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You’ve chosen your fabric palette and now it’s time to reveal the first block of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long! Vanda Chittenden of Quilt in Piece designed a beautiful appliqué snowflake for you.

I chose to use the fusible raw-edge appliqué technique using two fabrics. Of course, you can use whatever appliqué technique you prefer (remember to add a seam allowance if you like a turned edge!) and you can go as scrappy with your fabrics as you’d like.

I used:

Vanda’s clearly-written instructions made this pattern a breeze! I wasn’t paying attention at first and mistakenly cut the C circle from the white fabric, but luckily I caught my error before fusing. (Though it’s possible to remove fabric fused with HeatnBond Lite by applying heat and gently peeling it off…ask me how I know.)

In step 5, Vanda says to not press the center circle in place. This is important because you’ll be sliding the tips of the smaller diamonds under the circle. HOWEVER, I opted to take the tip of my iron and fuse just a little dot in the center of each circle so I wouldn’t have to worry about them slipping while I worked with the diamonds.

small diamond placement

When placing the small diamonds, I aligned them about 1/4″ from the crease lines so the larger diamonds would align with the creases. It might be simpler to align the small ones with the creases. The block will look a little different, but you do what works for you.

fused snowflake

I decided to add some glam to my quilt and purchased some shiny fabric for accents in other blocks, but for this uncomplicated snowflake I thought a little Glitter thread would do the trick. I’m choosing to quilt later, so I simply stitched down the edges of all of the pieces, then followed up with a satin-stitched circle in the center.

finished snowflake block

Your turn!

Head over to Quilt in Piece to get the pattern. Make your own snowflake block, and you can enter to win:

quilt-a-long block one prizes

Once you’ve finished up your quilt-a-long snowflake block, you can choose one of three ways to enter the drawing for the prize package of an Aurifil thread box and a quilt pattern of your choice from designer Vanda Chittenden! The deadline for entering is 11:59 pm EDT (US) on Monday, August 14, 2017.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Link your blog post featuring the finished block to the Quilt in Piece linky party, OR
  2. Post your finished block on the quilt-a-long Facebook group page, OR
  3. Post your finished block on Instagram with the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal.

We encourage you to post and share your completed block as much as you’d like, but it will only count as one entry into the prize drawing.

I can’t wait to see your quilt-a-long snowflake!

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Patterns are free until 1/16/2018.

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9 Replies to “I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long–Block One

  1. What a beautiful block! I really like your fabric and thread choices. Does the glitter thread require a lot of tension fiddling–Yikes!–and did you put it in the bobbin, too?

    1. Thank you, Karen! I followed the manufacturer’s recommendations of setting the tension to 1.0, using a #90 topstitch needle, and putting the spool on a vertical stand. I used Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin. The thread wasn’t fiddly at all!

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