Tapestry Basket is a quilt block pattern that finishes at 12″ x 12″. Its handle can either be appliqued or sewn in another way (ribbons, lace, embroidery — your choice). The block shown here is very orderly, but like so many other basket designs, makes a wonderful scrap quilt. You can alter the block’s looks dramatically by your choice of fabrics — maybe you would prefer batik fabrics, or vibrantly colored solids on a black background. Play around with color and color value until you’ve created a quilt block that suits your needs.
The name says it all… this 12″ x 12″ basket quilt pattern is really four small baskets, each sitting in a corner. The block is surrounded by a narrow border, which makes the little baskets appear to float. Alter the colors of those strips for blocks that will sit next to each other, to help give a quilt’s layout a bit more visual texture and movement.
Here’s another basket design that can be sewn in either an orderly or scrappy fashion, and once again, you can vary the handles if applique isn’t your favorite technique. Of course, you can choose from one of several applique methods — from traditional needleturn applique to patches that are set in place with fusible web.
I like this basket block. Sew them side by side into rows and you have an instant on-point layout, but without fooling around with setting and corner triangles.
Vary the outer triangles for blocks that will be sewn side by side, so that like-fabrics don’t come together where blocks meet — you want a little more variety than that.
Berry Basket gives you lots of practice with quick pieced half-square triangle units. I call my favorite method the ‘sandwich’ technique, and use it for just about every quilt I’m making, no matter how many units are required. I nearly always make HST units larger than necessary, and then trim the back to the correct (unfinished) size before using them in a quilt, and pre-printed construction templates do not allow for the trim-back. Berry Basket finishes at 12″ x 12″.
That’s just a sample of the many basket quilt block and quilt patterns you’ll find on my About.com Quilting site.