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Snowflake Quilt Block

We’ve been having a “hole” lot of fun learning how to make cutwork snowflakes by machine. They may look like heirloom needlework, but they didn’t take nearly the time. Nevertheless, this is QUILTsocial and you may be wondering how to turn your design into a snowflake quilt block. Let’s find out how we can use this same cutwork technique for applique.

Snowflake Quilt Block
Snowflake Quilt Block

 

Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Trace your snowflake onto clear heavy-weight water-soluble stabilizer using a washable marker. I find fabric markers don’t show up well on the Solvy. I have better success with the kids’ Crayola markers! Make sure the marker color shows up against your fabric.

Trace snowflake onto Solvy
Trace snowflake onto Solvy

 

Pin the Solvy onto the right side of the snowflake fabric.

Fabric and Solvy
Fabric and Solvy

 

Sew through the two layers with a straight stitch on the marked lines. Then, cut out the fabric close to the stitching leaving the Solvy uncut.

Applique snowflake cut out
Applique snowflake cut out

 

Layer the cut-out fabric snowflake onto the background fabric, matching centers, and pin in place. Choose embroidery thread to match.

Layer applique snowflake on background
Layer applique snowflake on background

 

Set your sewing machine to a satin stitch wide enough to cover the cut-out edges and the straight stitches. You may want to test the stitch on scrap fabric to find the best settings. Satin stitch around the cut-out edges. Read more about my three-pass approach for an excellent satin stitch in a previous post.

Satin stitch applique snowflake
Satin stitch applique snowflake

 

Once the stitching is complete, soak the snowflake block in water to dissolve the Solvy.

 

Dissolve Solvy in water
Dissolve Solvy in water

 

Sulky Solvy provides an excellent alternative for satin-stitch applique. The satin stitching covers the raw edges and appliques the snowflake onto the background – all in one step. It may not be heirloom needlework, but it sure looks like it! Lacy snowflakes, glittery snowflakes, snowflake quilt block – what else? How about a stained glass snowflake? Come back tomorrow to learn more.

Three snowflakes
Three snowflakes

Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué techniques in a “contemporary traditional” style. She lectures and teaches all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and is a CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts”.

4 Comments

  1. Cecilia

    Thanks for the great tutorial, this is beautiful.

  2. Diane Beavers

    Snowflakes are so artistic and individual as are we quilters and sewists. Thank you for the tutorial and I’m anxious to try ;, Sulky Solvy is something a novice like me can master.

  3. Kathy E.

    Absolutely genius and beautiful! I would love to try this…perhaps this summer when my patience has “grown” back .

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