As I look out my window at the falling snow, I’m happy to share more of the story from my previous post about: A Red, White and Silver Christmas Quilt.
It seemed obvious to me that the snowball blocks should be quilted with snowflakes and, since no two snowflakes are alike, I did a search of free clipart and printed out 15 different ones at 6″ each.
I then scanned them into my Scan and Cut™ (click here for a previous post about this great machine), put freezer paper on the sticky mat, and was very discouraged. The flakes were so detailed, and the freezer paper wasn’t sticking very well to the mat… and I ended up with a mess that I crumbled up in frustration before realizing I should snap a photo:
I decided to tape the freezer paper around the edges for my second attempt (note masking tape), and remove all the detail lines inside each snowflake:
This worked much better!
I could now cut these templates apart and lay them in place on the quilt sandwich. Once I liked the layout I ironed the shiny side of the freezer paper, one flake at a time, in place and quilted the along the inside edge.
But first I needed to decide which machine to quilt it with. I’d layered this quilt with a very thick minky fleece and no batting. I’d done this with my birthday block quilt and had some problems with the backing “fuzz” pulling through to the front, as well as puckering. So I made a sample sandwich, put a new titanium needle in my Bernina, and did some free motion stitching.
The top thread looped in a few places and the “fuzz” bearded through from the back 😕. Then I put a new needle in my HQ Sweet 16 and had better results. Still a little bearding, but the decision was made.
This worked well!
What I became very aware of is that I’m not great at free motion quilting smoothly along the edge of paper. The snowflakes God creates are beautiful!
I think mine reflect the look of snowflakes beginning to melt 🤣!
I’m still having fun doing it and I plan to gift it to someone who thinks everything I do is wonderful – so I’m sure they won’t even notice my less than perfect flakes! Now to go stitch more snowflakes! I’ll share a photo of my quilt when it’s complete.