I wanted to share the steps to making Cathy’s Baskets.
This quilt is 35” square so it is the perfect size to hang on the wall or to become a table topper.
I made a 10” square pattern for my basket design from freezer paper.
I like working this way, it allows me freedom as well as guide lines to work from.
I find it is much easier to square things up after I have pieced them and if I start with a guide I get better results.
Supplies for this project are:
- 2 yards of gradation Raspberry fabric
- 1 yard of Limey Avocado fabric
- Freezer paper
- mechanical pencil
- glue stick
- 40” square piece of batting
- 1 yard of backing fabric
- Quilting thread of choice
I drew my pattern on the mat side of a piece of freezer paper.
- I marked out a 10” square and divided it in half in both directions.
- I marked my basket triangle on the bottom half leaving about an 1 1/2” from the bottom to add two triangles for the base. This can vary.
- I made sure I left between 1/5” – 1” from the edge of the square for the triangle basket.
- I cut out all the shapes right on the inside line to use as templates as I make the baskets.
- I left 1/2″ on the outside as extra to be trimmed away later when I square up the blocks.
To get started:
I started by dividing up the Limey Avocado fabric into five strips.
I just cut it apart where the fabric changed color.
This will become my baskets, handles and part of the stripy units on the border.
- Cut the green sections into 2-3″ wide strips.
- Sew two strips of green together with a 1/4″ seam.
- Cut each of these units randomly at an angle
- Add another piece of green to the random angle to create very scrappy looking basket pieces.
- Make 10 of these units.
- Cut out the base triangles from these units, allowing a 1/4” seam allowance all the way around the freezer paper shape.
- Place the shiny side of the freezer paper against the front of the fabric and press with a hot dry iron.
- Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut around the paper pattern.
I used my dress makers curve to create a smooth arched handle on my freezer paper pattern.
- Cut out the exact shape of the handle from the freezer paper.
- Place the freezer paper template shiny side against the fabric and ironed it to the fabric.
- Use these freezer paper templates over and over again for all the baskets.
- Cut out the rest of the basket templates from the freezer paper.
- Leave a 1/2” seam allowance around the outside edge of the drawing but cut exactly on the lines for the inside pattern shapes.
Place the freezer paper templates on the raspberry fabric.
The Raspberry fabric grades from light to dark. I place my templates to utilize the gradation and work from the light end to the dark end as I create each row of three baskets.
- For the top two templates that will create the area for the handle cut out leaving a 1/2” seam allowance on the inside and outside of each section.
- Cut out the inside curved areas using a rotary cutter. Leave a 1/2” seam allowance. You need a more than 1/4” seam to glue and sew these sections.
- Use a pencil and mark the inside curve right next to the paper on the top pink section and the bottom of the green handle. This is the pressed seamed line that will be your sewing line. I also mark the bottom edge of the pattern pieces to give me a guide when I go to trim up the bottom finished edge of this top unit.
I don’t have to mark it with a pencil but I find it helps me see the line better when sewing the curve.
In order to glue all of the curved pieces together before sewing I clip all of the seam allowances about a 1/2” apart around the curve. Make sure not to go right to the edge of the paper when clipping.
Finger press this seam back against the paper and finally press it with a hot dry iron. I don’t glue any of these seams to the paper.
- Do this to all three pieces of the top of the basket section, the top, the handle and the bottom half circle under the handle.
I will clip and press all of the seam allowances of the curved areas against the paper templates.
Notice that I drew a center line down the middle of the pattern so that when I go to alien all of my pieces I have a mark to guide me.
- Run the glue stick along the turned back edge of the top pink basket section seam (the edge facing you).
- Alien the green handle piece snug right under the top pink section.
- Open up the top edge of the green handle piece and using a hot iron press this seam over the top of pink top section seam securing them together. The glue will hold the pieces together for sewing.
Do the same thing with the bottom pink 1/2 circle that completes the bottom of the top handle section.
- Run the glue stick along the top of the turned back edge of the bottom of the green handle.
- Line up the pink circle under the green handle piece.
- Open up the pink pressed edge to lay over the top of the bottom of the pressed curve of the green handle .
- Press these two seams together using a hot dry iron
- This will secure the bottom pink section to the bottom of the green handle.
You can use these paper templates again on all the basket squares.
- Sew these sections together placing the green handle section against the sewing bed and the top pink section up to see the pencil or fold line that you will sew on.
- Sew slowly and carefully along the fold mark or pencil line.
I use a small scissors to hold the edge on the right side while I open up and guide the left side with my hand.
- Once the curves are sewn make sure no tucks were create.
If there are any tucks correct them now.
Trim the 1/2” seam allowance to 1/4” and press both seams to the inside of the handle.
Notice on the bottom left I also marked with my pencil the bottom line of each pattern piece as a guide for when I trim this bottom edge up. I will trim leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.
After making all the triangles for the bottom of the baskets, I will then make each of the basket squares one at a time.
I didn’t take pictures when I made my original basket pattern and had to redraw it. So I decided to change it a little from my finished project. You can decide how you want to finish your baskets.
If you use the templates from the first segment, you will have to sew a Y sew where the two bottoms of the basket meet. I like the way this looks and found it not hard at all the sew the Y seam.
What I did for the original baskets was sew the shorter green side to the pink bottom section.
Then sew that unit to the bottom of the green triangle piece. Trim the edge flush with the green triangle basket.
Next sew a piece of green that is longer to the second pink bottom section and sew it to the second side of the green triangle basket. This creates an overlapped edge.
Once the bottom section is sewn together the top and bottom sections must be joined.
- Fold each section in half to mark the middle and pin the two sections together.
- Sew the two sections with a 1/4” seam allowance.
After the two sections are sewn together use a large square ruler to square the blocks up to 10.5”. Remember you want the guide to hit 5.25” across the middle NOT 5, so that you have a quarter inch seam allowance at the top. Also use your square to make sure you have an equal distance on either side of the basket to the edge.
- Sew three baskets in a row, three times.
- Sew all three rows together.
Use the left over scraps from the green and pink fabrics and cut them into 1-2” wide strips. Make a striped border from all the strips.
Add the striped units to the outside edge of the center 9 patch basket section to create your stripy border.
Layer your quilt top with batting and backing fabric. I like to use 505 spray adhesive to baste my quilt tops.
I have started using Press and Seal plastic wrap on the top of my quilts to play with quilting designs before I begin the quilting process.
It just helps me visualize what I want to quilt in what areas. I went through about 5 different designs before I settled on these.
I don’t leave this on the quilt when I quilt it.
I could leave it on if I wanted to quilt right through the Press and Seal and tear the paper off after quilting.
The first thing I always do when I start to quilt a larger project is to stitch in the ditch with my walking foot.
- Stitch across all the rows and then down the rows and around the outside edge between the center and the stripy border in the ditch.
- I used a very fine fuchsia colored thread to stitch in the ditch because I don’t like monofilament.
- I then switched to green Magnifico from Superior threads and outlined stitched around my baskets and handles.
- While I still had the walking foot on my machine I stitched a cross hatch design in the center of each basket triangle. I used the two angled sides as a guide line.
- I changed my thread to YLI silk thread and quilted the flower and feather designs around each basket.
- I used Clovers white marking pen to mark each arc for the feathers.
- I used my favorite Madeira 30# thread to quilt leaves in the scrappy border.
Once I finished the quilting I squared up the quilt and added a traditional binding.
I like Sharon Schaumbers method of gluing the binding. You can find a tutorial on YouTUBE for it. I think it works the best and I like the results.
I hope you enjoyed this project and that you make your own scrappy Cathy’s Basket quilt.