Tuesday, 21 November 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 11

'The North Star', block 11 has been designed by Kathleen McMusing. You can find the pattern and instructions for this block on her website.



Pattern printed and fabric chosen, time to get started!

I have decided to use the paper pieced version of Kathleen's pattern since I don't have a Tri-Recs ruler.



I've started with the easiest part, no thinking required!




I enjoy foundation piecing, mostly how precise the pieces look when pressed and trimmed.



Triangles ready to piece together, after removing the paper from the back of the blocks.


If there's one tip I can offer here its to tear the paper from the centre, then to either edges. Doing this means that the stitches are not disturbed at the vulnerable points.




Finished block! Really pleased with this one great instructions and nice neat lines. Thank you Kathleen for a lovely pattern!

Here are the prizes for Block 11:


The deadline for entries is December 4th 2017 at 11:59 (EDT).

Many thanks to Doohikey Designs for donating a Binding Baby as a prize, and also to Jennifer Fulton for a pdf pattern of your choice!



HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:


  • Post your finished block on Instagram using the #iwishyouamerryqal

Good luck everyone!!


Here are the other host's take on Kathleen's block

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Diane at Cwilt
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at Sandy Star Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece



Complete all twelve blocks by the deadline January 16th 2018 for a chance to win one of the following prizes:









Tuesday, 7 November 2017

I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along Block 10

Here we are block 10 already. We're on the home straight now!

This is a block I designed, its a Christmas Lantern.You can get the pattern here.

 It is a pieced and appliqued block, with a template pattern.



 So supplies at the ready


  • pattern
  • scissors
  • pins
  • fabric of choice
  • pencil for tracing applique pattern pieces
  • ruler for squaring up finished block
  • fusable web, such as Bondaweb for applique



Cut the pattern pieces noting that the broken lines denote the seam allowance of 1/4" included where necessary.

There is one exception to this rule as follows:


For the background top and background bottom pieces, the fabric must be
folded and the edge of the pattern placed at the fold, as shown by the direction of the arrow. Just make sure you don't cut along the solid line at the edge!


This is what the pattern and fabric should look like before cutting.


This is because when the fabric is unfolded it runs the width of the block.
 

Cut out the pattern pieces along the broken line-where included or the solid line where there is no broken line.


Start by sewing together the lantern windows taking a 1/4" seam allowance, press open.

Sew the rows together making sure they are in order, top, middle and bottom left and right. This is important since the windows are shaped to fit the lantern.


Add on the top and bottom, then the sides of the lantern as per instructions, this middle section just needs the background pieces added left and right for completion.


Following the diagram included in the instructions, sew the lantern base to the background fabric.


Repeat for the lantern roof and background fabric, trimming the seams and pressing open.



When the three sections are complete, sew them together to make the block.





Trace the applique shapes onto the fusable web, making sure you trace on the paper side. Please note that all the pieces are already reversed.


This is so that when they are cut out and pressed onto the wrong side of the fabric, the paper backing can be removed and the pieces are ready to fuse straight onto the lantern.




I think a good tip at this point is to leave the lantern snow pieces labelled until you are ready to press them onto the background, it's surprising how they all look alike when the paper backing is removed!!!



Remove the paper backing by scoring through the paper in the middle of the piece, this avoids frayed edges when trying to separate the fabric from the paper.



Applique the edges of the shapes using your preferred method.


Finished block!



Here are the prizes for block 10:

Many thanks to The Warm Company for 2 steam-A-seam packages and also to Vanda from Quilt In Piece for a pattern from her collection!

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:


  • Post your finished block on Instagram using the #iwishyouamerryqal
  • Link your blog post with your completed block to Cwilt linky party
The deadline for entries is Monday November 20th 2017 11:59 (EDT)

Loads of luck everyone!

You can take a peek at the other hosts posts, for a different take on the block:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Diane at Cwilt - You are here!
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at Sandy Star Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece