*– Marlene Biles – Sipiweske Quilts*

1 – “Dream On” layer cake by Urban Chiks

2 yards background fabric

.75 yards binding fabric (adjust amount if making bias binding)

3 yards of backing fabric

1 yard fusible web (Heat and Bond Lite)

55” x 55” batting

72 Buttons (assorted sizes)

From the layer cake, choose 3 or 4 green prints and set these aside to use for stems and leaves. Also choose 11 additional prints for the borders and set aside. Flower shapes will be cut from some of the remaining squares so if there are a few special ones that you want to use for flowers only, set these aside also.

Cut and trim shapes roughly 1/8” – 3/8” from traced edges.

Fuse a handle shape (Unit “C”) to the wrong side of each of the remaining 5 1/2” x 10” strips ensuring that the top edge of the handle shape is very close to the edge of the fabric and as far to the right side of the fabric as possible (photo shows right side of fabric for demonstration purposes only).

Cut out the handle shapes on drawn lines. (See diagram, prior to fusing to ensure proper placement).

Once the handles have all been cut out and using the remaining fabric pieces from this same strip, cut the following:

**Recap:**

From each of 9 of the 12 squares you will have cut:

*1 – scalloped handle

*4 – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” squares

*1 – 1 1/2” x 5 1/2” strips for border

*1 – 2” x 5 1/2” strips for border

*1 – 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” squares, cut twice on diagonal (36 triangles).

From each of 3 of the 12 squares you will have cut:

*1 – scalloped handle

*2 – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2“ squares

*1 – 1 1/2” x 5 1/2“ strips for border

*2 – 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” squares, cut twice on diagonal (24 triangles).

**Background Fabric –**

Basket background:

Unit “D” – Sides

*cut 4 – 2 1/2” x 42” strips

– sub-cut into 24 – 2 1/2” x 7” rectangles

Unit “E” – Bottom

*cut 1 – 5” x 42” strip

– sub-cut into 6 – 5” x 5” squares

– cut once on the diagonal (12 triangles)

Unit “F” – Handle Foundation:

*cut 2 – 11” x 42” strips

– sub-cut into 6 – 11” x 11” squares

– cut once on the diagonal (12 triangles)

Unit “G” – Side and Corner Triangles (see diagram below for layout):

*cut 2 – 15 1/2” x 42” strips

– sub-cut into 3 – 15 1/2” x 15 1/2” squares

– cut twice on the diagonal (12 triangles)

**Handles –**Remove backing from fusible web on the handle (Unit “C”) and centre on the 1/2 square triangle background unit (Unit “F”). Press in place and blanket stitch around both sides of the handle.

**Stems –**Each basket will require a 2 1/4”, a 3” and a 3 3/4” stem made from bias strips (adjust lengths as needed). There are two methods I use to make stems. For the fusible method cut fusible web 3” x 10” and press to the wrong side of a 10“ x 10” green print square. Cut into 1/4” strips. Cut to desired lengths and press in place to the basket foundation unit. Using matching thread, blanket stitch down both sides of stem.

**Flowers and Leaves –**Trace the required number of shapes onto fusible web and fuse to wrong side of chosen prints. Cut out on drawn lines and position as shown in cover photo. Fuse in place.

**Borders –**From the original 12 basket squares you should have cut and set aside the following:

**Binding –**Measure the side of your quilt and multiple by four. Divide this number by 42” (width of fabric) and using the number you get, round up to the nearest whole number. This is the number of 2 1/4” strips you need to cut for binding strips. Using a diagonal seam, stitch these strips into a long continuous unit. Press strip in half with wrong sides together. Stitch to the right side of the quilt, aligning raw edges as you go and mitering corners as you come to them. Turn edge over to the back side of the quilt and hand stitch in place.

One very dreamy 51″ x 51″ quilt.

I have also made two of these blocks into a small tablerunner and have used rick rack stems instead of bias stems and yo-yo flowers instead of appliqued ones. Stop over and have a peek here to see the different option and if you leave a comment on that post you might also win the tablerunner!

Marlene Biles

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