This is block #13 in the Civil War Block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Little Blue Basket. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block.  I cut and sewed the half-square triangles differently.

Half-square triangles:  Use the Wonder Cut Ruler or the following procedure:

  • Cut 5 medium blue squares and 4 dark squares 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches.
  • Place medium blue square right sides together with dark square.  Press a crease or draw a line down the center of the square, point to point.  Stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the crease/line.

  • Cut on crease/line to make 2 half-square triangles.  Press toward dark fabric and trim tails.  Piece should measure 2-1/8 x 2-1/8 inches.
  • Repeat with two more sets of squares to make a total of 6 half-square triangles.
  • With the 2 remaining medium blue squares, cut on the diagonal to make 4 triangles.
  • With the 1 remaining dark square, cut on the diagonal to make 2 triangles.
  • Place pieces on mat in proper order.
  • Sew the three vertical rows together, alternating pressing joining seams up or down so that seams will interlock.

  • Sew the end triangles onto rows 1 and 3.
  • Trim tails and join vertical rows 1, 2 and 3.
  • Sew dark triangle to rectangles, pressing so that seams will interlock when sewn to basket piece.
  • Sew rectangles to basket piece at either side.
  • Sew triangle A to top of basket.
  • Sew triangle C to bottom of basket.

  • Piece should measure 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

See the previous blocks in this series in my category list on the right hand side of the page – Quilting – Civil War Quilts.