I have never been particularly fond of basket blocks but I felt this quilt just needed one so I went ahead and put it in. After making the basket block for this week, I feel like I should make a whole quilt of baskets. It looks great and it went together so nicely and in a unique way!
But first, the Wind Works block...
First, cut a 2 & 1/2 inch strip of your red and put it in your bag.
Directions are for 2 blocks.
Cut 3 & 7/8 inch squares: 16 Ivory, 12 brown, and 8 red
Mark diagonals on the back of all the ivory squares.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the brown squares and place each one with a red/ivory square as pictured. You want to sew them together so that when they are pressed open, the brown triangle will be on top and the red triangle will be on the bottom right. See below.
Lay out the units and prepare to sew into rows and then sew the rows together.
Be sure to nest diagonal seams that fit together and to carefully match points. The key to keeping those points is pin, pin, PIN! When seams become bulky, make sure they are turned opposite each other or iron them open (remember you must use a quality batting that won't beard if using this technique).
Congratulations! You have two lovely Wind Works blocks! Wouldn't a whole quilt of these blocks be just lovely?
Basket block- directions are for 2.
Now, be sure to notice that we are, finally, working with squares of a different size!
The following squares will be cut at 3 & 1/4 inches.
13 ivory ( background) Cut 3 of these on the diagonal.
1 of top pink
2 of second pink from top
3 of the blue
4 of the bottom row of "blossoms"
2 of the brown-cut both of these on the diagonal
Draw a diagonal line on the back of all the ivory squares.
Cut 2 ivory rectangles 2 & 7/8 X 7 & 3/4 inches
Cut 1 square of ivory at 5 & 5/8, cut this square once on the diagonal- that makes the bottom right corner under the basket.
Cut 1 square of brown at 8 inches and then cut it once on the diagonal-that makes the largest piece of the basket.
Now, I think I will go start on next week's so they aren't LATE again! So sorry!
Hmmm...Maybe I will start us on the strip blocks next week, just as an extra...what do you think?