Boxed Candy Toss Quilt

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Hello quilters! I’m Deb Gehringer of Monday Morning Designs, back with a fun and playful quilt tutorial to share with you. Boxed Candy Toss is a blend of whimsy, mixed-up half square triangles and Rainy Day! brights by Me and My Sister Designs. I’m not quite sure what inspired me to design this quilt, but I think sweets had something to do with it!

This quilt finishes at 52″ x 71″.

 

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One layer cake of Rainy Day! by Me and My Sister Designs

One layer cake of background fabric — Bella Solids White

½ yard background fabric for quilt borders — Bella Solids White (or 7 – 2 ½” precut strips)

½ yard binding fabric — Rainy Day! Umbrella Pink Stripe

3 ½ yards backing — Rainy Day! Umbrella Pink

 

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Because this pattern requires two blocks, it’s easiest to cut fabric and separate pieces into piles labeled Block 1 and Block 2. There are 18 Block 1s and 17 Blocks 2s. Blocks will consist of a candy center row, two candy wrapper rows and a box border.

From color layer cake:

Choose 18 squares for box borders. From each square, cut 2 – 2 ¼” x 6 ½” strips and 2 – 2 ¼” x 10” strips. You will have 36 of each size strip. Place strips into Block 1 pile.

Choose 9 squares for candy center rows. Cut 1 – 2 ½” x 10” strip from each square. Set aside. (After sewing and cutting, strip sets will be separated into Block 1 and Block 2 piles).

From remaining fabric, cut 35 – 3” squares to make half square triangles (HSTs) for candy wrappers. (After sewing, rows will be separated into Block 1 and Block 2 piles).

From background layer cake:

Pull 17 squares for box borders. From each square, cut 2 – 2 ¼” x 6 ½” strips and 2 – 2 ¼” x 10” strips. You will have 34 of each size strip. Place strips into Block 2 pile.

Cut 18 – 2 ½” x 10” strips for candy center rows. Set aside with 9 color strips. (After sewing and cutting, strip sets will be separated into Block 1 and Block 2 piles).

Cut 35 – 2 ½” x 10” strips. Subcut strips into 2 – 4 ½” strips. You will have 70 strips. Place 36 into the Block 1 pile and 34 into the Block 2 pile. (These will be sewn to the HSTs to complete the candy wrapper rows).

Cut 35 – 3” squares to make HSTs for candy wrappers. (After sewing, rows will be separated into Block 1 and Block 2 piles).

From background yardage, cut and sew together:

Cut 7 (width of fabric) 2 ½” strips. Make 2 – 2 ½” x 67” strips for side borders. Make 2 – 2 ½” x 52” strips for top and bottom borders.

From binding fabric, cut and sew together:

7 (width of fabric) 2 ½” strips

 

ASSEMBLY:

Now that the fabric is cut, you will first assemble the candy center rows and HSTs as follows.  Use a ¼” seam allowance throughout.

To assemble candy center rows:

You will need both (9) color and (18) background 2 ½” x 10” strips. Attach one background strip to each edge of the color strip.

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Press seams toward background strips. Make 9 strip sets.

Once strip sets are sewn and pressed, cut into 2 ½” sections.

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Place 18 strip set sections into the Block 1 pile and 17 strip set sections into the Block 2 pile. Make sure to distribute colors evenly. (You will have 1 left over).

To make HSTs for the candy wrappers:

You will need both (35) color and (35) background 3” squares.

On the wrong side of each background square, draw a diagonal line. Layer the color and background square right sides together. Sew a ¼” from each side of the diagonal line.

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Cut on the drawn line.

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Press seams toward the color triangle. Each unit will yield 2 HSTs. You will have 70 total.

Trim HSTs to 2 ½”.

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Place 36 HSTs into the Block 1 pile and 34 into the Block 2 pile. Make sure to distribute colors evenly.

After the candy center rows and HSTs are sewn, cut and distributed, your block piles will look like this:

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Next up, making blocks.

To assemble Block 1:

Sew one HST to each 2 ½” x 4 ½” strip, as shown below. Be sure to note the directionality of the HST.

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Make 36. Press seam toward strip.

Lay out rows as illustrated, pin where seams nest, sew. You will have 18 completed candy units.

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Next, add a 2 ¼” x 6 ½” color strip to each edge of candy unit, as shown below. Press seams toward strip. (I chose controlled color when assembling, but you can go scrappy if you wish).

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Lastly, add a 2 ¼” x 10” strip to the top and bottom edge of unit, as shown.

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All your Block 1s are complete! Block measures 10” square.

To assemble Block 2:

Sew one HST to each 2 ½” x 4 ½” strip, as shown below. Be sure to note the directionality of the HST.

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Make 34. Press seam toward strip.

Lay out rows as illustrated, pin where seams nest, sew. You will have 17 completed candy units.

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Continue using the same method as Block 1 by adding side strips then top and bottom strips.

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All your blocks are complete and it’s time to sew the blocks into rows.

Row 1, 3, 5 and 7: Beginning with Block 1, alternate blocks. Sew together 5 blocks across. Press seams toward dark blocks.

Row 2, 4 and 6: Beginning with Block 2, alternate blocks. Sew together 5 blocks across.

TIP: To help keep blocks more precisely aligned, try this pinning option by placing pins where seams meet before sewing.

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Once your rows are sewn together, you will sew on your borders. Sew your 2 ½” side borders first, then top and bottom borders.

Layer quilt top, batting and backing. Baste and quilt as desired. Sew on binding.

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Quilt finishes at 52” x 71”

I think this pattern would do well showcasing a variety of fabrics, from prints to solids. I’m @mondaymorningdesigns on Instagram; if you decide to make this quilt, I would love to see your take on it!

Deb Gehringer

{Monday Morning Designs}

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