I Wish You a Merry QAL Block #7 Release!

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long

Block #7 “Poinsettia” is brought to you by the talented Sandy Maxfield of SandyStar Designs where you will find the complete block pattern and tutorial.

“Poinsettia” by Sandy Maxfield

When I saw Sandy’s block, I loved it so much as it was that I decided to follow her chosen color palette.

The block is pieced with half square triangles, quarter square triangles and squares. I found Sandy’s pattern instructions straightforward and easy to follow.

My Tips:

I always read through the entire pattern first, so I have a good understanding of how it is going to be assembled.

Make sure to follow the diagram when joining your green/white triangles to the red or pink ones.  I goofed the first time and with a 50/50 chance of lining them up right, well let’s just say I was in need of my seam ripper.

When I finished my block, I found what I thought was a magical accident that occurred on the back. In the center there was a perfect little pinwheel that pressed flat! What are the odds of that?

Spinning Seams

I asked my fellow hostesses and Bobbi told me the odds can be 100% every time! April had learned it from the teachings of  Eleanor Burns and Sherry provided this great tutorial from Purple Daisies Quilting. Thank you Ladies!

You can add a center applique to your block if you like. I am still deciding whether I will or not, right now I am just so pleased to look at how nice my center points all come together ;) It will be so fun to see what everyone comes up with for their individual flower!

I have already made a second block for a pillow for my mother who loves Poinsettia. Poinsettia by SandyStar Designs

I never knew; Poinsettias, also called the Christmas Star, are native plants of Mexico.
As a Mexican legend has it, a child wanting to bring a gift to church, gathered some humble weeds to place at the alter on Christmas Eve. As the congregation watched, the weeds turned into brilliant red and green flowers before their eyes.~telaflora.com

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 SandyStar Designs *Block #7 designer
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece

The prize for Block #7 includes a signed copy of The 4″ by 5″ Quilt Block Anthology by Carol Hopkins and a PDF pattern of your choice by Jennifer Fulton of The Inquiring Quilter.

Be sure to enter your chance to win both prizes by posting a photo of your finished block on:

  1. I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group
  2. Instagram, be sure to include the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal in your photo comment.
  3. 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 October 10th and runs through 11:59 PM October 23th. 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!

Today, October 10th, two blocks were released #7 and #8. So, on October 24th mystery block #9 will be revealed! 

~Abbie ✨

***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.


20 thoughts on “I Wish You a Merry QAL Block #7 Release!

  1. Your block came out perfect! I can see why you are waiting to add the center. I’d flood the Interne with that perfect center! Great tip about the QSTs. Mine came out ok so I didn’t think about it, but you’re right it would be easy to get it wrong. Glad you pointed that out–you’ve saved people from a lot of seam ripping!

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  2. I never heard the poinsettia story before – a great addition to the QAL. Your block looks fab and I’ll be curious to see if you do add anything, Abbie.

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