Friday, September 22, 2017

Frosted Snowflakes Quilt A Long - WEEK 4

Hello fellow quilters!

This week is an easy week, so if you have fallen behind this is the perfect week to get caught back up.

So with that said lets get started!

Step 1:
Using the block you've made in Week 3 (half orange peel), you are now going to take two matching pairs, place them right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam allowance on the straight edge. Press open. (To make it easier for the following steps next week, I recommend pressing this seam open, it isn't "required" but it will be less of a headache and/or hassle later next week.) 

Step 2:
Repeat step one until you have completed 36 large orange peels.

And that's it! Very simple easy week. I've done this just in case you are having troubles with last week and give you a little more time if you need it. =) We are more than halfway done, two more weeks and you'll be finished!

Also if you are having any problems please feel free to message me. My longarm machine is still currently down which is causing a little bit of a pickle but when I can, I will get back with you as soon as possible. =) Thank You all so much!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Frosted Snowflakes Quilt Along - WEEK 3

Now for the fun part! It is time to sew.

Step 1
Grab two matching sets of A and B. You'll also need the background C orange peel.

Step 2
Starting with print A and your background orange peel (C), place the orange peel on top. You'll match the points here at the top shown below. (Before I start sewing I like to place my needle in the down position to hold it in place so I can get situated. With your right hand, grab your orange peel. With your left hand grab your print A. Before you are sewing your hands will be crossed and start off while stitching slowly 1/4" seam allowance. Continuing on sewing your hand will start to uncross. The trick is to guide the fabric gently, do not pull or "force" it. This will cause your fabric to stretch which we do not want to happen. If you get a built up on a curve, just stop sewing, place your needle in the down position and re-situate yourself before continuing.) After you have completed your curve, make sure to iron to the dark side and iron your thin point at the top flat.


Step 3
With the block made in step 2, now grab a matching print B and place them together shown below. (Place your needle in the down position to get situated again. Slowly sew 1/4" sew allowance. Use the tips and tricks from step 2 to help your sew your curve again. The more blocks you sew, you'll start getting used to it and become a little quicker.) For this block you'll need to make sure you have a 1/4" cross over at the bottom of your orange peel and also make sure you have 1/4" of print fabric at the top sharp point areas. The top points will get covered in two weeks to achieve the nice sharp point for your snowflake block.

 Step 4
Repeat steps 1-3 and make a total of 72 blocks. (If you can make it through sewing this weeks curves, week 5 will be a piece of cake! This is the hardest part of the block.)

If you have any questions or are stuck on something please use the contact form and I'll help you as soon as I can. =)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Snowflakes Quilt Along - WEEK 2

Ready for week two of the quilt along? Also I do apologize for being one day late. I swear the world ended Thursday and Friday. I've had a horrible few days. Everything just feel apart, my long-arm machine is currently down, and yesterday our internet was on the fritz. Boy oh boy yesterday was a trouble some since we only have internet no cable. Not only it was boring but I couldn't do anything! So sorry but now we are back on track. =)

Step 1:
Go to the website here. Download the FREE PDF template files if you haven't already. Check out is required but no payment information will be taken from you. You'll be printing out two pages. Make sure to print at "Actual Size" just in case your printer changes the settings. To test to make sure the are the actual size, Take template "C" and from the dark back lines measure point to point and it should be 6 1/2" inches.

Step 2:
With your templates, cut on the light grey line. You'll be piecing template "D" together since it's wider than a standard paper size. Template "D" will not line up side by side, you need to take the right side and slowly move it towards/on top of the left side of template "D" until it lines up. You should be roughly 1/2" overlap. Shown Below.

Image Below shows that they don't match side by side.

Image below shows me slightly moving it towards the left side. (Bottom touches BUT the top curve doesn't, so move it closer. =P)

Then TA-DA! They match! Use tape or glue to hold them together while your make your template from the cardboard or template plastic. =)

Step 3:
Using either the card board backing from your background layer cake or a 10" x 10" plastic template, place template "D" and "C" shown below. Use a pen, pencil, or marker to outline your templates. Once done use regular scissors to cut your templates out. Re-label templates.I recommend cutting two template "C's" to make it easier.

Step 4 :
With 36 - 10" background squares, place template "D" then "C" shown below. Place template "D" all the way down to the bottom left corner and cut, then place template "D" in the top right corner and cut. You'll now be left a huge orange peel. Before you cut template "C", I recommend laying two template "C's" down to make sure you have enough room for templates just in case. With your rotary cutter CAREFULLY cut along your templates. Watch your fingers and I also recommend only cutting two layers at a time. Notes: Carefully watch your fingers and slowly move your rotary cutter. Using either a cardboard template or plastic template it is fairly easy for your rotary cutter to move on top of your template. If you are having troubles cutting the fabrics, try using a smaller rotary cuter. Sometimes I like using a 28mm rotary.

There you have it! Second week, next Friday September 15th will start Week 3! Week 3 we will be now sewing!! Ready?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Frosted Snowflakes Quilt Along - WEEK 1

Hello quilters!

I hope everyone is having an amazing day. Are you ready to get started with week one? Once again if you have any questions, message me through the contact form on my website. I'll get with you as soon as I can.

So lets get started!