I thought I'd share with you, by way of tutorial, how I made these blocks. The measurements make up a 4-1/2" finished block but I'm sure the instructions would work for any size block as long as you calculated the correct measurements. All the images are available in larger format if you click on them.
Oh, and the finished size of these blocks are the perfect size to match with a charm square, hence the title of my post!
Start off by cutting out the following pieces
- (1) 5-7/8" square (this will actually give you backgrounds for two basket blocks)
- (2) 1-1/4" x 3-1/2" rectangles
- (1) 2" square
- (1) 2" square
- (6) 1-1/4" squares
- (4) 1-1/4" squares
Now we can start the sewing.
Place the main colour 2" square on top of the background 2" square and sew ON the pencil line. Then trim one side 1/4" from the sewing and press with the seam towards the darker colour. You should now have a half-square triangle (HST) unit.
Next, lay out the squares for the main part of the basket.
Lay out the remaining three squares and a rectangle to make the other side of the basket. Join the squares together, then attach the rectangle, ensuring that the extra length is at the top right, as shown in the photograph. Press the seam towards the backing rectangle
It's now time to add the backing triangle. Place the large background square over the top of the basket. Line up the edges on the bottom and side of the square. You can see that the basket unit isn't as long on the straight sides as the square. This is okay, just make sure the bottom corner and the sides match. Then you need to sew 1/4" from the drawn line on the side of the basket (click on photo to enlarge). Your stitching line should pass through the intersections of the squares along the diagonal edge.