Saturday, March 1, 2014

Block 4 Basket Case





This block was easy, so I really liked doing it.  My attitude about patterns is that they are beginning points - you get to make as many changes as you like in color, technique, fabrics, etc.  The original Basket Case pattern uses shirtings for the backgrounds and ric-rac on many of the blocks.

This block called for ric-rac at the top of the curved yellow dot/green print section.  The pattern instructs you to stitch ric-rac by machine on the curved edge, turn it to the wrong side, and then lay it over the adjoining (purple triangle) piece and stitch in the ditch on the ric-rac.  The original pattern has also used more ric-rac for handles.

I didn't want to use a lot of ric-rac and to be honest, I didn't want to go buy any.  I've used it in a few places but pieced the curved edges together by machine.  Sewing the curves is really easier than you may think, it's all in the placement of the fabric pieces.  The piece with the concave curve (inside curve) goes on top.  Using this block as an example, place the purple triangle piece on top of the yellow/green section, right sides together.  It only takes 2 pins, really, believe me....... 1 at the beginning and 1 at the end of the seam.  As you sew the 1/4" seam just move the edge of the top piece over to match the edge of the bottom one.  OK, if you don't believe me, find the center of each piece and put another pin there.....but you don't need to.  If you need to stop along the way make certain the needle is in the down position so the fabric won't move when you remove the pins or make an adjustment.

If you put the yellow/green piece on top you will fight it all along the seam.  Just a tip to make piecing curves easy.

Have a lovely Saturday and make time for some stitching.  Block 5 will be here tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely basket and again your fabric choice is great. When you see all those fabric you get the impression that you have a huge pile of fabric but if i remember well you don't have a huge stash. But did you buy fabric especially for this project?

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