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A Novel Idea Free Block of the Month Series - A Bookcase Quilt Using Novelty Fabrics

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For the whole bookcase quilt:
Main Bookcase fabric
- 1¼ yard
Darker Bookcase fabric (A) - 1 yard
(this is an estimate, but I believe that would be plenty)

Plus...for the April Basket block

Basket Handle (B)
Basket Weave (N)


1. Cut the fabrics for the basket block [Rotary Cutting] as follows:

Basket Block Fabrics

Dark Bookcase fabric (A) ~ 1½" x 8½"
Basket Handle fabric (B) ~ 1½" x 3"
Basket Weave fabric (N) ~ 7½" high x 8½" wide*
(*Tip: pay attention to the direction of the weave across the width)

2. With right sides together, pin the Dark Bookcase fabric unit (A) to the top edge of the basket weave fabric (N).
Sew them together [Machine Piecing Basics].
Press the seams open.

3. Prepare the appliqué shape [Cardboard Templates ~ For Piecing] as follows:

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Basket Weave fabric (N): Fold the basket fabric in half, to mark the center.
Place the cardboard template on the basket weave fabric, about 1" down from the seam and centering it, using the folded mark as a guide.
Draw around the template, onto the right side of the fabric with a chalk pencil.

Basket Block Fabrics

Cut out inside the drawn line [Cardboard Templates ~ For Piecing] as instructed.

4. Finger press the seam allowance of the inner handle area of the basket, over to the back, around the edge, and baste in place [Stitches - #3c] all the way around.

Basket Handle Block Preparing for Applique

5. Place the Basket Handle fabric (B) behind the center of the opening.
Baste the basket fabric to the basket handle fabric.

6. Using 18" of thread [Stitches] that matches the basket, blind-stitch [Stitches - #1] the inner edge, to the basket handle fabric.
End with a knot on the back of unit, behind the appliqué patch.

7. Remove all the basting stitches, and carefully trim down the basket handle fabric on the back, if necessary.
Press [Pressing - #2].

8. Block [Blocking] the Basket block at the finished size of 8" x 8".


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