Hi, my name is Paula, and I’m obsessed with Bitty Blocks.
Oh my GOSH. Have you heard? QM has embarked on a Bitty Block adventure and I, for one, am ridiculously obsessed. We are so excited about this new free quilt blocks project!
In case you haven’t heard, here’s how it will work. On the first Monday of each month during 2015, we’ll present you with a Bitty Block. Most will be 3″ or 4″ square and all will be easy to make. They’ll be hashtagged as #qmbittyblocks. You can read more about it here.
Now let’s get to our second QM Bitty Block. February’s block is a little 4″ Basket. (Printer-friendly version here.)
For one basket you will need:
Background fabric: (4) 1-7/8″ squares, (1) 2-7/8″ square and (2) rectangles 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (light gray dot)
Basket fabric #1: (3) 1-7/8″ squares (teal)
Basket fabric #2: (1) 1-7/8″ square and (1) 2-7/8″ square (red)
Pair 3 gray squares with the teal squares, and the red square with the remaining gray square.
Referring to the photos at the end of this post for our basic Triangle-Squares Technique, make 6 teal triangle-squares. Make 2 red triangle-squares.
Now, cut the large gray square and the large red square in half diagonally to make the basket base.* Sew one of each color triangle together. (Save the leftover triangles for other blocks).
*If you prefer, you can use the Basic Triangle-Squares Technique for this pair as well.
Lay out the triangle squares and the 2 gray rectangles to form the basket.
Sew the top 3 teal triangle-squares together, the next row of 2 teal triangle-squares and 1 red triangle square together, and sew the bottom teal and bottom red triangle-squares together.
Here’s a tip: Press the seam allowances of each row going opposite directions so that when you sew the rows together, the seams will nest with each other. Here, I flipped over the rows so that you can see how I press the seam allowances in opposite directions.
Sew the triangle-squares and rectangles together to make the top half and the bottom half of the block.
Here again, I flipped over the block parts so you can see the seams pressed opposite directions. There are so many little seams in the this block, nesting them really helps to keep the block flat and smooth.
Finish sewing the block together! Woohoo!
For that last final seam, I found it best to press the seam open.
So, did I mention I am obsessed? OBSESSED. Every day I can hardly wait to bolt to my sewing room to make these silly little blocks. I keep adding scraps and fabric to my Bitty Block stash. I probably have enough stash now to make oh, about a million Bitty Blocks.
For a throw size quilt, make around 14–18 Basket blocks. Soon we will be sharing a few different layouts so you can decide how big you want your quilt to be and how many blocks you will need for the rows.
And I’m saving every little square and rectangle since they can all be re-used in other blocks. (In case you haven’t caught on, I’m obsessed.)
I’m pretty sure my husband is starting to think I’m crazy. These bring me so much joy and make me laugh out loud. I’ve even hung them up at work so I can look at them every day.
I can’t wait for you to see what’s next!! I’m working about 3 months ahead (these Bitty Blocks are hanging on the other side of my bulletin board!), and it’s killing me to not spill the beans and show you what’s coming. What fun!
Please help us spread the word about #qmbittyblocks. Use the hashtag, share this post on social media and tell your friends. Maybe your small group would like to make Bitty Blocks together. Whatever you do, we’d love to hear about it: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March’s Bitty Block goes up Monday, March 2. Ready, set, sew!
Basic Triangle-Squares Technique:
With right sides together and the lighter fabric on top, pair one square of each color that makes the unit. On the lighter patch, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Stitch 1/4″ out from both sides of the line. Cut apart on the marked line.
Open out the patches and press the units. Trim off the little dog-ear triangles. A pair of squares will yield 2 units. These units will finish at the correct size for each pattern. No trimming is needed.