Liberated Quilting and Christine and I talked about attending the Beaver Island Quilt Retreats where we were converted to liberated quilt making by Gwen Marston. (This is a quilt that Christine, Carol and I made for Gwen and gave to her at the final BIQR in 2013.--note the centre of the quilt is a liberated string basket!)
We started by learning how to make a simple liberated basket with a machine appliqued bias handle.
Here is Maureen with her basket:
You can't tell from the picture, but Anne made all of her baskets mini sized.
This is Lynsey's basket:
Striped fabrics are fun for the handles.
After everyone had made one basket, we got back together to talk about the endless possibilities for liberated basket blocks. I showed lots of pictures of quilts from Gwen Marston's books of Gwen's and other quilters' basket quilts. Then, the magic happened. Everyone got it! Dozens of interesting and creative baskets emerged from the sewing machines around the room.
A flower pot basket by Anne:
A two handled purse by Pam:
Mary's Oriental Fabric purse:
Anne's double handled basket:
Lorraine's aqua basket on a wild background:
At the end of the day, we talked about how to put the blocks together--the blocks were not made all the same size. Each quilter had a chance to show off their blocks.
Anne's mini baskets--note that one fell over! She also made a pile of three baskets.
Lynsey's baskets (she is thinking of embroidering some flowers on the middle white piece.):
Pam's baskets (the top left one is a clutch with a little bow on the top edge.):
Christine's blue Civil War fabric baskets:
Edith's Easter Baskets:
Susan's baskets (I love the orange handle on the blue basket!):
Lorraine's baskets (Love the stripes!)
Mary's Oriental Purses with fun handles:
Maureen used Wonder Under and machine blanket stitch for her handles.
These are my baskets. I am making a liberated basket sampler.
I have another block started but not done yet. This one will have flowers of some sort on the ends of the stems and I will likely add some leaves as well.
It was a great day. I was pleased that everyone went outside their usual style and embraced liberated quilt making for the day.