Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January Goal Complete! - Snowflake Strip Quilt Top

I finished my snowflake strip quilt top. Phew!

I used Laurie Wisbrun's adorable "Brr" line (I love the Scandinavian feel), as well as fabrics from my stash (a little okay a lot of Pearl Bracelets of course, Art Gallery scraps, solids, Riley Blake chevron in red, etc.). I wanted to feature the cute little polar bears in the centers of the snowflakes. :) I'm so happy with how it came out! I'll explain more of my thought and quilt process once it's completely done.

This quilt top has been in WIP status all winter. It took a while to make all of the blocks (there are 48 strip blocks) plus I had to figure out the applique. Thanks to your suggestions, I "half-sashed" (this is a new word/style, you heard it here first) the snowflakes instead of leaving it be.

------>REASON: I have always thought of them as snowflakes, and I felt they needed even just a bit of separation. I still love how they play together even with half-sashing. Not sashing or bordering at all would have meant too small of a lap quilt (in my opinion), and I didn't want to make any more snowflake blocks... so there you go! Also, I chose teal/blue (not green or red) because I want this to be a wintery quilt, not a soley Christmasy quilt, when it's done!


I definitely would NOT have without all the finish-along parties going on in blogland... so thanks! I meant to have this tutorial ready THIS winter but I'll be working on it this summer, and I plan to publish it as soon as you are wishing for snow again ;) Or, maybe a "first snow" photo shoot is in the cards... hmm...

In terms of the quilting... I want to wait for my new machine. The current plan is to get one with our tax return, so that leaves me possibly doing the backing soon, but not the basting/quilting/binding. I'm thinking some kind of snowflake FMQ - maybe. Maybe. I have time. (if you have suggestions, let me know!)

Starting to think about my February goal. Haven't decided yet. Probably won't until at least a couple days into February :)

Linking up to:
Never Too Hot to Stitch!


  1. Love the half sash! I'm a sucker for Christmas fabric and love this wintery line! Can't wait to see this completed quilt, beautiful so far!

  2. Love the half sash! I'm a sucker for Christmas fabric and love this wintery line! Can't wait to see this completed quilt, beautiful so far!

  3. Love it jess! Great choice with the half-sash :o)

  4. Ah, so that's what you meant by half-sashing! Makes sense now and seems like a good compromise!

  5. Love love love! The colors are all great and it is a great design!

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  7. Here's to achieving your goals. Love the half sash:)

  8. Great design you came up with! I love that brrr line, it looks too cute in this quilt!

  9. Great design decision to add the blue/teal. It really makes the other colors pop and looks less Christmas-y. What a happy, color-filled quilt!

  10. Love all the quilts on here. I'm new to quilting. I don't live in your area (wish I did). Y'all have some pretty quilts. I'm always on the look out for new ideas.


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