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Simple Basket Weave Quilt Pattern (w/ a layer cake)

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Welcome! I’m so happy to share this easy Basket Weave Quilt Pattern and Tutorial with you today. This simple pattern is perfect for a beginner quilter or someone who just likes a quick and easy project. The quilt pattern is designed for 10 inch precuts, but yardage works great too. Grab your copy today!

basket weave quilt pattern

Quilting Confessions

I have a confession.

When it comes to quilting…  I am very jealous of all the quilters that live in a climate that allows for quilt photos to be taken among snow-covered majestic landscapes and snowy mountain tops

Well – I can check “a quilt in the snow photo op” of my bucket list!

basket weave quilt

When I heard we were in for a few days of snow on the ground in mid-February, I knew it was my chance for a quilt-in-the-snow photo! (If only I had known what else was in store for us over the next few days, lol.)

Luckily, I had already begun working on the digital design for this quilt pattern, so I had a head start.

Originally, this basket weave quilt was going to be a bit more complicated, (more piecing/ smaller blocks) but, since “snow-time” was ticking away, I decided to save the complicated version for another day and work on whipping out a simplified version so I could have my own “quilt in the snow” pictures!

Turns out, during the Texas-Snowpocalypse, we went a significant amount of time without power. Hubby got my machine hooked up to our generator so I could finish my quilt for my snow pics. (Only took four extension cords to reach from the garage all the way upstairs to my sewing room. Who knew the freezing temps and snow would last a full week!!! Well ok, maybe the meteorologists knew, but they are always so doom/gloom/worst-case scenario, they are hard to trust, lol.)

layer cake quilt

Yes, You Can Make This Quilt Top in a Day

You guessed it, the Basket Weave quilt top is a very fast sew!

  • The blocks are large and require very few cuts and piecing. I managed to get the blocks cut and pieced in just a few hours. It only took another hour-ish to stitch the blocks together and another hour to add the border.
  • Another reason this quilt top is so fast and perfect for beginners that there aren’t many seams/points to line up.
  • The blocks are assembled, one horizontal / one vertical, so there are no seams to line up when sewing the blocks together. (You just have to take care to sew them with accurate seam allowances to keep the rows straight.) The only seam matching is when you sew the rows together. (And there are only six rows!)

Why Make the Basket Weave Quilt with a Layer Cake.

I love working with precuts when I can. Sewing time can be difficult to carve out, and using precuts cuts my cutting and prep time in half. They come in various shapes (fat quarter, layer cake, jelly roll, or charm pack) and a selection of precuts allows you to include so many different patterns of fabric that you might not have been able to afford if you were using yardage.

Although you can use yardage or fat quarters for the basket weave quilt, this particular quilt pattern was designed with a 10-inch stacker (or layer cake) in mind.

For today’s quilt, I used part of a solid layer cake and a part of a patterned layer cake.

basket weave quilt fabrics

Where to Buy Precuts?

I pick up precuts all over when I find a good sale. My favorites places to buy them are Fabric.com, Etsy, Amazon, and the Fat Quarter Shop. If you love collecting precuts, the Fat Quarter Shop has several monthly and quarterly clubs. (and yes, I may or may not be a member of a few fat quarter clubs, lol.)

Easy Basket Weave Quilt Pattern Variations

I used 15 random colors from a layer cake, but there are so many different variations for this quilt! 

  • Ombre
  • Use a black background instead of white
  • use just 2 colors
  • use a charm pack instead of a 10-inch stacker for a smaller quilt project

So many ideas!

If you are thinking about an Ombre version, be sure to check out the Kona Palates. The color coordination is already done for you! (I love a good ombre, that may be my next version.)

basket weave quilt variations

Quick update:

I’ve bow made a 2nd, slightly different version of this quilt. The new version uses 2 strips of fabric in between the white (instead of one). The cutting dimensions are slightly different, so if you want to try this new one, be sure to check out the instructions here: (red, white, and blue basket weave quilt.)

red white and blue basket weave quit

Where Do I Get the Simple Basket Weave Quilt Pattern / Template?

The link for the pattern template is under materials needed. Click the link, add the pattern to your cart and check out. (takes about 15 seconds for the process.) A copy of the pattern will be emailed to you.

Ready to make a basket weave quilt?

layer cake quilts

Easy Basket Weave Quilt Information:

Instructions for quilt top only, quilt and bind using your preferred method.

Skill level: Beginner-friendly

Time to finish quilt top: 4 to 6 hours

Block size: 9 inches finished

Quilt finished size:

  • no border 45 x 54 inches
  • with border: 52 x 61 inches

Materials Needed for Quilt Top:

  • Quilt Template
  • 15 – 10 inch squares from the main color(s)
  • 20 -10 inch Squares from the background-color 
  • Optional: 3/4 yard for border
  • Rotary Cutter/Ruler/Cutting Mat
  • Iron
  • quarter-inch seam allowance foot
  • Basic Sewing/quilting Supplies

Sewing Instructions

Step 1: Cut Fabric:

  • Main Color: Cut 15 – 10 inch squares into 30 – 5 x 10 inch squares
  • Background color: Cut 20 – 10 inch squares into 60 – 3 x 10 inch squares
  • Border: (optional): Cut 6 –  4 inch by WOF from the border fabric

simple basket weave quilt tutorial

Step 2: Assemble the Blocks

Line up one – 5 X 10 main color and two – 3 x 10 background color in the order shown below.

Simple Basket weave quilt block assembly

Piece block together with a consistent .25 inch seam allowance.

Keep piecing all the blocks together. (Chain piecing will save a ton of time!)

strip piecing the basket weave quilt

Press blocks.

pressing quilt blocks

Trim blocks to 9.5 inches square.

trimming quilt blocks


Step 3: Assemble the Quilt

Lay out all your completed blocks according to the quilt diagram, taking the time to make any adjustments to the layout.

assembling the quilt top

Start sewing the rows together one by one. Pressing each row well.

When rows are complete, sew the top three rows together and press. Sew the bottom three rows together, press, then sew the two halves together.

Step 4: Adding Optional Border.

If you choose to add a border, cut 6 –  4 inches by WOF from the border fabric.

Sew two of the strips together and press. Line strip up along the long side and sew with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Trim away extra fabric from the strip.

adding the border

Repeat for the border strip/fabric on the opposite side.

Sew two more strips together and add the border strip fabric to the top of the quilt. Press and trim extra strip fabric away.

Sew the leftover strips together and add the border strip to the last side. 

Press and you are ready to quilt and bind.

Step 5: Quilt and Bind as Desired. 


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  1. Iā€™m in the middle of making this quilt. I have found it to be much easier to square the blocks by folding them in half. Line up the seams, trim to 4 3/4, fold the other direction, match up seams, trim.

  2. Donna Bakley says:

    Hi! I just found your site and I love the basket weave quilt. I so enjoy buying and using Kaffe Fassett fabric and thought I would make this with some of those. Question: (because I’m only minimally savvy with the computer). Am I able to print this pattern from your site? Or purchase it? Thanks. Donna Bakley

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      You can print the template. It’s a one-page sheet that shows the pattern and has the fabric requirements. Click the link under materials needed. It will automatically save to your device.

  3. ophelia cunningham says:

    I think it’s simple and cute!!

  4. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Jamie! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and look forward to creating your quilt as soon as I possibly can. At this time, our youngest daughter has moved back in for a few months and my husband is in the process of creating a new area for storing a bunch of totes. With both of these items taking place at the same time, all of my quilting items have been moved into every nook and cranny available. Which has made them unavailable to me somehow…LOL. I am managing to thoroughly enjoy doing a hand embroidery baby panel quilt top during this time, along with pinning and planning several future quilt projects during this time. Thank you so much for sharing your talents. Have a great day!

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Planning is almost as fun as the actual sewing. Good luck on getting a new sewing area organized!

  5. Joyce Schmidt says:

    Smiled and loved your enthusiasm abut the snow photo op. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lori Morton says:

    Thank you for sharing such a fun pattern!! I love It!! & your snowy pictures are fun too šŸ™‚ Was thinking..lol..you can use a Jolly Bar too…