Sunday, April 29, 2012

FREE Project~Basket of Strawberries, by Denise Clason

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Basket of Strawberries—Designed by Denise Clason for Walnut Hollow
This strawberry print was calling out to be made into a basket block! Doesn’t the block look good enough to eat?

Supplies:
Fabric from Benartex: Kayes Kitchen Collection:

* 1/3 yard Yellow Linen print, #988-30 (block)
* 1/4 yard Embroidered Flower print, #987-88 (block)
* 1/4 yard Rick-Rac Stripes print, #986-10 (block)
* 3/4 yard Red Chicks print, #985-10 (block, backing, binding)
* 1/3 yard Strawberry print, #186-07 (block)
* 1/4 yard Mini-Dots print, #984-50 (borders)
* All-purpose sewing thread---Coats
* Transparent Thread---Coats (for machine quilting)
* Rotary Cutting Tools---Olfa
-rotary cutter # RTY-3/G
-cutting mat # RM-MG
-ruler # QR-6x12
* Compression Rod #26715---Walnut Hollow
* 2 oz. bottle Tomato Spice acrylic paint-Delta
* 2 oz. bottle Matte Varnish-Delta
* Series 4550 wash--1” flat acrylic brush---Loew-Cornell
* Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive 

Tools:
* Basic sewing supplies
* 1/4” pressure foot
* Darning foot

Cutting Instructions:

From the yellow linen print, cut:
A= 2-3/4” x 5” (cut four)
B= 2-3/4” square (cut two)
C= 3-1/8” square (cut four squares, then cut again on the diagonal)
D= 5-3/8” square (cut one square, then cut again on the diagonal)

From the embroidered flower print, cut:
E= 5-3/8” square (cut one square, then cut again on the diagonal)

From the rick-rack print, cut:
F= 3-1/8” square (cut two, then cut again on the diagonal)

From the red chick print, cut:
G= 5-3/8” square (cut one, then cut again on the diagonal)
I= 5” square (cut four)

From the strawberry print, cut:
H= 3-1/8” square (cut four squares, then cut again on the diagonal)
J= 5” square (cut four)

From the mini-dot print, cut:
Border: 1-3/4” x 22” strips (cut four)

Make the Basket Blocks: all seams are 1/4". Repeat all the steps, below, for the second basket block. Or you can make both blocks at the same time.
1. Chain sew the C triangle, right sides together, to the H triangle, to make eight half-square triangles. Cut the half-square triangles apart. Cut off the “dog ears.” Press toward the strawberry print. Set aside.





2. Sew the G triangle, right sides together, to the E triangle. Cut off the “dog ears.” Press toward the red print. Set aside.









3. Sew the F triangle, right sides together, to the ends of the A rectangle. Make sure that they are positioned as in the figure above. (They need to be sewn onto opposite ends. Press toward the yellow.) Set aside.






4. Sew two sets of the C/H squares together, as shown below. Repeat, to make four sets. Press toward the dark print. See below:






* Be sure the half-square triangles are sewn exactly as shown above.

5. Sew the yellow square to the end of one of the pieces in step 4. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the yellow.






6. Sew the remaining H/C squares, right sides together, to the right side of the E triangle. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the center of the block.








7. Sew the strip in step 5 across the top of the above block. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the center of the block.












8. Sew the F/A pieces to the outside edges of the block. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the F/A piece.















9. Sew the yellow D triangle piece to the corner of the above block. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the yellow.














Make the Four-Patch Blocks: 
1. Sew the 5” red squares, right sides together, to the 5” chick squares. Make four sets. Press toward the red. 

2. Sew two of the above pieces together, right sides together, as seen below. Repeat to make two four-patch blocks.















3. Sew the two four-patch blocks to the two basket blocks as seen in the project photo. Press toward the four-patch. 

4. Straighten the edges up, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Add the Borders:
1. Sew two of the 1-3/4” x 22” strips, right sides together, to opposite sides of the wallhanging. Press toward the border. Cut the extra off of the strips.
2. Sew the remaining two border strips to the top and bottom of the wallhanging. Press toward the borders.
3. Give the wallhanging a final pressing. 


Quilt the Wallhanging:
1. Cut a piece of batting 2” larger than the wallhanging.

2. Cut a backing piece the same size as the batting, from the red chick’s print.

3. Layer the pieces: backing (face down), batting, spray the batting with the temporary spray adhesive, wallhanging (face up).

4. Pin the edges to secure.

5. With a walking foot, stitch in the seam lines to secure the blocks. Sew around the edge of the block.

6. Lower the feed dog on the sewing machine. With a darning foot and the invisible thread, free motion quilt the wallhanging. I used a meandering loopy pattern. 

7. Trim the edges straight for preparation for the binding.

Add the Binding:
1. Cut a 2-1/4” wide piece of bias binding from the red chick’s fabric, long enough to go around all four sides of the wallhanging, plus 10 inches. You will need to sew the pieces together.

2. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back of the wallhanging, and pin in place. Machine or hand sew to the back. Use the invisible thread if you are using the machine, so that the thread doesn’t show on the front of the wallhanging.

Paint the Compression Rack:
1. Take the compression rack apart. Set the screws aside.

2. With the tomato spice acrylic paint and the flat brush, paint the compression rack. Let dry. Paint a second coat.

3. Paint the matte varnish over the paint. Let dry.

4. Hang the wallhanging from the compression rack.

Enjoy!

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