Thursday, December 1, 2016

Merry and Bright - Day 1

❄❄❄Update:  The complete pattern for Merry and Bright is now available for download on my Etsy shop.  The pattern includes material requirements, cutting chart, step-by-step instructions, full color diagrams, paper piecing foundation patterns and embroidery templates to help you on your way.  Click here to view the pattern.❄❄❄

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2016 Christmas Quilt-along!  Da datta da!! (imagine a trumpet fanfare at this point!)

This year we'll be making a 28" x 34" wall hanging.  Every other day between now and December 23rd, I'll be unveiling a new component or embellishment for our quilts.  We'll start off with traditional piecing, move into some paper piecing, and wrap up with simple embroidery.

This is the color palette that I chose for my quilt—I'm trying for a happy, Christmas candy kind of look—but feel free to choose whatever color palette appeals to you.  Hint:  you'll probably want to have at least a couple of green prints to work with.  


  1. This looks like such a fun mystery project for Christmas. Thank you for making this tutorial available to all of us!

  2. kountrypat@hotmail.comDecember 4, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Thanks for the QAL - looking forward to the finish.Patti

  3. Thank you, Julie and Kountrypat for following along!! Jen

  4. Cute little pinwheels :) Thank you.

  5. Thank you for doing this ! I have only made one quilt top before and now I'm plugging away at this and I am so excited! I have wanted to quilt since I was a teen and now at 45 I'm giving it a try. Your instructions and pictures are soooo helpful for me! THANK YOU and Merry Christmas!

    1. I'm thrilled that you're doing the quilt-along with us, Pam! And I'm so happy that you're giving quilting a try again! You're going to love it!! Merry Christmas to you too!

  6. I've not been reading my e-mails lately. So, I'm behind as usual! I love your fabrics ~ they really are merry & bright.

  7. Thank you. I have been searching for a Christmas wall hanging!

  8. I have only just found your blog thru pinterest... picture of your beautiful "Bright and Cheery" Quilt pattern. Absolutely gorgeous.... just what I have been looking for so long.... I have downloaded the pdfs and kept all instructions. I am presently living in West Africa.... I will source beautiful fabrics for this when I return to Australia in 2019 and stitch it.... thank you again so much Jen... love what you are creating,,, sending hugs Pamela

  9. Thank you so much for your comment, Pamela! I hope you have fun making the quilt and that you'll send me a photo when you're finished!!


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