Three types of Quilted Snowflake Mini Quilts - Technique Tuesday

This week I decided I wanted to make a snowflake mini quilt. Why? Because this is what is outside my window today.

Snowy Outside View

I love looking up to the sky and seeing the snow falling. 

I was wondering if I could make snowflakes out of fabric the same way I make snowflakes out of paper.

Here is a collection of some snowflakes my family has made through the years. I used them as my inspiration.

Paper snowflakes

Have you ever made folded snowflakes? They are pretty simple and fun to make. 

This is how I did it with fabric. I started out with a six inch square of solid white cotton. First, I folded it in half diagonally and pressed it. 

Folding a snowflake

Then again in half and pressed it again.

Folding a snowflake

And last time, in half again. And pressed again.

Folding a snowflake

Using a very sharp pair of scissors, cut some bits out of the triangle, making sure to keep most of the folds in tack. 

Folding and cutting a snowflake

There are some really good examples of cool snowflakes online, but remember, the more intricate you make it, the harder it is to applique. 

Here is one I made. 

Cutting a snowflake

This is what it looks like unfolded. 

Fabric Snowflake

I appliquéd it on, leaving all the raw edges. I like the effect it gave.

Then I quilted it with parallel horizontal lines.

snowflake

These are some of the other snowflakes.

Another fabric snowflake

Another Fabric Snowflake

Here is the final product. (Yes, it is not spaced evenly. But I am not perfect!)

Snowflake Table Runner

The next snowflake mini quilt I made, I used white strips of fabric. 

Bias Tape Snowflake

I started with 1 1/2 inch wide strips and folded the sides in so they overlapped, and pressed them. This also works with bias tape.

Bias Snowflake Quilt

Then I cut and organized them into the snowflake shapes. I glued them down with a school glue stick, then free motion quilted on them to secure them in place. 

I quilted it in a swirly meandering pattern, like falling snow!

Bias Snowflake Quilt

I love the way this one turned out!

Bias Snowflake Quilt

Bias Snowflake Quilt

This is a Snowflake Hexie Mini Quilt I made a few years ago. It is pretty simple. 

Hexagon Snowflake Mini Quilt

The hexies were made by English Paper Piecing. Then appliqued on by hand. 

Hexagon Snowflake Mini Quilt

Hexagon Snowflake Mini Quilt

I then quilted around each hexagon.

Hexagon Snowflake Mini Quilt

I hope these snowflakes gives you a little inspiration to make your own snowflake quilt! At the least, cut a snowflake out of paper and be a kid for a minute!

Have fun quilting!


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