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Grandma's Baskets Quilt

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A basketful of spring flowers would be a fun project both for color and for scraps. Grandma's Baskets Quilt is timeless. This pattern could and should be made in fun vibrant fabrics, and what a perfect quilt to empty the scrap basket! You could also add appliqued flowers to the basket or add extra blocks to enlarge the size.

It is hard to tell a vintage quilt made in the 1930s from a quilt made today using reproduction prints. If you like quilts from this time period, try this pretty basket pattern using your favorite fabrics.

Design by Julie Weaver

Project Notes

Basket handles on the sample were made using bias strips and hand-appliqued to the background. An alternative method would be to cut out and fuse each handle piece. Yardages are given for either method. Appliqued shapes were fused and finished with a machine buttonhole stitch. If hand appliqueing, add a 1/4" seam allowance around each shape when cutting. Because the binding matches the sashing used in the quilt, yardages given include fabric for self-made binding.

Project Specifications

Skill Level: Intermediate

Quilt Size: 50" x 50"

Block Size: 8" x 8"

Number of Blocks: 16


  • 1/8 yard 16 different 1930s prints for baskets and handles (fused) or 1/4 yard 16 different prints for baskets and handles (bias) including yellow and green prints
  • 1/8 yard each 16 different 1930s prints for basket heart centers
  • 1 1/4 yards green 1930s print for sashing and binding
  • 2 yards cream-on-cream print for background, sashings and borders
  • Backing 54" x 54"
  • Batting 54" x 54"
  • All-purpose thread to match fabrics
  • Off-white machine-quilting thread
  • 1/2 yard fusible transfer web (for machine applique)
  • Basic sewing tools and supplies
  • Large Leaf Diagrams
  • Small Leaf Diagram


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Step 1. Cut two 6 7/8" by fabric width strips cream-on-cream print; subcut into eight 6 7/8" square segments for A. Cut each A square in half on one diagonal to make 16 A triangles.

Step 2. Cut one 4 7/8" by fabric width strip cream-on-cream print; subcut into eight 4 7/8" squares for B. Cut each square in half on one diagonal to make 16 B triangles.

Step 3. Cut three 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares from each of the 16 different basket prints for C; cut each square in half on one diagonal to make six half-square triangles. Discard one.

Step 4. Cut four 2 1/2" by fabric width strips cream-on-cream print for F; subcut into thirty-two 4 1/2" rectangles for F.

Step 5. For bias handle, cut a 1 1/2" x 10" bias strip from each of the 16 different prints. Fold in half along length with right sides together; stitch. Turn right side out; press with seam centered on the back side. Note: For fused handles, trace handle pattern on paper side of fusible transfer web; fuse to fabric. Cut out on traced line; remove paper backing.

Step 6. Hand-stitch the bias handle 2 1/4" from straight-edge seam allowance on A as shown in Figure 1. Note: For fusible handle, position handle on A referring to Figure 1 and fuse in place. Machine-applique in place using a narrow zigzag stitch with all-purpose thread to match fabrics.

Step 7. Cut one 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square for D and one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle for E from each of the 16 different prints for the heart center.

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Step 8. To piece one block, sew C to one end of D, E and F pieces as shown in Figure 2. Join the pieced segments with A, B and the remaining C triangle, again referring to Figure 2 to complete one block; repeat for 16 different blocks.

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Step 9. Cut nine 1 1/2" by fabric width strips cream-on-cream print and 21 strips 1" by fabric width green sashing print. Sew a cream-on-cream print strip between two green print strips; press seams toward green print strips. Repeat for nine strip sets.

Step 10. Subcut strip sets into forty 8 1/2" sashing strips and twenty-five 1 1/2" G segments as shown in Figure 3.

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Step 11. Subcut the remaining green print strips into 2 1/2" segments; you will need 50 segments for H.

Step 12. Sew H to opposite sides of each G segment to make sashing squares as shown in Figure 4; repeat for 25 sashing squares.

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Step 13. Join four blocks and five sashing strips to make a block row referring to Figure 5; press seams toward sashing strips. Repeat for four block rows referring to the Placement Diagram for positioning of blocks.

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Step 14. Join four sashing strips with five sashing squares to make a sashing row referring to Figure 6; repeat for five sashing rows. Press seams toward sashing squares.

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Step 15. Join the block rows with the sashing rows to complete the pieced center referring to the Placement Diagram for positioning of rows; press seams toward sashing rows.

Step 16. Prepare templates for appliqued flowers and leaves using patterns given. Prepare for fusible, machine applique.

Step 17. Cut (and piece) two strips each cream-on-cream print 4 1/2" x 42 1/2" and 4 1/2" x 50 1/2". Sew the shorter strips to opposite sides and longer strips to the top and bottom of the pieced center. Press seams toward strips.

Step 18. Arrange one large and two small flower motifs on two opposite corners referring to the Placement Diagram for positioning. Machine-applique pieces in place using off-white machine-quilting thread and a machine buttonhole stitch.

Step 19. Sandwich batting between the pieced top and prepared backing piece; pin or baste layers together to hold flat.

Step 20. Quilt as desired by hand or machine. Note: The quilt shown was machine-quilted in a meandering pattern using off-white machine-quilting thread.

Step 21. Remove pins or basting; trim backing even with top.

Step 22. Prepare 6 yards self-made green 1930s print binding and bind edges

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