I Wish You a Merry QAL Final Block Release #12!

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long

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.”

“Christmas Lights” by Laura Piland

My Tips:

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
Jennifer at
 The Inquiring Quilter
Karen of
Tu-na Quilts
Laura at
Slice of Pi Quilts *featured designer
Sandy at
SandyStar Designs
Sherry at
Powered by Quilting
Vanda at
Quilt in Piece


The prize for this block includes a 6 month subscription to Make Modern Magazine and a PDF pattern of your choice from SandyStar Designs (our Block #7 Poinsettia designer!)

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. 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!

~Abbie ✨

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.


11 thoughts on “I Wish You a Merry QAL Final Block Release #12!

Hi! Thank you for visiting and I would love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s