It’s not too early to start making for Valentine’s Day! We love the hidden X’s and O’s in our Candy Shoppe Quilt and have always wanted to do a Valentine’s theme with this design. For our mystery project, we’ve mixed it up a little. Our original X and O blocks have been recreated with a different method and in a different size. We’ve also added an extra little block friend. Today, we’ll share how to make each block, and in the coming weeks we will walk you through the project start to finish. Would you like to quilt along with us?? We started with 8 fat quarters from Penny Rose’s Milk, Sugar, and Flower line, and 1.25 yards of our favorite off-white solid from Moda.For these blocks, you will need 1.5″ and 2.5″ strips of each fat quarter and the solid white. A variety of pinks and reds will look fabulous!
Fat Quarters Cut List:
-(76) 2.5″ squares- cut 10 of four of the prints and 9 of the rest
-(44) 1.5″ squares- cut 5 of four of the prints and 6 of the rest
White Cut List:
-(54) 2.5″ squares
-(28) 2.5″ x 4.5″
-(13) 2.5″ x 6.5″
-(88) 1.5″ x 3.5″
-(88) 1.5″ x 1.5″
The Dot Block
For each Dot Block, you’ll need two 1.5″ x 3.5″ white rectangles, two 1.5″ white squares, and one 1.5″ print square.Sew the two white squares to the center print square and press seams.Then sew the rectangles to the center strips. Press seams, and you have yourself a cute little Dot Block. Make 44 of these, using a variety of prints for the center square.
The “O” Block
For the “O” Block, you will need six 2.5″ white squares, four 2.5″ x 4.5″ white rectangles, one 2.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle, and 8 2.5″ squares of a variety of prints.Sew each row together as pictured above. Press seams toward the prints. This will help you nest the seams in the next step.Sew the rows together, and press the seams. Lovely! Make 5 total.
The “X” Block
For the “X” Block, you need six 2.5″ white squares, two 2.5″ x 4.5″ white rectangles, two 2.5″ x 6.5″ white rectangles, and nine 2.5″ squares of various prints.It’s pretty much the same as the “O” Block from here on out. Sew the rows together and press seams toward the prints.Sew the rows together and press. And there’s the “X” Block, simple as that! Make 4 total.Once again, you will need 44 Dot Blocks, 5 “O” Blocks, and 4 “X” Blocks. Get sewing your blocks! Make sure to come back here next week, when we will show you how all these blocks go together. Happy quilting!
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