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Today’s your lucky day–TWO blocks get released! Make sure to check out Block Four so you can get started on both of them.

But for now, here’s Block Three!

Laura over at Slice of Pi Quilts designed a fantastic Santa block–it’s super cute, and it’s super simple to put together! Isn’t it amazing how just a few rectangles of a few colors can evoke such an iconic image?

I used:

If you’re trying to use the same background for every block (and your background isn’t red), there’s enough room here to trim down the block and add a border. Just make sure to trim off 1/4 inch LESS than the width of the desired border and ADD 1/4 inch more to the border fabric. For a 2″ border, for example, you would trim 1.75″ from the block and cut a 2.25″ wide border before stitching with a quarter-inch seam allowance.

Your turn!

Head over to Slice of Pi Quilts to get the pattern. Make your own Santa belt block, and you can enter to win:

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Special Discount Alert!

Make Modern magazine is offering 25% off all single issues and bundles for ALL I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long participants! Use the code MerryQAL2017 (expires March 1, 2018). This code won’t work for subscriptions, but I’m here to tell you (and I’m not paid to do so) that a subscription is totally worth the price! As an online-only magazine, you get a LOT of terrific content for a much lower price than a print magazine can offer.

Once you’ve finished up your quilt-a-long Santa block, you can choose one of three ways to enter the drawing for the prize package of a six-month subscription to Make Modern magazine AND one pdf pattern of your choice from Cooking Up Quilts! The deadline for entering is 11:59 pm EDT (US) on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Link your blog post featuring the finished block to the Slice of Pi 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 quilt-a-long Santa belt block!

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Patterns are free until 1/16/2018.

Quilt-A-Long Introduction

Quilt-A-Long Block One

Quilt-A-Long Block Two








7 Replies to “I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long–Block Three

  1. You’re right about a few rectangles making an iconic image. I looked at it and immediately saw Santa’s big belly! Very cute block!

  2. Becca, I love seeing all your blocks together. They are looking fantastic! I am not hosting but as a designer thinking I’ll do a catchup entry on all 4 blocks in the next day or two! This is a nice entry.

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