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The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt – Block 15 Chocolate Box

Welcome to week 15 of the ‘The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt’. Todays block is about log cabin techniques and adding corners.  Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy.

Be sure to visit this week’s Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
This weeks guest is one of the happiest people I know – Melissa from Happy Quilting.
Melissa is a mum of 5 (as of 24th September 🙂 and wife to an amazing husband. They all enjoy living in beautiful Southern Utah, U.S.A.   Melissa discovered the on-quilting community about 2 years ago and was  hooked. Her love of Quilting and the amazing people that Melissa met through this wonderful on-line community have made her the happy and very successful quilter she is today.
Melissa has created a fun block reminiscent of the Brady Bunch TV Show.
Chocolate Box
Chocolate is the food of the gods. Decedent and naughty. Calming and exciting.
Techniques explored
  • Log cabin
  • Adding corners to blocks
  • 5″ x 20″ piece of solid fabric for background
  • 3 – 5″ x 5″ pieces of brown fabric, one dark , two light
  • 2 – 2″ assorted coloured squares for centres
From the background solid cut:
  • 2 – 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2′ squares
  • 8 – 1 1/2″ squares
For the centre trim down the 2 – 2″ assorted coloured pieces to 1 1/2″ squares
From the light brown 5″ squares cut”
  • 4 – 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles
  • 4 – 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles
From the dark brown 5″ square cut:
  • 4 – 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles
  • 4 – 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles


Making the corners ( snowball )
  • Place a 1 1/2″ square on one corner of the 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangle and draw a diagonal line across the 1 1/2″ background square
  • Sew on this line.
  • Fold back the square to form a triangle
  • Press and trim back to 1/4″ any excess fabric.
  • Repeat for other end. Make 4.

Making the chocolate

  • Sew the dark brown 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles to the top and bottom of the centre square. Press the seams to the darker fabric.
  • Sew the dark brown 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles to the sides of the centre square. Press seams to the dark fabric.
  • Make sure the block is square ( 1 3/4″ )
  • Sew the light brown 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles to each side. Press seams out.
  • Sew the light brown 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles with corners to the top and bottom. Press seams out.
  • The block will measure 4 1/2″ square.
Assembling the block
  • Sew a chocolate block to a solid block to make row 1
  • Sew a solid block to a chocolate block to make row 2
  • Sew the rows together matching seams
Let’s play
The centres of this block can be many colours to reflect a box of assorted cream filled chocolates.
The Block


On Point


Horizontal Layout


Horizontal Layout with random replacement by solid block


I hope you enjoyed this weeks block. Next week I will be getting in the spirit of Halloween.

*** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

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