I Wish You a Merry QAL Recap

Well, the I Wish You a Merry QAL is coming to a close and I thought I'd recap it a bit. First, thanks to everyone that participated! The other designers and I are overwhelmed by your creativity and perseverance. For many of you, the blocks required skills that you'd never used before. But like the wonderful quilters you are, you pushed through the challenges and created beauty.

Thanks also to my fellow designers. Wow, you humbled me not only with your gorgeous inventive designs, but also with the way we worked so well together. I look forward to our next quilt along!

The final linkup will close today at midnight (specifically, January 15th @ 11:59 PM EST). If you haven't already, try, try to get your quilt top done so you can post it to the linky, Facebook, or Instagram and enter our final giveaway which is so huge it overwhelms me. I mean, look at all these prizes!

If you missed the final quilts you can see them in any of these three places:

Now, about my quilt. The last time you saw my quilt top, it looked like this.

The blocks were together, but I still needed to add borders and letters to the center block.

Well, then Christmas happened and it got busy at the quilt shop and so I didn't get back to finishing up my top. On Sunday, I decided to add the lettering. To do that, I typed the letters I wanted into Word, and played around with various fonts. I decided I liked the look of Impact, a sans-serif font.

Next, I played with the size of the letters then printed out the result and tried it out on my actual quilt. I also auditioned fabrics, deciding on a mostly solid piece from the collection.

After I decided the letters look okay, I flipped them over and traced them on fusible. I prefer Heat n Bond Lite. Next, I fused the back of the fabric and cut out the letters.

To keep things orderly, I arranged the letters on this handy tray that my good friend Susie recently gave me. I really love it--I can put the pieces of a block in the tray and move back and forth to my ironing board without messing anything up. Thanks Susie!

I used a ruler to arrange the letters on the center block and to keep them straight.

After fusing the letters, I edge-stitched them using a matching thread. I haven't added borders to my quilt top yet, but I plan to soon. Quilting though will have to wait as my big sewing machine is in the hospital. Crossing fingers that I get it back soon, all well and working good.

Stay tuned for an announcement coming soon about our next quilt along--fall themed this time!

Thanks again everyone, and don't forget to post your quilt top photo by midnight tonight!

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 where you can download the patterns, click the I Wish You a Merry QAL tab above. The patterns may not be available after midnight tonight (it's up to the individual designer), so be sure to get them now if you want them.

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