I’ve used a simplified version of the tea basket quilt block together with a simple diamond in a square block to make this quilt. I’ve also added some blue to the block – you know how I like my blues!
The quilt measures 54″ square and I have used sixteen 12″ finished size blocks. Fabric requirements are 1.3/4 yards of blue, 1.1/4 yards of brown, 3/4 yard of white and 1/2 yard of yellow.
Cutting requirements for the tea basket quilt
3.1/2″ squares: thirty two brown, eight blue, twenty four white
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in yellow and white, eight each in yellow and brown, eight each in brown and white
6.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in blue and brown
For the border you will need five 3.1/2″ strips of blue fabric cut across the width of fabric.
Make the half square triangle units
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour pairings listed above. Place two squares with right sides together 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 which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Repeat with 6.7/8″ squares to make 6.1/2″ half square triangle units for the alternate blocks. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
Make the tea basket quilt block
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There are brown 3.1/2″ squares in three corners, with a white square for the fourth corner. The blue square in the second row is an addition that I made to tie in with the alternate blocks. The yellow triangles form a butterfly shape across the white corner while the brown triangles form one across the diagonally opposite brown corner.
In the middle section, a brown square with two brown triangles form a larger triangle. I think that this is a fairly easy block to layout because any wrong placements will show up quite quickly.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the tea basket quilt block. YOu need to make eight of these.
Make the alternate block
This block is even more simple – just four of the large half square triangles. Place these so that the blue is always on the inside, forming a blue diamond within the brown square.
Sew the squares into pairs and then sew the pairs to each other. You also need to make eight of this block.
Assemble the tea basket quilt
The blocks are laid out in four rows of four. Each row contains two tea basket blocks and two alternate blocks. Row one is made with two alternate blocks in the middle. The blocks at the ends of the row are placed so that the tea baskets point towards the corners.
For row two the alternate blocks are at the ends of the row. The tea basket blocks are placed so that they point towards the top corners.
In row three the blocks are the same but the tea baskets point towards the bottom corners. This gives you that X shape in the middle of the quilt.
Finally in the fourth row the tea basket blocks are at the ends, pointing towards the bottom corners. The two alternate blocks are in the middle of the row.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of blue fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.
That completes the tea basket quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.
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St Martins Church, Birmingham
The rag market in Birmingham is situated just below the bullring shopping centre. So is St Martins church. The other day I happened to look up and realise what an amazing time span was covered by the war memorial on the left, a glimpse of the bullring shopping centre in the middle and St Martins church on the right.
St Martins is a Victorian building, built on the site of a 13th century church. It was originally the parish church of Birmingham and is a lovely calming place to visit.
The Bullring dates back to medieval times, but the most recent version of the shopping centre was completed in 2003.
The Tree of Life war memorial was dedicated in 1993 and remembers the blitz when Birmingham had to endure 365 air raid alerts and 77 actual air raids.
So much history in one place!