Born to be wild Basket of Lilies

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Born to be Wild blog Hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. For this hop I stepped out of my comfort zone and did some fmq on my domestic and sewed Y seams, “oh yes I did”. A great big thank you to Carol for all the work she does to create and organize the multiple hops throughout the year. She truly has built a very nice community for us to share and be inspired by one another.

“Had a fall so if you leave a comment I’ll respond as soon as I am able. Know I’m also looking at what you shared in the hop, it just takes too darned long to type one handed.”

Basket of Lilies pillow sham

AccuQuilt sent me the new Basket of Lilies die they released the first of this month and I wanted to play with it a little even though I had planned on dinosaurs for the hop. At the moment time doesn’t allow for a large quilt so I decided to make a pillow sham. Here’s the die, without it I never would have attempted to cut all these pieces by hand even for a single 12″ block. If you have any interest at all in the die there is a limited supply.

paccuquilt die

Y seams are not my favorite and I must admit the patches got a little mixed up and I may have started over a time or two or ten. Either way I still do not like Y seams and there was more cutting and sewing after these were thrown aside. The fabric is from my Island Batik scraps.

paccuquilt die

The next set of patches I decided to carefully lay out as they were removed from the die, (before I started stitching again) and that was the ideal thing to do.

paccuquilt die

The stems are fusible and I ran a straight stitch along their seems and decided to go ahead and fmq at this point, I really need the practice. Lilies are my favorite flower and this will be admired while waiting for the real thing to bloom.

paccuquilt die

The die gets an A+ even though I struggled in the beginning, it’s not the dies fault. There is a bed sized quilt in its future. When I say struggled…well, I worked on it 2 nights in a row and a day. The first night I was so frustrated after sewing the partial blocks a couple photos up. The second night I messed around for 10 min or less and threw up my hands and turned everything off. Saturday I started the day fresh and was able to complete it right after dinner. Slow and steady. Now that I know what I was doing wrong the mistakes will not be repeated.

Finished Pillow

basket of lilies quilt block

I really wanted to add a zipper but since I didn’t have one on hand this was stuffed with Hobbs Poly Down Fiber Fill I purchased from Fat Quarter Shop. Then I finished it off with 1 1/2″ single fold binding cut with a strip die also from AccuQuilt.


  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your fall. Hope you heal soon. Your basket quilt is beautiful and I’m so glad you made friends with the pieces finally. LOL!! It’s funny how some things can trip us up from time to time, but such a good feeling when we conquer them. Take care!

  2. I’m not normally a fan of yellow, especially bright yellow, but you made a gorgeous block wihch will bring joy for a long time. Kudos to you!

  3. Denise, you did a fantastic job on the lilies pillow. Kudos to you for sticking with the Y seams. I don’t like them at all so I avoid them like crazy!

    1. Normally I do too but I’ve always loved this block so jumped when given the op to receive the die.

  4. I love your pillow. Not sure if I would want to attempt that many Y seams but the end result is beautiful.

    1. Once I got the hang of it it really wasn’t that bad.The worse part was patch placement and getting the blocks in the right direction.

  5. Lovely pillow and this block will make a beautiful quilt! I haven’t worked with Y seams…too fussy!!! Good for you for powering through! I hope you heal quickly from you fall…those are never a good thing!

  6. Wow, you did a great job one-handed. I think it’s wonderful to have to force ourselves to use only one hand or to do something with the ‘other’ hand. I loved the lilies pillow and it’s so fun to stumble into a wild lily.

  7. Sewing “Y” seams is something I only did once and that was enough. I love that you kept at it and mastered the process to make this beautiful pillow. Way to go! Thank you for sharing your wild adventure in “Y” seams!

    1. A wild adventure it was and so frustrating at first. Thank you for the hop, I’m playing catchup after taking a spill the 2nd day of the hop and spraining my wrist. I’ll see you over on your site soon.

  8. Great work! I love pillow covers. I recently dove into Y seams and they kicked my butt! haha. Great job!

    1. Thanks.Normally I avoid Y seams and curved piecing but the AccuQuilt video makes it look so simple, and it really was after I figured out the correct placement of patches.

  9. Hi Denise! Really cute pillow but those y-seams would be off-putting for me. I did recently sew a block that required them and it wasn’t too bad so I guess maybe I should give it a chance! Walking away when you’re frustrated is the best practice. I’ve found I make even more mistakes at that point and only get more annoyed. Happy Tuesday! ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Exactly but I was determined because I have always loved this block. Playing catch up now after my spill.

  10. It’s beautiful! I have looked at that die, but I have a Go Baby so it won’t work for me. Good for you for persevering–you have a wonderful project now! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you.Oh you should really get the GO!. During their release live parties they offer great discounts, I think during one you could get almost 40% off with a discount code. You just have to watch and wait.

  11. I love that block, too, but all those little pieces! Still, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I can see this block as a skill-builder. And it sure is pretty. You did a great job. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you. You know, once I realized what I was doing wrong I whipped out that block in no time. AccuQuilt has made me step out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion and I love this one.

  12. Your lilies turned out beautiful! Even with your few struggles, no one would know it looking at the finished pillow.

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