Basket Quilt Pattern

Basket quilt pattern

Basket quilt pattern

Basket quilt blocks come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and complexity.  I’ve chosen the most simple basket block to show you this week, together with my favourite layout.  This particular version of a basket quilt block is also known as the sugar bowl block.  I have shown a few suggested alternative layouts at the end of the pattern that you may be interested in.

I know that it looks like a mass of half square triangles, but in fact there are only nine half square triangle units in each basket quilt block – they just come together to create this delightful impression of radiating triangles.

The quilt measures 44″ square and I have made sixteen basket quilt blocks which are 10″ square finished size.  I have used 1/2 yard of blue fabric, 1 yard of dark brown and 1.1/2 yards of cream fabric.  As ever, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed basket quilt block

Completed basket quilt block

Cutting requirements for the basket quilt pattern

6.7/8″ squares:  eight dark brown, eight cream

2.7/8″ squares:  sixteen dark brown, forty eight blue, sixty four cream

2.1/2″ squares:  sixteen dark brown, one hundred and twelve cream

For the border you will need 2.1/2″ wide brown strips:  two 40.1/2″ long and two 44.1/2″ long

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the basket quilt block

You need to make half square triangle units with both the 6.7/8″ squares and the 2.7/8″ squares.  Lay a cream square right sides together with either a blue or a brown square and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue or brown fabrics and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.  These squares should now measure either 2.1/2″ or 6.1/2″ square.

Basket quilt block layout

Basket quilt block layout

Lay the squares out as shown.  There’s a large brown/cream half square triangle in the middle with three small blue/cream half square triangles on one side and two cream squares and a brown/cream half square triangle on the other side.

The first row is made with a brown square at one end, a cream square at the other end and three blue/cream half square triangles between them.  The bottom row is made with three cream squares followed by a brown/cream half square triangle and then another cream square in the corner.

Sew the squares across the top and bottom rows

Sew the squares across the top and bottom rows

Sew the squares together across the top and bottom rows of the basket quilt block.  Sew the three squares on either side of the central square in columns.  You will then be able to sew together the three columns in the middle to make one row.  Sew the three rows to each other to complete the block.  You need to make sixteen of these.

Rows 1 and 3 of the basket quilt

Rows 1 and 3 of the basket quilt

Assembling the basket quilt pattern

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four.

Rows 1 and 3 are the same as each other:  the blocks are rotated so that in the first and third blocks the baskets face towards the top left while in the second and fourth blocks the baskets face towards the top right.

Rows 2 and 4 of the basket quilt

Rows 2 and 4 of the basket quilt

Rows 2 and 4 are the same as each other:  this time in the first and third blocks the baskets are facing towards the bottom left while in the second and fourth blocks the baskets are facing towards the bottom right.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the basket quilt pattern.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

I have made a simple border using 2.1/2″ strips of brown fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the sides.

First alternative basket quilt pattern layout

First alternative basket quilt pattern layout

Second layout option

Second layout option

Alternative layouts for the basket quilt pattern

I have shown you my favourite layout in detail, but here are some further examples of a basket quilt pattern using exactly the same blocks as I have made above.

On the left is a straightforward placement with no rotation of the blocks.  On the right is  a basket quilt pattern with different rotations of the blocks.

Here’s the video:

Last week I had a wonderful few days in Gibraltar with my daughter.  I had hoped to show you some of the photos this week but I just haven’t had the time to sort them, so that will have to wait until next week.  I had also planned a fabric sale to celebrate my birthday earlier this month but I haven’t had time to do that either – so that’s also planned for next week now.

Craftsy

Art Deco Charm Quilt

 

Art deco charm quilt

Art deco charm quilt

I made the Art Deco charm quilt from a charm pack that I picked up last time I visited the Fabric Freedom warehouse.  It’s a lovely pack with some really rich looking Christmas fabrics.  It’s not strictly a charm pack in the sense that there are several squares of each fabric, rather than just one of each, but it’s still a lovely pack.  I thought that if I made up a very simple quilt you’d be able to see all the fabrics provided.

Art deco charm pack

Art deco charm pack

Making the art deco charm quilt

As the charm squares are all quite dark, I’ve used a light fabric to go between them.  There are 42 squares in the pack and I cut forty 5″ squares in a cream silk which I thought would set the charm squares off nicely.

Lay the squares in rows of nine

Lay the squares in rows of nine

I used nine rows of nine squares, which meant that I didn’t use one of the charm squares.  Lay them all out in rows, starting every first row with a charm square and every second row with a cream square.  I laid out most of the rows before I started sewing so that I could try and avoid having several of the same fabric near each other.  I think that I’ve commented before that my ‘random’ placements always seem to end up with clusters of colour!

Sew the squares across the rows

Sew the squares across the rows

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  I used the same cream silk to make a border, using 3.1/2″ strips.  I needed two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the sides.

Stitch in the ditch quilting

Stitch in the ditch quilting

I quilted the art deco charm quilt very lightly – I wasn’t sure how well the silk would take quilting, and I felt that the charm squares had enough pattern on them already.  So I just quilted in the ditch in both directions to make a cross hatch design.

Then – wait for it! – I even bound it!  It’s extremely rare for me to get as far as completing a quilt these days, so I felt very satisfied with my efforts.  I’m not sure whether it will become a Christmas quilt or a table cloth.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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