As promised, I’m continuing on my journey using the 2 1/2” Moda candy squares to make some fun little projects.
I used the same pattern booklet for this one as I did for Marmalade Starburst.
The Chateau Rouge Candy Dish Quilt kit, fabrics by French General for Moda:
I started by laying out the candy squares, sorting by color & value.
Then, I played with fabric placement for the candy dishes, til I was happy with the arrangement. I wanted the fabrics to “melt” together into a pleasing checkerboard.
Then, I used fusible web to make the little handles. I wanted to do hand applique, but I couldn’t find my mini iron . By the time Wesley found one for me (in the basement, of all places, after I already had my pieces traced & fused!).
If you want to learn how to do these by hand, check out this past blog post, here.
The handles are fused into place, a little offset on the background rectangles. I thought 1.5” from one end looked about right. For machine applique, be sure to use a test piece to be sure you like your stitching before you start stitching.
These were really fun blocks to piece:
The two blocks are set on point, and if I followed the pattern exactly, the quilt would have been done at this point. But, I thought it looked unfinished… just begging for a border!
And, what better way to add a border, than to use a border stripe? I fussy cut border segments, and carefully aligned my ruler 1/4” from the chosen edge.
First, I tried the filigree stripe around the full perimeter:
Then, I noticed the scraps of medallion stripes. Hmmm..
I liked that.
I added the filigree to the sides, carefully stitching just one thread inside the stripe, so that it was in perfect alignment.
After I added the side borders, the medallion stripe was just a little too wide…
So, I carefully folded it the medallion stripe in half, and altered it just a little bit to pull the ends in (I used a basting stitch and adjusted the seam allowance ‘til I was happy with the fit).
The final result:
I was left with a little pile of scraps. And, I was seriously loving working with these beautiful fabrics. I combined my scraps with some other French General prints from my stash, and look what I made for you! See the post below…