Thursday, December 1, 2011

Last but not least a sweet Christmas treat! ( peppermint candy tutorial)

First I have to say thank you to Sara! Thank you Sara for hosting another fun and awesome sew along/blog hop for Christmas and a huge thanks to all the bloggers that put in their time and effort for some really fabulous blocks!!!!


Mine is the last block for the 12 Days of Christmas Quilt a Long.  I hope you enjoy making it :o)


I decided to do the peppermint candy. My great grandmother Bubba, her given name was Elvie, would always have hard candy at her bedside. The kids would go and sit with her, play Hi Ho Cherry-O, eat hard candy and ask her to take her false teeth out. This was before cable and when she did it was a great thrill!

Christmas I was allowed to spend a bit of extra time with my Bubba at her bedside with her loving smile, kind words,and hard candy so here is my Christmas candy peppermint block...






If you have Go! Baby, these are the inner quarter circles of the drunkard path, if not 



Here is an easy way to make them

4in square piece of paper


Mark 3 inches up and 3 inches over


find something in your house that has a circular side big enough to connect the two marks, I used a cute little planter I bought at Lowe's on clearance!


It will be close to perfect ;o)

I used a rotary cutter ( for paper only of course) to cut it out, and there is your quarter circle!!!!


Match up one print and one solid and sew together


When you have four completed, they should look like this

Line them up

and sew

After they are together ( I changed colors to keep you awake ;o), Cut down the center both ways

You will end up with these cute guys!


At this point make sure you have the right combo of print/solid


Sew the sides of two quarters together to make half circles

Line them up as best you can and sew to make a whole

Then iron that sucker flat!

For the wrapper ends, you will need two more of the quarter circles in white

On your ironing board fold one side in


Press and repeat on the other side

Fold each side in again and press

The before and after

Stitch down the sides that you just pressed to secure them


I used 5in charms for my backing only because I did not have enough of this fabric and this is what I wanted to use, you can just use a 10 inch square if you have something you like :o)



Time to put this together! You can either lay it on an angle or

straight, I prefer the angle


To give it a little more 3-d pow, I used a bit of batting behind the candy ( thank you Jeff for the idea! )

I used a little batting spray and then pinned it down


Using a blanket stitch I appliqued the candy

Then the wrapper

I finished off by stitching the wedges

The final step was adding 2.5 in white sashing around the block. It is a 13 in block so you can trim it down to what you need.


YUM! Peppermint candy!!!!






Thank you so very much for stopping by :o)


Linked to Sew and Tell Friday


and Fabric Tuesday


Kim

20 comments :

Carla said...

What a festive and fun block!

Lindsay Conner said...

Adorable! I think a tree skirt of these would be too cute. :)

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Thanks again for doing this Kim, what a great block and you did a great job writing the instructions ;-)

Shelly said...

This is absolutely Adorable Kim!!! Thank you.

Kelly said...

great! can't wait to make it this weekend. :)

Jeff said...

Looks great as always!
You need a Drafting Compass for making circles when you dont have a round object of the right size.
You've probably bought at least 4 of them for your kids.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compass_%28drafting%29

LJ said...

Very cute block. Great instructions.

Belinda said...

I can't tell you how much I love this tutorial! I decorate with as much peppermint as I can afford. This would be a very inexpensive way to make a Christmas quilt. Thank you for your help and your time!!

Katy Cameron said...

I love how this looks slightly 3D

VickiT said...

This is SO aweseome! Thank you so much Kim. I'd seen something simiilar to this and was hoping to find a good tutorial. I thought this type block would make a super cute table runner.

Kritta22 said...

Awesome!!! I can't wait!

daisy and jack said...

fabulous block - can't wait to make this one :)

Lindsay said...

Such a fun block, thanks for the tutorial! All of my Christmas decorations are candy themed, so this block would fit in perfectly. I see some pillows in my future....

Heather said...

That is adorable! And thanks for sharing the great memories that inspired it. :o)

Mrs.Pickles said...

very cute!

Dayna said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's beautiful, and how fun it looks!

Val said...

Such a great block. Thanks.

Melanie said...

Such a cute block! Thanks for the step by step instructions. You make it look so easy!

suemac said...

That candy block is cute. I enjoyed your story. It made the block more personal.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

What a great way to create such a 'sweat' block. Would love to have you come link-up at Finished it Friday! Have a fabulous weekend! ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

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