Wassailing is caroling and "Wassail!" means "be in good health". It's a good word, isn't it! (the link will give you a sneak peek at my somewhat less than mainstream musical taste!)
The alphabet is a Tula Pink pattern, and one day I would love to make the whole quilt, but right now, I don't really have time, so I did a smaller mini quilt that I can hang up at Christmas (or I could have done if I had remembered to attached the tabs to the back!). The pattern is well explained, and the piecing was really quick. It really is the quilting that takes the time, but it is definitely worth it - I rustled this mini up in just a day, using fabric from my stash.
I shrunk the letters from 8x8" to 4x4" and spelled out the word with a sprig of holly appliqued on. This is my first project made entirely with solids - Granny had loads of different shades of greens in her collection.
What really makes this project great fun (and legible) is the quilting. I started with quilting in the ditch (harder than it looks I discovered) round each block, then I outlined the letter within the patchworked pieces and echo quilted to give it a really nice texture - just like Tula's original. Because I had shrunk the blocks there is just 1/8" between the quilting lines. I love my new walking foot!
I will be entering this in the Tula Pink Sew Along hosted by Sara - even if you don't have time to stitch anything up, there is a great blog hop with reviews of patterns!