It’s my turn on the Pixie Noel Blog Tour! Yay! I have been in love with this fabric as soon as I saw Tasha Noel post a few sneak peeks months and months ago! I love how whimsical her art is and I love her choice of colors!
It was a little bit challenging to sew with winter fabric when the temperatures here in Southern California have been in the 110’s and our town is literally ablaze! I decided to beat the heat by creating this whimsical snowflake quilt.
I don’t know about you, but cutting snowflakes and sewing snowflakes is not on my top 10 list of favorite things to do. Super time consuming! This quilt has 2 amazing shortcuts that will have you whipping one up in an afternoon.
First, all the snowflakes were die cut on my Sizzix Fabi – 3 at a time!
Second, the snowflakes are appliqued using Heat n Bond Ultra which means no tedious applique top stitching necessary! Heat n Bond Ultra is heavier than Heat n Bond Lite which I normally use for applique. The Ultra requires no sewing. Just cut, press, and go! The snowflakes get sewn over during the quilting process – which helps incorporate them into the quilt and makes it even more durable.
Here’s how you can make one:
1 yard white fabric
1 yard aqua main fabric (or additional if you want to fussy cut)
fat quarters for applique, red, navy, green
Cut (32) 6.5″ squares of white fabric
Cut (32) 6.5″ squares of the aqua Pixie Noel theme print
Cut the Heat n Bond Ultra into 5″ strips. Fuse to the wrong side of the snowflake fat quarters.
Make sure your cat helps you die cut the snowflakes.
We cut 3 at a time.
Peel off the backing.
Center the snowflakes on the white squares and heat set with hot dry iron.
Die cut 6 green snowflakes, 12 navy snowflakes, and 12 red snowflakes.
Lay out the quilt according to the diagram below:
Sew the squares together in rows using 1/4″ seams. Press each row alternately. Sew rows together pinning at each intersection.
I always use Spray n Bond to baste my quilts – its fast, secure, and no pinning! Seriously this quilt can be made in a matter of hours!!
I quilted loops and stars. I sewed right over the snowflakes. It helps to make them feel like part of the quilt and not puff out.
I love that there are 3 stripe colors to choose from in Pixie Noel. Even better, they are printed on the bias which makes cutting bias striped binding a snap!!!
Mufasa loves the quilt! Don’t tell him it’s not for him 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!!!! Happy Christmas in July 🙂