DSCN8470DSCN8468DSCN8467A kind reader requested an image of my completed Tessa basket.  It hasn’t been out of my sight since the finish!  I like everything about this pattern.  It’s the perfect size for my sock knitting, but roomy enough to add a few other essentials.  And I love being able to see the lining as well as the interior contents in a glance.  DSCN8464Some fabrics come along that speak to the quilter in a special way.  The Mesa line by Cotton and Steel falls into this category.  Each design seems to ask for its own spotlight and, to my mind, requires a pattern that will give it the space it deserves.  DSCN8465I chose a traditional Churn Dash and pumped the block up to 18″ – a technique that I borrowed from Brenda Ratliff (she’s brilliant, I’m a huge fan).DSCN8466DSCN8463My plan is to add 3.5″ lattice strips which will include small randomly placed shapes.  I’ve run out of Kona white again so it’s back to the store.

We are having an overcast gloomy day – appropriate for Good Friday.  Winter seems behind us now with temperatures rising into the 60’s.  Still, the good dog found a patch of snow in his yard and sat in it yesterday while sun bathing.  What a comic he is.DSCN8449And speaking of comics – check out the attitude of this one …IMG_0977A blessed Easter to all.


About jody

mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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4 Responses to tessa

  1. Very cute basket! It’s fun and more enjoyable to be able to see the lining at all times! Loving your new churn dash blocks, those are super fun prints!


  2. SamanthaK says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I love it! It is nice to see the inside as well as the outside, and something that adorable I wouldn’t let out of my sight either,

    I sure like your new blocks. The bigger the block, the less you have to make. Cotton and Steel prints are really starting to grow on me. They have a very distinctive look that is easy to spot.


    • jody says:

      Thanks for your nice comments! I held off purchasing the Cotton and Steel for quite awhile, but finally caved when I saw the Tokyo linen!!! After that, all bets were off. I’d like to make a larger bag for travel too, but all of those zippers give me the willies! Truth be told, I’ve collected the hardware and zippers for one and this might be the weekend that it comes into being!


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