Sunday, August 4, 2013

A "Little" Summer Sewing
I hope all your basket blocks are done and ready to be set. 
I got a "little" carried away and made 3 quilts for a total
of 113 little basket blocks. The first option is a straight set
with 31 blocks and a scalloped border. Super sweet and simple.
 The second option is set on point with 32 blocks, 
sashing and cornerstones. The blocks are floating 
just a bit to give the look of a "little" border.
This blue and white quilt will be perfect for our 
Blue and White Quilt Show coming in October.
Option 3 uses 50 blocks and is set on point in a
unique pattern. The soft fabrics and Kona natural
 give this quilt a sweet summertime feel.

Option One
Setting Instructions 
finished quilt 21" x 25"
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from setting fabric cut:
32 - 2-1/2" squares
3 - 3" x width of fabric strips for borders.
from inner border fabric cut:
2 - 1-1/2" x width of fabric strips
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Layout quilt center using diagram above.
Add inner border using your quilts measurements
Add outer border using your quilt measurements.
Quilt as desired - I hand quilted mine.
Scallop border if desired using your favorite method.
If you scallop border - bind using single thickness binding.

Option Two
Setting Instructions
finished quilt 16" x 20"
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from sashing fabric cut: 80 - 1" x 2-1/2" strips
from cornerstone fabric cut: 49 - 1" squares
from setting triangle fabric cut: 
4 - 7" squares cut twice diagonally
2 - 4" squares cut once diagonally - corners
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Layout quilt center using diagram above.
Square up quilt top leaving the blocks floating to create
the appearance of a small border.
Quilt as desired, I used a small stipple
 and finish up with a single thickness binding.

Option Three
Setting Instructions
finished quilt 26" x 28"
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from background fabric cut: 
21 - 2-1/2" squares
6 - 4" squares cut twice diagonally
2 - 2-1/2" squares cut once diagonally
3 - 1-1/2" x width of fabric strips - outer border
from border fabric cut: 3 - 4" x width of fabric strips
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Layout quilt center using diagram above.
Piece rows together diagonally.
Add inner border using your quilts measurements
Add outer border using your quilt measurements.
Quilt as desired, this one I had quilted with a mini baptist fan
pattern, thanks Maria. Bind


  1. Hi Sheryl,
    your little basket quilts are great, I lóve the third one with the Dressing Gowns fabrics.
    Over here the month of August is not over yet :), so still a few more baskets to go. I still have difficulties in adding the last part of the basket, the corner triangle.

    www.jeanneke.com (can't add my personal ID so do it this way).

  2. These are sooooooooo pretty. The third one is my favorite too. So much to do, so little time. Thanks for so generously giving us these instructions.

  3. Thanks so much Sheryl...this was so much fun.

  4. Thanks for the challenge! I was called "crazy" a couple of times for making the baskets...but hey look how many other "crazy" people participated! I'm in good company. ;o)

  5. I had to laugh when I read this today - I am a very visual person. When I read the instructions on making the blocks I saw "make a block a day in July and in August", so I cut out 62 blocks and have 35 blocks made. I was expecting layouts after all the blocks were made. Facepalm!!!
    So now what do I do? Maybe make two.
    Some people really make more work for themselves.

    Thanks for the lovely layouts, and the inspiration.

  6. Oh I really do like the setting #1, those tiny baskets and the scallop edge! Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing these designs!

  7. I made my baskets last summer and cut sashings and setting triangles and just now I'm putting it together but I'm a bit lost. I'm doing the second setting with the blocks "floating" the strip of sashing in the middle with eight sashes is a conundrum. Do I need to sew a strip of background to each end? I full flat picture of your little quilt would help. Any instuction you can give will be much appreciated.

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