Wednesday Wait Loss 45

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss!

This week I've been traveling back and forth, bringing my daughter home from college for a weekend at my cousin's cabin, taking her back for finals, and bringing her home again for Christmas break. I can say without hesitation that I'm tired of riding in the car!

But I can't get enough of the snow and wintery weather. It puts me in that Christmas mood!

With all the travel and working at the store, I didn't get a lot of sewing done, but I did applique a cat on my Wicked quilt and get it pin-basted and ready to go! Now to do the same with my I Wish You A Merry QAL quilt.

I'm looking for quilting suggestions for Wicked. What do you all think?

Well, that's what I've been doing. Let's see what you're up to! First though let's see who made the weekly feature.

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This week I want to feature Anita @ Domestic Felicity who linked up three Christmasy projects. You'll be in the holiday mood too, after reading her blog posts! Click the images below to read more about each quilt project.

Last Supper panel quilt

Last Supper panel quilt

Christmas book panel quilt

Christmas book panel quilt

Quick quilt for a December baby

Quick quilt for a December baby

Congratulations Anita! Here's an "I Was Featured" button for your blog.

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Now it's time to link up. As you know, I'm having another giveaway! This time, up for grabs is this cute little zippered pouch in Christmas reds and greens.

So, you know how this works. Link up a work in progress or recent finish for a chance to win. You can link up three times a week for up to three chances! If you need help linking up, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, just email me your link.

I'll collect everyone's entries and announce a winner on January 3rd. So you've got four weeks to link up to win!

Are you making anything special for Christmas, or anything wintery? I'd really love to see it! I'm in the mood for snow upon snow!

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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Wednesday Wait Loss 44: Giveaway Winner Announced!

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss!

This week I've been busy working on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along. If you haven't heard about it, you can click here to learn more.

We've just released the last block in the quilt along, but if you're motivated it's not too late to enter our grand prize giveaway, which is super awesome! I mean like Santa filled his sleigh with quilting treasures and left them all at your house awesome! All you need to do to enter the final giveaway is make one of each of the quilt along blocks and sew them together into a top. The top does not have to be quilted, and you have until January 15th to get 'er done!

Here is my final setting for my quilt along quilt. I've still got to add the outer borders, but man it feels good to have a completed top! You'll find info on Block 12: Christmas Lights here. All the hosts wrote a post about Block 12, providing tips. We also wrote a post with setting suggestions, and revealed our quilt top. If you'd need some setting suggestions for your blocks, click here.

With two quilt along posts and sewing my top together, I've been busy. But I didn't forget to apply to be an Island Batik Ambassador next year! I hope I'm selected again because it was a lot of fun and Island Batik is a great company to work with. This year, as part of the application, they asked us to send them a 12" block. I chose to do my Peppermint Twist block in Island Batiks. These are from the Vineyard collection. Wouldn't this make an awesome quilt?

If you're interested, my Peppermint Twist pattern is available in my book. A variation of that pattern which uses pieced setting triangles is also available separately. That pattern is called Water Vortex. Both the book and the pattern are in my shop.

I really love this block and how it twists when set in a quilt! I hope the block brings me luck with Island Batik because I really want to be an Ambassador again next year.

Now that you know what I've been doing, let's see what you're up to! First, it's time for our weekly feature.

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This week I want to feature Alice, who's been missing from our weekly linkups for a few weeks. Alice recently celebrated her daughter's wedding, so she's been quite busy. I was so happy to see her three--count 'em--three link ups last week!

HalloWedding quilt

Bee Squared quilt

Crazy quilt with Lusa's clothes

Congratulations Alice! Here's an "I Was Featured" button you can print out.

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Now it's time to link up your WIPs and recent finishes! But first let me announce our giveaway winner of 6 fat quarters from the Starlight collection by Windham Fabrics.

As usual, I assigned a number to each entry, then plugged them into Random.org and let it pick. We had 51 entries! Let's see who won.

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Congratulations Suz @ DesertSky Quilting! Send me an email with your postal address, and your fat quarters will be on their way!

Now it's time to link up. I'm feeling Christmasy, so let's have another giveaway! This time, up for grabs is this cute little zippered pouch in Christmas reds and greens. You could use it to store your Christmas fat quarters like shown here (or your candy canes!)

So, you know how this works. Link up a work in progress or recent finish for a chance to win. You can link up three times a week for up to three chances! If you need help linking up, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, just email me your link.

I'll collect everyone's entries and announce a winner on January 3rd. So you've got four weeks to link up to win!

Are you making anything special for Christmas, or anything wintery? I'd really love to see it! I'm in the mood for snow upon snow!

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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Tell me..what would you store in your zippered pouch if you won?

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Setting Ideas for I Wish You a Merry QAL and Final Linky

Welcome to the final linky party for the I Wish You a Merry QAL!

By now you've gotten all 12 block patterns and have made or are making all your blocks. Now it's time to think about how to sew all these blocks together! Obviously, the simplest and easiest way is to simply sew them into rows like Setting Example 1. Since there are 12 blocks, it makes sense to use four rows of three blocks each.

Borders are optional of course, but I like the look of a skinny inner border and a wide outer border for this.

Setting Example 1

Another simple way to finish the blocks is to set them in rows, separated by sashing strips. You can add cornerstones if you like, like shown in Setting Example 2.

Setting Example 2

Fancy things up a bit by piecing your sashing strips!

Setting Example 3

Need a bigger quilt? The easiest way to accomplish that is to add an alternate block like the one shown in Setting Example 4. How about a star block? They sure fit the Christmas theme! What do you think?

Setting Example 4

Don't forget to play with color! Sometimes it's the colors that throw us off when comparing setting ideas.

Setting Example 5

Setting Example 6

How about setting the blocks on the diagonal, using easy HSTs to separate them? This is the setting I had originally planned for my blocks.

Setting Example 7

Here's another variation of the diagonal setting, playing with the colors vertically.

Setting Example 8

In the end, I decided to go with a medallion setting using quarter-square triangles. In this version, I put a QST in the center as well.

Setting Example 9

In the end though I went with a plain block in the center. I plan on appliquing the words "I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along" on the center block.

Setting Example 10

Here's my quilt top right now. I still need to add borders and the applique but she's looking pretty good!

Well that's it! I can't see what you do with your blocks. When you're done sewing them together, take a photo of your quilt top and post it here in the linky below to enter to win the grand prize! This time, we hosts are sharing the linky party! Yep, no matter which blog you post your photo on, it'll appear on all of the host's blogs! Won't it be so cool to see a big gallery of everyone's quilts? I can't wait to see what you guys do!

Be sure to drop by the other host's blogs to see what setting choices they've explored. When you're done, be sure to come back to link up!

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, Travels, and Eats
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece

Wait! I've got a special announcement!

Thanks you guys for a wonderful quilt along! I have really enjoyed your creativity and your enthusiasm!

Great news! My fellow designers and I are excited to announce that we will be doing a Fall themed quilt along in 2018! We're still ironing out the details, but we'll let you know more soon.

As soon as I know, you will too! Be sure to follow my blog, watch for announcements in the Facebook group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal.

Be sure to enter the final giveaway!

After you complete your quilt top, post a photo of it online by 11:59 PM January 15th, 2018 to enter our grand prize drawing.

Yeah, yeah it's the holidays, but just take a gander at what you might win!

To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must post a photo of your completed quilt top (that includes all 12 blocks in the quilt along) by 11:59 PM EST January 15, 2018. Your top doesn't need to be quilted to enter for the grand prize, but it must include one of every block in the quilt along.

You can post your photo to one of these three places:

  • On Instagram, with the hashtag #iwishyouamerrychristmasqal
  • In our private Facebook group
  • To the linky below. If you need help linking up, click the Wednesday Wait Loss tab above. It'll give you detailed steps on how to upload a photo to a linky party.

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to watch me finish my quilt. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the I Wish You a Merry QAL tab above.

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I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 12

Welcome to final edition of the I Wish You a Merry QAL!

Block 12 is here! Yep, that means all of the block patterns have been released!

Block 12 - Christmas Lights

If you've just stumbled upon us, it's not too late! You can still download all the block patterns in our quilt along until midnight January 15th, and you've got about a month to make the blocks and sew them together in order our grand prize giveaway!

Click here to learn more about the quilt along and the location of the patterns for blocks 1 to 11. Continue reading to find out more about Block 12 and how to enter both the block giveaway and the final grand prize giveaway.

For my blocks, I’m using the Shiny Objects in Holiday Twinkle collection by flaurie & finch for RJR Fabrics.

Block 12 (Christmas Lights) in our quilt along was designed by Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts. Here’s my version of her block.

This is such a great block! I took the opportunity to use as many of the fabrics from the Shiny Objects collection as possible. For the background of my block, I chose #2792-12 (Snow). For the lights I used #2792-13 (Cranberry), #3022-05 (Red Velvet), #3022-06 (Seafoam), #3022-07 (Tannenbaum), #3023-05 (Scarlet), #3023-07 (Crystal), #3023-08 (Pistachio), #3026-04 (Red Velvet), #3026-05 (Tannenbaum), #3163-03 (Crimson), #3163-05 (Seafoam), #3163-06 (Tannenbaum).

Tips for making this block

As a QAL host, I’m here to help you achieve success with this block. First, since this block involves applique, you might want to cut your background larger and trim your block after completing your applique. I cut my background square 13".

Now to start, you need to make black 1/2" bias tape, or buy some pre-made.I don't have a bias tape maker, so I kind of fudged my way through this. Let me tell you what I did. First, I cut my strips on the bias. To do that, place your ruler's 45 degree line on the bottom edge of your fabric and make a cut. Turn the triangle around and measure 1" away from the cut edge and cut your bias strips. Based on the width of my fabric, I needed only two strips.

Sew your strips together. Don't forget to line them up so you see dog ears on either side!

Next, I tried pressing the both edges into the center of the strip.Doing that manually only kinda worked for me, so then I created my own bias tape maker by putting two pins in my ironing board and sliding the strip under that and pressing to fold the edges in.

That didn't work easily for me either. I would swear I've used this method before to make bias tape, but this time all I got was frustrated.

My strips were looking a bit worse for wear at this point (and so was I!) so I recut my strips, this time at 1-1/4". Not sure why I decided to cut my strips a bit larger, but I thought I might have better luck that way. Anyway, this time round I simply folded the strip in half and sewed it together. Then I pressed the seam under and voila! a nice bias strip.

I laid the strip on my background and pressed it into place just like Laura said.

Next, I stitched it in place, edge-stitching along both sides.

For the bulb sockets, I cut my pieces 1" square instead of 1/2" so I could fold them under on the left and right sides. I would have tucked the ends under the bias stem at this point had I not stitched it down (did I mention I was fumbling my way through this?), so instead I opted to just bump the raw edge of my sockets against the bias strip and stitch them down.

Finally, I cut and fused my light bulbs, adding a few more than in the pattern because I wanted to feature as many fabrics as I could. I edge-stitched the bulbs with matching threads: Sulky 40 wt. #1272 (Hedge Green), Sulky Polylite #60 wt. #1104 (Pastel Yellow-Green), Signature 50 wt. #SN907 (Beryl Green), Cotton + Steel 50 wt. #1045 (Light Teal), Signature 50 wt. #278 (Cranapple), Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt. KT302 (Christmas Red), and Sulky 40 wt. #1169 (Bayberry Red).

After I edge-stitched all the appliques, I trimmed my finished block to 12-1/2". Woot! Done!

Be sure to drop by Laura's blog to get your free block pattern. Also, don’t forget to visit the other quilt along hosts to see their versions of this 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, Travels, and Eats
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece

Be sure to enter the giveaway!

To enter the Christmas Lights block giveaway, you must make the block and post it in one of these three places by Monday, December18th at 11:59 PM EST.

If you post your Christmas Lights block by the deadline, you might win this wonderful prize package—a six month subscription to Make Modern magazine and a PDF pattern of your choice from Sandy @ Sandy Star Designs.

Share what you're working on!

If you like show and tell, I'd love it if you'd also share what you've been working on lately in my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss linky. We have a great group of quilters and the projects are inspiring! The atmosphere is so fun and encouraging. If you need a little incentive to join us, I'm having a giveaway so be sure to link up! The currently linky is open until midnight EST tonight, then on Wednesday, another linky starts.

Don't leave me! I need ideas on how to put these blocks together!

No problem! Click here to see my quilt top and to get more ideas on how to set your blocks together. After you complete your quilt top, post a photo of it online to enter our grand prize drawing.

I know it's busy this time of year, but just look at what you could win!

To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must post a photo of your completed quilt top that includes all 12 blocks in the quilt along by 11:59 PM EST January 15, 2018. Your top doesn't need to be quilted to enter for the grand prize, but it must include one of every block in the quilt along.

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d to see how I quilt my quilt. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along, click the I Wish You a Merry QAL tab above.

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