Block 5 - Basket of Strawberry Sweetness
By Dawn, Jun 15 2018 10:19PM
Thank you so much for popping by our Quiltalong, it's lovely to have you along. I can't believe it's June, and the fifth block, nearly half way through our Sampler adventure. I'm utterly thrilled by this month's block, which is designed and made by Michelle from Creativeblonde - it's so gorgeous, hope you love it too.
Michelle's block - "Basket of Strawberry Sweetness", includes a beautiful basket woven from Brenda Riddles' "Caroline" ticking fabric, scrumptious strawberries, and the sweetest little quilted butterflies.
From our little hive to yours, Happy sewing x X
Block 5 - Basket of Strawberry Sweetness
Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde
Designed for the ‘sweetest things sampler’
- 10 ½” Finished appliqued block, before joining to other blocks.
11” square Ivory fabric
11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)
12” piece of brown fabric - Caroline Ticking
Scraps of Red, Green and Floral
11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)
10” square of H250 Vilene interfacing
Gutermann threads colours; 118 & 4048
Cutting – from the templates
3 large strawberries
7 small strawberries
1 large green top
3 small green tops
1 large leaf
2 medium leaves
1 small leaf
1 basket handle
Template sheet - download here
1 small wooden button
Erasable marker pen
Basic sewing supplies; Temporary basting glue; Iron; 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat.
Draw out the templates shapes on to the paper side of the interfacing, using a pencil. (templates have been reversed already for you) Cut them out roughly, and fuse (without steam) to the chosen fabrics, cut out accurately.
To create the woven effect basket, cut the brown fabric into strips
Three 1 ½” x 6 ½” and Three 1 ½” x 10” strips.
Fold and press over ¼” along one long edge, and sew 1/8” to hold in place, repeat for the other side, and for the remaing 5 strips.
Weave the strips and pin to hold together, see photo for placement.
Sew from right to left, to hold the strips in place, using gutermann colour 4048.
Trim your block to measure 8 ½” along the top of the basket, and 6” along the base -
KEEP TRIMMED PIECES
Use the trimmed pieces to make up the left-hand corner of the basket, and stitch in place.
Take your basket and pin to the main block. Pin the handle in place, tucking the curve under the edge of the basket, needle turn ¼” along the three edges of the basket, and sew in place. Leave the top for now. Hand sew the wooden button in place.
Arrange the strawberries and leaves in the basket, tucking them into the basket slightly. I made the centre look fuller, then the outer edges. Place one large strawberry with green top along with the flower on the left side of the outer basket.
Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use temporary basting glue to hold, while you sew in place. Sew around the visible shapes and add details, including the handle, using free motion embroidery or handstitching.
Needle turn the top ¼” of your basket, and sew in place
Your block is now complete.
If you want to go ahead with the QAYG* method, place wadding on the reverse of your block. For the 3 layer QAYG method, spray baste the 11” backing fabric and place on top of wadding, or use pins to hold the backing in place.
(For more information on Quilt As You Go - QAYG, please refer to the Quilt Construction Notes)
Use your erasable marker and draw a 10” centralised square onto your Ivory fabric, draw around the butterfly template, and using free motion quilting, sew over these markings.
Remove all markings.
Congratulations you’ve finished Block 5 – basket of strawberry sweetness
Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn are so excited to see your blocks.
You can find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and on Facebook @creativeblonde66.
Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk
Thanks for joining in this exciting quilt-a-long.
x creativeblonde x