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 Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block 1
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!
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.
You can see how I put creases in my background before adding the applique pieces.
I cut my background about 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 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 free-motion 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 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
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???
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