Lusty May Basket
Tips & Hints
Patty gave us a theme of "The Lusty Month of May". I'm not sure what that means, but I was looking at friendship blocks and these baskets caught my eye. I know we just did baskets last month, but these are really cute. And what's lustier that batiks?? The background is Kona Snow and the basket is at least two contrasting batiks. You may use more if you like.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Cut a batik 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" square in half diagonally to make two triangles. Sew each triangle to the end of each 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle, reversing the placement for the second one. (See block graphic for correct placement.) Press toward the batik triangle or open if you prefer. Make four 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" half square triangles using your favorite method. Here's how I make mine. Place the 4" x 4" batik and Kona Snow squares together and draw a line diagonally from corner to corner on the Kona Snow square. (If your batik has an obvious right side, be sure it's facing the Kona Snow square.) Sew a scant quarter inch seam on each side of the line and cut on the line. Press each unit toward the batik triangle (or open if you prefer). Trim each unit to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", using a Bias Square ruler or ruler of your choice. The seam should run from corner to opposite corner. You will have four of these units for each block. Repeat these instructions using the two batik 7" x 7" squares. Trim to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".
Sew two sets of two 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" half square triangle units together. The resulting units will have the points of the triangles going in the opposite directions. See block graphic above for correct placement. Sew a Kona Snow square to one side of one of the previous units. Press toward the Kona Snow square. Sew the set of two half square triangle units to one side of the upper triangle of the large batik half square triangle unit. Press toward the large batik unit. Sew the other set of half square triangle units (with the square) to the adjacent side of the large batik unit. Press toward the large batik units. See the block graphic for correct placement.
Sew a rectangle unit to each of the sides of the lower sides of the previous unit. Press toward the rectangle units. Cut the 6 7/8" x 6 7/8" square in half diagonally. Put one aside for the second block. Sew the remaining Kona Snow triangle to the bottom of the two batik triangles that form the base of the basket. Sew this seam carefully, as it is on the bias. Press toward the Kona Snow triangle.
Repeat piecing instructions for the second block. There are a lot of seams in this block. You may prefer to press some or all of them open to reduce bulk.
Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. No straight pins, please. Safety pins are okay. Just be sure to label them in some way. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block. This is not optional.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for May. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of May. Please mail your blocks by May 21st so that your blocks will arrive on time. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.