Sheryl at Temecula Quilt Co is hosting a "Little" Summer Sewing challenge. Here's the scoop, for the month of July, piece one little basket block a day, and at the end of the month, Sheryl will provide 2 settings for your blocks to make "a darling little summer quilt".
Here are my two blocks, I'm right on schedule.
These blocks finish at 2 inches, aren't they just the cutest things ever?
The details and the pattern, created by Marsha McCloskey, are available here.
Here's a peek at all the pieces and parts. Those hst units are 1inch square. If you go with a print for your background fabric make sure it's small. Mine is from The Cotton Club by Paula Barnes for Marcus Brothers.
The block instructions call to trim the points. Luckily for me I have a tool that makes that very easy,
Judy Martin's Point Trimmer. I don't know why I own this trimmer, I don't even remember buying it, but I'm glad I have it now, it does a great job of trimming off those points perfectly.
The instructions also call to trim the seams down to 1/8" from 1/4".
It really makes working with these little pieces so much easier to reduce any bulk as you go.
I know it's hard to get an idea of the size of these blocks, so I"m going to try and give you one.
Is it bigger than my mini churn dash blocks?
No, it's not bigger than my mini churn Dash blocks!
Is it bigger than Coopers paw?
No, it's not bigger than Cooper's paw!
Is it bigger than a saltine?
Yes, these itty bitty basket blocks are bigger than a saltine!
Don't you want to spend the month of July making basket blocks that are smaller than Cooper's paw but larger than a saltine? Who wouldn't?