Bushel Basket of Apples Pattern

Bushel Basket of Apples by Amy Friend

I just designed this 12″ paper pieced block for Melinda in the Cocorico Bee.  Her theme is Farmer’s Market and I decided on a slatted bushel basket full of apples!

I utilized the seams formed by paper piecing to give the effect of a slatted basket. I really like how that worked.  In order to make it work, I think it is important to choose a solid.  To add a little interest, but not too much which would obscure the seam lines, I chose a textured solid. I got it from Sew Fresh and I am not sure if it is Bamboo or Sandstone because it doesn’t match either image exactly.  I had a lot of fun choosing 4 different red prints for the apples and couldn’t resist including the Japanese text print that actually reads, “Apples.”  It was an obvious choice!  The background fabric is an Adornit print from Sew Me A Song.

Bushel Basket of Apples Detail by Amy Friend

I’m going to get this off in the mail for Melinda before it gets lost in my sewing room. I am looking forward to seeing her completed Farmer’s Market quilt!

Bushel Basket of Apples Pattern by Amy Friend

If you would like to make this block, you can find the pattern in my Craftsy shop and my Etsy shop.


  1. How fun to learn that it’s for Melinda’s Farmer’s Market quilt! I will have a block or two in that one too! Off to buy the pattern!

  2. Wonderful girlie! I love the subtlety of the background fabric. Great choices as always. I really should have you pick my fabrics!:)

  3. Love it. Great block

  4. Judy Tucker says:

    Beautiful block, Amy! Love the pleated effect from the paper piecing on the basket slats. The tan and cream fabrics all coordinate so well and are soft and subtle so that your bright red apples really pop! Love it.

  5. Barbara says:

    Two words: Stash Envy!!!! Seriously, Amy, you have the coolest fabrics. You should hire yourself out as a (fabric) personal shopper.

  6. Your basket looks wonderful! I always love how you mix fabrics so tricky and add fussy cuts to make your blocks look so real!

  7. Love the technique for the basket

  8. Love love love the look of slats in the bushel–so clever!

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