I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 11

Welcome to the I Wish You a Merry QAL!

Block 11 is here! And after this, only one more block to go! Good thing, since around here the days are growing shorter and the temperatures are dropping.

Blocks 1 through 11 - I Wish You a Merry QAL

How are your blocks coming along? Here's what mine look like.

Click here to learn more about the quilt along schedule and the location of the patterns for blocks 1 to 10. Continue reading to find out more about Block 11 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 11 (North Star) in our quilt along was designed by Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing. Here’s my version.

Block 11 - North Star

Isn't this a beautiful block? For the background of my block, I chose #3023-06 (Sugar). For the star I used #3022-06 (Seafoam), #3023-07 (Crystal), 3163-05 (Seafoam), and #3164-04 (Snow).

Tips for making this block

As a QAL host, I’m here to help you achieve success with this block. Kathleen (clever girl) has provided several different ways for you to make this block. I chose paper-piecing.

First though you must make the square in a square in the center of the block. Follow Kathleen's directions, and you'll be fine. When I use the sew-and-flip technique, I always mark the diagonal sewing line. This helps me to be more accurate, and with a square in square, accuracy is the key. After it's sewn, trim the square in square unit to 4-1/2".

I made the star point units using paper piecing. Here's a quick tutorial to help you. For more help on paper piecing, click here.

I decided to cut my star point fabrics 2-3/4" x 5-1/2" and not cut them in half diagonally as Kathleen directs. This just made sense to me although it probably uses more fabric. Anyway, to paper piece, lay the background rectangle face down, then lay the foundation (face up) on top of it. I try to place the line between A1 and A2 roughly 1/4" down from the edge of the background rectangle. I only have to eyeball it because the next step ensures an exact 1/4". Pin before moving onto step 2. You should make sure though that the A1 area fits inside the background rectangle.

Next, I place a card on the line between A1 and A2, fold the foundation back over the card, and place my 1/4" marker on the card and trim.

Next, I flip the foundation over, and lay the star point fabric on top of the background fabric, right sides together and matching that newly trimmed edge. Pin again, flip the foundation over to the right side and sew on the line.

That's it! All that's left is to press and trim. When I trim, I measure 1/4" from the solid line on the foundation.

The next block unit you need to sew are the rays. Follow Kathleen's directions and you should be just fine. Simply press the ray fabric in half, lay it along the edge of one of the background triangles, then lay another background triangle on top and sew. You can make the rays wider by cutting the ray fabric wider, such as 1" or even 1 1/4".


I kept the foundation papers on my star point units until I'd sewn them into the block, but you can remove them if you want. I just find that leaving the foundations with their seam markings on helps ensure a perfectly sewn block.

I pressed my seams open as Kathleen suggests.

Be sure to drop by Kathleen’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 North Star block by the deadline, you might win this wonderful prize package—a Binding Baby from Doohikey Designs and a PDF pattern of your choice from yours truly!

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.

Come back for the next block!

On Tuesday, December 4th, be sure to come back here for the last block in our quilt along--Block 12! I'll also be showing you several ways you might finish your quilt.

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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