Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 23 Light the Candle

Welcome to week 23 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is free form piecing. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.

Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)

My guest blogger this week is the talented Pat Sloan. Many of you listen to Pat on the radio and enjoy her blog. Today Pat is presenting a very cute block - Candy Cane Rock and it festively rocks too!


Light the Candle
The warm glow of the Candle beckons the Advent of a new beginning. 

  • 8" x WOF Charcoal or black textured solid for background and flames
  • scraps of yellow patterned fabrics for candles
  • scraps of orange fabrics for flames
  • Cut the pattern pieces

Charcoal background:
  •  2 - 8 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles
  • 1 - 2" x 4 1/2" rectangle
  • 1 - 2" x 3" rectangle
  • 1 - 2" x 5 1/2" rectangle
Yellow candle:
  • 1 - 2" x 2 1/2" rectangle
  • 1 - 2" x 6" rectangle
  • 1 - 2" x 4" rectangle
  • 1 - 2" x 1 1/2" rectangle
Orange Flame:
  • 3 - 2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
  • 1 - 2" x 3" rectangle
Make the Flames
  • Cut from charcoal background fabric 16 - 2" x 3" rectangles
  • Take an orange rectangle
  • Sew a piece across one corner. Flip back and press.

  • Add a second piece intersecting the first piece.

  • Continue until all four corners are added. Press.
  • Turn piece over and trim back to correct size for orange rectangle.

  • Repeat for remaining three flames

Block Assembly
  • Layout the pieces and sew.

  • Block will be 8 1/2" square unfinished.

For those that like to foundation piece,  Foundation Templates can be found here -  Page 1 and Page 2

The Block
I hope you have enjoyed this illuminating block technique. Next week I will present another Festive block.

*** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

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