Tea Basket Quilt Pattern

Tea basket quilt

Tea basket quilt

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

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

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 half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

Tea basket quilt block layout

Tea basket quilt block layout

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.

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

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

Row one

Row one

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.

Row two

Row two

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.

Row three

Row three

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.

Fourth row

Fourth row

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

Add the quilt border

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.

Here’s the video:

What a time span!

What a time span!

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.

War memorial and St Martins church

War memorial and St Martins church

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!

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  1. Ella WILSON says:

    hi Rose thanks for the fabric and your latest quilt I must say I feel you are very happy in the new house you are a wonderful person you even share your history with us of places you go to its just nice for me hear about the things you do and the places you visit I find it very interesting thank for sharing I love your fabrics and the price is just right for my pocket I have been busy making item for the craft market its called Islay and Jura craft market it only on 2 days a week I joined last September and enjoy the company of other crafters I am still a Islay quilter as well

    • Hi Ella. Thanks for your kind comments. Good luck with the craft market. I hope you make plenty of money.
      My apologies for not replying to the comments below and to many emails, but i’my struggling with internet access at the moment.

  2. Jo Williams says:

    Beautiful quilt block looks easy.
    Your pictures are very nice, so glad they are still standing after so many years.

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Thank you for sharing that bit of history. You live in an exciting area.
    Thank you for the quilt idea. Iam finished with the one I had started. Had to take a break as my husband’s brother died so we are grieving and making arrangements. His wife is taking it very hard as he was not sick. Just lay down and went to sleep forever.
    In a week or so I will get back to my machine and the choices I have. I am overwhelmed. Will need to decide. We also had at least 6 inches of snow with more predicted for tonight or tomorrow. I hope not. I thought Spring was just around the corner.
    Have a great weekend Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. So sorry to hear about your brother in law. What a shock that must have been for the family. I’m sure you’ll be glad to find the time for sewing again. Like you, I keep hoping that spring is just round the corner.

  4. Rose, what a lovely quilt pattern. Thank you. I like browns in a quilt and your
    favourite colour (blue) are a good match.
    The photo is intriguing and as you pointed out the different centuries
    which the war memorial and church span. I love old churches because they are
    peaceful places and they make me think of the people who built them.
    such beautiful workmanship.
    Rose your always busy.

    • Hi Mary. Glad you like the quilt – I know my colour choices aren’t always to everyone’s taste! Like you, I adore visiting churches – they give out such a feeling of calm.

  5. Hi Rose thank you for you posts. To me your beginner quilt series is stil my go to for .. How much binding etc. Love your commitment to pass on your knowledge. Perhaps one day we’ll meet in the Rag Market, keep up your great work. Best wishes Sarah

    • Hi Sarah. I’m glad you find the beginner quilting section helpful. I love that area around the rag market – I can always find something that I like either there or in the Fancy Silk Store.

  6. susan williams says:

    I like your tea basket quilt pattern. Hope you don,t mind me asking you a question on another one of your quilts. I would like to make your stained glass window quilt I have to make QAUG quilts as I had a stroke a couple of years ago and can,t manage a large quilt is there any adjustments I would have to make to do the stained glass quilt as a QAYG. Thankyou Susan WILLIAMS

  7. Beatufil quilt, and you make it look simple. Thank you Rose.

  8. Gorgeous quilt, Rose! I really like the color combination. I will be finishing my baby blanket today. Believe me when I tell you that I spent hours just trying to finish off the binding. My quilt making nemeses – binding and 1/2 square triangles.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Claire. Isn’t it funny – I love doing the binding because it signifies a completed quilt! Glad you’ve finished your baby blanket – you must be pleased to have that out of the way.

  9. Hi Rose you always seem to be busy?. Don’t know where you get the time to sew so much ?. Nice sunny day here in north of Scotland but frosty! ?. Thank you for the pattern & have a lovely weekend ???

    • Thanks, Dianne. I have time to design but rarely finish my quilts, unfortunately. Glad you’ve seen some sunshine – it’s been a bit lacking down here.

  10. Rita Rhind says:

    As a child I went with my mother on market day down to the bull ring, the barrow boys were there shouting their wares. There were jugglers, acrobats and other performers it was 1945 it was still cobblestones. We went to the fish market and my mother would buy fish, my treat was a penny dish of cockles. Next was a trip to the rag market which afforded us used clothing, since at that time clothes were still on coupons. They had a market trader who made boiled sweets in the shape of fish. We went up to New St. To see a crater with an unexploded bomb, my sister and I took this in our stride along with broken water pipes filling the road with rivers of muddy water.

    • Hi Rita. Thanks so much for your memories of the bull ring area. I was totally fascinated to read them – I really appreciate your taking the time to share.

  11. Dear Rose – thank you for the guide to Birmingham. So much to see and to learn and possibly get inspiration from. Lovely for you.

    This is a delightful quilt and I think I will have to put it on my to do list. I have a thing about the colour brown so will just have to think of another colour combination although it does look stunning here.

    Thank you. all best Janny.

    • Hi Janny. I’m sure there’s also a lot of history in your neck of the woods. You could certainly make it in many different colourways. I know that brown isn’t to everybody’s taste.

  12. One of the most complicated I’ve seen – but you give excellent, clear instructions, both written and in your video – the end result is most unusual and stunning.

    Fascinating photo spanning the centuries – Birmingham does seem to have a lot to offer. Where I live in Orpington, the Orpington hen originated here and we have some Roman ruin remains but that’s about it as far as I can tell.

    • Hi June. I hope it’s not too complicated – still just needs squares and half square triangles to make it. Thanks for the Orpington info – I must try and look at the Roman ruins next time I’m down your way.