Monday, December 7, 2009

What a Bunch of Flakes.......Snowflake Class

Every Monday I meet with my local quilting group,
The Harlan Valley Quilters

Today I lead a class in raw edge machine applique:
"What a Bunch of Flakes"

Click Images to Enlarge:
Snowflake Applique Block
My Class Sample

I couldn't resist playing around with contrast and saturation in the photo program to change the look of the snowflake block from above.
This is a great way to audition fabrics for future blocks!

Another manipulated image from the photo program.
This snowflake appears to be icy cold.
Not a lot of contrast between the snowflake and the background...but it works!

Paper Snowflakes

Snowflakes created by students: Linda & Dana

Paper Snowflakes created by student, Kathi

Paper snowflakes created by student, Barbara

The paper snowflakes were later used as a pattern to create the fabric applique snowflake blocks.

Dana stitching down her fused fabric snowflake.

Completed Snowflake Applique Quilt Blocks
Original Designs

The students all completed a snowflake quilt block today and seemed to enjoy creating their own individual applique' pattern.

Paper Snowflake Directions can be found HERE

We ironed fusible web onto the back of our snowflake fabric.
Then folded the fabric just like we folded the paper.
Then we took the folded paper snowflake, placed it on the fabric folded snowflake (as a pattern) then cut out the fabric snowflake.

Fun Snowflake Links:

Make-A-Flake Website:
This animated site is so much fun!
I followed along with the diagrams and taught myself to make gorgeous paper snowflakes.
These paper snowflakes can be used to create fabric applique snowflake blocks.
Kids will love this site too!

Make simple snowflakes from paper - Tutorial

6 Sided Paper Snowflake Instructions

9 different patterns for paper snowflakes
Print out the pattern you like, then cut it out.
You can use this pattern to create fabric fused snowflake blocks:

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE


  1. Beautiful and looks like great fun. Inspirational. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I love those snowflakes! How do you fold the paper to get a 6 sided flake? I always end up with 8 which just isn't right!