A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Basket

  Basket Block

Since I don’t want to be sewing on Easter Sunday,

Easter Mass & family celebrations or not,

I thought others might feel the same.

So here’s your block for tomorrow, today!

How fitting that it’s a basket, huh???

Today we’ll make this original tiny basket block

that I designed just this morning.

As always I had lots of fun going through my scrap basket!



  • 1 background sq. 3  1/2″
  • 1 basket sq. 3  1/4″
  • 1 basket BIAS rec. 3/4″ x 5″ (cut on the diagonal of the fabric) for use with 3/8″ bias tape maker (if using another size, check the instructions for your bias tape maker 1/4″ or 1/2″ would also work.)

Follow the instructions on the bias tape maker

to turn the 3/4″ x 5″ bias strip into a fused handle.

If you do not have the ability

to fuse the bias strip as your make it,

just cut a 3/16″ x 5″ strip of fusible web

& fuse it to the bias piece after you make it.

Crease the background square in both directions.

Find the center of the bias strip.

Align it with the crease 1  1/4″ from the top of the background square.

Use this as a guide to fuse the handle.

Be sure to align it well inside the 1/4″ seam allowance

at the two sides of the background square.

You may need to use a bit of glue too since the curve is so tight.

I didn’t.

I just went right to my sewing machine & stitched it down.

I used the same tiny blind hem stitch

that I use for all of my little Dresden plates & other applique.

My second basket block’s fabrics have more contrast

& may be easier to see.

The thread should match the basket fabric.

Align the 3  1/4″ basket square with the


corner of the background square as shown below.

I used my “Lazy Susan” technique once again,

aligning the 1/4″ line of the ruler

corner to corner on the



Next, I trimmed away the fabric outside the edge of the ruler.

I then used this edge to sew the scant 1/4″ seam.

I think the backs are so cool!

I truly just love figuring out the mechanics to make this work!

I hope you love making some “Easter” basket blocks.


Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!


Just Keep Sewing…


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