Christmas in June ~I Wish You A Merry QAL

Last July, I joined my first quilt along. Thanks to Abbie at Sparkle On!,for the invitation and encouragement to join the I Wish You a Merry QAL. I learned quite a bit of different techniques with this quilt. As I made each block, I experienced a lot of special childhood memories of Christmas. I entitled this quilt, Traditional Christmas. Mom use to have different sets of Christmas decorations. My favorite was her traditional Christmas, which included many of the ornaments from my childhood.
There are two blocks that I chose to make instead of two from the QAL. The Christmas cocoa mug is from a block pattern in Block a Day by Lucinda Ganderton. The stocking block is one that I designed myself.


The center Christmas lights block is one of the QAL blocks.

I Wish You A Merry QAL…Done!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The weather has been cold and wet all day.
The Christmas music has been playing.
Since I will not be able to work on projects tomorrow, I went ahead and finished piecing the Christmas QAL.
It will be some time before I can get it to my friend to longarm, but that’s okay.
Joining the QAL was a fun experience for me.
The designers provided creative and challenging blocks.
The star block kicked my bottom.
Someday, I will make another attempt to piece this star.
I substituted three blocks from the QAL with blocks that I thought added a personal touch to my quilt.
I loved seeing the different interpretations of the same block from all over the world.
It was enjoyable to see and have conversations with all these people on Facebook.
I have been working on this quilt since August, and this is the longest it has ever taken me to finish a product. It is nice to have ongoing projects.
These last few days of working on this quilt has brought back many memories of Christmas Past.
Thanks to all the creative people involved in this QAL.
Thank you, Abbie , for extending the invitation to join this group.
Abbie, your Christmas quilt is beautiful…so bright and cheery.

You may not be able to see the “tinsel” effect on the sashing.
I thought it added a Christmas touch.