Today we are going to finish our Candy Under Wraps Quilt. You should have 9 blocks made with 4 candies in each block. Each of your 9 blocks should measure 11 inches square and should resemble the photo below.
Now we need to cut the remaining fabrics. You will need approximately 24 inches or 2/3 yard of white fabric. From this white fabric cut the following pieces:
- 2 squares that measure 16 7/8 inches x 16 7/8 inches (for side setting triangles)
- 2 squares that measure 9 1/2 inches x 9 1/2 inches (for corner triangles)
- 4 squares that measure 11 inches x 11 inches (for quilt center)
Cut Side Setting Triangles
Grab your two 16 7/8 inch squares and make two cuts from corner to corner as shown below.
After cutting your two 16 7/8 inch squares, you should have eight side setting triangles.
Cut Corner Triangles
Grab your two 9 1/2 inch square and cut each square from corner to corner as shown below.
After cutting your two 9 1/2 inch squares, you should have four corner triangles.
Using the layout diagram below, lay out your quilt blocks and side setting triangles as shown. I’ve labeled the rows to help you keep things straight. Note the orientation of the side setting triangles. We won’t use the corner triangles just yet so set them aside for later.
Begin sewing the blocks in each row together.
***Note*** When you sew a side setting triangle to a square block, you will have a “triangle tail” that goes beyond the square block (note top right hand side of photo below). DO NOT CUT THIS OFF! You will need this extra fabric when you begin sewing rows 1 – 5 together.
Below is another close up view of a triangle tail.
Once you have the blocks in each row sewn together, sew your rows together and press your seams. Your quilt should look like the photo below.
Lots of fun sewing these rows together! Oops! Ran out of bobbin thread, need to make a quick change!
After your rows are sewn together, your side setting triangles and blocks should intersect as shown in the photo below. Don’t worry about the crooked looking finish. I know, I know…it bothers me too, but we will take care of this crooked problem in just a few more steps!
Sew Corner Triangles
Now that all our rows are sewn together, the last pieces we sew are the corner triangles. Your corners should look like the photo below with triangle tails on each side.
With right sides together, pin your corner triangles to each corner of the quilt top. Your corners should look like the photo below. Press seams toward the white corner triangle.
Trim Quilt Top
Before we sew on the outer border, we have to trim and square up the quilt top. We will start by measuring and marking 1/4 inch from the intersection of the aqua block and the side setting triangles. Measure and mark all the way around your quilt top and then trim away the extra fabric.
I used a mechanical pencil to mark my cutting line and then I used my scissors to carefully cut along this pencil line. I was afraid I might slip with my rotary cutter! Whew! Disaster averted!
Cut and Add Outer Borders
From your outer border fabric, cut four 5 1/2 inch strips from the lengthwise direction of your fabric. If you cut from the lengthwise direction of fabric, you will avoid having to piece (and match!) seams from larger prints like the one I used.
Sew a border strip to the left side and the right side of the quilt top. Then sew a border strip to the top and the bottom of the quilt top. Your quilt should look like the photo below.
Quilt and Bind
Quilt and bind your quilt using your favorite techniques.
Thanks for sewing along with our “Candy Under Wraps” quilt! Our design can be used for any themed fabric of your choosing, the possibilities are endless! This is a great quilt to use as a stash buster or a scrap buster. Stay tuned for more sew alongs!