Melting Candy Quilt

Melting Candy Quilt by Gina Tell

About this Quilt

Finished Size : 50" x 75"

Finished Blocks : 9" blocks

Rating : Confident Beginner

Designed By : Gina Tell

Don’t you love it when the fabric does the work for you? Sometimes a specialty print can be used all over a quilt, and appear to be a variety of different pieces of yardage. Border prints work that way: they add a change in direction, color, and value when featured in many traditional quilts. Lately, though, we’ve seen a contemporary twist to the fabric that changes from center to selvedge: Ombre. These fabrics, now available from many different manufacturers, make short work of moving a design from light to dark, saturated to subtle.

Designer Gina Tell designed her quilt using a single roll of 40 precut coordinating 2 ½” strips of ombre in 20 colors (fat quarters will work too but you might not get a full variety of light to dark movement). She then constructed basic log cabin blocks that changed in value as they were pieced with the ombre fabric. The on-point block arrangement also added to the fun of the quilt.

Gina says that the inspiration for this quilt was her husband’s love of colored candy. Red, blue, purple, or yellow, “Melting Candy” has it all! Try your hand at piecing with ombres for your own version of this lovely quilt.

Download this quilt pattern plus a dozen more in the May/June issue of Modern Patchwork.


  • 1 roll of 40 precut 2 ½” ombre strips or 20 ombre fat quarters in a rainbow of colors
  • 1-1/8 yards white for background
  • 4 ½ yards backing
  • ½ yard binding
  • Twin-size batting

Pick up your copy of Modern Patchwork for this pattern and more!