Welcome to part one of my Teeny Tiny Garden Basket sew along. I'm delighted you're joining me!
In my first Teeny Tiny quilt instructions, I wrote that when we first begin to learn piecing, we struggle with piecing large pieces. As time and practice hours go by, we get better and better. Once that 1/4 seam is mastered, there is nothing we can't do! But, still....many of us remain intimidated by tiny pieces thinking there's no way we can do that. Oh, but aren't those tiny pieces and blocks just the cutest?
The secret to working with tiny pieces in pretty simple. Master your 1/4 inch seam, give yourself time to adjust to holding small pieces of fabric, and don't be in a rush. Take your time. All of this advice still holds true.
If you're still struggling with sewing an accurate 1/4 inch seam, you can read my previous blog post here to learn very helpful info. Master your 1/4 inch before proceeding with your tiny pieces. Once you do, you will have success in everything you piece. It's time well spent.
If your 1/4 inch seam is good to go, then let's get started!
Following along with your Teeny Tiny Garden Basket quilt pattern, today, we will make our basket block base.
Make your Half Square Triangle units, remembering they are trimmed to the size you need.
Arrange the Half Square Triangles and assorted dark print triangles as directed.
Sew them together into vertical rows; press. Then, sew the rows together; press. Nice work for week one! Remember - there is a no-applique version of the basket in the pattern for those of you who don't enjoy applique.
We will continue next Friday when I give you step by step instructions of how I made my applique handle. If you've ever wanted to try this technique, this is the perfect time to do so. I promise....it really isn't hard at all!!!
I highly recommend that you pick up the Clover Bias maker, 1/4 inch size, at your LQS. It's not expensive (under $10) and worth every penny. Easy to use and the results are amazing!
If you'd like to work ahead, by all means do so. PLEASE - Post photos with hashtag #teenytinyquiltclub
In the meantime....keep your needle busy and your heart content.