May 2019 Block of the Month: May Basket Block
2019 Block of the Month—May: “May Basket” Quilt Block
In January, Team Nancy Zieman introduced the first of 12 blocks in the New! Summer Picnic 2019 FREE! Block of the Month Series. Find the January through April Quilt Block Tutorials under Popular Blog Posts: 2019 Block of the Month. Join the New! Summer Picnic 2019 Block of the Month Series, anytime, by viewing the supply listing in the January 5th NZP Blog Posting.
Each month, we’re featuring one quilt block design. The quilt blocks are created using Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack* from Riley Blake Designs (*18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) plus background, sashing, border, and binding fabrics. Follow along as we demonstrate how to create this Month’s “May Basket” Quilt Block (below).
Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner HERE. Make notes or pin swatches to remind you of the fabric placements.
Choose the Fabrics
For the New! Summer Picnic 2019 FREE! Block of the Month Series, “May Basket” Quilt Block, select the following fabrics from your Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs and aNancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangle Gaugeby Clover.
“May Basket” Block
May basket is another frequently used name for a quilt block. This version combines two sizes of finished triangle blocks: 3-1/2″ and 6-1/2″, giving the block a center focal point.
Instructions: (Each block is a 12″ finished square. Finished quilt measures approximately 44-1/2″ x 57-1/2″)
Cut Fabric for Block
Create a modified 16-patch block with two different sizes of 1/2-square triangle fabric combinations: 3-1/2″ and 6-1/2″.
- Cut six 3-1/2″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Blue Floral
- Cut three 3-7/8″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Blue Floral
- Cut three 3-7/8″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Black Flower
- Cut one 6-7/8″ square of Afternoon Picnic Blue Floral
- Cut one 6-7/8″ square of Afternoon Picnic Black Flower
Construct The Units
All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of the block.
Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
1. Create six 1/2-square triangle blocks of Blue Floral and Black Flower and two 1/2-square triangles from Blue Floral and Black Flower. Make three block sets of the 3-7/8″ Blue Floral and Black Flower and one 6-7/8″ block set of Blue Floral and Black Flower
- Align 3-7/8″ squares and the 6-7/8″ squares cut from Afternoon Picnic Blue Floral, and Afternoon Picnic Black Flower right sides together.
- Mark blocks using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and an erasable gel pen.
- Use a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. The left side of the gauge is designated to create 1/2-square triangle blocks. Depress button on sliding portion of the gauge and move to size of the desired 1/2-square triangle.
- Stack two squares, right sides together. Place No-Hassle Triangles Gauge on block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with an erasable gel pen.
- Align presser foot along one side of center mark, stitch.
- Kiss the next block set to the stitched block and chain stitch from one block to the other.
- Cut blocks apart along center markings with a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
- Press seams to darker fabric.
- Layout block following diagram. Rotate squares as necessary.
Only one 1/2-square triangle from the 6-7/8″ combination is needed for the May Basket block.
- For the top and bottom rows, place squares from the second column onto the first column, right sides together repeat.
- Clip threads between blocks.
- Stitch smaller blocks, then add to the center block.
- Press seams open, or press seams to alternate sides.
- Stitch rows together.
Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.
For a chance to win Nancy Zieman’s New! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack please leave a comment below.
The randomly selected winner of a copy of the book Beginning Landscape Quilting from the May 11 blog post is, LoAnn Trowbridge.
Her comment is: I have almost finished a landscape wall hanging–it’s of the Fall. I would like to make “Four Seasons!” I think I would make spring, summer, fall, then winter! I would love to win this book! Thank you for the opportunity!
Be sure to check out the 2019 Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!
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