I wish you a Merry Quilt Along: Block Reveal

OK it’s finally here! I’ve been itching to reveal my block for the I wish you a Merry Quilt Along party! When the ladies from the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers group mentioned they were planning this QAL, I jumped at the opportunity to at least design a block even if I couldn’t host the QAL. As soon as I found out a Christmas theme was chosen, I thought of what Christmas reminds me of and for me there are no snows, Santa or Angels. However, It’s a time of giving and I decided to play around with the idea of Christmas presents. After a couple of failed attempts, I present to you with love at Christmas this set of gift boxes!

Christmas Present Box

I’ve included a pattern with all the fabric requirements, cutting instructions and a well illustrated step by step instruction to create your own block.

Warning: piecing the top diagonal ribbon is a bit trying but never mind, I have also included an easier applique method.

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From sketch to a couple of my test blocks:

Christmas present Block

Christmas Gift Box Pattern

Christmas Gift Box Pattern
Paul of @evildemondevildog tested the pattern and here is his version.

Guess what, there are prizes to be won for piecing your version of this block and all you have to do is add your link to the linky party at the end of the post (The prize entry window is opened from now till 11:59PM Eastern on October 24, 2017.)  You can also upload your completed block to the Facebook group or Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal tag before the giveaway window closes.

oct10gifts merry QAL

The lucky winner will get one PDF pattern of their choice from @quiltingjetgirl and a pair of  scissors from Warm Crochet Warm Crochet  is also offering a discount code to all QAL participants, the code “ChristmasQAL” will give 10% off your purchase.

If you are just joining the QAL, here is a quick links page to catch up on all the fun blocks and tutorials that have been posted so far. Block 7 designed by SandyStar Designs was also revealed today, visit her to find the tutorial for the block.

Make a quilt top using all twelve of the QAL blocks by January 16th, 2018 and you will be eligible to enter for the grand prize (see the list of sponsors in the image below). Please note that all patterns are only free until the end of the QAL.

sponsors for grand prize

Be sure to check out the QAL hosts to see their version and helpful hints on completing your block!

Abbie @Sparkle On

April @JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca @Pretty Piney

Bobbi @Snowy Days Quilting

Diane @Cwilt

Jennifer @Inquiring Quilter

Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Laura @Slice of Pi Quilts

Sandy @SandyStar Designs

Sherry @poweredbyquilting

Vanda @Quilt in Piece

I hope you enjoy making this block and I would love to see your version when you do. Thanks for stopping by!

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26 Replies to “I wish you a Merry Quilt Along: Block Reveal”

  1. Alice, my computer died the week I was supposed to do your block, but I finally got to it yesterday. I had trepidation about the piecing, but it went together so smoothly! I pieced the ribbons as in the original plan, and had no trouble with that part at all. Thank you for such great directions. Even though there was something I did wrong, and I still don’t know what, the block looks pretty much like yours and came out the perfect size.

    1. Oh Wow Susan, thanks for such wonderful feedback and I’m glad it worked out perfectly for you! Thanks for giving it a try and not letting the fear win 😀

  2. I have really enjoyed the challenge this block has brought. It was good to see it come together and I love looking at the different versions. Thank you for this block Sola, great job!

  3. Sola, these blocks are all turning well and it is so fun to see all the versions. I love the international flavor of the QAL too.

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