I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 9

Monday, October 23, 2017

The weeks are flying by for the "I Wish You a Merry QAL!" It's already time for Block 9!

Reindeer Games Rudolph quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

The "Reindeer Games" block was designed by Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting. You can find the tutorial and pattern for the block on her blog here.

I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

This block was the sole reason I had to add Kona Chocolate to my color palette! I know I could have used a non-traditional color, but I just couldn't do it! If you remember, I snuck some of the Chocolate in my block two for the trunks of the trees too. For this block, I also used Kona Breakers for the background, Moda Bella 98 White for the eyes, Kona Lipstick for the nose, and Kona Black for the eyes and antlers.

My Kona color palette for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

Bobbi's pattern is well-written and easy to follow. I like to cut all the pieces and arrange them on my cutting mat to stay organized as I sew each piece. I love to watch it come together!

Reindeer Games Rudolph quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL
Reindeer Games Rudolph quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

As with several of the blocks, I didn't draw diagonal lines when those were needed. I like to use my laser instead! (See my post on adding a laser to any sewing machine here.) I line up the laser with the needle for the stitch and flip corners.

Adding a laser ato any sewing machine

And I line up the laser 1/4" to the side of the needle when sewing half-square triangles. I always keep the corners of the squares lined up with the laser line. The laser saves so much time!

Adding a laser to any sewing machine

Once pieced, the block finishes at 12 1/2" square - no need to trim!

Reindeer Games Rudolph quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

A peek behind the seams!

Reindeer Games Rudolph quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

There are only three more blocks to go!

Quilt blocks 1-9 for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

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 the I Wish You a Merry QAL

Be sure to share a picture of your finished Reindeer Games block before November 7th 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 Bobbi's tutorial post.

The prizes for Block 9 are a fat quarter bundle of the Hopscotch collection from RJR Fabrics AND a pdf pattern of your choice from Cooking Up Quilts! All prizes during the QAL will be open to participants worldwide!

Prizes for Block 9 for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

Join the fun! Let's quilt along!

Quilt blocks 1-9 for the I Wish You a Merry QAL


  1. Using the laser that way is brilliant! Great tip.

  2. Your reindeer is a great addition to the other blocks. Can't wait to see your final quilt.

  3. Your block is great! I seriously debated going with black antlers myself.

  4. Hi Laura,
    Your solids for this block are just PERFECT! I mean really - I am using patterned fabrics and who would believe a green snowflake reindeer?!! I will have to do a little supplementing from my stash I think. I have been recommending you and your laser light article to everyone that would benefit. I still use it all the time - just on microwave cozies this weekend. It rocks! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. He's very cute! I think his nose is surprising him too!

  6. Your blocks are fantastic! The colors work so beautifully together and are so fun to look at.

  7. Thanks for linking this up to Wednesday Wait Loss, Laura! I love your blocks and how wonderful they look together. Your final quilt is going to be awesome!

  8. Its funny seeing all the pieces laid out and then watch how they come together! Your blocks are so happy and gorgeous...it almost puts me in to the Holiday spirit!

  9. Oh, no! All those Rudolph pieces scare me a little. I'll just have to take it one step at a time.

  10. I need to get me a laser! Your blocks look so beautiful together. What a great quilt this will be when it's finished :)


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