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.


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  1. Hi Rose,
    When I saw the 2nd alternative to the basket quilt I said “where is the basket?” Then I saw the alternative and was amazed to see what you could do with the same block. I thought the 2nd alternative looked much like a Navajo rug. They’re all full of squares, diamond shapes and rectangles.

  2. Breda Flood says:

    Hi Rose
    Thank u so much for your wonderful patterns. I may yet have one completed. Joseph and Breda are at the same address ( save u sending 2 files, but much appreciated) Keep up the good work as I thoroughly love getting them

    • Hi Breda. I’ve looked and I’m afraid that I can’t identify you both on my list as two separate entries, so I’m afraid I’ll just have to keep sending to both of you!

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    I was always afraid to try the basket block.It looked so complicated. But you explain it so well.Think I may try it.
    Still working on cleaning out the house. The people actually wanted to move in today May 22, but we said no, we are having the closing next Wednesday,May 27. Was your birthday this month? If I missed it Happy Belated Birthday. Mine is next Saturday, May 30. Crafty ladies must have been born in May (ha, ha).
    Glad you had a great time with your daughter, looking forward to pictures.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Sandra. Good luck with the move next week. I’m still waiting for an offer on my house. Happy Birthday for next Saturday.

  4. Hi Rose, I love getting your patterns online. Also love getting the fabric when I order and that its coming from England!! By the way, my youngest daughter is in Italy for two weeks and due to a cancelled flight out of Phoenix, Arizona, USA they had to fly directly to Healthrow’s London airport and then to Milan!! 🙂

    • Hi Kathy. I hope your fabric should be with you soon. What a long journey that must have been for your daughter – but I do envy her with two weeks in Italy. I loved it in Florence and hope to go back to visit other parts of Italy soon.

  5. Rose, It took me a while to see how the different layouts
    could be the same quilt (lol)
    There both so different. I think the first image looks more complicated.
    Thank you for always showing very good tutorials.
    Glad you had a nice time in Malta, looking forward to photos.

    • Hi Mary. That is one of the advantages of having EQ7 – I can look at alternative layouts far more easily now than when I had to lay out blocks on my kitchen floor to try out layouts!

  6. This is a good block and I would like to the first alternative. I think it makes a lovely design.

    • Thanks, Isabel. Isn’t it amazing how different the layouts look even though it’s the same block.

  7. Deb Ward says:

    love this pattern Rose!

  8. Maureen says:

    Hello Rose I am quite a beginner and love your patterns cant wait to get further on.

  9. Great grand ma Sheila xxx says:

    hi Rose another interesting block ,glad you had a nice time with your daughter in Gibralter ,are the Monkeys still playing around ?
    Henry James has put about 7 oz on in his first week a right little porker bless

    • Hi Sheila. Yes, we saw the monkeys on the rock – they stole one lady’s earring and no one dared to try and get it back! Sounds like Henry James is growing well.

  10. Love this pattern,the colour ways are endless.

  11. They look like Flying Geese Rose! I love geese and this has changed my mind about basket blocks!!

    Many thanks for the new insight into blocks that ‘have not’ appealed to me…

    • Hi Toni. I hadn’t expected that when I started making the blocks. Bit of a bonus there – I think that it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.

      • Yes, isn’t that so true about putting blocks together, nice little surprises…keeps the patchwork interesting doesn’t it. There’s so much playing around to be had!

        • Hi Janine. I still feel surprised when I see how different quilts can look through rotations or colour changes. As you say, there’s always so many ways of looking at things.