By Dawn, Mar 11 2018 11:57AM
It's lovely to have you along on our Sampler quilt adventure, and share this months block - a spring basket for you x
Seeing the daffodils and primroses peek out from the melting snow means spring is here, so this month's Sweetest Things Sampler block is an Easter basket, full of springtime wonders.
The first Easter baskets I remember were little paper and glue ones, made in primary school. When we returned from lessons, they'd been filled with speckled candy eggs. So now whenever I see little Easter baskets, I'm reminded of this and how little acts of kindness, mean a lot.
Block 2 can be pieced either as a simple basket (Option 1), or using Right Hand Triangles (Option 2).
Instructions for both available in downloadable PDF. Or applique basket directly onto background. Feel free to use your preferred method of applique for the eggs and bow. Perhaps even add a sprinkling of little spring flowers too.
So let’s hop to it… Download template and tutorial
Or read on for more about the making of these blocks....
The fresh springtime colours of Caroline and Bespoke Blooms by Brenda Riddle, left me completely spoilt for choice selecting prints to use in this block. So much so, I ended up making two blocks - with a third one in the pipeline, cut and ready to be sewn, as we speak :)
The little speckled floral from Bespoke Blooms made perfect little eggs
While the brown ticking stripe from Caroline cut on the bias made an ideal handle.
For the applique, I used a mixture of blanket stitch and needleturn applique - using the tip of the needle to tuck the raw edges under. If your new to needleturn applique, you'll find tips in the downloadable PDF tutorial.
Handsewing is really relaxing, and so any opportunity to hand applique, or hand quilt and I'll find some way of fitting it in.
Do you have a favourite technique? We'd love to hear.
Also, we love seeing the Sampler blocks you make, so please share on Instagram using the hashtag #SweetestThingsSampler
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Happy sewing, happy springtime
Dawn x X