“Gather” Easter Basket Quilt
The rain is falling, flowers are blooming, and Easter is coming soon. The Gather basket quilt is quilted and bound – and has found a cozy place on my daughter’s bed. Come take a peek at all the wonderful details.
Gather is made up of 36 basket quilt blocks and can be made with either 1 Layer Cake (10″ squares), 1 Jolly Bar (5″ x 10″ rectangles), 18 fat eighths, or scraps. These baskets are a really great introduction to curved piecing. I would consider this somewhere between confident beginner and intermediate skill levels overall. Curved piecing definitely seems a lot scarier than it actually is. I hope you’ll give it a try!
The pattern includes paper templates that you can mount to template plastic or cardboard to help you cut and trace the curved pattern pieces out. If you’d like to purchase ready-made acrylic templates, they are available for purchase here:
This quilt design actually came about because of the beautiful Easter Party fabric by Indy Bloom Design. (Those peeps!) It was definitely love at first sight. I bought a fat quarter bundle from Hawthorne Supply Co. (as well as some of the matching solid recommendations) without a clue what I was going to make and let the ideas percolate a bit.
As I swooned over these prints, I kept thinking about Easter baskets and what a great way they could be to show off these stunning prints. I’m loving how the whole quilt turned out! Of course, the pattern debuted as a part of my Flower Pot collection – check out those versions here and here.
For the background fabric, I used my “Magic Dot” print from the Folktale collection. It is long sold out now; however, there is a very similar “Magic Dot” print in my upcoming Country Rose fabric collection arriving in August/September 2022. (I strongly recommend to get your requests into shops ASAP as there will only be one printing and the order cutoff for shops is next week.) It’s definitely one of those prints I buy a whole bolt of. The gold binding print is a dainty floral print from Folktale as well.
- Pattern: Gather by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
- Fabric: Easter Party by Indy Bloom Design + “Magic Dot” print from Folktale by Lella Boutique for the background.
- Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen (me)
- Quilted by: Katie at Katie’s Quilting Co.
- Pantograph: “Wicker” by Leisha Kaye
This quilting was such a perfect choice for this one. A big thanks to Katie for her beautiful work. Her turnaround is excellent as well and I couldn’t recommend her enough.
If I had to choose a favorite basket block, it would surely be ones with the “peep” marshmallow bunnies. Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments.
LisaApril 7, 2022 at 5:08 am
Beautiful! I like the Peeps block too. Speaking of which, I cannot find Peeps here for Easter! I love the background fabric and need to get a stash of that. Have a great day.
Robyn EnglishApril 7, 2022 at 8:01 am
I love it and I love your quilts! It would be nice to see the backing fabric of your quilts when they are done! Just a tip! Thanks!
Jane C BahlmanApril 7, 2022 at 10:21 am
I love the white peeps . They make me think of white chocolate over marshmallows. I also haven’t seen any in the stores.
Robin KingApril 13, 2022 at 6:37 am
Vanessa, this version of Gather really spoke to me. I already had your pattern and was waiting for the right inspiration. I visited your friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. and picked up the following fabrics: Easter Party FQ bundle, Large Easter Blossoms in Sage Green (backing), Solids for the Baskets (Cotton Candy, Eucalyptus, Field of Lavender, Potter’s Clay, Spruce, Sugar Plum, Toasty Walnut, Tender Green, and Ocean Fog.) I had a good start but still needed the Background and Binding fabrics. I decided your Love Note Cloud Multi 5155 11 by Lella Boutique was PERFECT for the Background. Who doesn’t love pastel hearts?!! And, the final choice to make was which binding? Again, it was Love Note for the win: Distressed Stripes Grass 5153 14 which really played nice with the Sage Green backing. Thank you Vanessa for all of your fabrics, inspirations, and point of views. Waving from MEMphis… Robin
lellaboutiqueApril 13, 2022 at 4:39 pm
Oh that sounds just lovely! The hearts will make the sweetest background. I hope you’ll share a picture when you’re finished with it 🙂