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Hello from Emma, my little pumpkin spice baby, & me!
Welcome long-time followers & all of my new followers
to Step 1 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!
I’m glad you’re taking this sewing journey with us to make my newest favorite quilt.
Hopefully you’ve made at least a few fabric decisions…
This Hootenanny fat 1/4 pack was a large part of my inspiration for this Candy Corn Sampler Quilt. It looks nice with this Grunge piece, don’t you think? I didn’t end up using it but Grunge goes with almost everything!
If you’re still undecided on your fabrics you can order your Candy Corn Sampler kit today from Need’l Love by clicking here.
Let’s start with Step 1!
My first step with any quilting these days is to spray & iron all of my fabrics with Mary Ellen’s Best Press. It doesn’t make the fabric stiff like starch does. It gives it more body & helps it press flatter which is really helpful especially when working with little pieces of fabric. I’ve also noticed that if I need to reposition something & press it again the first creases will press out unlike the results of using regular starch.
I use the hand pump bottle when spraying yardage & the finger pump bottle when I’m spraying my finished plates or blocks. Its spray is really fine & won’t super saturate the small pieces & make them go wonky.
The next task is to start cutting & making candy corns!
Refer to page 4, “Candy Corn Blocks” & “Cutting” to cut the strips then sew the strip sets together. Next, refer to the cutting diagram to cut the “trees”.
NOTE: Do not rotate the template to cut the candy corns or half of your candy corns will be upside down!
The in-between triangles will be discarded or if you’re like me, put away for another day…
Follow assembly instructions, page 4, to make the blocks. I sewed these blocks on my featherweight machine. That was fun!
In case you noticed, “real” candy corn has orange in the middle, but I prefer my fabric candy corn to have the orange on the outside.
Sew the left background onto the candy corn then press.
Sew the right background onto the candy corn then press again. Don’t forget to do the little bit of trimming. These blocks should measure 3 1/2” x 4 1/4”.
Make 48. Don’t worry, they go quickly & you have 2 days to make them (just 1 per hour lol) before we move on to Step 2!
Emma says they’re a snap!
If you’re using super cute fabric who cares how long they take?
I played with one of the super cute Hootenanny rick rack stripes to make a few trees too. I’m not sure where they’ll end up.
I love the ease & accuracy of this block’s construction. ❤️ I hope you do too!
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