Block #6 “Hanging Stars Angel block” is brought to you by the talented Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs, where you will find the complete block pattern and tutorial.
I used a Sharpie pen to trace the templates on the fusible web so it won’t bleed through to the fabric when ironing. Pencil is also a good choice.
I used Heat n Bond Lite to fuse the pieces to the background fabric. I always like the results I get when I use it.
I used a stabilizer. I don’t have much experience with stabilizers and decided to try Pellon Cut Away. I like this better than the tear away I tried on another project. I am curious to know what type you prefer for what type of applique?
I have never used sparkily thread before (gasp!) but decided it would be perfect for my Angel. Metallic thread has a reputation for being a bit tricky. Once I picked a needle with an opening that the thread easily fed through, the problem with it bunching up in the needle and breaking was resolved.
Instead of a button, I embroidered a little heart for her coif. It has been many years since I’ve embroidered and making the French knots eyes was a challenge until I watched this short tutorial on youtube and then voila, it was just like riding a bike! Even if you don’t need this tutorial, I recommend viewing because I think you will get a kick out of her manicure!
Sandra also has written a comprehensive guide for all things machine applique that you can also find on her blog; How to Machine Applique.
Sandra’s angel is just precious and so fun to make. I enjoyed going through my stash picking fabric for the patchwork border and my desire to do embroidery has been reawakened 😇
Please visit all the hostesses blogs to read their tips and see their completed blocks in a variety of fabric and color inspirations.
Abbie at Sparkle On ➡️ You are here :)
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Diane at cwilt
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen of Tu-na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at Sandy Star Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece
The prize for Block #6 includes a small fat quarter bundle from the “Blushing Blooms” collection from Island Batik and a PDF pattern of your choice from featured designer Sandra Healy’s shop. Also, Sandra is offering a 20% discount valid until midnight October 25th using the code MERRYQAL20 on her website shop only ( not valid on her Craftsy or Etsy stores).
Be sure to enter your chance to win both prizes by posting a pic of your finished block on:
- I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group
- On Instagram, be sure to include the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal in your photo comment.
- The linky party on the featured designer’s blog.
Entries are limited to one per person and the winner will receive both prizes! This block’s giveaway starts at 12:00 AM EDT September 26th and runs through 11:59 PM October 9th. The winner will be announced on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long Facebook page where you can see so many variations of each block as they are released and meet your fellow QAL participants!
*On October 10th two mystery blocks, #7 and #8, will be revealed!
***Anyone that completes a quilt top containing all twelve blocks from the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long will be entered to win a huge Grand Prize!!! You’ll have until January 15th 2018 to make a quilt top. The final block will be released December 5th.