I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 6, Angel Block

Sandy Healy of Sandra Healy Designs created this block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-Along and let me say, it was super fun to make.  Her tutorial can be found at Angel block.

Picking fabrics continues to be fun and challenging.  I want each of the blocks to be “just right”.  I loved the red and white smaller squares I chose, yet finding the 9 1/2 inch square was elusive!  If you remember from my 4th blocks, I had tried a black polka dot fabric with reds and greens.  It had fit with the other blocks nicely, but I struggled that it didn’t fit with the overall Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge palate.   Below I played with black/white photo to test contrast.  While I loved the reindeer background, it didn’t wow me.

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So lo and behold, that black fabric with the multi colored dots was the only one that popped my ‘angel turned elf’, and so it found its home in Block 6.


I am using the quilt as I go method, so after using the applique method to adorn my elf, I used the darning foot to add her curly hair, eyes and mouth then switched over to a zig zag stitch for her hat and boots before straight-lining her arms, legs, dress, bracelets and the star.

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I still have to do overall background quilting on the block.   I am challenged in thinking through how these QAYG blocks will actually get pieced together.  I’ve studied a couple of tutorials and suffice it to say, I may have opted out of trying the QAYG method if I had researched it earlier.  It feels daunting at the moment though I’m sure it will be a great learning experience.

A quick recap of a few of the earlier blocks (which can be found here):

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8 thoughts on “I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 6, Angel Block

  1. Oh, your elf is wonderful! I love the sweet face and cute hat! Your fabric selections for all you blocks look great! I have to remember to try the black and white photo method for tone and contrast, it really works!


    1. Thank you for your thoughts on fabric selection! I really struggle with fabric and color…or shall I say in a more positive way am practicing fabric and color technique one block at a time? 🙂 This QAL has my heart and every block is just perfect for the Merry season coming upon us!

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