Baskets of Fun
Looking for a fun quilting project with no stress? Here it is. You don’t have to worry about matching seams with this one.
Try a project with no stress and no matching seams.
This quilt was completely inspired by Gwen Marston’s basket quilts. I learned the technique from her books and in her class. The outer scallops were inspired by a Sarah Fielke quilt. I just supersized them
on my quilt.” —Jenny Rekeweg
• Assorted colorful scraps • 1 fat eighth each 4 coordinating
background fabrics • 1 fat quarter black-and-white
diagonal check • 1/ 3 yard coordinating print • 1/2 yard pink tonal • Backing to size • Batting to size* • Thread • Template material • Basic sewing tools and supplies *Quilter’s Dream Green batting used to make sample.
Refer to Completing the Basket blocks for cutting the scraps. Prepare the G template using pattern given; cut as directed.
From each fat eighth:
• Cut 1 (8" x 9") rectangle.
From black-and-white diagonal check:
• Cut 2 (11/2" x 141/2") E strips and 2 (11/2" x 161/2")
From coordinating print:
• Cut 3 (21/4" by fabric width) binding strips.
From pink tonal:
• Cut 3 (31/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut 1 strip into 2 (31/2" x 161/2") H strips. Trim remaining strips to 31/2" x 221/2" I strips.
COMPLETING THE BLOCKS
1. Select a scrap and cut a basket shape
as shown in Figure 1. Note: The basket does not have to be symmetrical but should have straight top and bottom edges.
2. Lay the basket shape on the bottom 9" edge of an 8" x 9" rectangle matching the bottom straight edges. Cut a straight line from one side to the other across the top of the basket shape to make A and B rectangles as shown in Figure 2; set aside the A rectangle.
3. With B and the basket shape right sides up, place the basket shape on the B strip, moving the basket shape slightly off center as shown in Figure 3.
4. Cut along the left edge of the basket to cut B at an angle to match the basket edge as shown in Figure 4.
5. Move the basket shape slightly to the right on B and repeat step 4 to cut a second angled B piece as shown in Figure 5.
6. Sew the left- and right-angled B pieces to the basket piece to make a B unit as shown in Figure 6; press seams open.
7. Trim the stitched B unit to 71/2" wide as shown in Figure 7.
8. Select a scrap and cut a 11/4" bias strip at least 9" long for handle.
9. Set your machine for a basting stitch. Fold the edges of the bias strip to the center of the wrong side, overlapping the edges slightly. Sew down the center of the strip to hold as shown in Figure 8; press.
10. Trim the A rectangle to 71/2" wide. Place the A rectangle and the B unit on a flat surface, aligning along the 71/2" edges as shown in Figure 9.
11. Pin one end of the bias strip right side up at the edges of the basket on A. Angle the bias strip, iron and pin as you stretch the strip to the opposite side of the basket on A as shown in Figure 10.
12. Set the machine to a smaller stitch length and stitch close to the edge along the inside curve of the bias strip, across the end and around to the starting point to complete the handle unit as shown in Figure 11. 13. Remove the basting stitches. 14. Join the B unit with the handle unit to complete one Basket block referring to Figure 12.
15. Repeat steps 1–14 to complete four Basket blocks, changing shapes and handle placement as desired and referring to the sample quilt for inspiration.
16. Square blocks to 71/2" x 71/2" if necessary.
Basket 4 7" x 7" Finished Block Make 1
Basket 1 7" x 7" Finished Block Make 1
Basket 2 7" x 7" Finished Block Make 1
Basket 3 7" x 7" Finished Block Make 1