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    How to sew a basketweave block

    Here's how to sew a basket weave quilt block with an inset center square. It looks harder than it is. Promise.

    You'll need 3 fabrics. I used white for the background (A) and gray and aqua for the colored fabrics (B and C).

    If you want a 7.5" finished block, you will need to cut:
    From A: (9) 2" squares
    From B: (2) 2" squares, (2) 2"x5" rectangles
    From C: (2) 2" squares, (2) 2"x5" rectangles

    If you'd like to make a 10" finished block, you will need to cut:
    From A: (9) 2.5" squares
    From B: (2) 2.5" squares, (2) 2.5"x6.5" rectangles
    From C: (2) 2.5" squares, (2) 2.5"x6.5" rectangles

    If you lay out all of the pieces in approximately the place they're going to go, it will look like this:



    The first thing that we are going to do is assemble the four corner units. This block is made of four corner units that spiral around the inset center. Two will have B for the large piece and C for the small piece, and two will have C for the large piece and B for the small piece. The pieces for them look like this:



    We start by sewing together the three little squares. I just sew all four sets at one using chain piecing as much as possible. Then I go to the ironing board and press them. Press all fabrics towards the dark. This will matter later on.



    Here's another picture of the block layout with those four pieces (2 of ABA and 2 of ACA) assembled.



    Next we sew the rectangles onto the ACA or ABA pieces. Again, press towards the dark. After we do that, our block looks like this:


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    Re: How to sew a basketweave block

    Now, we need to join those blocks around the center square. I start with the upper left corner unit. You want to line up the center square with the bottom of this unit. Start sewing about 1/2" to 3/4" down so that you will have room to sew a final seam at the end. You don't want to start sewing closer than that to the bottom because it makes it really difficult to sew the final seam.



    I pulled my thread tail to the side here so that you can hopefully see where I started sewing.



    At this point, I finger press that seam back towards the dark. It will look like this. I will use the iron at the end, but fingerpressing allows you to sew the rest of this block without another trip to the ironing board.



    Now, we're going to sew on the lower lefthand block. Finger press towards the dark when you're finished.





    Now we do the lower righthand block. Same thing.




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    Re: How to sew a basketweave block

    At this point, you can see on the top left corner of the center square that it is not fully attached. We need to insert that upper righthand block.

    Fold down the upper lefthand block and sew in the upper righthand block along that seam.





    Fold back up the upper lefthand block and sew it in place. Hooray! The block is pieced.



    At this point, you'll have kind of a wonky looking thing. Don't worry. Pressing is a miracle worker.





    And the back:




    You did it!
    Last edited by Vanessa; 02-03-2014 at 11:47 AM.

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    Re: How to sew a basketweave block

    I'm so glad you posted the tutorial @Vanessa I'm wanting to give this a try soon!
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    Re: How to sew a basketweave block

    Very nice! Thanks!
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    Re: How to sew a basketweave block

    thank you. i looks so nice but i must admit i'm a wee bit scared.

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    Re: How to sew a basketweave block

    @kpfjpf Don't be scared. It really isn't that tricky once you're into it.

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    Re: How to sew a basketweave block

    Such a great post! I am inspired to do one of these soon after making my other projects. Thanks a lot for this. You're awesome!

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