I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 10

Welcome to the I Wish You a Merry QAL!

Today you get the pattern for Block 10, Christmas Lantern. Only two more to go! I can see the finish line--can you?

Blocks 1 through 9 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Here are Blocks 1 to 9. Don't they look awesome together?

Why not join us? To enter the giveaway for Block 10 you only need to make it and post a photo online (details at the end of this post). After making Block 10, you've got about two months to make the others, sew them into a quilt top, and enter our fabulous final giveaway! You won't believe the array of fabulous prizes!

Click here to learn more about the quilt along schedule and the location of the patterns for blocks 1 to 9. Continue reading to find out more about Block 10 and how to enter the block giveaway.

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

Block 10 in our quilt along was designed by Diane @ Cwilt and it’s called Christmas Lantern. Here’s my version.

Block 10 - Christmas Lantern

Isn't this a gorgeous block? I had a blast choosing the fabrics for it. For the background of my block, I chose #3026-05 Tannenbaum from the Holiday Twinkle collection. I used 2792-12 Snow for the snow and 3023-06 Sugar for the windows. For the lantern frame, I choose 3023-05 Scarlet. For the holly I chose 3023-08 Pistachio and 2792-13 Cranberry. For the bow, I chose 3163-04 Scarlet and 3163-03 Crimson. I love how these two fabrics combine to create the dimension of the bow.

Tips for making this block

As a QAL host, I’m here to help you achieve success with this block. To make this block, you'll use template piecing and applique.

I cut out the windows first and pieced them. My fabric was directional, and I wanted the lines to run across the windows and not down. So for me, I cut a 2-1/2" x 20" strip (no window piece is bigger than 2-1/2" tall). Then I laid my templates on top of the right side of my fabric, pinned, and cut.My lantern frame also uses directional fabric. I cut the top and bottom from a strip 1-1/2" x 12" with the strips running lengthwise; for the sides I used a strip 2-1/2" x 7" with the stripes running width-wise.

I pressed the window seams in each row in opposite directions so they nested when I stitched them together.

I decided to applique the lantern on a solid background rather than piecing the lantern and the background together. I am not a big fan of templates so for me, this was the best approach. As I found out though, this approach had its own challenges. So if you decide to applique the lantern on a whole background like I did, I'll try to provide enough tips to make that work for you. If you want to piece the background as the pattern instructs, please visit the other hosts for tips as I'm pretty sure they all pieced their background.

Anyway, because I was going to applique the lantern to the block background, I cut one piece for my background: a 13" square. I always cut my backgrounds a bit large for applique, and trim them down when I'm finished with the block.

One note before you continue--if you are using the hand-applique technique and not raw-edge, be sure to add a 1/4" seam allowance to the edges of the lantern where needed.

Because I was going to applique the lantern, after piecing the windows I cut the Lantern Base and the Lantern Roof at the same angle that piecing them to the Background would have been. To do that, I placed the 45-degree line on the edge of the template and drew the diagonals. I used the revised template to cut out my pieces.

To sew the Lantern Top to the window piece, I centered it.

After sewing them to the window section and pressing, I trimmed the excess (those little triangle things that always appear when you're dealing with angles like this).

I applied fusible to the back of the lantern and then fused it to the Background. Notice that I used a pressing sheet on my ironing board to protect it while applying a piece of fusible cut just larger than the lantern to the back of the lantern. After applying the fusible, I trimmed it to the edges of the lantern.

Notice also that I pressed the background square in half both ways to help in centering the lantern. I placed the lantern 1-1/2" from the top and bottom edge.

Next, I edged stitched the lantern. My thinking was that it would be better to go ahead and do that now, to keep the lantern in place. Since I'd pieced the lantern, I was worried whether the seams on the back would interfere with the fusing process so edge-stitching the lantern now before appliqueing the other parts of the lantern made sense to me.

To edge stitch, I simply stitched close to the edge of the lantern with a matching thread.

After that, I followed the pattern and appliqued the snow, holly, and bow onto the lantern. I fused the two pieces of each bow on my pressing sheet, before assembling the whole bow together and fusing it to the lantern.

Somehow I missed the little lantern ring that's supposed to appliqued to the top of the lantern so my block is missing that. If I had added it, I would have made the ring the same color as my lantern frame. I think since the bow covers most of the ring in the original design, it won't be missed. At least that's what I'm hoping! <grin>

To edge-stitch my applique, I used Sulky 40 wt. #1104 (Pastel Yellow Green), #1169 (Bayberry Red), Sulky Metallic #7001 (Silver), and Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt #KT302 (Christmas Red).

Well, that's it! If you would like to read a step by step photo tutorial on the raw-edge applique process, click here.

Be sure to drop by Diane’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 Lantern block giveaway, you must make the block and post it in one of these three places by Monday, November 20th at 11:59 PM EST.

If you post your Christmas Lantern block by the deadline, you might win this wonderful prize package—2 Steam-a-Seam 2 sheet packages from The Warm Company, and one PDF pattern of your choice from Vanda @ Quilt in Peace.

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, November 21th, be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along--Block 11!

We have a fabulous grand prize package, and I encourage you to join us! 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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