Basket Quilt BlocksBerry Basket it a patchwork quilt block that finishes at 12-inches square. It's assembled from a combination of squares and triangles (we'll quick-piece the half square triangle units).
- The instructions show you how to piece the block one patch at a time, a good option if you are making a scrap quilt.
- On page 4, you'll find instructions to help you strip piece the basket base, a method that speeds up assembly when you make several like-blocks. I've included yardages and cutting instructions for 12 Berry Baskets.
Berry Basket quilt blocks look wonderful when positioned either on-point or in a straight setting. I think the design would be a good choice for a strippy-set quilt, where columns of on-point blocks are separated by either patchwork units or simple borders (a border print is an easy way to add interest, see Which Way Do We Go? for an example).
Choosing FabricsThe warm, rosy-red basket 'handle' accents colors in the large 'floral' portion of the basket, and its color warmth and color value help that section stand out a bit more than the base. Both background fabrics are neutral grays, with the gray used in the base a bit darker than fabric positioned next to the handle.
Vary the basket fabrics as much as you like -- your layout needn't look anything at all like mine.
Fabrics for Basket Handle
- Rosy-red: (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares; (1) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square
- Light gray: (5) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares (one will be used to create units that merge with the base)
Fabrics for Basket Base
- Medium green: (3) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares; (6) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
- Medium gray: (9) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
Multicolor Floral for Large TriangleYou might choose to fill your basket with yummy berries.
- (1) 8-7/8" x 8-7/8" square, cut in half once diagonally (one will not be used, save it for a second basket block)