Basket of Diamonds Block Pieces SAL
Our friend, Melva, of Melva Loves Scraps fame just released the sixth block in the Pieces From the Past sew-along. The sixth block already! Earlier this year I raised my hand to test some blocks for Melva and this was one of them. Then our world tilted on its axis, so to speak. I not only forgot that I had successfully tested this block, but the other blocks I was testing were set aside. Only to quickly be forgotten about, I am so sorry to say. Basket of Diamonds is the current release and I am happy to share our version.
Beautiful Basket Fabric
We selected this gorgeous bundle of fabric to use for this sew-along. I wanted to give these wonderful classic blocks a modern shove. This Laurel Birch Basics collection seems to be doing the trick, at least as far as we’re concerned.
These might seem a bit too bright to some but we are toning them down with Bella White as the background fabric. We haven’t even tapped into some of my favorites yet . . .
A little orange with an ombre effect, some swirly green, and a tone-on-tone dotted yellow – what’s not to like?!
Basket of Trimming
The basket pattern consists of half-square-triangles (HSTs) in several color combinations. You will have a few leftover triangles to add to your extra block collection . . . although none of us know what we may need for a future block! While testing for Melva, I trimmed and drew an “X” as each piece joined the layout. Satisfaction is what I feel when using my Bloc-Loc and seeing the trimmings file growing.
Basket Layout and Finish
As always, I take a moment to check the layout of the pieces BEFORE I start sewing. I’ll bet you can figure out why! You can see my three pretty extra HSTs in the photo below.
Before you know it, all the rows were sewn together and pressed. Here’s our finished block – ta-da!
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