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Drafting almost any block is easy to do once you decide on a size.

Usually it’s the size of the block that’s determined first, however, I start with the size of the shapes within the block.  I like to sew in 1/2″ increments, so there’s some fabric on the left side of the sewing foot to maneuver, it’s not too difficult to sew and it’s small enough to be cute.

Take the basket block on the right for example.  This is essentially a 16 patch block.  I’ve already decided the size of the patches, the internal shapes, will be 1/2″finished, so this block will be 2″ when finished.  The little pink triangles begin as 1 3/8″ squares that are cut in half diagonally and sewn to muslin triangles of the same size.  The squares begin at 1″ x 1″, the rectangles at 1″ x 1 1/2″ and lastly the larger muslin triangle at 1 7/8″ square cut in half diagonally.

All seam allowances are 1/4″, trimmed and pressed.  And if it’s messed up, oh well, call it primitive or file it in the garbage can.  Sew six for a whole quilt or stop at one and back it with muslin or wool for an adorable Christmas ornament.  Miniature quilts are fun, quicker than regular size quilts and addictive.  There are many basket blocks to play around with.  Have fun!

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