Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snowflake Applique Template

Yeah! Snow Days! Or maybe I should say Cold Days. Whatever you call it, school was cancelled for two days this week due to the frigid temps. We teachers get just as excited as the students when we get that phone call from school. In the spirit of snow, I wanted to share my snowflake applique template.

First, how cold was it that schools cancelled Monday classes the Friday before, and Tuesday was cancelled at noon on Monday? Here is my son showing us how cold it is.


Back to quilting. As I have mentioned, I made a wall hanging for every month of the year. This wall hanging was for January using snowflake fabric.


However after a couple years of looking at it on the back of our front door, I decided it was too plain, so I went back and appliqued snowflakes to it. 



 I made the snowflakes using the old fashioned method of folding a piece of paper into squares, and cutting out small diamonds and triangles.


It is hard to see, but I used fusible applique and a very small zig zag stitch. By appliqueing it after the quilt was done, it self-quilted itself at the same time. 


Here is a PDF file of these snowflake appliques. The large center square is 6", with appropriate setting and corner triangles of approximately one half and one quarter that size. 


9 comments:

  1. Love those appliqued snow flakes! You chose the perfect print for them. Gives them a little sparkle! In your mentioning the self-quilted method of applying them, I was reminded of Christa Quilts. She posted an applique table runner. And she called it Appli-Quilt. Isn't that cute?!!! Here is a link to her post..... http://christaquiltsblog.com/2014/01/06/guest-posting-at-she-can-quilt-valentines-table-runner/

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    1. Thank you! I often applique after quilting so that I can save time. You just have to be careful to cut away the heat n bond so it is only on the edges of your applique piece; that way your original quilt lines won't show through the applique (if that makes sense!)

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  2. Very nice. And how appropriate for this winter. There's a lot of snowflakes going around.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, with all the snow we have and the cold days, I decided this would be an appropriate post :)

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  3. Looks complicated! Beautiful work. The colors are cool and wintery.

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    1. It definitely took some time to do this with the tiny applique stitches, but I really love the final quilt now - thanks!

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  4. The snowflakes really add a lot to this little quilt! I am visiting from Let's Bee Social.

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    1. When I look back, it looks so plain in the original picture, so I too am happy with them. Thank you!

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  5. Those snowflakes are wonderful! I just bought a pattern book before Christmas to help me do various snowflake designs, for next winter of course. There's only so much time in a day. ;-) Great job!

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