It’s probably a good thing that the Montana Chocolate Factory is 4-hours and a mountain pass away, because I’m not certain I could be trusted to set foot in the place. Look what they posted on their Facebook page the other day:
It just so happens that blue, brown and white is one of my favorite color combinations, and I just happen to have some scraps left over from a quilt block swap among members of Quiltmaker Magazine’s 2013 Scrap Squad, so I made a Bon Bon of my own. Here’s the “recipe”:
For a 12″ (finished) Bon Bon block, you need:
One 6.5″ square of a novelty print.
Two 4.5″ squares background (off-white)
Four 4.5″ squares brown
Two 4.5″ squares accent color #1 (light blue)
Four 3.5″ square background (off-white)
Four 2.5″ squares accent color #2 (navy)
Step 1: We’ll use the stitch-and-flip method to put a navy corner on the 3.5″ off-white squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 2.5″ navy squares. Lay a navy square on the corner of an off-white square, right-sides-together and align the edges. Sew along the drawn line and trim the corner away 1/4″ from the seam line.
I like to press my seams open, but you can press toward the dark triangle if you prefer. Set these squares aside.
Step 2: We need to make eight quarter-square triangles (QSTs). I use a Tucker Trimmer ™ for this step. Cut the 4.5″ brown, light blue and off-white squares diagonally twice. Use the triangles to sew eight squares that look like the one pictured above. These will be a little larger than we need them to be, so we use the Tucker Trimmer to trim them down to size.
Lay the Tucker Trimmer on the QST so that the solid diagonal line is on the SW-NE seam line. the 3-1/2″ dotted diagonal line should be on the NW-SE seam line. Notice that the left and bottom edges of the QST extend slightly beyond the 3-1/2″ vertical and horizontal dotted lines. Trim the right and top edges
Now rotate the QST and line up the solid diagonal and 3-1/2″ dotted diagonal lines. This time the left and bottom edges should line up with the 3-1/2″ vertical and horizontal dashed lines. Trim the right and top edges. Do this with all eight QSTs.
Step 3: Sew the QSTs into four pairs as shown above.
Sew one pair of QSTs to each side of the 6.5″ center square as shown above.
Sew the corner squares from step 1 to the ends of the other two QST pairs.
Sew these strips to the top and bottom of the center square unit to complete your Bon Bon block.