December 2005

December 2005 Block

Candle in the Window

Tips & Hints

This month's block was designed by our super-talented, long-time swapper, Karen Boswell. Isn't this a smashing block? And it's very quick and easy to piece. The colors are Kona Snow, brown, tan, blue and something to contrast with the tan for the candle base (red looks nice).

Cutting directions for ONE block is below: (Remember, this block is not part of the swap. Everyone should have won a set of blocks by now.)

NumberSizeFabric
18 1/2" x 2 1/2"Kona Snow
12 1/2" x 2 1/2"gold or yellow print
11 1/2" x 1 1/2"candlebase fabric
16 1/2" x 1 1/2"candlebase fabric
18 1/2" x 4 1/2"brown print
14 1/2" x 4 1/2"brown print
18 1/2" x 2 1/2"blue print
18 1/2" x 4 1/2"blue print
12 1/2" x 2 1/2"blue print
41 1/2" x 1 1/2"blue print
14 1/2" x 4 1/2"tan print
12 1/2" x 2 1/2"tan print
18 1/2" x 1 1/2"tan print
14 1/2" x 1 1/2"tan print
22 1/2" x 1 1/2"tan print
31 1/2" x 1 1/2"tan print

Make one half square triangle unit by placing the brown and tan 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares right sides together. Mark a line on the wrong side of the tan fabric, from corner to opposite corner. Sew carefully on this line. (This is different than our usual method which makes two units. This method only makes one. If you want to make two units, cut the squares 5" x 5", sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the line, cut on the line and square up to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".) Trim a 1/4" seam allowance on one side of the line and press toward the brown fabric. Sew one end of the 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle to one side of the previous unit. See block graphic for correct placement. Press toward the brown rectangle

Sew snowball corners on one side of the 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" candle base fabric rectangle using the tan 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares. The squares are placed even with the ends of the rectangle, lines are drawn on the wrong sides of the squares from lower left to upper right on the right hand side and lower right to upper left on the left hand side. Sew on the lines and press the tan square back toward the corner. Trim one or both extra layers, but take care not to cut part of your quilt block. (See block graphic above for correct placement.) Sew a tan 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to the right end of the previous unit. Press toward the tan rectangle. Sew the tan 8 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to the bottom of the previous unit. Press toward the tan rectangle.

Sew one end of the blue 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle to the tan 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle. Press toward the tan square. Using the four 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" blue squares, make snowball corners on all four corners of the gold 2 1/2" x 1/2" square. Sew opposite corners, press and trim, then sew the other two corners and press and trim as before. This will make a little square-in-a-square block. This is the candle flame. Make a snowball corner on the upper left corner of the 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" Kona Snow rectangle using the blue 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square. Sew the previous candle flame unit to the top of this unit. Press away from the candle flame.(See block graphic above for correct placement.) Sew this unit to the right of the unit created at the beginning of this paragraph.

Sew a candlebase fabric 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square with a tan 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square to the right side and a tan 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to the left. Press toward the tan. Sew a tan 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to the top of the previous unit. Press toward the tan rectangle. Sew this unit to one end of the blue 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle. Press toward the blue rectangle. Sew this to the right side of the unit created in the previous paragraph. Press away from the Kona Snow candle. Sew this unit to the unit created in the second paragraph. Press away from the Kona Snow candle. Sew this unit to the right side of the unit created in the first paragraph. Press toward unit on the left.

The block should measure 12 1/2" square.

This block is not a part of the 2005 BOM swap. It's a bonus block for your enjoyment.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo).

December 2005 Quilt

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