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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

10 comments:

  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.

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

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  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.

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

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  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)

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  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.
    Helen

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  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!

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  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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