Saturday, November 7, 2015

Christmas Symbol Quilt Along -- Christmas Candle block and tutorial

Welcome to the Christmas Symbols Quilt Along!  The fourth symbol of the quilt along is a candle.

John 8:12 :  I am the light of the world:  he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.



The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker!  I'm enjoying designing candlesticks -- there are so many options!  I'm going to test the pattern a bit more and may come back with corrections and please let me know if you have any questions.


 Tutorial:  Cut the following pieces

Cut:
Candle:  1 1/2 x 4"         Flame:  1 1/2" square 

Candle holder:  Cut strips 2 x 6 1/2"; 1 3/4 x 4"; 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"

Background (BG):  (2) 2" squares & (2) 1 3/4" squares (draw a diagonal line on the back of each)
(2) 1 3/4 x 1 1/2"  1 3/4" squ--correction    (2) 2 3/4 x 10 3/4"      (2) 3 x 4"
(2) 1 3/4 x 2 1/4"                                               (2) 2 x 3"
2 1/4" square cut diagonally twice                 (2) 6 1/2 x 1 1/2"

Step 1.  Place 2" BG squares on 2 x 6 1/2" and 1 3/4" squares on 1 3/4" x 4" strips as shown and sew along the diagonal lines.  

Step 2. Trim leaving 1/4" seam allowance.  Sew 2 sets of the trimmed off triangles together to make 2 HSTs (half square triangles) and square up to 1 1/4" which with the 1 1/2 x 1 1/4" piece will form the top tier of the candle holder)

Step 3.  Sew the triangles (from the 2 1/4" square, which you cut diagonally) to the sides of the "flame".


This shows pieces for handle on the left.  If you don't want a handle, just cut another strip 10 5/8 x 2 3/4".  Note:  Cut the flame corner triangles (2 1/4" square cut diagonally twice) from background fabric.  Also cut (2) 2" squares, (2) 1 3/4" squares, and a 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" strip.
Step 4.  Line up the sections as shown above and below. (Picture above has dimensions so you know what goes where. )  Also when squaring up the flame block, square up to 1 7/8".  

Sew center sections together, squaring up as you go.  Note: Some strips may be slightly over sized to allow for squaring up.  Center sections should be 6 1/2" wide but if they turn out to be 6 1/4", its okay because the outer borders are oversized so you can still get your 10 1/2" block.



Step 5  
Adding a handle to the candlestick holder.
1.  In lieu of (1) 10 5/8" x 2 3/4" side border cut:
Candle holder fabric (2) 1" x 1 1/4" and (2) 1 x 2 1/4"
Background:  1 1/4" squ.   1 1/2 x 2 1/4" strip;  2 x 2 3/4" strip; 7 1/2" x 2 3/4" strip



2. Sew 1 x 1 1/4" handle pieces to 1 1/4" BG square, then sew 1 x 2 1/4" to sides to form a
 2 1/4" square.   

Sew 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" piece to right (or left if you want you handle on the left) side of handle.  Trim to 2 1/4 x 2 3/4".  Sew 2 x 2 3/4 piece to the bottom and 7 1/2 x 2 3/4" background piece to the top to for the border with handle section.

Sew all sections together for a fun candle block!  Change the candle stick sections to get different looks.
I turned all candle stick sections upside down, but the bottom and middle sections are too close in size, so took it apart and reassembled as you see below.



Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

2 comments:

Love Of Quilts said...

Very Pretty!

Grandma said...

Pretty, thank you for the tutorials.