I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block 1
Do you ever see a quilt block that you just know you HAVE to make? I felt that way when I saw the Snowflake block that is the first block in the new Merry Quilt-A-Long. This is a free QAL that just started and if you haven't seen it yet.....you'll probably be like me and want to make it!
I'm not sure if I'll do the whole Merry Quilt-A-Long but this block was so beautiful and I couldn't wait to make it!
You can read all about the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long and get then get Block 1 - the Snowflake here. There is also a Facebook group you can join and there will be lots of prizes during the Quilt-A-Long.
I have been using the Cherry Berry batik collection that I received from Island Batik in my Ambassador box last Spring. I have made several different quilt projects with this collection and love the colors.
Are these Christmas colors?? Nope but I don't care........take a look at the little cherries on the fabric.
Here is a table topper that I made with the Cherry Berry collection and my AccuQuilt Orange Peel die. I used the same pink background also.Vanda has a excellent tutorial for the block and you can see how I followed her directions to put creases in my background before adding the applique pieces.
I cut my background about 13 ½ x 13 ½ as I am going to go ahead and add the backing and batting for a Quilt As You Go quilt.
Next I had to make a decision on what color of thread to use for my freemotion applique.It has been so crazy here that I think I forgot to mention that I am now a Aurifil Artisan for Aurifil Threads also! I received a box of goodies that I'll have to share. Isn't it neat that the logo matches my Cherry Berry collection from Island Batik!I decided to go with Aurifil thread color #2455. I almost forgot that I bought the Rosemoor fabric collection from Craftsy, did I buy the fat quarters or the charm squares???
I have a neat multi-print batik that I am using for the backing of my block, the batting is Hobbs 80/20. I am using my 15-91 vintage Singer sewing machine that only does a straight stitch so I did a little free-motion wiggle stitch around my applique pieces and caught the batting and backing in my stitches.
I'm not going to do anything with the background until I put the blocks together. Are you taking part in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long and have you done Block 1 yet?
Several of the Island Batik Ambassadors are also taking part in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long:
- Suzy Webster from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
- Laura from Slice of PI
- Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
- Janet at Whispers of Yore on Facebook
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