Another Pretty Little Basket . . .

. . . made from the Pattern Basket‘s new pattern, aptly named Pretty Little Baskets. This one is half again as large as the first one I made (subject of my last post) because I resized it. Here’s the new test block:


It measures 12″ unfinished. For comparison, here are both blocks together:

It took me the better part of a day to figure the correct measurements to cut the fabric strips and to sew one block. The reason? Fractions! The original block measures 8″ unfinished, 7½” finished. That’s a bit unusual. Most blocks are a whole number finished, and the unfinished block is a half inch larger because it includes two quarter-inch seam allowances.

I wanted to make a basket block as close to 12″ as possible. I figured the easiest way was to use the original instructions and scale the measurements up 150%, meaning the block would measure 12″ unfinished, 11½” finished. I knew that would mean some unusual cutting dimensions. As it turned out, the procedure for determining the exact measurements was more involved than I originally thought and almost every strip of fabric was cut to an eighth of an inch.

But hey, it worked! And now I have two pretty little baskets. I like both sizes and will probably make more of both eventually, though for different projects. Wouldn’t these blocks be wonderful with some kind of appliqué added?




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5 Responses to Another Pretty Little Basket . . .

  1. Vickie Rooks says:

    Your baskets are wonderful! Fractions are such a challenge but of course you have skills to handle the resizing. Looking forward to seeing your next steps.

  2. Glenna D says:

    I love your little baskets – well, a little and a big basket. I was not fond of basket blocks in the past but recently I have seen so many cute and clever ones, I have rethought that. Yours are so delightful.

  3. Sandy says:

    Your baskets are beautiful. I’m so impressed that you can figure out the resizing.

    PS. I sure miss you!

  4. Diane says:

    Nothing like a couple of new UFOs! 😉

  5. Vickie Rooks says:

    My brain must have been on vacation. I too like Margot Languedoc’s patterns and designs. In the past I have ordered two Halloween patterns and I have just received her Country Bunnies pattern
    Have a great day!

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