I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 6

Monday, September 25, 2017

We're halfway through the "I Wish You a Merry QAL!"

 Block 6 is this angel block designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs. You can find the tutorial and pattern for the block on her blog here.

I Wish You a Merry Quilt A-Long

For my quilt, I'm using a limited color palette of Kona Breakers, Lipstick, and Cactus (with accents of Black and Chocolate in some blocks). I am also using a silver lamé fabric as an accent too. My background fabric is Moda Bella 98 White. I struggled to decide how to use my color scheme for this block. I mean, using red for the skin seemed a little devilish, but green would make her look queasy. And whatever I chose for the skin would effect every other color in the block!

Color palette for my "I Wish You a Merry QAL" quilt

Once settled on my colors, I pieced the background of the block then used Heat-N-Bond Lite to adhere the angel to the background.

I used matching 50 wt Aurifil thread to stitch down each piece (Shining Green #5017, Red #2250, and White #2024). I used a straight stitch just inside the raw edges of each shape.

Angel quilt block for Christmas Quilt Along

The block finished exactly 12 1/2", so no need to trim! I'm still undecided about the face. I'm definitely leaning towards adding the French knots for eyes, but I'm going to percolate on that for a bit to decide for sure. And I might change her hair to brown too. I'll wait to see how all the blocks look together in the end before I decide that.

Angel quilt block for Christmas Quilt Along

A peek behind the seams!

Angel quilt block for Christmas Quilt Along

I'm so glad I was able to use all three of the main colors of my palette in this block! Six blocks down, and only six more to go!

First six blocks of "I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along"

Be sure to check out the other hosts' versions of this block! So many unique variations!

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!

Grand prize sponsors for Christams QAL

Be sure to share a picture of your finished angel block before October 10th 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 Sandra's tutorial post.

The prizes for Block 6 are a small fat quarter bundle from the Blushing Blooms collection from Island Batik AND a pdf pattern of your choice from Sandra Healy Designs! All prizes during the QAL will be open to participants worldwide!

As a bonus, Sandra is offering a 20% discount on all her patterns until midnight EST on October 25th! Just use the code MERRYQAL20 in her pattern shop on her website!

Prizes for Block 6 of Christmas QAL

Join the fun! Let's all quilt along!

First six blocks of "I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along"

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  1. I love how your blocks are coming together! Your fabric palette is just right.

  2. Yours look so pretty together, as if they all belong! I like your angel in solids.

  3. I love the way yours is turning out - its funny how these non traditional color ways are all working out to be so gorgeous.

  4. She turned out well! I love seeing all of your blocks together each week.

  5. All your blocks look great together! I hear you about using a limited palette. I am too; gray, red, and white with yellow and black as accents. I there are a number of the quilter's quilting along on Facebook who are also using a limited palette. Reading how you struggled with the color choices for this block was interesting and informative.

  6. Wow do your blocks look good together! What a gorgeous quilt this is going to be!

  7. I love the bright solids!! You did great picking colors that work with the whole quilt! it's going to be so stellar!


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