These blocks should be an easy start for the sew along. You only need to make one of each.
Fusible Appliqué Tip
- All of my snowmen were made using the same fabric.
- For the sake of efficiency, I traced all 8 snowmen bodies and heads at one time.
- I traced the bodies and nested the head shape inside. When you cut the shapes out, leave about 1/4″ or so outside the traced line.
- I also like to cut excess out of the center of the shape and “window pane” it so the fused fabric isn’t so stiff.
- Save scraps to use later with something small.
- I would go ahead and cut all of the background squares and stitch them into four patches – totally up to you, but one less thing to do with each assignment. Be sure to press these seams open! You will avoid any issues with blocks that are neighbors, it will make pressing the top much easier when you get to the quilt assembly steps.
- IMPORTANT! Decide which of your four patch fabrics is #1 and which is #2 – background blocks are rotated depending on which snowman is used, the four patches form a chain.
- Assemble the two different background squares into a four patch – it will be bigger than the finished block. Fuse and appliqué the snowman first, and at the end, trim the block to size. This helps accomodate any shrinking from the appliqué process.
- Optional: Use an applique pressing sheet or parchment paper to build and fuse your snowman. Mark the eyes and buttons lightly with a pencil (see the video below).
- Finger press the vertical centers of the snowman body and place on the background; align with center vertical seam. Wait until you have the hat on to fuse to the background. The hats are all different heights and will affect the vertical placement of the snowmen on the background block.
- Machine Applique: I waited until all of my Snowmen were fused before I did the decorative stitching. That way you can set your machine up, get your tension, thread and needle size right and go for it. More on that later.
- Template making Video: here is a quick video on how I make cardstock templates using freezer paper and file folders: https://youtu.be/5VmEqfLR0Oc
Flying Geese Block
- This is where you want to gather a variety of prints (4-5) that contrast with your background fabric.
- Cut the rectangles as directed from the prints.
- Cut the squares as directed from your background fabric.
- Once the geese units are complete, sew them together and press as directed.
- Sew the segments together and press this center seam open.
- You only need one of these blocks. 🙂
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