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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Civil War Remembered ~ Block 13

Little Blue Basket

We are following along
with Barbara Brackman's
Civil War Quilt.
We are in Week #13.

Fabric Requirements:
Fabric A:  2 - 2 1/8" x 5 1/4" rectangles (gold)
                  1 - 4" square - cut on diagonal (gold)
Fabric B:  1 - 7 1/4" square - cut on diagonal (floral)
Fabric C:  3 - 2 3/4" squares - mark a diagonal line on back(light blue)                 
                  3 - 2 1/2" squares - cut on diagonal(light blue)
Fabric D:  3 - 2 3/4" squares (dark blue)

Pair Fabric C & D
2 3/4" squares right sides
together.  Sew 1/4" away
 from each side of drawn line.
Cut on drawn line and press
seam to the dark fabric.
Square to 2 1/8".

Layout triangles and half
square triangles as shown
in 4 columns.

Sew units together and
press seams in columns
2 and 4 up and seams
in column 3 down.
Trim dogears from units.

Take care to "lock"
the seams together
and pin in place.
Sew columns together.
Press seams open to
reduce bulk.

Sew Fabric C triangles
to Fabric A rectangles
as shown above.  Then
sew these units as
shown above.

Sew Fabric A triangle
to bottom of pieced unit.

Sew large Fabric B
triangle as shown.

Square to 8 1/2".
 I added a basket handle
using Heat & Bond.

This is another one
I made.  I used floral
fabric for my Fabric B
triangles, I wanted it
to look like flowers
coming out of the top
of the basket.

I found this block to
be problematic.  It is
not as precise as I would
like it to be.  There is
not a 1/4" seam allowance. 
I tried it 3 times, using 2
different methods and
still not perfect.

Check out everyone's
blocks at Dustin's site:


  1. Hello, once again a big "thank you" to you for your tutorial!! This week I need it because your method for sewing the triangles is much easier than the one I would have used...
    I'm a little bit late this week because my back hurts: that's not funny!!!
    Greetings from over here from Regina

  2. I'm glad it wasn't just me! yes, this block has some real problems! I made two and in the end I cut my rectangles just a tad longer and that seemed to help give me the 1/4" seam allowance at those points. I also found that absolute accuracy was needed in adding the smaller outside light triangle, so I cut it just a tad bigger and trimmed down to finish. These blocks are certainly wonderful lessons:-)
    As usual, your little tutorial is "spot on" and so much appreciated!


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