Today’s tutorial by Simple Simon and Co has visions of sugarplums dancing in my head! They are sharing a free tutorial for this Sweet Treats Quilt Block. If you like this project, you may also like this Dresden Quilt Block tutorial.
This time of the year I start getting sentimental for holidays of my youth and one of the things I remember was a Christmas we spent in California when I was just tiny with lots of cousins and distant relatives. And one thing I remember about that Christmas was eating loads and loads of salt water taffy.
So, today I am sharing one of my newest quilt blocks I am naming “sweet treats” because it reminds me of that Christmas of eating handfuls and handfuls of Neapolitan salt water taffy….yummm it was so good. I made this quilt block out of some white fabric and then a piece of Shine Bright collection that looks like mint chocolate chip that I love as well…but you could use any fabric scraps you have on hand. Let’s get started!
Cut the following measurements out of fabrics:
* Two 2.5″ by 6.5″ white rectangles
*Two 2.5″ by 4.5″ white rectangles
*Two 2″ by 2″ squares of white fabric
*One 4.5″ by 4.5″ square of print fabric
*One 3″ by 3″ square of white and one 3″ by 3″ square of print fabric
For Sweet Treats Quilt Block
- Take the two 3″ by 3″ squares of white and printed fabric and make 2 half-square triangle quilt blocks. HERE is a great tutorial if you need it. Press open. Then trim each HST to 2.5″ by 2.5″ squares.
- Next, take your 4.5″ square and place your two 2″ white squares on two opposite corners. Then stitch along the lines shown below.
- Open your press piece and trim off excess of the block you created in step #2.
- Next lay out your quilt block in the following order.
- Row #1– one HST, one 2.5″ by 6.5″ rectangle
- Row #2–one 2.5″ by 4.5″ rectangle, 4.5″ by 4.5″ block, one 2.5″ by 4.5″ rectangle
- Row #3–one 2.5″ by 6.5″ rectangle, one HST
5. After you have your rows placed, stitch each row together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams to one side. Then stitch together the three rows to create the finished quilt block. Finished quilt block should be approximately 8″ square. And you are done!
About the Maker:
We are Elizabeth and Elizabeth, two girls who married brothers and ended up with the exact same name. We are also the same age, both former school teachers, have the same number of children, live in the same county, have dogs rescued from the pound, and share a love for sewing, quilting and the art of homemaking.
Together we blog over at Simple Simon and Company where we get the opportunity to share tips, tricks, tutorials, recipes, and thoughts with our readership.
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