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.

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