I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 7, Poinsettia

Sandy Maxfield of Sandy Star Designs created this Poinsettia for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-Along which was her second design for this QAL and it also was as fun as the first   (I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 6, Angel Block).

I mentioned with the last block in this QAL that picking fabrics continues to be fun and challenging.  I expanded out of my original fabric pull to create the poinsettia so as to have strong greens and reds.

I also chose to make the quarter half square triangles not by cutting the originals in half but placing a full square over them and sewing cross the original HST seam.  It worked fine until I realized that two of the squares QST opposites were backwards and I needed to rip them apart, but the idea had been to not have to sew on the bias.  Oh well.

Half Quarter Triangle

Here’s the first version of it…

Poinsettia v1.jpg

The block came out near perfect for me, hurrah!  Yet I had this nagging feeling the fabrics didn’t work as well together as I wanted them to with the selection from the other blocks.  Deja vu?  I had the same issue with the background on the angel.

Poinsettia Snoman Ornaments and Snowflake

Several of the Facebook participants in the QAL suggested to me that we have a few blocks left to make, where I could use some more of the new green and red fabric to pull the overall look together and others really liked the block and commented that their blocks were scrappy, using different fabrics.  I appreciate each of these perspectives, yet really felt the new fabrics were more traditional than I wanted for this particular quilt.

Yup I chose to redo it.  I thought I might make a pillow from the original but my husband wisely said you can always make another quilt next year.  Also, what a great excuse to use more fabric up!  I am quite happy with the results.  Funny that the remake of this block doesn’t have the perfect points of the first, yet I am happier with it overall.

Poinsettia and Gifts

Doesn’t it match well with my little Elf?

IMG_0338 (Edited)

This QAL is so much fun.  Check out a couple of the earlier blocks you can find here and here.






6 thoughts on “I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 7, Poinsettia

  1. I always say, trust your gut. You didn’t like the original and love the redo, so you were absolutely right to make a new one. You could always make a quilt with the orphan block, or make more to create a quilt or a table runner. Love how wonderful your blocks are together. Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.


  2. Both of the poinsettias are pretty, but I also like the second one better with your other blocks. Those points are going to look just fine when they’re sewn together!


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