Over in the Facebook group, some VERY clever quilters have had a blast sharing pics of their unique takes on each block. For block six, I decided to tweak the design just a little bit, too!
Sandra Healy put together an adorable angel block, and I wanted to make it my own without any significant changes to the construction or the design. The result? A slightly mischievous elf!
- gray (Stardust Dark Gray Metallic, Sleep Tight collection for Cotton + Steel)
- black (from Thicket by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics)
- gold (Glisten, Windham Fabrics)
- Washi (Tinsel Washi White, Cotton + Steel)
- greens (25th and Pine, Moda Fabrics)
- light blue (Add It Up, Cotton + Steel)
- red (Cherry Christmas, Moda Fabrics)
- tan (from the scrap bin)
- a tiny pompom from some trim I picked up in the Target dollar section, of all places
To change the angel to an elf, I printed out the template and traced the head, torso, and arms onto another piece of paper. I sketched in the legs, feet, and hat by using the skirt and hair as guidelines.
Because the elf doesn’t have wings, he has to have one foot on the “floor,” so I had to be aware of that when laying him out on the block. I started at the star so I could get the arm and hand placement right before laying out the torso, legs, and feet. I made some small adjustments, put down the head and hat, and applied the iron carefully to avoid shifting any of the pieces. (The tiny belt and hat band gave me a little trouble, but when they’re still warm it’s not hard to move them a tiny bit.)I straight-stitched everything down with Glitter thread and used black embroidery floss for the eyes. There’s a drop of Fray Check on the back of each French knot to make sure they stay secure. Finally, I pulled out the little package of pompom trim that I’d picked up months ago on a whim from Target and clipped off the first pompom to hand-stitch to the top of the hat.
This block was a lot of fun to make. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative takes on Sandra’s adorable angel!
This sassy elf still has no name. What should I call him?
Head over to Sandra Healy Designs to get the pattern. Make your block, and you can enter to win:
Special Discount Alert!
This week’s pattern designer, Sandra, is offering a 20% discount in her shop at Sandra Healy Designs until October 25, 2017. Just use the coupon code MERRYQAL20 at check-out!
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 small fat quarter bundle from the Island Batik Blushing Blooms collection and a quilt pattern from designer Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs! The deadline for entering is 11:59 pm EDT (US) on Monday, October 9, 2017.
Here’s how to enter:
- Link your blog post featuring the finished block to the linky party, OR
- Post your finished block on the quilt-a-long Facebook group page, OR
- 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!