Bow Basket for Valentine’s

Have been busy this weekend working on a project for Sew Cal Gal’s “GO! Ahead and Show a little LOVE” Accuquilt Blog Hop which will be February 13-18. I designed a pieced basket block and an embroidery block and put them together into two different quilts and a table runner. So, rather than just give you something on Valentine’s that you might make for next year, it seemed appropriate to start a Valentine project that could be finished by Valentine’s Day. For the next four weeks, I will show you how to cut and assemble the basket and embroidery blocks and the week of the blog hop will be the big reveal showing how they go into the quilts/table runner. Let me show you the basket block:

Bow Basket Block (10" finished)

In one of the quilts, you will need four of the basket blocks, in the second quilt, you will need 12 basket blocks, and in the table runner you will need two basket blocks. This would be great made with scrappy reds or if you’re like me and buy red fabric a lot–you may have enough of one color to make a complete project.

I’ll use my Accuquilt GO! to cut these blocks, but you can also cut them using a rotary cutter. I have designed a worksheet that you can use to calculate what you need to cut for a quilt. Over the years, when using a rotary cutter for cutting, it seemed I always made lots of extra pieces. There is something about the Accuquilt GO! that gives me more control, so it makes me much more likely to plan ahead and cut just enough for a project rather than cutting until it looks like there are enough pieces.

The embroidery block can be done using an embroidery machine, but the design is also simple enough to make the block using the applique stitch on your domestic sewing machine.

Tomorrow, we’ll start cutting. Go check your stash and see what you’ve got in reds and whites! 

Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

2 thoughts on “Bow Basket for Valentine’s”

    1. I have spent a couple of days just working on the math for this basket block. It is very hard for me to explain how to calculate cutting for the GO! although I completely understand it intuitively. Last night I finally decided this is an understanding that each individual has to come to themselves – just part of our own individuality 🙂 I did come up with a cutting chart that works for me for calculating which I will share at some point.

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