Today is the first installment in our quilt along, Easter Baskets.
Congratulations to Gloria, who wrote "I would to win the kit for the little basket quilt. Sure like Judie's fabric! Thanks for this giveaway." Gloria, we have emailed you and you have until Wed., March 5th, at 12 midnight to claim you kit.
Kits will be available for purchase at any time during the quilt along.
Just call or email us.
Let's get started with the basket blocks!
The basket blocks are constructed using 1" finished Triangles On A Roll, included in the kit.
You will need (1) 4 x 5 grid and (3) 2 x 5 grids of paper.
Fabric cutting instructions for making the hst units:
--From the background fabric, cut (1) 10 1/2" x WOF, and then subcut into
(1) 10 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle and
(3) 4 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles.
--From the green fabric, cut (1) 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle.
--From the double pink fabric, cut (1) 4 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle.
--From the yellow fabric, cut (1) 4 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle.
--From the violet fabric, cut (1) 4 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle
- Starch all the rectangles of background and colored fabric.
- Pair the rectangles of colored fabric with the corresponding rectangles of background fabric. Layer them right sides together and place the corresponding grid of paper on top. Pin in place.
- Turn your stitch length down and stitch on the dotted lines. It is not necessary to follow the arrows. It is important all lines are stitched.
- Rotary cut all the solid lines. Gently remove the papers, press to the colored fabrics, trim the ears and square to 1 1/2" as needed.
You will need (18) double pink hst units, (18) yellow hst units, (18) violet hst units and (36) green hst units that all measure 1 1/2" unfinished. Save any extra hst units to make a fun signature block for your quilt.
--From the remaining background fabric, cut (2) 1 1/2" x WOF strips and then subcut into
(18) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles and
(9) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares
--From the remaining green fabric, cut (9) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares
Assemble the block. Here are some pressing tips:
After sewing two hst units together, clip in the middle of the seam allowance a few threads away from the stitching. This will allow the diagonal seams to relax and press flat.
After sewing rows together, collapse the seam intersections and clip as needed on either or both sides of the collapsed seam intersection. If you want more instruction on how to collapse the seam intersections, go here.
Since the seams are so close together, you will find that pressing will be easier if you use a Strip Stick. This pressing tool allows you to focus on just the seam you are working on, and the other seams drape off the side of the stick out of the way of the iron.
The basket block should measure 4 1/2" unfinished. You will need to make 9.
Next Friday, the Alabama variation chain blocks for the center of the quilt.