Thursday, December 19, 2019

Scrappy Lemon Drop Quilt Block

There are a few fun National Days in the next couple of weeks that need quilt blocks for my scrap quilt. One of them that I couldn't pass by is National Hard Candy Day. 🍬 My great grandma used to have a dish of lemon drops out on her coffee table when I was super small, and it's funny how those little things are memories that stick with you. It always felt like such a treat. I can't see a lemon drop candy today without thinking of her and feeling all warm and fuzzy. And then we used to always get Brach's hard candy at Halloween and Christmas. So it's only fitting to throw this block into my National Days scrap quilt project! 

It's very simple. And you can make it whatever flavor you'd like! Mine ended up being a lemon drop. 🥰 Although, I'm tempted to make a peppermint like I originally drew up, with my scrap pieces of red stripe, because.. Christmas! I might have to make two!🤔

Let's start candy-making! Here's how I made my lemon drop. 

Fabric A (background):
(2) 2" sq. (#)
(2) 2 x 5 1/2"
(2) 2 x 7"
(2) 2 1/2" sq. (**)

Fabric B (candy):
(1) 5 1/2" sq.

Fabric C (wrapper):
(2) 2" sq. (#)
(2) 2 1/2" sq. (**)

~Place 2" sq. of Fabrics A & C right sides together and stitch corner to corner. Trim, flip & press to have one 2" half square triangle. (Will be 1 1/2" finished when in quilt) **Repeat for total of two of these units.**


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, a 5 1/2" sq. of Fabric B, a 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, and a 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric C-right upper corner, make one double upper corner clip & flip unit.

~Flip this unit around and using same method, a 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric C-left upper corner, and a 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric A-right upper corner, repeat this double upper corner technique. 


Using a scant quarter inch seam, assemble block as shown below and you will have an 8 1/2" (8" finished) hard candy quilt block!


If you've been following along on my National Days scrap quilt project journey, this is the 12th block. Here's what I've done so far..

..and so far I've only been pulling from this one scrap bin that I keep near my sewing machine! I hope by the time I'm done with this behemoth quilt (it's going to be a king size for our bed!), that I'll see at least a small dent in the scraps! I'm determined to use them up!

You can find each block's post and tutorial on the National Days page where I'm keeping them organized, by clicking *HERE*, if you're interested in trying any of them yourself. I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas-y scrap block. If you make any and post them on social media, come and find me on IG @kellifanninquilts, and tag them with #nationaldaysquiltblocks so I can find them. I'd love to see!

Thanks for visiting!

Happy Stitching & Happy National Hard Candy Day!🍬



sam said...

I am very much enjoying your National Day quit block posts. putting this idea on my 2020 bucket list. Thanks for sharing Kelli.

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