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.
- 13″ square black background fabric (from Thicket by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics)
- 2 1/2″ square black background fabric
- 6 1/2″ x 22″ white fabric (from my scrap bin)
- 9″ x 17″ HeatnBond Lite
- Superior Threads Glitter thread
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.
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.
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.
Head over to Quilt in Piece to get the pattern. Make your own snowflake block, and you can enter to win:
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:
- Link your blog post featuring the finished block to the Quilt in Piece linky party, OR
- Post your finished block on the quilt-a-long Facebook group page, OR
- 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!