I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes
Welcome to Week 1 Block 1 of the Quilt Along. It has been so much fun designing for this quilt along and who doesn’t love Christmas.
Without further ado, here is block 1. A snowflake, I just could not resist making a snowflake. You see where I live in South Africa our Christmas falls in summer. And I would absolutely love to see a snow white Christmas.
For the snowflake I decided to design an applique pattern. It is super simple and easy to make.
You can download the pattern here. Plus clicking on the picture above will take you to the download page as well.
I have put together a tutorial for you to make it easier to follow the instructions.
First you need to cut a 12 ½ inch square for the background. Because this is an applique block it will shrink a bit once appliqued, so cut your square slightly bigger. You can always trim the block down once you are finished.
Cut a 13 inch square of background fabric.
Iron out any wrinkles, then press your square into quarters, I will explain this a little later.
I chose to use raw edge applique.
Place your choice of applique paper (I used fusible applique) on top of the Snowflake template, you should be able to see through the paper or use a light table or press the paper and pattern to a window so that the light shines through.
Trace the patterns on the applique paper with a pencil. Then roughly cut out the pieces, ready to be ironed onto fabric.
Placing the glue side down onto the back of your chosen fabric. Iron it down with dry heat.
Make sure the glue has melted and that the paper is sticking to the fabric.
Cut out all the different shapes using your paper scissors, not your special fabric scissors. This will dull the edge of your fabric scissors.
Once all the pieces are cut out, you can start assembling the pattern.
Normally you will started from the bottom and work your way to the top piece.
Here I decided to place the center white circle down first.
DO NOT iron this yet. Just press down gently on the circle to keep it in place.
See you the quarter lines are coming in handy now.
I used the lines to center the circle nicely.
Place the the inner red circle and finger press it down to hold it in place.
Now place all the inner blades down, pushing the tip of the blade underneath the bigger circle to hold them in place.
I started to place the first one with it’s one edge ¼ inch from one of the creased lines in the background fabric. Continue laying them out.
Then place the larger blades down. Start with the four pieces that will fall on the crease lines. Making sure the top and bottom points are lying right on the crease line. Slip it down in between two smaller blades, until there is just a tiny space left between the smaller and larger blades.
Then place the last four blades. And you finished the pattern. Lightly press with your iron.Additional steps.
I decided to make this quilt with the quilt as you go method.
You could decide to applique the pattern down, by hand or by machine using a zig zag or satin stitch.
I will be using a satin stitch for most of the applique on my machine, once my block is finished I sandwich it and use the satin stitch on my machine. This way I am quilting the block as I am appliqueing the pattern pieces.
To start I have cut some scrap batting lying around in my batting bin. I found two pieces that will work for this block and just need to stitch the together. There are many different ways to put scrap batting together. Using a very loose, large zig zag, I just pull the two edges together on my machine and zig zag all the way.
Sandwich you backing, the batting and your block together and lightly baste them together.
You could use spray baste or pins, whichever is easiest for you. I chose pin basting, as the block is so small.
Stitch the bottom circle first.
Then all the smaller blades.
Now the larger blades.
That inner circle need red thread, I think.
This is what the back looks like.
I wanted the stitches to show up on the back, looking good.
You could use invisible thread so that none of your stitches will show up on the front or the back.
Snip of all your threads.
And there you have the finished block, already quilted, using an applique stitch on the machine.
I might add some more quilting, once all the blocks have been put together.
You can download this tutorial right here.
Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.
Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting
Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to wind these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.
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Have a happy crafty and sewing week.
Whenever I take part in a quilt along, the hosts always ask for a Signature Block. It is in no way compulsory, it is for those who would like to send one to the designer. And to be honest, the quilt along I have been taking part in, the patterns are always free, so it is a big pleasure to send the designer / host a signature block.
So what do the designers to with the signature blocks?
Well, you can turn them into a memory quilt. How awesome!
That’s why, when I ran my very first quilt along last year, (Fantastic Beasts) I decided to do the same thing. I chose a simple paper pieced block. The participants can choose any fabric choices regarding color and pattern and put their name, place where they stay and the Quilt Along name.
And as you can see from my photo above, that is the layout I was thinking of using for my memory quilt.
The blocks have been arriving from all over the world. I love how it is looking already.
Some of the really awesome participants, even added some really cool extras in their packages, which was a complete surprise.
Here is some close ups of some of the blocks I have received. At the moment, I could get away with a wall hanging or a table topper. And that is OK. I know that there is some more on the way, which is great.
I am sure I had more photo’s but these is the ones I have for now. Will add the rest when I find them.
What I was thinking with these signature blocks, would be to continue on with them through to the end of this year, as I will be running my second Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along from September to end December 2017. Anyone taking part in the second quilt along is welcome to send me a signature block then.
Did you miss the first quilt along?
Here is a link to the patterns on Fandom in Stitches
And here on my Fantastic Beasts Page
There is people joining every day.
As mentioned at the 1 photo, Gail Conner, one of my participants sent me a block a couple of week before she passed away after a long illness.
Her family let me know, and it was a blow. I only knew her through the Facebook group, but everyone is always chatting and sharing there, that everyone feels like family.
For any of her family who might be reading this post, my sincere condolences for your loss.
You can find me on Facebook
Hope everyone has a wonderful crafty week, see you next time.
It is sad to say, that the second half of 2016 flew by so fast, I hardly had time to post patterns and tutorials.
From September to this past Wednesday I was super busy running a quilt along which was hosted by Fandom in Stitches. I blogged and posted a LOT on FIS and the Facebook page for Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along, and did not have time for my own site. This will be corrected asap. And should not have happened, but I did learn a lot from this Quilt Along, even though I prepared for it for a year, I was still not prepared. AT ALL!
You can find the link to the archive here.
The good thing is, I DID learn a lot from this experience and will be running BOM and QAL here a lot now and I have LOADS of ideas, which I really hope you will love and join in.
I have a couple of patterns just about ready to be released, look out for these coming out in the next couple of weeks.
What did I finish off this year? Good question.
WOW, I honestly didn’t think I finished so many projects 2016, not bad at all. If I have to say so myself.
Some pictures of finished quilts
So onto my plans for next year.
First, I have seen a lot of other quilters talk about the UFO lists, and let me tell you I was shocked to find out how long my list is. Filled up with half finished quilt alongs and blocks of the months from other quilters.
So I have the restricted myself to only one Quilt Along or BOM for 2017 from another quilter. More about that later.
The UFO list has been whittled down to 12, as I am determined to finish at least 1 UFO per month.
Here is the 2017 UFO list I WILL finish.
(with the year it was started)
Alright my friends, that was just the short list. I would like to get more done than that, and will attempt more from the lists below if I get time, as I am busy with a bunch of new patterns to be released. Some free, some for sale.
So the FULL list looks like this
Fandom Quilts UFO list
What a list, and it is way to long.
This is why I have named next year, 2017 Year of the UFO
Have a great new Years and will see everyone next year. I am hopefully posting a new pattern this weekend, it depends on how many visitors we have. If not, first week of January 2017.
Live Long and Prosper
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First I need to say a very big thank you to Amy Warner of Sew Incredibly Crazy and Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew for organizing another fantastic event. There has been a lot of hard work planning and gathering sponsors for this row along. And I can’t thank you enough.
Plus we must not forget any of the bloggers and quilters who has designed a row for this row along, they are all beautiful rows, and I wish I had the time to sew all of the rows.
Now for my row.
When this Row Along came along with the theme “The Road Home” it brought up so many images in my brain, the options to choose from was huge. But in the end I chose the beach. It is my favorite place, the ocean makes me feel calm and I just love the water.
And my home town is in Amanzimtoti in South Africa.
This is my row
Clicking on the photo will take you to my Craftsy store to download this pattern, it will be free forever.
The row is 12 x 40″ excluding the seam allowance and paper pieced.
I know it looks a little scary, but if you follow the sewing order and have a little patience, you could easily make this row.
Here is my progress, sewing this row together.
This is the image of the row after I finished designing the row.
I broke the row down into 4 blocks to make it easier to piece together, the black lines shows where the block was broken down further. The pattern will show you exactly how to sew everything together and in what order.
First I cut out all of the pattern pieces, and used a color pencil to color all the bits using the color chart, that is provided in the pattern.
These were all the separate bit for block 1
Block 1 finished
Block 2 was easy
Block 3, the helicopter and volleyball net is sewn separate and then attached to each other.
And lastly block 4
After the 4 blocks is sewn together
Now I need to mention, that my favorite sewing tool of all time, is the add an 1/8 ruler, this is perfect for making those seams as small as possible, to lessen the bulk around those seams. I do think, that I would not be able to live without my little ruler.
I also use my rotary cutter a lot, I tend to wait a little to long before replacing the blade on it, and then tend to cut bits of my finger off, well nearly.
My sewing machine is an 80 year old Bernina with straight and zigzag stitches only. I do all of my quilting on it as well with no trouble at all, and that includes king sized bed quilts. And it happens to weigh a lot, don’t even ask me why I would mention that.
Now for the awesome bit of the post, the prizes.
Please comment below and enter the competition for these fantastic prizes available today and be sure to visit the other bloggers in the Row Along to enter their competitions as well.
a Rafflecopter giveawayThis prize is for US entrants only.
And last but not least the schedule of bloggers and links to where you can find them. Please go and look at all the patterns available on their blogs, and they are all free to download for the duration of the Row Along.
Show ‘N Tell Day
Oh yes! Please look at what is coming up on 5 October.
Come and join us in our Facebook page for this event here
You can also find me in my Facebook group here
LLAP – “dif-tor heh smusma”
The latest Star Trek patterns has now been uploaded to the Star Trek pattern download page, here.
There are some new ones and some corrected ones on the page, and the newest most exciting patterns set for me, is the Vulcan Insignia, now all complete. I just love how those ones finished off.
Tomorrow I am releasing my complete Vulcan Script (Alphabet) set for the Star Trek Series. It has been revealed on Fandom in Stitches already, here.
Look out for the download on the Star Trek page tomorrow for the Vulcan Script set.
It had been quiet on the blog writing front, as I have been so busy getting the Vulcan Script patterns designed and tested. Plus I am on the last stretch of planning and finalizing for the Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along coming up in October 2016. Fabric requirements will be posted in the next couple of week. So keep a lookout for that.
In between all of that, we had some severe flooding here, and tornadoes, we personally did not have to much damage to our house, just “rained” a bit inside two off the bedrooms, and there was some major cleanup to do after that. There were quite a few families in our community that had lost their home completely.
Now that all off the personal distasters have been sorted out and I am on track with all the quilting events planning. There will be more regular post on new pattern being released. Star Trek patterns are still very much on the go and I will continue pumping those out, as much as I can in between other projects.
Till next time.
LLAP – “dif-tor heh smugma”
(Click on the image above to download this pattern)
Here we have another TNG (The Next Generation) pattern, Worf’s Bat’leth.
According to Klingon mythology, the first bat’leth was forged by Kahless the Unforgettable in the 9th century. Kahless cut a lock of his hair and dropped it into the lava of the Kri’stak volcano, then plunged the burning lock into the Lake of Lusor and twisted it into a blade. After forging the weapon, he used it to fight the tyrant Molor, and then gave it its name. This story was not recorded in public texts, but was passed down verbally by the Klingon clerics as a test of Kahless’ return. (TNG: “Rightful Heir“)
The Sword of Kahless was preserved by the Klingons following Kahless’ death, until it was stolen by the Hur’q when they plundered Qo’noS about five hundred years after his death. (DS9: “The Sword of Kahless“)
Worf owned a bat’leth that had been in his family for ten generations. After his mate K’Ehleyr was murdered by Duras, Worf used this weapon to kill Duras in honorable combat. (TNG: “Reunion“)
During his time aboard the USS Enterprise-D, Worf trained both William T. Riker and Beverly Crusher in the use of the bat’leth. (TNG: “The Quality of Life“, “The Pegasus“) (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com)
Welcome back to another Star Trek pattern!
This pattern is the Borg Queen from Star Trek, she appears in several episodes of The Next Generation and Voyager, and in the movie First Contact.
The pattern is the perfect size for a wall hanging, but can easily be turned into a small quilt with some borders.
My friend Jennifer Ofenstein loves Star Trek just as much as I do, so this was the perfect gift to make.
Some of you might know, that Jennifer is the blog owner for Fandom in Stitches, where I design and write posts. And she has become a really good friend, plus she share the same birthday month as me.
So when I made this quilt, it was a bit of tongue in cheek reference here to Fandom and Stitches as the collective and Jennifer as the Borg Queen.
(Please take note! The words in the quilt is not included in the pattern, if you would like them, please message me in the contact form below and I will gladly make up a pattern for the words.)
Just for fun, I am including my video to Jennifer about the wall hanging and Jennifer’s video where she shares the gift with us.
This is me!
And this is Jennifer our FIS Queen
And the Borg Queen
Have an awesome crafty week.
This cute pattern was designed with someone in mind who loves them.
Her name is Amber, and she is my official pattern tester. Amber has an extensive collection of Cabbage Patch Dolls, so when I was thinking of what to make her, the answer was obvious.
This one is from the Forest Friends Series, the Frog.
I just love how this pattern worked out. Orange, green and blue is Amber’s favorite colors, making the decision on which doll to make much easier. I scrolled through all the dolls, until I found one with those colors, wallah. Done.
The blue and orange fabric is from the Fairy Frost range in Robert Kauffman fabric collections. The other colors were from my stash, and I would not be able to tell you their brand or make.
Just for fun I am including the video where I talked about this pattern and my reasons for making it. And a video from Amber sharing the wall hanging with us.
This is me!
And this is Amber!
I hope you like this pattern, let me know if you make it, I would love to see it.
These patterns can also be found on
The is the newest pattern made for a request.
The lady, Jo, is making a Harry Potter quilt for her son, and wanted this faceted Philosophers Stone, to add to the patterns.
The pattern is 10 inches finished, and paper pieced.
The patterns are colored, to make it easier to sew the pattern.
You can see from Jo’s block, that she chose to make the bottom a book, but this can be left as the background as well.
This is an ongoing project hosted by Fandom in Stitches
The original quilt along happened in 2011 and revitalized in 2015, and there is still people joining up to today, starting from the first block. So it seams to be a never ending quilt along.
This faceted stone will be published on Fandom in Stitches in the next couple of week, date to be announced.
For more fantastic patterns based on Harry Potter and much more visit Fandom in Stitches.
Voldemort: Harry Potter. We meet again.
Till next time.