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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Chirstmas QAL March Post 1 Edited

Hello and Welcome to the March Christmas Quilt Along.

This month you are visiting the Southeastern part of Massachusetts in the North East of the United States of America.
I've been wondering what to do to make all of you feel welcome and inspired and I realized that if you are here and reading this post than you are all ready to go.  So happy!
Mr. Linky is here also, and when you log in I will email to you the second installment of Sue of Quilt Times' Festive Mystery  http://quilttimes.blogspot.com/.   If you prefer to email me, than do so and I will respond. 

We get to sew this month! And you will love Part C.  Be sure to post pictures because for me at least that's one of the best parts of this QAL.   I love to participate and I love to see what every one else is making.  Last month it was seeing the fabric choices of the other bloggers that helped me make my final decisions on fabric.  I don't belong to a guild yet, so other bloggers are my support and inspiration.  And you are IT today:)

Do you like to dance?  How about some music? 
My favorite band in high school ( after the Beatles and Bob Dylan, and etc. ) was
The Young Rascals.  I absolutely loved them.  I met them  and have their autographs from 1966 or 1967.  This song was my favorite at the time.
Let's jitterbug around between sewing strips and taking pictures and visiting each others blogs.  If you feel like sharing your favorite music artists or songs, do so.  I'd love to know.
We are so lucky to be quilting together today. 
Let's have some quilting fun!

God Bless.
I'll be back later.
And yes, I do have a recipe to share.
After all, a girl's got to live:)


Festive Mystery Quilt
(March instalment)
 
1. Take the 3½” x 3½” background squares and put them in a bag labelled Unit A. (Now you see why you need plastic bags!)
 
2. To make Unit B:
If you are making the non-scrappy version, follow the instructions in section A below OR, for the scrappy version follow the instructions in section B:
 
Section A:
Non-scrappy:
 
i. With right sides together, sew one light and one medium 2” x 42” strip along one long edge.
 
ii. Open out and press seam to the darker side.
 
iii. Repeat to make five strip sets.
 
iv. Cross cut the sewn strips into units measuring 2” x 3 ½” units.
 
v. Take two of these units, rotate one so the light and medium colours are opposite each other. Sew together to make one four-patch.
 
vi. Press the seam to one side and trim the square to 3½” x 3½”.
vii. Repeat to make 48 of four-patches.
 
viii. Put in a bag labelled Unit B.
 
ix. Go to C below.
Section B:
Scrappy:
 
i. Take one light and one medium 2” x 2” square. Place right sides together and sew along one edge. Open out and press seam to the darker side. Repeat with another pair of squares.
 
ii. Take these two units, rotate one so the light and medium colours are opposite each other. Sew together to make one four-patch.
 
iii. Press the seam to one side and trim to 3½” x 3½”square.
 
iv. Repeat to make 48 four-patches.
 
v. Put them in a bag labelled Unit B.
 
C. That’s all for this month, so all you have to do now is . . . . .
 
Keep everything safe until next month!

19 comments:

Hazel said...

Whoop whoop! Good morning, Joanna!

Looking forward to seeing what we all get up to today! And I'm ready to go!

Actually, I will be ready to go after I have done some housework and put the washing out...

See ya later!

Lesley said...

Hi Joanna, I can never sleep the night before a Quiltalong! So I am awake, coffee poured, and ready and waiting for the instructions. I love your wintry graphics! It's going to be a great day!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Good morning ladies - we had snow over-night! Hey, it snowed the last Christmas Quilt Along!! Hope it's not a pattern. I have coffee, breakfast, and all my fabrics - ready to rock-and-roll!!

QuiltSue said...

I just can not believe that others are here before me! Oh well, let the party start now that I've arrived.

Donna said...

My coffee is brewing and I am ready to get started. The time is 4:42 a.m in Panama City, FL.

Happy quilting to all!

Anonymous said...

I have my fabric cuy but do not havbdre your email address to go on.bdr@eastlink.ca

QuiltSue said...

I had a listen to the music, and I loved the hairstyles!

Lesley said...

Oopsie! Thanks for Quilt Sue noticing I was linked up with last month's post. Joanna, would you remove the first link I put up today and keep the corrected link. This should work better! First oopsie of many of the day, no doubt! Thanks and hello to all quiltalongers! It is 10:00 am here in sunny but chilly Nova Scotia!

Lynn said...

I'll get my coffee and I'm ready to begin!

Mrs.Pickles said...

HO HO HO everyone :)

Looking forward to linking up and seeing what everyone is up too!

The English Ladies! said...

Good Morning to you! I do not belong to a quilt guild so this is also my form of inspiration! I really like to blog hop when people use Mr. Linky! So off I go!

Hilachas said...

I'm excited about seeing what everyone else is sewing today. I'm late on the "band wagon" but here I am. Ready to go.

Sand and Sunshine said...

I'm here, I'm here! I'm late, but I have a good excuse and am looking forward to spending the afternoon with you.

merumo said...

I just settled down on the couch to start stitching my Santas :) Thank you for hosting for QAL this month!!

sew.darn.quilt said...

I made it! Better late than never ;o). I'm afraid I've got a bit of catching up to do from last month (I caught a dreadful flu/cold).
The sun's shining bright today and the water is flowing, the kids are soaking wet and rosy cheeked.
I can't wait to see where we're going in this mystery.

Carolyn

Joanne said...

I am a little confused. Do I request step 2 from you via email? Joanne H

Janet said...

Hi there Joanna. You didn't send me the link with the next step for the mystery quilt. Would you please send it.

judys said...

Help please...where are the directions for the next step? this is my first quiltalong and I'm now lost!

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

I was unable to do this Sat and I am trying to catch up but I looked for an email address for you and do not know where to find it on your page. Help. I'm ready to do step 2
Kat