I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 6

Blocks 1 through 6 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Welcome to the I Wish You a Merry QAL! Today is a big milestone. With the release of Block 6, we are now halfway through! Woot!

You can still join us. Really. It's not too late because to enter this week's quilt along giveaway, all you need to do is make the current block and post a photo of it. Click here to learn more about the quilt along and the patterns for blocks 1 to 5.

Continue reading to learn more about the current block, Block 6.

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

Block 6 in our quilt along was designed by Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs and it’s called Hanging Stars Angel. Here’s my version.

Block 6 - Hanging Stars Angel

For the background of my block, I chose #3023-05 Scarlet, 3022-07 Tannenbaum, 3023-07 Crystal, 3026-05 Tannenbaum, 3163-03 Radiant Crimson, 3163-05 Seafoam, 3164-02 Radiant Crimson, and 3164-06 Tannenbaum from the Holiday Twinkle collection. I used 3023-06 Sugar for the stars. For the angel, I chose 2792-12 Snow, 3022-06 Seafoam, and 3163-05 Seafoam. I also used brown, pink, and white scraps to complete my block.

Tips for making this block

As a QAL host, I’m here to help you achieve success with this block. Here are my tips for success:

First, I pieced together the block background using a variety of reds and greens. Then I squared the block to 12-1/2". Here's how I pressed the background.

I wanted a light pink for the angel's face but didn't have any so I created my own by fusing a scrap of solid white on top of a pink scrap. I then applied fusible to the back of the pink fabric and cut out the face for fusing.

This block is both pieced and appliqued. If you need a refresher on applique techniques, click here. I decided to fuse the angel together on my Teflon pressing sheet, then move her to the block as a single unit for final fusing. To help me assemble her, I traced the back side of the Angel template page (remember, the template page is a reversed image of the angel). I then placed the tracing under my pressing sheet, and used the markings to help me place and fuse each part of the angel. Pay attention to what part goes on top or goes under the other parts so you get her assembled correctly.

I fused my angel about 1" from the top of the block, and about 3/4" from the bottom. This will make her centered once I sew the block together. Her left foot was about 1 3/4" from the left edge, and her hand was 1/2" from the right edge of the red striped square.

Likewise, when fusing the stars on the smaller squares, keep in mind that you need to allow for that 1/4" seam allowance along the perimeter of the block if your goal is to center the stars.

To finish up your block, you can use French Knots for the eyes. I made my angel's eyes blue--DMC #827. To make a French Knot, you come up from behind, then wrap the floss around the needle three times (just like a quilter's knot). Next, you come back down in the same spot you came up, and while holding onto the thread, you pull from behind very slowly and a knot forms.

Wrap the floss three times around the needle.

Hold onto the thread and pull from behind to form a knot.

I love that Sandra recommending fusing a stabilizer to the back of the block to keep the knots from unraveling. I don't know if I've ever heard of that before, but I don't embroider much. I definitely think it's a terrific idea! I didn't have any fusible stabilizer but I did have some fusible interfacing so I used that.

Don't forget to edge stitch your applique shapes. I used a straight stitch. For my block, I used Aurifil 50 wt. #2835 Medium Mint around the angel's dress. I gave her ballet slippers instead of bare feet, and to glam them up, I used Sulky Metallic #7007 Gold. I even created small bows on her slippers with the gold thread.

In addition, I used the gold to edge-stitch her hair. Around her wings and the stars, I used Sulky Metallic #7007 Silver. To make her face pinker, I edge-stitched it with Gutermann #40 wt. #2538 Pink.

I'm planning on placing a button in her hair as the pattern suggests. I found this beautiful snowflake in my stash, so that's what I'm going to use. However, I'm going to wait to attach the button later, after quilting. For now, I've pinned it to the block so I won't lose it.

You may have noticed that the angel's blue dress shadows through her white wing. I could have faced the wing to prevent that, but I wanted her wings to appear ethereal and transparent, so I chose not to do that.

Be sure to drop by Sandra’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 Hanging Stars Angel block giveaway, you must make the block and post it in one of these three places by Monday, October 9th at 11:59 PM EST.

If you post your Hanging Stars Angel block by the deadline, you might win this wonderful prize package—a fat quarter bundle from the Blushing Blooms collection by Island Batik and a PDF pattern of your choice from Sandra!

Special offer from Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs!

To celebrate the release of her Hanging Stars Angel block, Sandra is celebrating with a sale! All quilt along participants can receive 20% off patterns in her shop until midnight October 25th EST. Enter the code MERRYQAL20 at checkout to receive the discount.

My special offer continues!

To celebrate the release of my Christmas Memories block earlier this month (it was Block 4), I am continuing to offer a pattern discount of 20%, good until the end of the month in my shop. Just use the code MERRYQAL20 to receive the discount.

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! I also have giveaways from time to time on my Wednesday Wait Loss so the atmosphere is fun and encouraging. The currently linky is open until midnight EST tonight, then on Wednesday, another linky starts.

Come back for the next block!

On Tuesday, October 10th, be sure to come back here for the next two blocks in our quilt along--Block 7 and Block 8! (Yep, two blocks!)

We have a fabulous grand prize package, so I encourage you to jump in now, make Block 6 and post it, then go back and make the other blocks. There are many people who are catching up too so you'll have lots of company. If you need inspiration, I highly recommend our Facebook group.

To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must post a completed quilt top that includes all 12 blocks 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. Look at this incredible package of prizes--thread, fabric, batting, patterns and more!

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