We are on the home stretch now!
Next week will cover assembling all of the blocks!
Introducing Beanie Hat Snowman!
- Background: Be sure to press the 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. The background is bigger than the finished block. Appliqué the snowman first, then trim the block to size. This accomodates any shrinking from the appliqué process.
- Template making Video: Here is a quick video on how I make cardstock templates using freezer paper and file folders. Click HERE.
- Fusing the Applique Shapes:
- Use an applique pressing sheet or parchment paper to build and fuse your snowman. Then fuse the entire snowman with hat and scarf to the background fabric. The hats are all different heights and will affect the vertical placement of the snowmen on the background block.
- Fuse the Hat pieces togther lightly where they overlap, then fuse the Hat to the Snowman.
- Fuse the scarf pieces together lightly where they overlap, then fuse to Snowman.
- Mark the button and eye placement lightly with a pencil before fusing to the background.
- Note where FABRIC #1 is positioned before you fuse.
- Finger press the vertical centers of the snowman body and place on the background; align with center vertical seam.
- 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. See the video below.
- Trimming the blocks: The background block that the snowmen are fused to is oversized. When you are finished machine stitching the fused applique shapes, trim the block to size as directed in the pattern. Use the vertical and horizontal seam lines to give you landmarks for the center of the block. A 12-1/2″ ruler is helpful to get this job done!
Pieced Block #8 ~ Long Pinwheel
The Part 8 block is a Long Pinwheel block; you will make three of these.
- There are lots of half-square triangles in this block but the assembly is simple. Follow the diagrams and lay the pieces out before you sew them together.
- The seams in this block are all pressed open. This makes it sooo much easier for it to be a good neighbor when sewn into the quilt.
- Click here to purchase the Frosty Friends PDF Pattern.
- Click here to purchase the Frosty Friends Paper Pattern.
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I’ll be posting every week on Thursday and we will be on track to finish in early April. If you need to work at your own pace, no worries!