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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Sugar Bowl Quilt Block

Sugar bowl quilt block

Sugar bowl quilt block

I very rarely use sugar, but what a beauty this sugar bowl quilt block is!  It is very simple to make, using squares and half square triangles only.  It is completely symmetrical which always helps with laying out the patchwork squares because you can keep checking that the right hand and left hand sides are the same as each other.  I have made it here as a 16″ finished size quilt block.

Cutting requirements

2.1/2″ squares:  twenty eight white, eight greeen, four cream

2.7/8″ squares:  twelve each in green and white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the sugarbowl quilt block

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a green and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along one of the diagonals.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two half square triangles which are 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the white and trim the corners.

Sugar bowl quilt block layout

Sugar bowl quilt block layout

 

Lay the patchwork squares out in eight rows of eight.  As you can see, each of the green shapes is made using two green squares and six green/white half square triangles.  There are four white squares in the middle of the block with a cream square outside each corner of this central square.  In each corner of the block there are white squares forming a pattern with three, then two, then one white square in successive rows.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the sugar bowl quilt block.

 

First four rows of the sugar bowl quilt block

First four rows of the sugar bowl quilt block

Bottom four rows

Bottom four rows

 

You can see the placements here four rows at a time to make it easier for you to check your layout.

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Rose