I am making a "Bright Baskets" applique quilt. I have seen a few examples. There is a modern version in a Blackbird Design book, and I have seen two different much older versions in the state books. Mine will not be antiquey looking, as my baskets will be in bright colors with rick-rack handles. I cut out more than 220 baskets today, and am basting them to 6" blocks. I have about 30 already done. The background is creme on creme tones, and the baskets are bright. I just used stuff from the stash, and it turns out that I don't have as much patterned fabric as I would have liked, but I am making 2 baskets from each fabric. The colors are all over the place and I am considering using a darker blue or green for the outside triangles to give it a little unity, but I'll have to think about it. Of course, I could use a border, but I'm really liking the idea of all those little baskets.
I also received today in the mail a quilt pattern of the map of Michigan. She used fusible and did a watercolor technique with 2" squares. I'm probably going to extensively change the pattern, make the map a bit more accurate, and not use fusible because I don't like the feel of it in a quilt. This map will be a bed quilt for one of my sons some day. He plans to study abroad for a year or so and I thought it would be fun to have a quilt of home.