I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 11

Monday, November 20, 2017

Today's the day! It's time for Block 11 of the "I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long!"

North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

The "North Star" block was designed by Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing. You can find the tutorial and pattern on her blog here.


I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

This was a fun block for my limited color palette. Ultimately, I went with my absolute favorite color combo ever - red, aqua/teal, and white. The actual fabrics are Kona Lipstick, Kona Breakers, and Moda Bella 98 White. (I used Aurifil 50wt Stone #2324 for all the piecing. It's a great neutral - and I have a whole cone of it!)

My color palette for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

As usual, I kept all the pieces organized on my cutting mat as I completed each step in the pattern.

North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

I used the paper piecing option in the pattern. I love that there are multiple ways to complete most things in quilting - no right or wrong, we just choose what we like to do the most!

North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL
North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL
North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL
North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL
North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

For the center block, I did not draw the diagonal lines on the back of the squares. I just used my laser! (See my post about adding a laser to any sewing machine here.)

The block finished at 12 1/2" square - no need to trim!


North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

A peek behind the seams!


North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

Just one more block to go! I'm so excited for how it's coming together! The limited color palette is definitely what ties it all together for me!


North star quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL


Be sure to check out all the hosts' versions of the "North Star" block! I love seeing how the block looks in different fabrics!

Abbie at Sparkle On
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <-----That's me!
Vanda at Quilt in Piece

Remember, you can jump into the QAL at any time! You can always go back and make the previous blocks or just make the blocks that you like! Make a whole quilt using just a single block or make Christmas pillows for the whole family! There will be an amazing grand prize giveaway for those that complete a quilt top using all twelve blocks by January 16th! (Be sure to download the patterns before January 16th! Many of the designers plan to change the patterns to paid downloads after that.)

Grand prize sponsors for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

Be sure to share a picture of your finished North Star block before December 5th to be entered to win prizes! You can post a picture in the Facebook group, on Instagram using #iwishyouamerryqal, or link up to the linky party at the bottom of Kathleen's tutorial post.

The prizes for Block 11 are a Binding Baby from Doohikey Designs and a pdf pattern of your choice from The Inquiring Quilter! All prizes during the QAL will be open to participants worldwide!

I Wish You a Merry QAL prizes for Block 11

Join the fun! Let's quilt along!



Linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.


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5 comments:

  1. You're finding so many clever uses for that laser! Great job on your block!

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  2. Beautiful blocks, this will be a awesome quilt!

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  3. What a great Christmas project. LUV all the blocks! The star is especially fun with the thin lines of "piping".

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  4. I love your block and your helpful hints. I am in search of that laser. I hate marking lines!

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  5. Such a nice post with some sparkling quilts. I am so happy to see you progressing every single day on the internet. The best part, your color combinations are so amazing and unique.

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