After the long cold dark nights of January, February brings hope… even if spring is months to come. The bright reds and pinks of Valentine decorations never fail to make me smile. Even entering the dollar store to be greeted by a riot of pink and red reminds me the grays of winter will not last forever, so for this week, I’ll be creating a special project.
If you have followed my projects before, you’ll know I love to create simple and fun designs and I thought what sweeter than a simple box of a chocolate quilt, either as a table runner, table topper or door quilt. And if time’s of the essence, even one chocolate will do :)
a variety of pink fabrics for the chocolate box squares, fat quarters or scrap fabric are ideal
a variety of brown fabrics for the chocolates, including an off white for white chocolate!
- red 1½” fabric strips for sashing
fusible batting, to give dimension to your chocolates
grosgrain ribbon in a variety of pink and red, various widths
rick rack, also in pink and red, various widths
30” square of backing fabric
30” square of batting
fabric for binding, about ½ yard
I started by picking background fabrics. I chose a variety of pinks.
Then I decided on my chocolate fabric. Select a range of browns for milk to dark and don’t forget to include white chocolate!
Finally, look for all the ribbon, rick rack and buttons your heart desires, these are what I’ll be decorating the chocolates with.
Grosgrain ribbon is my absolute favorite and I encourage you to collect every color. It’s useful for so many things. Elan Grosgrain ribbon is excellent quality and beautiful to use.
Rick rack is something that was once a staple of all crafts and recently has become popular again. UNIQUE Rick Rack comes in a variety of widths and colors.
And of course buttons… I used Elan novelty buttons, hearts for obvious reasons.
My project included HeatnBond High loft fusible fleece, which I used to give my chocolates a bit of dimension.
Have fun picking fabrics and embellishments! This is a creative process so pick what makes your heart sing. You’re a chocolatier! Hooray!
And if you’re on Instagram, please tag me @iamgingerq or use #Qschocolatebox
Tomorrow I will begin to cut and piece the background, rotary cutters at the ready!