Babs substituted autumn colours for her second Flower Basket, so please refer to magazine for original spring/summer colour scheme to avoid confusion.

The Basket

Background square
1. One large cream background square was cut in half - diagonally. Only one triangle required - spare used to cut smaller pieces.
Lay out pieces
2. Rectangles, squares & half-square triangles cut as instructed in magazine. Laid out, before marking seam lines.
Half Square Triangles
3. Placed three brown/blue squares together RS facing and stitched 1/4in each side of marked centre lines. Repeated with one brown/cream square.
Cut into Units
4. Cut the squares along the marked centre lines to form a total of eight half square units.
Pressed seams
5. Resulting units opened up with seams pressed towards dark fabric.
Match and join seams
6. Stitched units together, carefully matching seams, as shown. Note direction of seams.
It all falls into place
7. It all falls into place.
Final piece
8. Stitching the final piece – matching seams as I sew.
Press seams
9. Pressed seams in direction as shown. If in doubt press seams open. Clip 'tails'.
Join large background
10. Stitch large background triangle to pieced basket, matching seams at intersections.
Spray starch
11.Time for a bit of spray starch. Seam pressed towards pieced basket..
Finished
12. Well, not quite – what about that wonky seam?

Time for a bit of unpicking which is considered an Art Form amongst purists OR - if time is short - not unknown for wonky seam to be covered with strategically placed leaf. Aha! Let’s press onward to... Freezer Paper Appliqué! Ellie Sienkiewicz uses a similar method

Preparing the appliqué motifs.

Equipment
1. Implements for freezer paper appliqué. Paper can be bought from the roll, as required. Water-soluble gluestick (must be water-soluble). Stapler. Staple remover (saves finger nails). Small, sharp scissors.
Templates
2. One freezer paper template is required for each appliqué shape. Not reuseable. Photocopy templates from magazine for multiple shapes such as leaves. cut Cut photocopied templates roughly apart or trace individual templates onto paper side of freezer paper.
Template stacks
3. For multiple shapes, cut or fold freezer paper into stacks or layers big enough to cover the shape. Up to six layers can be cut at one time.
Staple template to stack
4. Staple photocopied template to freezer paper stack.
Stacks
5. Staple stack to make sure layers don’t move. Repeat with other multiple shape templates.
Cut out shapes
6. Cut out the shapes cleanly and accurately ON the lines using good scissors.
Remove staples
7. Remove staples. Keep each group of shapes together.
Press templates
8. With hot dry iron, press freezer paper templates to WS of chosen fabric(s) with PLASTIC SIDE FACING THE WS OF FABRIC. Leave enough space around each template for seam allowances.
Carefully cut out shapes
9. Carefully cut around shapes, adding 1/4in seam allowance.
Clip inner curves
10. Clip any concave (inward) curves. Never clip convex (outward) curves
Arrange shapes
11. Check placement of rough shapes on basket. Adding or subtracting shapes to make pleasing arrangement.
Apply glue
12. Using water-soluble gluestick, apply glue to exposed seam allowance around each shape.
Embellished centre
13. Appling glue
Fold and pinch
14. Fold seam allowance over and 'pinch' it onto freezer paper to avoid pleats.
Fold and pinch
15. Fold and pinch.
Fold on leaf
16. First fold glue-basted fabric over point of leaf.
Mitring folds
17. Fold sides over to form a mitre. Use a cuticle stick or similar to neaten sharp points on leaves.
Neaten folds
18. Fold and 'pinch' remaining seam allowance onto freezer paper template. Neaten with cuticle stick or stitch unpicker to eradicate pleats.
Completed leaf
19. Completed leaf.
 

Attaching prepared motifs to basket

Pin handle
1. Pin glue-basted handle to block.
Tuck in ends
2. Open seam where handle meets the basket, and tuck in the ends.
Stitch handle
3. Close seam opening and stitch handle to background.
Reverse
4. Reverse of block showing stitched handle.
Cut away
5. Cut background fabric away, within 1/4in of stitches, to reveal freezer paper.
Flower centres
6. It is easier to stitch centres to flowers before applying to background.
Arrange flowers
7. Arrange/rearange glue-basted motifs on basket in appropriate positions.
Glue and stitch
8. Dab some glue onto paper side of each motif and press in place on the block
Stitch motifs
9. Stitching the motifs to the background, using appliqué stitch of choice.
Finished Block
10. Completed basic block - awaiting removal of freezer paper.
Cut away
11. Cut away background fabric from leaves and flowers within 1/4in from stitching.
Reverse
12. Reverse of block after removing background fabric.
Finished Block
13. Lay block WS down on a folded damp, but not soaking, towel - press down gently with hands - leave for 30 mins to an hour. I leave mine overnight when freezer paper almost pops out.
Freezer paper removed
14. Freezer paper removed from block.
Spray starch
15. A bit of spray starch would not go amiss. Press WS of still damp block.
Finished Block
16. Voila again! The finished block minus embellishment (personal choice).
Embroidery
17. Hand embroidered block. Simple chain and stem stitch. The embroiderers amongst you can go to town on this block.
Close up
18. Close up.
The end!
19. The end!