Today is the release of the second block in our Fall Into a Quilt A-Long.
This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet, which includes me this time around.
Presenting the Harvest Basket Block
This Harvest Basket block was designed by April Adams of JANDA Bend Quilts. Please visit her blog where you will be able to download your free pattern.
A Few Recommendations about that Villain Named Bias
This pattern calls for you to cut the 7 1/2″ block in half diagonally creating two triangles. This requires you to sew with a bias edge. This can be tricky. Here’s a couple tips that have helped me so my blocks don’t become stretched out of shape.
- Starch, Starch, Starch
I starch my fabric that will be cut on the bias BEFORE I even make the first cut. I will even starch both sides of the fabric. Then I give it another starching BEFORE I actually cut it on the bias.
I prefer Best Press but any spray starch will work.
- Pins, Pins, Pins
Use pins to pin the pieces together to reduce the chance of stretching. Just be careful not to sew over them as that can damage the needle and possibly the bobbin and bobbin case.
- Use Your Walking Feet
Remember when your kindergarten teacher told you to use your walking feet? It also applies to sewing on the bias so use your walking foot if you have one. It will make a difference.
- Resist the Tug of War
Guide your fabric. Don’t pull it or you could be stretching it out of shape.
Tu-Na’s Other Baskets
I’ve made a few baskets through the years at the North Country Arts and Craft Workshops held near Bemidji, Minnesota but not as many as my sister has. Here’s a few of mine.
Join this QAL
You can join in anytime. Each 12.5″ (unfinished) block will be released every other Tuesday with the last one scheduled for release on October 16th. You are free to make these blocks any way you want. However, if you are wanting to enter the contest, be sure to read the rules found in the Enter to Win section below to make sure your entry counts. The final finished top containing all 12 of these blocks (it doesn’t have to be quilted) link up for the mega giveaway is November 13th at 11:59 EST.
Enter to Win
Special thanks to Omnigrid for supplying a Mesh Project Pouch and April Adams at JANDA Bend Quilts for supplying the Braid in a Day pattern from Quilt in a Day. It can be used to make lap-size through king size quilts and even table runners. She is a Quilt in a Day Certified Teacher. You can visit her Workshop Page here to request a Quilt in a Day Workshop in your area or visit her Quilt Shop here to see her own patterns.
Entering is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Everyone (You must be 18 to be able to enter to win prizes) gets to participate because International entries are welcome! You do NOT need to have a blog to enter. Hosts and designers are not eligible to win.
- Make a block using April’s pattern. Take a picture of it. Slight variations of the pattern are ok such as embellishments but keep your block true to the designed pattern if you are entering the giveaway. The block should definitely be recognizable as one made from this free pattern. Deviating too much (or substituting a different block entirely) will cause your entry not to be counted. If you have questions if it’s allowed for entry into the giveaway, please ask me before you cut.
- Post a picture of your block before 11:59 PM EST, June 11th either on the linky party found on April’s post here, on the Facebook page, or on Instagram #fallintoaqal.
Winners are drawn from the eligible pictured blocks and prizes awarded every other week with a mega grand-prize at the end for a finished quilt top (it doesn’t have to be quilted) using all 12 of the block patterns.
See These Hosts for Inspiration and Tips on Making the Harvest Basket
- April at JANDA Bend Quilts Here’s our designer of this block and where you can download the free pattern.
- Vanda at Quilting with Vanda
- Sherry at Powered by Quilting
- Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
- Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
- Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my basket process.
- Abbie at Sparkle On
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Come on Back for the Next Block Release
Join me on June 12th at 12:00am EDT for the release of the third block designed by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting.
Don’t Miss out on My Previous Fall into a QAL Posts
Tu-Na Quilts: Big Announcement!!! (QAL introductory post with a schedule of when the blocks are released and a sneak peek at the fabrics that I’ll be using.) Yes, I’m seeing spots!
What I Learned Today:
- Waiting for a baby to arrive is hard on Tu-Na, too. He is 12 days overdue. His big brother is thinking he doesn’t want to come out and play.
- Tu-Na Helper is very handy. My chocolate fountain stopped working after two hours at my niece’s graduation party on Sunday. He fixed it yesterday. The drive shaft had chocolate inside it.
Question: Have you woven a basket or made one using other methods? Do tell about it. I wove those baskets (pictured above) from reeds and have also made baskets using cloth-covered rope.
At this time I am not affiliated with any goods, products, or services mentioned here on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. I just happen to like and use them.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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