Block #12 “Christmas Lights” is brought to you by the talented Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts where you will find the complete block pattern and tutorial. Laura is also the designer of Block #3, the endearing “Santa Belt.”
The light string is made with a piece of bias tape. You can use pre-made or make your own. Fabric cut on the bias has much more stretch and pliability to be able to shape your curving light string.
I decided to make mine by cutting the fabric on the bias. It has been a long while since I cut on the bias (back in the day when I sewed clothes) so for a good refresher (or beginner tutorial), I watched this video by Colleen G Lea. I straight stiched around both sides of the string.
I added a few more bulbs than the pattern showed and satin stitched around each with my sparkily thread. I just love how it looks!
Please visit the other hosts blogs to read their tips and see their pretty and fun string of lights:
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 atSlice of Pi Quilts *featured designer
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece
Enter your chance to win both prizes by posting a photo of your finished block on:
- I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group
- 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. This block’s giveaway starts at 12:00 AM EST December 5th and runs through December 11th 11:59 PM. The winner will be announced on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long Facebook page.
Just as Christmas lights are starting to appear all around neighborhoods and the December festivities begin, we are at the end of the QAL with a soon to be finished beautiful and unique quilt just at the right time!
Have fun! I can’t wait to see all your blocks alight!
The next post will be of our completed quilt tops.
***Anyone that completes a quilt top containing all twelve blocks by January 15th 2018 will be entered to win a final Grand Prize! **All quilt block patterns are free until the end of the QAL but most will return to a paid format as of January 16th.