I Wish You a Merry QAL

The end is near for this Christmas QAL.
There is one more block to be released.
I think it might be a stocking block, because a Christmas quilt needs a stocking.
I will wait for the posting of the 12th block before I make my own stocking block.

There are some blocks that did not turn out as well as I would have liked and I am planning on making some of my own designs to replace these.
I already substituted a Dresden wreath for the QAL star block.
Block 11 was a pretty star;but I just wasn’t up to figuring out the directions.
I made my own star block, and did not like it at all.

Once again, I chose the wrong fabric for the star.
And this star design does not look like a Christmas star.

Today, I made a Christmas coffee/cocoa mug.
I used the pattern design by Lucinda Ganderton.

I also tried to fix up the lantern block.
The background I chose was too similar and too much.
I almost pitched the whole block; but then Mary, from Zippy Quilts, gave some good suggestions for improvement.
Thank you, Mary.

The candle does make a difference.
But, I might still use this for a pillow cover.
I am not happy with the snowflake block, the angel block (I made some changes from the QAL angel block.)
Some of the blocks I may want to add or substitute are : a cardinal, peppermint candy cane or Christmas candy, and bell. I have enough sashing fabric to add a third row, but I think I will keep it at 12.

This is what is on the design wall:

I cut blocks for the backing, using the remnants of the Christmas fabric I used for the front.
The keyboard borders are pieced; and the 4 corner squares andΒ  20 end corners are cut.
I have been putting off cutting the sashing because for some reason, it is the least favorite thing to do.

I am wearing my Grinch shirt today.
Maybe that is why I am being so grumpy about this quilt.

I’ll wear my snowflake shirt tomorrow…maybe it will help me be happy and flaky.

11 thoughts on “I Wish You a Merry QAL

    1. Thanks. I don’t know what it is about following directions that I find difficult. As a teacher, I would always tell my students to read the directions first. I do read directions. I just don’t always follow them.

  1. It is frustrating when our hopes and plans for quilt don’t turn out the way we wanted. I think the changes you have made and the ones you are thinking sound wonderful! I am looking forward to seeing how your quilt turns out! πŸ™‚

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