Saturday, July 06, 2013

Bon Bon Cushion

This is another block that is perfect to make from 6" strips of fabric like the Tonga Treat 6 Packs.
If you would like to win a pack you still have a few days to enter over here.
This block reminds me of the wrapped chocolate bon bons we used to buy my Grandpa when we used to go visit him. We used to have to sneak them into the house past my Nan, who always knew what we were doing, and then he would share them with us

To make a half block you will need:
1 printed square 6" x 6"
1 printed rectangle 6" x 3 1/4"
4 white squares 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" 
With a pencil draw a diagonal line on the back of each white 3 1/4" square. Place a white square in the corner of the printed square and one in the corner of the printed triangle. Sew along the drawn line as shown.
Trim, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
 Fold the triangle out and press the seams open.
 Repeat for the other side of the square and rectangle.
To make a whole block you will need:
1 printed rectangle 6" x 11 1/2"
2 printed rectangles 6" x 3 1/4"
8 white squares 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" 
Make 2 flying geese units with the small rectangles as above and add triangle corners to each end of the larger rectangle.
To finish the blocks sew together as shown. I can get a little lazy when I piece and often don't use pins, but I recommend using them here to make sure you get the points to match.
Sew the two half blocks together and press the seams open. Sew a whole block to the top and one to the bottom. Press the seams open.
 Place on a piece of batting slightly bigger then the cushion top and quilt. I quilted swirls and loops.
Cut two backing pieces 17" x 11 1/2"" and 2 binding pieces 17" x 2".
Fold the binding pieces in half and press. Open them out and then press either side into the middle as shown.
 Pin the binding pieces to the wrong side of one backing piece (the side that is 15 1/2" long) and sew.
  Fold the binding over to the right side and pin. Sew the binding down. Repeat with the other binding piece on the other backing piece.
 Lay the cushion top right side up and lay one backing piece on top right side down as shown.
 Lay the other backing piece on top, right sides down. Pin and sew all the edges. My backing pieces were slightly larger than my cushion top (it shrunk a little as I quilted it) so I found it easier to turn mine over and sew from the other side.
 Turn right side out and place a cushion insert inside.

It's a little tricky to sew with my finger all bandaged up so I spent last night making quilts on Electric Quilt. I'd love to see the Bon Bon block as a quilt.

1 comment:

Sue B said...

Thats so pretty, I love the colours you chose.