Friday, May 4, 2012

Basket Weave Block: (free) Pattern Review

Hey Folks!  It's FRIDAY!!!
I have a few more things to do today before I can officially give into weekend indulgences, and one of them is sharing a little pattern review with you!

basket weave block

I saw this stunning purple block from Nydia a few weeks ago. I became obsessed with it, and would seriously 'visit' the photo every couple days. I am not telling you this not to make you think I am a freak, but because it was one of those blocks that made me think 'that is way to gorgeous and hard for me to make!'

Neural or Not Bee - braided star
 Well I asked Nydia for her pattern, and she was generous enough to share it. She has posted a FANTASTIC (FREE) tutorial on her website.

Here are a few things I've learned:

  • It is a dramatic looking block, but it is not hard to piece! Speaking as someone who is terrified of paper piecing, this is the perfect block for the first time pp'er or newbie. 
  • It can be time consuming, if you are new to it and only work one quadrant at a time, but it has no weird angles, and is easy to do.
  • Do a practice block. Once you get a feel for it, you can easily 'pseudo' chain piece and work on several quadrants at the same time. This reduces the trips to the ironing board- and makes it go a bit more quickly.
  • I recommend using real foundation piecing paper, or a light weight craft paper. Copy paper can get a bit thick in some of the seams. The craft paper is easier to tear off at the end too, which means you don't have to shorten your stitch length quite so much. I used a fisher price 'Doodle Pad' that I got from a dollar store at a whopping $1.  It's just slightly heavier than newspaper and I printed the template straight onto it. Easy!
  •  It is very scrap friendly.... but don't get too skimpy with your scraps, if your fabric moves you will have to rip a seam.  If you give yourself a little extra fabric to play with you can trim it neatly, and it will looks very crisp once complete.

Still scared? Don't be! I asked a few others what their first time with this block was like. They echoed the sentiment that it can be slow going at first, but is easy to do, and well worth the time!

Basket weave
(Nydia's color wheel interpretation)

A start for Solidia :) 
(Katy is working on a beautiful aqua and green version) 

 basket weave block

Give it a try- you won't regret it! Thanks for sharing this block Nydia!!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! This looks amazing! I still havent done PP, yet, but this one is very inspiring. Love your version!

  2. WOW!! That's beautiful :)
    They all look awesome!

  3. Wow that's a gorgeous block! So heading over to grab that tutorial =D

  4. Love this block. thanks for the link!

  5. This is definitely ONE of those blocks that "grabs" you! Thanks for the link.
    Your finished block is a beauty!