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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