Fall is in the air. I am starting to see lots of back to school pictures showing up on line and the apple farm down the road is opening for the season this weekend. It made me think of my Bushel Basket of Apples pattern. I originally made this block for Melinda in the Cocorico Bee. Her theme was Farmer’s Market. I thought I should make one for my “kitchen sink” quilt too.
I designed the pattern to include vertical seams in the basket that represent the slats that make up bushel baskets. It works really well with a textured solid, like I used in Melinda’s block. But I didn’t have anything like that left in my stash so I decided to use a woodgrain and piece those sections with one single piece of fabric. I thought that the multiple seams would be lost with the busy print. The added bonus is that it saves a lot of time (though I do love the slat look.)
I used one of my Improv fabrics for the background of the block and it works just as I had hoped when I designed it. It isn’t particularly directional so it doesn’t require careful placement and it just adds a little texture and interest to the background.
If you would like to make this block too, it’s available in the following places: