Two-for-One Basket Blocks…Easy, Easy, Easy (+ a Book Giveaway)

Last time I posted, I previewed one of the quilts in Cuddle Me Quick: 11 Baby Quilt Designs, my brand-new book, co-authored once again with my friend, Christine Porter. Chris and I are very excited about our “new baby” and look forward to meeting in Houston next week to promote the book at Fall Market. (More on that later.)

Hot off the press!

In this post, rather than just a photo, I’d like to share the quick-piecing technique that I  used to make the little baskets in A-Tisket, A-Tasket, another quilt from Cuddle Me Quick. This fun-and-easy method lets you make two sweet little Basket blocks at once, saving you time both cutting and sewing. (FYI: Want to make the entire quilt? Complete yardage amounts, cutting, assembly, and quilting suggestions appear in the book, along with the technique described below)

A-Tisket, A Tasket, 38 5/8″ x 44 1/4″, designed and made by Darra Williamson, machine appliqued and quilted by Chris Porter.

You’ll love this technique. It’s soooooo easy! The following instructions yield two 4″ x 4″ finished blocks, the perfect size for using those charm squares you’ve been saving.

1. Cut one square each, 5″ x 5″, from three different fabrics. Determine which square will be the basket bottom, the handle, and the background.

Step 1: Cut three 5″ squares.

2. Following the manufacturer’s instructions for the fusible, prepare the handle square for fusing. Use the handle pattern in the Pattern Library to make a handle template. (Be sure your printer is set to print the pattern at 100%; no scaling.) Cut the handle from the prepared handle square.

Step 2. Prepare the handle for fusing.

3. Fold the background square from corner to corner in both directions; unfold and fingerpress. Using the foldlines as a guide, center the handle on the background square. Fuse the handle and finish the edges as desired. (I used a straight stitch here for demo purposes; Chris used a machine blanket stitch in contrasting thread for the blocks in the quilt.)

Step 3. Fuse the handle; secure with stitching.

4. Draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, on the wrong side of the appliqued background square. Draw a line 1/4″ from the original line on both sides. Place the marked square right sides together with the basket-bottom square. Sew on the two outermost lines.

Step 4. Sew on the two outermost marked lines.

5. Cut the unit apart on the center diagonal line.

Step 5: Cut the triangles apart on the center line.

6. Press the units open and voila! Two identical Basket blocks. Trim the blocks to 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ if necessary.

Chris used a decorative machine blanket stitch to finish the basket handles in A-Tisket, A-Tasket.

To further celebrate our new book, I’m offering an autographed copy as a giveaway to one of our See How We Sew readers! Leave a comment by midnight (PST), November 8, telling me why you’d like to own this book, and you’ll be entered into the random drawing to win. I’ll announce the winner in my 11/20 post.

Meantime, we’ve got a winner for the Lark Crafts book, Creative Quilting with Beads, from my September 18 post. And that winner is…fleurette! Please email your snail-mail address via, and I’ll get your book on its way.

Finally, if you plan to be at Market: Chris and I will be doing a 30-minute Schoolhouse on Friday, October 26, at 1:20 pm in Room 352D; we’ll have a doorprizes for a few lucky attendees. We’ll also be doing demos and signing books at the Martingale & Company booth (#264), Saturday, October 27, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Do stop by and say hello!

‘Til next time, happy stitching!

45 thoughts on “Two-for-One Basket Blocks…Easy, Easy, Easy (+ a Book Giveaway)

  1. My son & his wife are trying to have a baby. I want to be a prepared Grandma with a beautiful quilt for my first grandchild.


  2. What a fun way to use scraps. I always wanted to try doing the basket but it seemed too “fussy”..this is sooo not fussy.I would like to learn the alphabet quilt too. The book will come in handy.


  3. I’m always on the lookout for baby quilts and the projects your featured in this post look delightful–bright colors, great shapes and cleaver basket technique. Thank for the chance to win a copy. Good luck at market!!


  4. I saw all of these at the Quilting in the Garden show and loved them. I want to make baby quilts for my friends but can’t make them too intricate–these are all very cute, quick, and fun. Plus all the different themes you’ve chosen allow for customization for each baby.


  5. Hello- I’m a “newbie”! I just found this website and I love it! I am so excited to join this blog and I look forward to all your quilting advice. Thank you!


  6. That is such an awesome and time saving technique! I need to make acharity quilt—This would be perfect and charming! Thank you for sharing.


  7. My most favorite kind of quilt to make is “baby” or “kids”. Love bright cheerful colors AND I am going to be a Grandma for the first time! 🙂


  8. I would love to win this book because I make baby quilts for our church quilt ministry. We donate quilts to foreign orphanages and the local pregnancy help center. Thanks for the great giveaway! Also, thanks for the basket tutorial!


  9. I love the basket technique, really clever idea and makes it so much easier to make multiple basket blocks. I found out last month, that I will have our first grandchild next year, so I am looking forward to making a new quilt for the new baby.



  10. A basket quilt is on my quilting bucket (or perhaps it should be basket) list. Looks like a great book and I love to make baby quilts.


  11. I would love a copy of this book so that I can use your basket technique and share that with friends. The basket technique is so clever and fast!


  12. I would love to have this book because I have five children. So far I have two grandchildren, but I’m hoping there will be lots more, and I plan to make each one a baby quilt.


  13. There are several new babies that have been born in my circle of friends and these quilts would be perfect gifts for these little ones.


  14. Hi Darra,
    Congratulations to you and Christine for the new book. I loved your take on Sunbonnet Sue and would love to try some of the babyquilts from the new book. Thank you for sharing this innovative basket pattern.


  15. So Cute! I wish I had the truck quilt when my oldest was little. But, I bet I’m bound to have a grandson someday. I should stock up on these adorable ideas so I can be ready for the big event!


  16. Would love to win a copy for my library: My son and his wife are expecting twins in March. Thanks for the chance to win.


  17. Congratulations on your “new baby” Dara & Christine! I wish you much success! And thanks for the easy basket block pattern. I thinking once the babies are older they can find the matching baskets in their quilt. So fun!!! I would love to win your new book because baby quilts are my specialty…small and easy! Thanks for the chance to win. PS Enjoy your time in Houston!!!


  18. I have 3 grandchildren, one a new baby and friends whoalways seem to have birth announcements! Ideas for small quilts are always welcome. This is a fabulous way to make basket blocks!


  19. OH what a FUN book! Three newborns at work and my Juki on a crib size Grace frame longs to work on these! 🙂 I’d love to surprise the new moms with a fun quilt.


  20. Good morning……….I would Love to win a copy! With new additions to our family this would be the perfect book to get fresh ideas for baby quilts!


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