I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes


I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

Hi everyone,

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.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

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.

Tutorial to make the Snowflake block

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.

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

Cut out all the different shapes using your paper scissors, not your special fabric scissors. This will dull the edge of your fabric scissors.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

Place the the inner red circle and finger press it down to hold it in place.

Step 7:

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.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

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

Let us not forget the prizes!

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.

Our lucky winner will receive the Sugar Plum Christmas thread collection from Aurifil, and a digital pattern from Quilt in Piece. The giveaway is open to participants worldwide.

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Have a happy crafty and sewing week.



Startup Library Quilting


Startup Library Quilting

Last week I was given the absolutely fantastic opportunity to gain access to Christa Watson’s new class on Craftsy called Startup Library: Quilting. Plus she gave me a coupon code to give all of you for 50% off the class price.

If you are looking at learning to Quilt or am a beginner at quilting and looking to learn more skills, this is the class for you.

I was very impressed at the comprehensive list of subjects Christa covered in this 6 hour long class. The class is broken up in 14 lessons, than can be paused, slowed down or sped up. Plus you can access the class at any time.

Christa cover a everything you need to know, from

  • Fabric and tools: the different types of fabric out there, which is best, what tools you will need to use in piecing and quilting your quilt. Plus starching methods.
  • Getting to know you machine and what it does for you.
  • Patterns, what to expect and how to read them plus she covers common quilting terminology, which can be confusing at times. Christa also talks about choosing your projects wisely, to ensure you get a pattern that fits your level of experience, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
  • Cutting: The scary bit for most people. Christa talks about rulers and rotary cutter, and how to use them effectively to accurately cut your fabric.
  • Sewing: Oh, now this is where the sewing comes in. Included in the class is a pattern for a beautiful quilt called Friendship Stars. Now don’t worry the quilt looks complicated, but it is super easy to make. In the class, Christa show you step by step how to make this quilt, from cutting and sewing the blocks together. Finishing up the quilt top and adding some borders.

  • Backing and batting: she cover all the different types of batting available to use and different ways to make you backing from a single piece to a pieced backing.
  • Basting: this is the part I always dread. Christa talks about the spray-basting method for this quilt. With lots of tips and tricks.
  • QUILTING: This is where a lot of people’s quilt tops become a UFO (Unfinished Object) in the cupboard. Or they send it off to a long arm quilter. Christa teaches you how to quilt your own quilt on your normal everyday sewing machine. She has a couple of different patterns she will show you how to quilt.
  • Binding: Congratulate yourself, you have made your very own quilt from beginning to end. Now to bind it. Christa shows you how to make you own binding and how to sew it on.

Here is a direct link to the class on Craftsy with the 50% discount.  You can find Christa Watson on her website here.

Have a happy Crafty week.


Vanda Chittenden


I wish you a Merry Christmas Quilt Along


I wish you a Merry Christmas Quilt Along

Hi everyone,

Here is my introductory post for the first of many events coming up in the next 5 months.

I am so excited to share this Quilt Along with you, because this quilt is going to be finished BEFORE Christmas.

The Quilt Along starts August 1st.

Every other Tuesday, a new FREE 12″ quilt block pattern and tutorial will be released. If you complete the block before the next pattern release, then you will be entered to win some AMAZING prizes! There are bi-weekly prizes and a mega grand prize too!

Join the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group to join the party! Designers will post links to the tutorials there, so that is your best way to not miss a single post! You can also ask questions and post pictures of your blocks as you complete them to be entered to win the prizes!

All the bloggers that are participating in the QAL met through the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. There are 11 bloggers that have designed blocks.

They are:

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery

Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs

Sandy at Sandy Star Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Sola at Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.

Vanda at Quilt in Piece – This is me.


In addition, some bloggers will be sewing along and making every block too! These quilt-a-long hosts will share tips and tricks for each block, plus you’ll get to see the same block in many different fabrics! These bloggers will be there every step of the way to encourage you to finish the quilt too!


Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery

Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Sandy at Sandy Star Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Vanda at Quilt in Piece – This is me.


Questions and answers.

Do you have to make every block?

No! You don’t have, but it would be awesome if you do. This is laid back and meant to be fun! Make the ones you want! You will be eligible to win the bi-weekly prize for each block you complete.

Is this for experienced quilters only?

Definitely not! The quilt along is for everybody! Every block is unique and uses various techniques. That’s why we started a Facebook group – so we can all help each other be successful! Whether you’re new or seasoned, I’m sure you’ll find this an exciting and fun experience!

Can you see the blocks beforehand?

Nope! We are only releasing one block at a time. This way is more fun, nearly like a MYSTERY!

Who can participate?

You! The bloggers are scattered all across the globe, so we hope to have participants from many countries around the world too! International participants are eligible for all the prizes too! Isn’t that just fantastic.

Can I still participate if I’m not on Facebook?

Absolutely! If you’re on Instagram, use #iwishyouamerryqal to be entered to win. Each designer will also have a linky party on their block post so you can link up blog posts or Flickr photos. If you want to sew along, we will find a way!

What are the prizes?

There are so many! It’s best to keep an eye on the Facebook group, as we will begin sharing the prizes there soon! Just some of the prizes include

You won’t want to miss a single week!

How much fabric do you need?

The amount of fabric you will need depends on your fabric choices and how you decide to lay out the blocks. The blocks will each be 12″ finished (12 1/2″ unfinished) and there will be 12 of them. You might be able to make the whole quilt from fabrics you have in your stash!

If you choose to make a lap size quilt with all 12 blocks and use a classic 3″ lattice with 6″ border for the layout, then you will need approximately 1 1/4 yd. for the lattice strips, 1 1/4 yd. for the border, 3 1/2 yd. for the backing, and 2/3 yd. for the binding. However, these are approximate yardages and depend on the exact size of your lattice and borders.

I am thinking of going just from the stash for this one.

Ok, you want to do it! Now what?


  • First, join the Facebook group so you’ll know when each block is released.
  • Second, gather the fabrics you might want to use for your quilt. The quilt-a-long starts August 1st!
  • Lastly, invite your friends! Share the quilt-a-long graphic on Instagram and use #iwishyouamerryqal. Share this blog post or a post from the Facebook group on your own Facebook account and in your quilty groups. A party’s more fun with friends!

Which techniques will be used?

There will be pieced and applique blocks. And can make just the pieced or just the applique blocks. We are making 1 of each of the 12 blocks, but you could choose your favorite and make more than 1 each.

How long will the patterns be free?

For the duration of the Quilt Along, so download the patterns while you can.

I look forward to seeing you joining in the fun.

Look out for my post on 1 August 2017 with the very first pattern.


Vanda Chittenden

2017 Year of the UFO


2017 Year of the UFO

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.

2017 Year of the UFOHere are some pictures from the Quilt Along

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.

  1. Micky Mouse Quilt for Nephew
  2. Minnie Mouse Quilt for Niece
  3. Personalized t shirts for Nephew
  4. Teddy Bear Quilt for expecting mum
  5. The Road home row along table runner
  6. Butterfly embroidered pillow slip for mum
  7. BB8 wall hanging
  8. Star Trek Borg Queen Wall Hanging
  9. Pumpkin Patch Forest Frog Wall Hanging
  10. Duck Pond and Fishies baby quilt
  11. Smart Phone Quilt for mom and dad
  12. Summer Camping Quilt top
  13. Bonsai tree wall hanging
  14. The Final Frontier Table Runner
  15. Seat covers for 4 chairs
  16. curtains
  17. recovered old lounge suite
  18. loads of pillow slips
  19. Duvet covers/bed linen
  20. Multiple patterns
  21. I feel like there was more finished items, but I can’t think of what they were.

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)

  1. Star Trek Quilt – blocks finished, complete the quilt top – 2016
  2. My Favorite Things (Jennifer Ofenstein – Sewhooked) – finish up the blocks and the quilt top – 2016
  3. X- Files quilt along ((Jennifer Ofenstein – Fandom in Stitches) – finished blocks and quilt top – 2016
  4. Sunbonnet Sue Block of the month (Marian Pena – Seams to be Sew) – finish blocks and quilt top – 2016
  5. Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along – Mine – finish blocks and quilt top – 2016
  6. Large Hexie Quilt – Aunt gave to me 2016 – started 1986
  7. Eagle Quilt – Designed – make quilt top – 2016
  8. Dragons Quilt – designed – make quilt top – 2016
  9. Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along 2 – Started designing – need to finish designing and make blocks and finish the quilt top by September 2017
  10. Sampler FMQ – Finish practicing all the lessons – learning to fmq – 2016
  11. Jersey – OK this is not a quilt. But I got an unfinished jersey from my late aunt, and it just needs its last cuff on the sleeve to be able to use it. – 2015
  12. Paper pieced house mug rug – Done, just needs binding – 2015

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

  • Dark Art Project of Doom
  • 2nd Smart Phone Quilt
  • Shopkins Patterns ???? Not sure if I will continue with this
  • Surprise Star Trek Quilt Along planned for 2018
  • One Piece Manga Quilt
  • FQAL Signature block quilt
  • 2017 Vintage quilt from Sewhooked
  • Autumn Panel wall hanging
  • Heart is where the home is applique wall hanging
  • water color trees by the lake wall hanging
  • velvet wood cabin painting panel
  • Quilted Christmas Stocking x 2
  • Quilted Christmas Apron
  • Herb Embroidery Panel
  • Embroidered calico flower pattern
  • Nine patch Table Runner
  • Fabric painted lavender table setting
  • Ribbon Embroidered flower panel
  • B/w Pinwheel / log cabin blocks
  • Fix granny square knitted heirloom
  • Orphan blocks
  • T shirt quilt
  • Denim Quilt
  • Postage stamp quilt
  • Summer Sensations camp quilt
  • Seasons row along
  • Houses quilt
  • Cute whale quilt
  • Orange and white geometric quilt pattern
  • Therapy quilt
  • a fresh snow blog hop
  • Play with me
  • handbag
  • The Sharks quilt
  • The Sharks mug rug
  • Star for Stella
  • Halloween quilt
  • Eye ball quilt
  • Mosaic quilt
  • Craftsy class quilt
  • kitty quilt
  • doggy quilt
  • Quilt Doodle
  • Craftsy bom
  • Hogwarts crests
  • tiny zipper pouches
  • medallion quilt
  • Flower pot quilt
  • 3d steps quilt
  • 365 Sampler
  • Bear quilt
  • Pieced Hexies
  • Perfect pairs
  • Ocean bom

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





Completed Smartphone Quilt


Completed Smartphone Quilt

It is done, finally! It took a couple of months, but here she is on all her glory.

Completed Smartphone Quilt

All these patterns and much, much more is still available for free on Fandom in Stitches in the link below.

Completed Smartphone Quilt

There are several layouts to choose from as well, in the end my mom decided in the Ipad layout, as this quilt is for her. And she is completely addicted to her Ipad.

You can still join in with the quilt along. Even though it “ended in December”, there is still people joining in and starting their quilts.

And some closeups of all the blocks that went into the quilt.

There will be a second quilt, and has been added to my list of things to do. But not right now, as I have to finish off some current bom’s and qal’s.

Plus I need to finish preparing for my Fantastic Beasts quilt along starting in October.

Fantastic Beasts

I will keep a database here, and you can follow the quilt along from here as well. But the main event will be hosted by Fandom in Stitches.


Tomorrow I have some catch up blocks to show, from the My Favorite Things block of the month.

My Favorite Things


And lastly, but definitely not least, I have been working on a Romulan Pattern for my Star Trek Series. Hopefully I will have this one tested in the next week or two and then I will share it with all of you.





Celebrate International Craft Month


Celebrate International Craft Month

Celebrate International Craft Month

You can not imagine the excitement I felt, when I was included in the blog hop for International Quilting Month.

Here is the whole list of bloggers taking part in the event. Please go and visit everyone, you never know what you might find.

And don’t forget to leave and comment and enter your name in the Rafflecopter to win a prize. There are19 prizes to be won, the full list is available on Quiltshopgal. Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.


But what to do?

I wracked my head for weeks until it dawned on me, that I can share my inspiration. The whole reason why I am addicted to quilting, in particular paper piecing or foundation piecing as it is also called.

Did you know, that I only started quilting and paper piecing January 2015. It feels as though I have been quilting forever.

The quilt that got me started was a quilt along that started in January 2015, it was paper pieced and it was magical, to say the least. Never in my whole life, did I think I would be able to make any of the things that was posted.

Here is my finished project from The Project of Doom quilt along, a Harry Potter inspired Quilt.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Project of Doom, a Harry Potter inspired quilt.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Harry Potter inspired quilt, number 2

Jennifer Ofenstein is the mastermind behind these awesome patterns. And best of all, these patterns were shared with us for free.

Jennifer runs a website called Fandom in Stitches, where you can find all of these patterns, plus a lot more.  The website has any genre you can think of to satisfy any fandom, geek or nerd.

What is even more inspirational is a lot of these quilts are donated to the Linus Connection (their mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in our area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.) You can also find Jennifer on her own website Sewhooked.

This has also inspired me to work on my own quilt along, which is why I didn’t have time to make anything new for this hop.

I can’t show anything to do why my qal yet, but here is a blog button.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Now for the rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

See everyone soon and enjoy the blog hop.



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