September OMG I Wish You A Merry Quilt Finish

We have been making a monthly quilting goal thanks to Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  Patty hosts a monthly linky event where you state your goal in a post and link it to her website.  At the end of the month, you return and post another message if you have met the goal.  There are a variety of prizes from many different sponsors.  The prizes are very nice, and I appreciate the sponsors very much.  But the motivation of making this monthly goal itself is what I need to get projects complete!  Up this month is the I Wish You A Merry quilt from last year.

Merry Beginnings

Last August 1st we joined a mystery quilt along called I Wish You A Merry.  The the block patterns were released approximately every two weeks which was a nice pacing for us.  We picked this fabulous Christmas fabric from Moda called Red Dot, Green Dash.


I loved these fabrics then and still love them today.  How can a project go bad with a fabulous beginning like this?!  Different designers shared their talents with the release of each block, along with tips about making it.

Merry Making Blocks

We followed along until nearly the end of the QAL.  Blocks were made and these are a few of my favorites:

The time was approaching to decide how to quilt our flimsy.  We were a three blocks from the finish line, and I got cold feet.  Not uncommon for me in November, this time it was quilter’s paralysis.  Maybe it wasn’t the time to be finished.  Maybe I needed to learn to have confidence with FMQing.  At any rate, it wasn’t to be finished until September 2018.

Merry September OMG

We set our goal for September to get this quilt finished.  Completely quilted and bound and ready for the Christmas Eve party at our house.  From April until mid-September this is what it looked like.  It has been layered, with backing from the estate sale where we found some other fabrics.  I continue to think that older crafter would be happy to see her fabric used in such a happy fashion. 

IWYAM flimsy

A Merry Finish

For this quilt top, I tried a more dense stippling stitch.  We chose a navy sparkly binding to pull out that center angel block.  In this shot below you can see the stippling as well as the navy binding:

IWYAM binding

And here is the finished quilt top, both the front and reverse side.  The inside of the stars and the angel wings were not quilted because they were made with a glittery fabric.  You can see the star outlines in the picture on the left.

With any luck, we will have a nice chilly Christmas Eve.  A fire in the fireplace and a snuggly Christmas quilt to rest under or on top of sounds great to me.  Especially with our expanding family to share our blessings with, and midnight church service to celebrate the reason for the season.


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22 Responses

  1. Tish says:

    Congrats to both of you on this finish!!! Make sure you have a cup of warm coco and marshmallows when you curl up with this one 🙂 You are reminding me I have a very similar UFO hanging out on a long arm begging to be finished.

  2. Mindy says:

    I won a Layer Cake of that exact fabric last Christmas! I’ve got all my squares finished, and hoping to have it completely done in time for Christmas this year. It’s fun to see it used it different ways.

  3. Looks terrific! I am so glad you finished it. It has been so much fun being one of the designers. Did you do my block? Just curious – any feedback is welcome! My OMG didn’t quite make it – but that is okay. I can get it done in the next few days.

  4. Lin M says:

    What an adorable quilt. I especially love that you used backing from an estate sale.
    Your blog post is so well organized and easy to read, and I really enjoyed reading about the story/process.

  5. dezertsuz says:

    It’s a great finish! Congratulations! Mine is at the quilters. =) This will be so nice to wrap Dominic up like a bug in a rug when he comes over at Christmas and gets sleepy!

  6. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    Beautiful finish on that quilt!! You’re ahead of me. Mine is still in the block stage (but all the blocks are done). I designed an elaborate rope sashing and that’s where it stalled for me. I’ll pick it back up when I get back down south next month where it’s waiting for me. In the meantime, I’m working on finishing the Fall QAL. I got back on Tuesday from a month long road trip around Germany, Austria, and Italy. Oh, the stories I have to tell!!

  7. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    This is so cute! I love Christmas quilts!! Great job on it and the quilting. I love how the stars show on the back!!

  8. Barbara Esposito, TheQuiltedB says:

    I LOVE that you can see the stars on the back :o) Brilliant job quilting and I know you will enjoy it during the holiday!!

  9. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, I adore your finished Christmas quilt! I have all of my blocks made, but have not done anything else with them yet. This was a fun QAL to be involved with and there were so many of us!!! I am thrilled that the two of you completed another UFO. Clapping and cheering are happening on this side, I hope you are both bowing and waving the stars do win they win an award!! You two deserve it with all you are learning and achieving! I will try and get a picture of my quilt, I am working on the final borders that I am going to attempt to scallop. Am I just a really slow sewer or is everyone else just super speedy? LOL. Thank you for sharing your fabulous quilts and free motion quilting achievements also. The two of you are great inspirations! Have a fabulous day!

  10. I love this one, Roseanne – so adorable! That dot and dash fabric is really fun!

  11. Now you are ready for Christmas! Early!!

  12. Love it!! Perfect timing!!

  13. Kathryn says:

    Looks great, and when the time was right you completed it. I remember you piecing it last year. Will be so warm and festive at Christmas.

  14. Cocoa Quilts says:

    What a great finish. I have a fat quarter of the fabric, still haven’t cut into it. Hopefully next year.

  15. Wow — what a beautiful quilt! You are definitely ready for the holidays! Congratulations on the finish — great job!

  16. Vicki in MN says:

    It is simple so sweet! The snowman and snowflake blocks are my favorite! I just hope it is tooooo chilly on Christmas:0

  17. What a festive quilt! Love the Santa’s buckle block and also the Angel. Really sweet!

  18. Pretty quilt, yes, you are ready for the holidays and displaying your quilt.

  19. sandradny says:

    Nice finish! But I really think you should have posed Dominic with it…

  20. Patty says:

    You are ready for the holidays! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

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