Saturday, December 21, 2019

Making Your Own Flashlight

Well, I never thought in a million years that I would make a scrappy flashlight quilt block! But I did! Because today is National Flashlight Day. And I really wanted my National Days quilt to have a flashlight when I realized that it had its own day, because we grew up going camping in the Sierras and we all had flashlights. It was a big deal to get your own flashlight! 🙂 So I sketched out a block and here it is!

Now that I've drawn a flashlight block, I can think of all kinds of uses for it. haha! A cushion cover for a camper. A zipper pouch to hold your flashlight and batteries. A boy/girl scout quilt. It was a lot of fun to make. It's also been fun to make the blocks and then post them on their actual day. I hope you're having a fab National Flashlight Day. 😊 Kiss your flashlight!

Here's how I made this block.

Fabric A (background):
(4) 3" sq.
(2) 3 1/2" sq.

Fabric B (light):
(1) 3 x 8 1/2"

Fabric C (flashlight main):
(2) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 x 3 1/2" (>>>)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)

Fabric D (flashlight contrast):
(2) 1 x 3 1/2" (>>>)

Fabric E (flashlight on/off):
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*)

Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.

~Using the above method, (2) 3" sq. of Fabric A, and a 3 x 8 1/2" rect. of Fabric B, make one double upper corner clip & flip unit.


Assemble block as shown below (using scant quarter inch seams), and you will have an 8 1/2" (8" finished) flashlight quilt block! Stitch all the things! haha! 

I heart my flashlight block! I like that a lot of these blocks have ended up representing childhood memories! It's ended up being so much more fun than I ever imagined. 

If you've made any, or plan to make any of these blocks and post pics on social media, come and find me @kellifanninquilts, or tag them with #nationaldaysquiltblocks. I'd love to see! If you're just finding these blocks, and haven't seen the first 13, you can find all of the blocks and their tutorials linked on the National Days Blocks page, *HERE*.

Thanks for visiting! I'll be back with another scrap block soon!

Happy Stitching!



That flashlight would be cute, in the corner of an I Spy quilt.

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