Friday, June 16, 2017

A Basket of Chips

This week's block is one of those traditional basket blocks. Why are there so many basket blocks?  I think that, firstly, a basket is easy to depict in two dimensions and with basic geometric shapes.  If it has a base and a handle, it looks like a basket. Secondly, baskets can be full of so many different things - think of a basket of kittens, a fruit basket, a flower basket, a baby basket, a laundry basket ... the list goes on and on.

Names for this block include Basket of Chips, Anna's Basket, Basket of Flowers, Chip Basket and Flower Pot. 

Edna Rudberg was married twice.  Edna was married to her first husband Leonard when she made this block.  After Leonard died, Edna married again - at the age of 85 - to her second husband, Bernard Blevitzky, age 91!

Basket of Chips is a five by five pattern but it needs to finish at 12 inches in the mystery quilt.  I have added an extra two inch strip across one side and across the top to make up the 12 inches.  Five different fabrics for the 'chips' make ten half square triangles.

A - 3” x 3” squares: cut 7 for background, 1 for basket and 5 for chips.  Cut diagonally to make triangles (one background triangle not used).    Trim half square triangles to 2.5” x 2.5”.

B - 7” x 7” square for basket, cut diagonally and use one half triangle.
C - 5” x 5” square of background, cut diagonally and use one triangle.

D - 2 rectangles 6.5” x 2.5”.
E - 1 rectangle 2.5" x 10.5" (or a little longer).
F - 1 rectangle 2.5" x 12.5" (or a little longer - these can be trimmed back to suit)

Block finishes at 12.5 inches square.  You will need one of these basket blocks for the mystery quilt.


  1. Thank you for explaining this so well. I appreciate it alot. Have a wonderful day!!

    1. You're very welcome Angie. Writing instructions isn't easy so I'm glad it's working for you.


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