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Fruit Basket posted: 2/24/2003
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
Category: Pieced Level: Easy
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Have fun finding neat "basket" looking fabrics for the basket. This block would look lovely with some appliqué fruit or flowers in it. What about 3-D flowers from Kumiko Sudo's "Fabled Flowers" book? Please note, when you are cutting the basket and background above the basket you will have enough triangles of each of pieces E & F to do four blocks. You would have to cut more of the other pieces A, B, C, D, G of the block to make more than one block.

Finished Size: 12"

Fabric Reqs For Block:
  • 12" x 27" 1st Light background
  • 12" x 27" Basket fabric
  • 4" x 11" 2nd Light background (Handle)
Cutting Instructions
Piece Shape # Fabric Instructions  
A  4  1st Light Cut two 6 7/8" x 6 7/8" squares. Cut in half diagonally.
B  2 Basket Cut one 4 ½" x 4 ½" square Cut in half diagonally once.
C  10 Basket Cut three 3 ¼" x 3 ¼" squares. Cut diagonally twice.
D  10 2nd Light (Handle) Cut three 3 ¼" x 3 ¼" squares. Cut in half diagonally twice.
E  1 Basket Cut one 11 ¼" square. Cut in half diagonally twice.
F  1 1st Light Cut one 11 ¼" square. Cut in half diagonally twice.
G  1 Basket Cut one 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" square

Assembly (1/4" seam allowance throughout):
Instruction Diagram
Step 1: Sew triangles D and C together to make 10 half square triangles. Press open or toward the dark.
Step 2: Sew five of these half square triangles to make a row. Sew another five in a strip so they are a mirror image to the first row of five. Press seams open or toward the dark fabric. One of these is Section 1. Add square G to the end of one of these strips. (Section 2)
Step 3: Sew triangle E and F together to form a big half square triangle. Press seam open or toward the basket. (Section 3)
Step 4: Sew Section 1 to one light side of Section 3. Press seam open or toward the light.
Step 5: Sew Section 2 to the other light side of Section 3. Press seams open or toward Section 2.
Step 6: Sew two triangles A to both top edges of the basket handle area (Sections 1 and 2). Press toward triangles A.
Step 7: On the remaining two triangles A lay a small triangle B right sides together matching small triangles along bottom and side edge of large triangle. Sew through the middle of triangle B Trim off the extra fabric and press seam allowance toward the dark. Section 4
Step 8: Sew a Section 4 to either side of bottom edge of basket. Press seams open or toward the outer edge.
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Category: Pieced

Author: Dori Hawks
Level: Easy

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