Tuesday, 10 October 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 8

We have two blocks to complete this time, this has been done in order to complete the quilt in time for Christmas.

Block 8 has been designed by Olusola Ajisafe 'Sola'. Christmas gifts, a lovely pieced block!



I have chosen one red and one green fabric for my 'gift boxes'. All tied together with a silver ribbon. I have been looking for this particular fabric since the Quilt Along began. I think a bit of sparkle never goes amiss when it comes to the festive season!!


Once again I have decided to use my frixion pen to mark seam lines before sewing. This is another pieced block that needs to be precisely cut and accurately sewn for the whole block to work.



Sola's instructions are very detailed but I am still struggling to see how these strips will become boxes!




Before I cut and sew, I have decided to do a 'mock up' of how the block comes together. I must admit I am really pleased with what I see and have had a 'eureka' moment after doubting that I have understood the instructions!




Finished block!! I love this block and even though the silver fabric does not stand out in the photographs I am really pleased with it.
I think I could've added a third dimension by making the left hand side of the gift boxes with a slightly darker fabric, but overall I am really pleased with it. Thank you to Sola for this lovely design!

Here are the prizes for block 8:


The deadline for entries is Monday October 23rd 2017 11:59 (EDT)


HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:



  • Post your finished block on Instagram using the #iwishyouamerryqal
The prizes for this block have been kindly donated by Warm Crochet. They are also offering a 10% discount in their shop with the following code: 'Christmas QAL' and Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jet Girl. Many thanks for their super prizes!
  








I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 7

Here we are already at block 7! This time its the turn of Sandy Maxfield. Sandy
has designed a poinsettia block, which symbolises Christmas perfectly.



Here is my fabric choice, of course it has to be red, but the different patterns add another dimension.



I have decided to mark my sewing lines this time and not rely on instinct, it's important that the seams are exact so that the block comes together as Sandy intended.

I have used a frixion pen, it's one of my favourite tools to use and so clever. Once the lines are sewn, the marks are erased by pressing with an iron, even on white fabric!




 Pieces ready as per instructions, ready for construction.


I found it useful to mark the printed instructions to make piecing easier.




I love this design, the instructions, the colours and the finished effect. Although I think my piecing of the 'leaves' could've been a little more precise! I don't think though that this in any way detracts from the overall effect of the flower.


I have decided to 'needleturn' the centre of the flower. This is my preferred method of applique even though it can be time consuming I always think the result is well worth the effort!



Block 7 all finished, I am very pleased with this block, I love the freshness of it. Big thank you to Sandy for this design and the easy to follow instructions.

Share your block to win one of the following prizes:



HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:



  • Post your finished block on Instagram using the #iwishyouamerryqal

Super prizes from Carol Hopkins and The Inquiring Quilter. Open to entrants worldwide!

The deadline for entries is Monday October 23rd 2017 (EDT)





Good luck everybody!




Wednesday, 27 September 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 6

Block 6 is a cute angel block and has been designed by Sandra Healy.

It's called 'Hanging Stars Angel Block' which brings us to the halfway point of the Christmas Quilt Along already!




Background pieces are cut and ready to piece.



Time to trace the angel onto fusable web ready to transfer the pieces onto the block.





Oops wings are upside down, just as well I haven't yet pressed the pieces onto the background fabric! 




Applique the edges with blanket stitch. There are lots of curves in this piece making it slow going.





French knots for eyes using two strands of embroidery floss and winding around the needle three times. This gives the little angel some character. She's so sweet! 



Block 6 complete and ready to be added to the quilt top!


Share your block to win one of the following prizes:





The deadline for entries is Monday October 9th 2017 11:59 (EDT)


 HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:


  • Post your finished block on Instagram using the #iwishyouamerryqal
Super prizes from Island Batik and Sandra Healy Designs. Open to entrants worldwide!

Good luck everybody!!




There is a prize too for a finished quilt top showing all twelve blocks. The deadline for entries is January 16th!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

I WIsh You A Merry Quilt Along Block 5


Block 5 is brought to us by Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting. It wouldn't be a Christmas quilt without a snowman, so this is exactly what Sherry has designed for us!

This is a pieced block with a tiny piece of applique and embroidery features....here we go!


Download the pattern from Sherry's site and follow the cutting list to make sure you have all the pieces ready.

The instructions are excellent for beginners and the more experienced alike. It was lovely to see the snowman take shape from the outset.




Seeing the snowman under construction is very satisfying.



After putting together the three middle sections and adding the sides he's all ready to add some character.



Back stitch eyes and twig arms and he's good to go!


Finshed! I'm really happy with this block. It was super easy to put together thanks to Sherry's instructions and I love the expression on his face, he's super cute!

Upload your finished block to win the following prizes!




The deadline for the competition for block 5 is September 25th at 11:59 (EDT)



HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:


  • Post your finished block on Instagram using the #iwishyouamerryqal

Good luck everybody!!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 4


This is block 4 designed by Jennifer Fulton the inquiring quilter. Jennifer has called her block Christmas Memories. The instructions and downloadable pattern for making this block is over at Jennifer's blog.

It's a sweet block made of applique pieces, with detailed instructions from Jennifer on how to construct it. This is my version of the block.


  







Tracing the pieces onto fusable web making sure each one is labelled to make placement easier!



This is the first step after cutting the shapes out in the selected fabric, making sure the right baubles are in the right order.



After removing the backing paper from the fabric it was fun to build the 'picture' by placing each bauble onto the background fabric and pressing them in place



 All the pieces are now in place ready for the finish.



I have decided this time to use the raw edge applique method to sew the pieces down. I rarely use this method but there were so many small edges in this block design I felt this was the best option this time.



One disadvantage of using raw edge applique is that the edges of the pieces are in danger of fraying with use, although sometimes this can actually enhance the pieces too!


By sharing your block you can be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following prizes!


The deadline for entries is Monday September 11th 11:59 (EDT)



HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:

  • Post your finished block on Instagram using the #iwishyouamerryqal

Good luck everybody!!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

I wish you a merry quilt along block 3

Block 3!

This time it's Laura's design and what a cute design it is, with no introduction necessary. It's iconic and easily recognisable.

I selected the fabrics and decided that the red needed a pattern, snowflakes seemed perfect for this with Santa delivering on a snowy Christmas night.


 Fabric selected, although I would have liked a gold fabric for Santa's buckle, I don't have any in my stash!
 
 

I can't get past this pattern looking like its been printed off centre?! Although looking at the selvedge edge the print seems straight.

Laura's instructions are well written and the block goes together easily, not one seam unpicked or redone this time! 


 
I love this block, but not my fabric choices unfortunately.

Every time I look at it I see the fabric print off centre. I will probably do another block for the quilt and use this one elsewhere. Good solution.

You must share your finished block to be entered into the prize draw! This can be done in one of the following ways.


HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:

Prizes for this block are.


 The deadline for entries is Monday September 11th 11:59pm (EDT)

Lots of luck everyone!!

 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 2


Here we are already with block 2 of the Christmas Quilt Along!

This one has been designed by April from JandABendQuilts you can check out her website for a full tutorial of the block.

This is my cute little Christmas Tree Farm: 

Fabric selected

I decided to go with the pieced blocks even though April has offered a variety of techniques for completing her block. 
 
 Eight little trees, cut and ready for sewing!

with matching tree trunks!


These little trees fit together like a charm.


Finished. I am quite taken with this block.

Don't forget to share your finished block to enter the prize draw. You can do this one of three ways but remember the deadline is August 28th 11:59pm EDT (US)
Here are the prizes for block 2 entries:


HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:
Good Luck Everybody!

The next blocks for the 'Quilt A Long' will be released on August 29th and hosted by Laura Piland at Slice of Pi Quilts and Jennifer Fulton the Inquiring Quilter. We have two released this week in order to finish the quilt in time for Christmas.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 1

Welcome to block one of the Christmas Quilt Along!

This sweet snowflake block was designed by Vanda Chittenden, the tutorial can be found over at her website Quilt in Peace.

Here is my version of Vanda's block. I have chosen to use a grey background fabric with a snowflake pattern to emphasise Vanda's design.

Winter Memories by Studio e
I had originally planned to do needle turn applique on this block, I love the clean lines of this particular method of applying layers of fabric to build a picture, which is why my printed template pieces have a seam allowance around them.



Realising however just how long this would take I decided to use fusable web and edge stitch the pieces down for this particular block.



Having cut out all the pieces for the block and placed them according to Vanda's instructions, I decided to pin them in place and remove the paper backing and press the pieces one a time.


This is a little tip I have picked up along the way and works like a charm. Instead of trying to pick apart the paper backing from the fabric at the edges, which can sometimes result in them fraying (especially around delicate areas such as points), I use a pin or a needle to score the paper lightly, this way the paper can be peeled from the centre of the piece, leaving the edges intact.


I decided to use a blanket stitch on my machine to finish the edges of the pieces.

A close up of the finished block, complete with blanket stitch edges.

This was such a lovely block to make, it was straightforward thanks to the detailed instructions provided by Vanda! 



By making your own version of the Snowflake block you can enter a prize draw for the 'Quilt A Long' in one of three ways. You must enter by 11:59pm EDT (US) on Monday Aug 14th 2017 to win the following prizes:



HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:
Good Luck Everybody!

The next block featured in the 'Quilt A Long' will be August 15th hosted by April Adams at JANDA Bend quilts.

See you there!