May Day Basket Quilt: Surprisingly Simple & Undeniably Unique

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May Day Baskets

Spring is one of my favorite times to quilt. Floral patterns are at their height, and you end up with so many quilts that make you excited for this colorful season.

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Once again, I found a gorgeous quilt that fits the spring bill. It’s by Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company, and here’s how you make it.

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Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to build your quilt. As usual, Jenny helps us with her video tutorial, so let’s get started!

How It’s Done

This block definitely looks complicated from afar, but once you break it down, it’s actually incredibly simple. You’ll get it done in no time!

The majority of the blocks are made from half square triangles, and the rest is simply solid rectangles. Seriously, that’s really it!

Let’s make this bad boy, shall we?

Start by sewing together two strips, right sides together. Sew these on both sides down the horizontal. Use the ruler Jenny speaks about to cut a ton of half square triangles out of this.

Super easy, right? It practically does all of the work for you! For each block, you’ll need 6 of these half square triangles.

You’ll need two more half square triangles of the same size but with your basket and background fabric rather than the fabrics you just used.

Sew this all together like the diagram shows above. Now cut two pieces of background fabric at 3″ x 5.5″ to border that piece, and finally, you’ll fill in the bottom corner with a larger half square triangle.

The bottom right corner is simply a half square triangle at 5.5″. Sew that to the remaining corner, and your block is done! Awesome right?

Jenny has a really cool trick for making two of these at once. You can watch her do that in the video below. Add those blocks together with a border, some batting, and some backing fabric, and you’re done!

Have fun and happy quilting!

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