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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Count them 1-2 we have 2 blocks today...first Connie with the Winter Snowflake Block

First of all I want to thank Madame Samm for having me as a guest for her November Block Hop. I am Connie from Quilting by the River and  I have a  block to share with you. I decided to make my block using modern tools but it can be made without them too.
I used the charm pack Jovial by basicgrey for Moda and some neutral fabrics that I had.
I used my AccuQuilt GO! Baby to cut 3.5 inch HST's with the 3 inch finished half square triangle die. I really love AccuQuilt's quilt block dies as the corners are dog-eared which makes piecing very easy. Notice that your fabric is at an angle on the die - make sure you place your fabric like this to get the grain right.
I already had the neutral pieces cut and thought it was more fun to show you the prints. I laid the charm squares on the bottom part of the die (I used a silver sharpee to show the cutting lines on the die) and I even got a usable scrap piece from each square.
You could also cut 3 7/8 inch squares to make your Half Square Triangles.
First we are going to piece the neutral colored triangles and center block together.
The size of this block right now is 12.5 inches. I am going to add some applique and another round of HST's.
Now I switched to my Sizzix Big Shot for the applique pieces. These have a lot of detail to them. I am using the Tattered Florals and Hanging Snowflake #2 dies.
I cut my fabric pieces about 5 inches square and fused Heat & Bond Lite to the back. Leave the paper backing on until you have put the fabric through your Sizzix Big Shot. I like to put my fabric face down on my die (paper side up) this seem to give a cleaner cut. Sometime you might have to clip a thread or two - regardless of which cutter you use.
Here is the design I came up with. I used the scraps from the snowflake to cut 4 little circles to put in the center of the flowers.
I used my 15-91 Singer sewing machine that was manufactured in 1951 on entire piece. I did a free motion applique that I call appliquilt around the edges of the pieces. I started doing this about 20 years ago a little differently. At that time I would catch my applique with the same color of thread that I did my stippling with.
 You drop the feed dogs, put on a darning foot and do a free-motion wiggle around the piece.
Instead of putting paper on the back I used scraps of Warm & Natural. It works well and there is nothing to rip off afterwards. I learned this trick from Patsy Thompson who does something very similar called the EKG stitch. Her stitching is really beautiful and her site is well worth a visit!
Sometimes my helper Bella decides to fall asleep on the job - thank goodness the dog-eared corners make it easy to piece.
 Once I finished the applique I decided I wanted to make the block a little bigger. So I added another round of half square triangle blocks. That was 20 additional 3.5 inch half square triangles.
 The block is now 18.5 inches - great for a center piece or pillow.
I decided to make a center piece and did free-motion quilting with a ecru thread in the center and a tan thread on the Jovial prints. I had a deep red tone print that worked perfectly for a binding using 2.5 inch strips.
Here it is as a center piece.
 You could also make several blocks and put a quilt together. I am terrible at naming blocks or quilts - my sewing machine doesn't have a name. How about Winter Snowflake for this block?
I hope you enjoyed my block and come visit me at Quilting by the River any time to see other things that I am working on.

Editors note....
Connie I just love this...and I would have never believed
how you would have accomplished this had I not seen
it with my own blinking eyes lol

45 comments:

  1. Super cool looking with the pieced background. A lovely little table topper (or wallhanging) for the season decor. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Looks stunning with the applique and the coloured border.

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  3. Nice, nice, nice. I especially like to see all the 'help' you are getting from your assistant.

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  4. first forgive me for not having your post on the front page..is now...
    now my dear this post is absolutely amazing..your detail is over the top cool ! lol

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  5. Connie I love your "appliquilt" technique - I have something I'm going to try that on the first time I get in the sewing room! blessings, marlene

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  6. Connie, I am so glad that I scrolled down and found your tutorial...didn't know we had two on this day! Wow! I have been learning how my Go!Baby likes to play, and I am ready to try this block. Thanks for a great tut!

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  7. Lovely details. Very pretty and can be used all winter long. I love a design that can be used for longer than just a holiday.
    Winter Snowflake is a terrific name.Thanks for sharing.

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  8. that is gorgeous Connie...very nice tutorial too....the block is so pretty

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  9. Gorgeous table topper. Thanks for sharing the wonderful tutorial.

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  10. Beautiful table topper.Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. Thanks everyone and thank you Madame Samm for having me!
    Quilting by the River

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  12. Beautiful! Is your Singer a Featherweight?! I didn't know you could drop the feed dogs! How do you do that?!!! I'm definitely going to try your method for appliquing with the batting on the back! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Lovely, great idea to squiggle around the appliqué. Thanks for contributing to the hop! ;->

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  14. I love the appliquilt technique you use and thanks for the tip for using scraps of warm and natural. I sure have a lot of them :D

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  15. Wow! I don't have a shape cutter but it's great to see how you have utilized yours. Those snowflakes are amazing; can you imagine cutting them out by hand!!! The most interesting bit of construction was when you used a different colored thread for stippling - it really changed up the block - and it was a totally new idea for me. Thanks.

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  16. I love this Connie! I really like how you took the scraps from the snowflake and made your flowers coordinate. Great and lovely work! :)

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  17. What a great looking project. LOVE those snowflakes but sadly, I don't own that cutter used to create those. I'm sure other things can be found to use instead but those are such super cute die cuts that I do wish I had one of those machines.
    Great job Connie.

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  18. The old machines and everything old was made so well...some new modern technology is NOT an improvement. Anyway, great tut and fascinating applique technique. It gives a ruffly look. Pretty block.

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  19. Great block and the name's perfect! Thanks for the tut!

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  20. Thanks! Great tutorial. I learned something new.

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  21. Gorgeous table topper! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. That turned out beautifully. Good eye and great FMQ.

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  23. Oh boy - I really like these blocks! So pretty - I think I may even be able to try that first one! Thank you guests :)

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  24. Love your free motion wiggle! I would have assumed that batting would be a mess to use as a stabilizer, but apparently not, huh? This is why I love blogs--I learn so many new techniques! thanks!

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  25. Gorgeous block. I love that you use both old technology ( sew machine) and new ( go cutter etc).

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  26. ah,those Go cutters. Especially for the applique shapes. very nice

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  27. I love your raw edge work! pretty neat background to start your applique on. bet we start seeing a lot more pieced background/applique projects in the future! cw

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  28. very cool block! I love that you used all of your tools :)

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  29. Love this table topper and great tutorial Connie! Will add this block to my 'must try' list. TFS

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  30. Great tutorial and block Connie!! You are just so darn creative!!

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  31. Wonderful topper. I have tried machine applique, but didn't lilke it much. You squiggle method looks like fun. I think I may try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Beautifully done. What are the feed dogs and how do you drop them? Do you use a straight stitch or a zigzag? I still have so much to learn and constantly am finding more stuff to keep my few spare minutes busy!
    Thanks for showing your lovely work.

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  33. I did admire the AccuQuilt at the International Quilt Fest in Houston, but I found myself wondering if it would really lend that much more efficiency to my work. The machines aren't cheap, and you have to buy (and then store at home) all of the extra dies. So hard to know if it's worth the investment and stash space ;-)

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  34. Great tutorial, Connnie! I love the design and the colours you put together. Three cheers for your Singer 15-91 and the free motion embroidery you did on this vintage beauty!

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  35. Connie, your tabletopper is absolutely gorgeous and your instructions are so well organized, photographed, and explained so well. You are indeed a pro!

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  36. What a great block! I really love applique but I'm not very good at it. I really enjoyed your tutorial!

    Vicki @ Quilting Lodge

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  37. This is sew very imaginative. The stipple technique for the applique is great. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  38. Totally new technique to me, I do alot of raw edge applique, but stippling? How clever. love this.

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  39. Wonderful block! The stippling for the applique is so smart!

    Jennifer :)

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  40. Loved your project, Connie. Th GO and the Sizzix are amazing tools.

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  41. Wow! Love your little quilt/wall hanging. Great choice of fabrics and I love the snowflake in the middle. Perfect!
    Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  42. Great tutorial! Love the free motion applique stitching on the flowers! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. What a great block! I might even give this one a try as my sewing machine is finally up + running! Yippee - better go catch it! ;)

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