Monday, October 31, 2016

Hive 1 November Tutorial - Scrappy Candy Canes

Yay!!! It's my Queen Bee month :) My name is Cheri Beatty, and I've had so much fun with all the different blocks this year. I knew from the beginning that I wanted a fun, novelty themed block - since my month was later on the calendar, Christmas was an obvious choice. There are a ton of Christmas trees and snowmen floating around,  so I thought we'd do something a little different... Scrappy Candy Canes!!!

For color, think traditional Christmas red and green - please no pinks, teal or aquas. Please use a solid  bright white or a white on white print.

These blocks will finish at 16"  so they should be 16.5" when you mail them.

So, put on some festive Xmas tunes (might I suggest "Straight no Chaser" -  if you have Amazon prime, you can stream their new Christmas album for free :) ), and let's get started.

You will need: (38) 2.5" green squares
                         (2)  3"     green squares
                         (12) 3"    red squares
                         (12) 3"    white squares

 Draw a diagonal line on the backside of your 3" green squares and on the backside of  11 of your
white squares.

With right sides together, match a 3" green square to a 3" red square. Sew a 1/4" on each side of your line to make (2) 1/2 square triangles. Trim to 2.5" squares.

Repeat with the remaining 3" green square and a 3" white square...then repeat with the remaining red and white 3' squares for a total of:
                                                       (2) Green & Red 1/2 square triangles
                                                       (2) Green & White 1/2 square triangles
                                                      (22) Red & White 1/2 square triangles

Now,  grab some Christmas cookies and a cup of hot chocolate, because here comes the fun part… Time to play !

 Arrange your squares to form your candy canes as shown below. I chose to sew mine into rows, ironing the seams in opposite directions before joining the rows. Feel free to sew them however is easiest to you .

I'm thinking of  doing some  appliqué ribbons across the candy canes when I receive all of the blocks...we'll see ;)

That's it - I hope you have a much fun making this block as I did designing it!

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions ~ Merry (early) Christmas!!!!


Emily said...

This is such a fun looking block! I have never seen anything like it before!

Unknown said...

Thank you!!!!