Candle Quilt Block Pattern

Candle quilt block

Candle quilt block

As today is Candlemas I thought that I would make a candle quilt block.  When I’d finished sewing it I decided that it was too pretty to just add to my pile of quilt block samples, so I layered, quilted and bound it.  Now it can be a table centrepiece or just hang around looking pretty.

In case you haven’t come across it before, Candlemas is the day forty days after Christmas when Mary and Joseph presented the baby Jesus at the temple.  This was the custom in those days.  It is considered to be an important date within the church, and the ‘candle’ aspect relates to the fact that the candles to be used in the church throughout the year are blessed on this day, 2nd of February. The candle quilt block measures 11.1/2″ square and mostly I have used scraps to make it.




Cutting requirements

Red fabric:  one rectangle 2.1/2″ by 9.1/2″, two 2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric for the binding

Yellow fabric:  one 2.1/2″ square for the flame

White fabric:  one 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle for the candle

Black fabric:  two 2.1/2″ squares for the candle holder, one 9.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ rectangle for the bottom of the block, two 11.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ rectangles for the sides, two 4.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ blocks to go either side of the candle, one 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ block to go above the candle.

Making the candle quilt block

Pin the black squares to the red

Pin the black squares to the red

Place the two black squares at each end of the red rectangle.  Sew along one diagonal of each square.  The seams must be on the diagonal shown by the pins, so that one goes down from left to right and one goes up from left to right.

Trim the excess fabric

Trim the excess fabric

Trim the excess fabric about 1/4″ below the seam lines.  You will be cutting off a triangle each of black and red fabric.

Now when you fold down the remaining black triangle, the rectangle will be complete again but the remaining red strip is now shaped like a saucer for the candle holder.

Candle quilt block layout

Candle quilt block layout

Candle quilt block layout

Lay the fabric pieces out for the candle quilt block as shown in the photo.  The yellow square is shown above the other pieces, but in fact it will be sewn to the black rectangle shown beneath it so that it is positioned above the candle.

Begin to sew the middle of the candle quilt block

Begin to sew the middle of the candle quilt block

Sew the white candle fabric to the black rectangle shown above it.  Then sew the black rectangles to either side.  Sew the bottom black strip to the red candle holder.

Sew the candle holder section to the candle section.  While I was pressing these sections, I also pressed a small 1/4″ hem on all sides of the yellow square to hid the raw edges.

 

Place the flame above the candle

Place the flame above the candle

Slipstitch the yellow square in place

Slipstitch the yellow square in place

Sew a black side strip to each side of the patchwork.  This completes the block apart from the candle flame.  Pin the yellow square so that it forms a diamond with the bottom point positioned just above the candle.

Slipstitch the flame in place.

Finish the block

Usually when I make quilt blocks to show to you, this is the stage where I put it to one side and think that I will do something with it another day, but I couldn’t see me using this block in a bag so I decided to finish it now

Layer the candle quilt block

Layer the candle quilt block

Trim the edges of the block

Trim the edges of the block

I layered it with 12″ squares of backing fabric and wadding and pinned the three layers together.  I kept the quilting simple by just stitching in the ditch around the candle and its holder and then echo stitching several rounds working outwards towards the edge.

When the quilting is complete, trim the edges and bind the block as for any quilt.  Now it can be used as a feature somewhere.

Here’s the video:

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Rose

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  1. grandmamoy says:

    Hi Rose, love the candle block…you always explain things in an easy to understand way……..Thanks for all your help