Fall into a QAL: Block 2 Harvest Basket

Welcome to Block 2 of the Fall Into a QAL, a mystery quilt along by Partners in Design!

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The second block in our quilt along was designed by April @ JANDA Bend Quilts and it’s a fall harvest basket. Here’s my version.

This block uses strip-piecing, flip corners, and sewing on the bias in its construction. If you’ve never used any of these techniques before, don’t worry. As a quilt along host, I’m here to help!

My Fabric Pull for This Block

I had a few goals for this block. First, I decided early on that I just had to use some of this wonderful apple fabric to fill my harvest basket. We have lots of apple farms here in Indiana and apple picking in the fall is an annual treat. As a child, I loved apples so much I went as Apple Annie for Halloween. So it was a no-brainer that I had to use the apple fabric and any fabrics I chose for the block needed to compliment it.

Second, I have a focus fabric that I want to use throughout my quilt, so my harvest basket fabrics needed to compliment it as well. In addition, I have a goal of using some of my focus fabric in every block if possible, so I wanted to keep that in mind as I was choosing fabrics.

Third, I decided to limit the number of colors I used in my harvest basket so the focus would be on the apples.

Here's April's block from the pattern.

For my fabric pull I started with my apple fabric, pulling reds, oranges, and golden browns I thought would compliment it. When I had gathered a stack of candidates, I brought out my focus fabric so I could ensure my block fabrics would compliment it.

As I gathered the fabrics I liked, I laid them out in the manner they would be used in the block and made my final decisions. As I made my selections I made notes in the pattern so I'd be able to cut my fabrics correctly.

Here's my final fabric pull. My focus fabric is on the right.

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • I love it when a designer includes pressing directions in her block pattern! So my first tip is...follow them and your block will go together much more easily. Thanks April!
  • After you sew up the handle, you're asked to add background triangles to either side of the handle section. These are bias triangles, so my tip is to first, wait to cut your 7-1/2" background square until you are ready to sew it. Then handle the the triangles very gently as you pin and sew them to the handle section. The goal is to not stretch them out of shape. And believe me, with bias that's easy to do. To help you position the triangles, fold the handle section in half and press. Use the mark to center the triangle on that side. Repeat for the other side, adding the second bias triangle.
  • After adding the background triangles, be sure to trim the handle section as instructed in the pattern. I used my big square ruler, trimming the point side first. Be sure to measure 1/4" away from the point when trimming. To trim the right side, I centered the 6-1/4" line on the center point of the handle. Then I flipped the section over and trimmed the left side by measuring 12-1/2" exactly. Finally, I trimmed the bottom by measuring 6-1/2" from the top side.
  • The basket center is pieced using the strip-piecing method. These are short strips so it should be relatively easy to piece your strip sets accurately. If you have trouble sewing strips sets, consider using spray starch on your fabrics before you cut them. Also, always take time to measure your strip sets and resewing them as needed before subcutting them into the required units.
  • It's my practice to always trim my blocks to size after they are pieced, so I highly recommend doing that with your blocks as well.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my two quilt blocks. I'm loving how they look together. Can't wait to see yours!

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by April’s blog to download your free harvest basket block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your harvest basket block. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Harvest Basket block giveaway simply make the Harvest Basket block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, June 11th at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—a Braid in a Day pattern by Eleanor Burns donated by April @ JANDA Bend Quilts and an Omnigrid mesh project pouch donated by Dritz. The pattern can be used to make lap-size through king size quilts and even table runners.  April is a Quilt in a Day Certified Teacher. You can visit her Workshop Page to request a Quilt in a Day Workshop in your area or visit her Quilt Shop to see her patterns.

On Tuesday, June 12th be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along! You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

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