Welcome to day four of the Valentine tutorials here at Summercrafter.
Who doesn’t love chocolate on Valentine’s Day?
This is really the only day we can eat it “guilt free” since it was a gift, right? Well, chocolate was the inspiration for this little project. Chocolate Kisses that is! I started with this little template I drew out and let my thoughts simmer for a few days.
I was thinking about something along these lines, even though it’s a curvy sort of candy, but I really did not want to bother with applique, More thought simmering…
The subconscious always sorts it out for me. I came up with some cute units that make this kiss a scrappy work of art! You just need some half square triangles (HSTs) some corner units and the rest is just patchwork!
This runner has three 12 inch blocks. I did 3 different colors so for each color or “kiss” you will need the following pieces: READ don’t just go by the picture : )
26- 2 1/2 inch (color) squares
Five- 2 1/2 inch neutral/white squares
Two-3 inch squares (each color/newutral) for HSTs
1 each (color/neutral) 2 inch squares for smaller HSTs
One-1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangle
One- 1/1/2 x 1 1/2 inch color square
Three- 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch neutral squares
One- 2 1/2 by WOF strip for top sashing
Three- 2 1/2 by WOF strips for binding
Backing and batting fabric 20″ by 42″
Six- 6-8 inch pieces of light blue ribbon
First make your HSTs using the 3 inch squares. With right sides together, draw a diagonal line on the lighter fabric.
Sew 1/4 each on either side of the line, trim on the line and press to darker side.
Trim your HST to 2 1/2 inches, line up the seam with your mat.
Now make your corner units by adding a small white square to a 2 1/2″ colored square (3 per block), any corner will do and add the small colored square (1 per block) to a white 2 1/2″ square.
Sew the smaller HSTs together and then to the rectangle as pictured above.
Lay out your pieces, oops there’s a row missing!
That’s better! Sew row by row pressing the rows alternately.
Adding the “tags” is optional since it’s bit tedious. You’ll have to open the seams as indicated by the arrows and insert the ribbon and sew it closed very carefully.
Once the seam is closed straight stitch or zig-zag right over the ribbon until you get to the end. You can quilt over it later.
Once your top is done, assemble your quilt sandwich with top, batting and backing. With light blue thread, “quilt” a word or phrase between the ribbons.
Then quilt the rest as desired and bind. If you need a paper pattern you can click on Scrappy Kisses Runner. It’s
FREE until Feb. 14th, then it will go into for sale at my Craftsy shop called Summercrafter.
I think a cross hatch quilting pattern would have been perfect but it proved cumbersome for me with the tags in the way, so I stipple quilted instead.
I used a “Littlest Pet Shop” with hearts fabric on the back, which my daughter enjoys.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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