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Sandy over at SandyStar Designs has a simple and lovely poinsettia block for you!

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block Six

I used:

Sandy wrote her pattern to be very easy to understand. I took care to cut my striped leaves on a 45° angle, and for the pink fabric I just used the wrong side of the red print.

Since I’m running a little low on the black I used in the background, I didn’t bother to try to sort out the directional fabric (because there was a good chance I would screw it up). Instead, I made a design decision that makes it look a little like the poinsettia is spinning. I dig it.

laying out the piecesWhen you stitch the quarter square green/white triangles to the red and pink half square triangles, the pattern says to make sure the red or pink points line up on the green/white seam line. Here’s what that looks like:lining up the points

When I trimmed those blocks to 3 1/2″, I wasn’t paying attention for the first few and didn’t make sure the seam between the green and black fabrics was centered. As a result, a few of the leaves came out a little wonky. Eh. Leaves in nature are seldom perfectly symmetrical, and with so much pattern going on, I don’t think it’s glaringly obvious. So the wonky leaves remain.I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block Six

Your turn!

Head over to SandyStar Designs to get the pattern. Make your block, and you can enter to win:


Once you’ve finished up your Christmas quilt-a-long block, you can choose one of three ways to enter the drawing for the prize package of a signed copy of The 4″ x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology by Carol Hopkins and a quilt pattern from designer Jennifer Fulton of The Inquiring Quilter! The deadline for entering is 11:59 pm EDT (US) on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Link your blog post featuring the finished block to the linky party, OR
  2. Post your finished block on the quilt-a-long Facebook group page, OR
  3. Post your finished block on Instagram with the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal.

We encourage you to post and share your completed block as much as you’d like, but it will only count as one entry into the prize drawing.

I can’t wait to see your Christmas quilt-a-long block!

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8 Replies to “I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long–Block Seven

  1. I love your block! The fabrics are so modern and fresh, and your fabric selections were so careful. That black background–I crave it! Love how the lined fabrics look in the leaves! I don’t see any wonkiness. Honest. And using the back side of the fabric–why not? You pay for both sides after all!

  2. Your block turned out great. I love that you share your mistake, and I do agree that leaves are not symmetrical in nature, so go with it! You also show one of those things so many of us forget about – that the back of the fabric works as well. Great job.

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