Countdown to Christmas: Candy Twist

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

Merry Christmas!  I’m Carole, blogging at From My Carolina Home.  Today I have a Candy Twist Block to share.  I used to get these cinnamon candies at the local five-and-dime when I was a kid, but only at holiday time.  This block is inspired by that memory, and like the others in Moda’s Countdown to Christmas, finishes at 6 inches square.  Moda provided the fabrics in a modern color scheme of rich red polka dot with snow white Bella Solid, and a light lime green gingham check.  Use up your scraps, or cut from fat quarters acquired for some of the previous block designs in the Countdown to Christmas event.


Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

Red print – cut two 3-1/2-inches squares, and one 2-1/2-inch square
Green print – cut two 3-inch squares
White solid – cut two 3-1/2-inch squares, and three 3-inch squares

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

Draw diagonal lines on the back side of all of the white squares 1/4-inch away from a center diagonal line.  I use a special ruler for this, shown in the picture below the next one.  (Alternatively, you can draw one diagonal line from corner to corner, and sew 1/4-inch away from the line on each side.)  Match the red 3-1/2-inch squares with the same size white squares. Chain sew on each line, creating four half square triangle units in red and white. You’ll only use three of them.

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

Cut apart and press to the red side. Match two of the HSTs with red to white. Draw a line perpendicular to the sewn line. Sew across the seam on the drawn lines to create two quarter-square units, in a red hourglass design.

Using the third red/white half square triangle, match with a white 3-inch square, with the diagonal drawn lines perpendicular to the sewn line on the HST. Sew on the drawn lines to create two units with a red quarter square triangle and three sections white.

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

Match each green print square with a white 3-inch square, and in the same manner, make four HSTs. Cut apart and press to the green.

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

When you are done with these steps, you’ll have the units pictured below. Square up all the units to 2-1/2-inches square.

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

Arrange the units in this configuration.

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

Sew in rows to make the final block.

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

This block finishes at 6″ x 6″.

Finished and ready to add to your sampler of Countdown to Christmas blocks.

Moda Candy Twist Block at From My Carolina Home

If you like the Candy Twist block, making a lot makes a fun quilt. Here’s an idea of what 30 blocks would look like, turning each one 90 degrees from the one next to it.

Candy Twist for Moda at From My Carolina Home

Come visit my blog at to see the holiday quilt along in progress, new holiday recipes, great crafting ideas, decorating and more for this season.  My next mystery quilt will begin in January.  From My Carolina Home is on Facebook too!  Happy Quilting and Merry Christmas!!

Carole Carter


Carole Carter

Carole Carter

I am a quilter and pattern designer.I enjoy the art of quilting, and spreading the inspiration to a new generation of quilters.It is fun to help others find the joy in this art and have many tutorials on my blog - each new day, I look for something new to learn, a different project to inspire, and hope that others find something useful in the projects I design, publish and produce.
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7 comments on “Countdown to Christmas: Candy Twist

  1. Robin says:

    Thank you for the pattern

  2. Karen Miller Karen Miller says:

    Oh! I love this block Carole ! Your instructions make it seem so simple.
    Thank you for sharing and for the Quilt design idea too.
    Merry Christmas
    Karen’s Quilts, Crows & Cardinals Blog
    Redbird Quilt Co.

  3. Wonderful and timely block….thanks, Carole. For those of you who have not visited Carole’s blog…you are totally missing out! Not only will you find great quilting tutorials and patterns, but unique craft ideas, gorgeous tablescapes, mouth-watering recipes and a blogger with the biggest heart around. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy New Year to all.

  4. […] sizes – Nine Patch Star. One more thing, today is my day on the Moda Bake Shop site for this Candy Twist Block.  If you go to the Bake Shop, you can see all the blocks in their Countdown to Christmas quilt […]

  5. Irena Mangone says:

    Thank you for your block. happy Christmas. Everybody.

  6. shoshana says:

    thank you for the pattern, it seems that every time i see your name on something,k i just know i’m going to love making it!!!! luck me!

  7. Janice green says:

    Thank you, very much, real cute,have a Merry Christmas and a Happy NewYear

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