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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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
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.
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.