Wednesday, August 1, 2012

HO HO HO

Ho Ho Ho!!!!!



For me, Christmas means Santa Claus, Christmas Trees and quality family time.  Christmas in July?  Perhaps because of this incredibly warm summer in NC with temperatures often in the 90s or hitting 100, I dream of SNOW!  




Introducing Crystal - my single snowflake miniquilt.




A closeup of the stitching.




and the view of the back - 



This block is 10 1/2 inches - wouldn't it be fun to make a quilt filled with all different snowflakes?  



I hadn't made paper snow flakes since I was a kid.  Somewhat like riding a bicycle, one never forgets how but those first couple of attempts - especially the upper right corner - aren't very pretty to look at.  The bottom one served as my inspiration for my quilt block.




I took a piece of white fabric and prepared it with iron on adhesive.




Then I folded into a cone like shape - adhesive side touching.- and cut the snowflake freehand as I had the paper.




I then carefully unfolded and TADA!!!  Snow in July!  I ironed it onto a blue solid and had fun thread painting the snowflake and I outlined the cut areas.




Thanks for coming to visit me in the blog hop.  Leslie and Madam Samm - thanks for getting us organized!  Please grab a cup of Hot Chocolate and visit these talented quilters that I am fortunate to share day three with!



(To see the whole week's schedule visit Santa Leslie.)


Happy Stitching!

62 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the tutorial, and have to follow your directions. Thank you for sharing, Judith, Texas

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  2. What a great idea! That looks like fun.

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  3. They are all lovely - such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. So creative and wonderful. Thank you for sharing today.

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  5. That looks fun, Perhaps I'll have to have a go at this.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your pretty mini-quilt.

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  7. I love this! I feel very cool just watching how you make it. These have to be so much fun because we all had fun cutting snowflakes out when we were younger. Love the white on that gorgeous blue and thank you so much for the instructions...I see little snowflakes soon popping up all over blogland! Thanks for participating in the hop! It's a wonderful day 3!

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  8. I have seen this but never tried it. Thanks for the tut, hope the snowflake makes you feel cooler.

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  9. Good Morning Patty...can we talk about that stitching....lol. your perfect snowflake is just that perfect...glad you hopped along with us...

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  10. Hi
    You make it look so easy to do. I just imagine it to be alot of work. Thanks for sharing. It mau entice me to try it because it is beautiful. aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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  11. Great block, a beautiful design. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  12. this is a great idea to use the paper tech for fabric snowflakes! have a nice blog hop and see you sunday on my blog!

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  13. The vision of bringing back childhood projects!! What a great idea!

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  14. I'd love for some snowflakes to fall out of the sky right now. Nice snowflake block.

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  15. I'm thinking I could use a little snow in this heat.. it is supposed to be like 107 today.. yikes!!

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  16. Great idea to use what we learned as children to make a fabulous mini quilt. Well done.

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  17. Love your snowflake! I have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. What a wonderful idea! I was never very good at paper snowflakes but this block would sure make it worth trying again. I love it! blessings, marlene

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  19. What a sweet little mini quilt! You're so clever!

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  20. How fun! I remember making snowflakes in elementary school. When I learned how to do them I made tons of snowflakes. I think this would be a fun project to do with the grandchildren.

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  21. Good job. I'm so ready for some snow.

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  22. You brought back those fun childhood memories of making dozens of snowflakes to hang around the room at Christmas. It is a beautiful snowflake and I love how the back of it looks. Nice job and thanks for sharing a tutorial! :O)

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  23. Cute idea! I used to love making paper snowflakes.

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  24. I can see using this 'paper snowflake' idea with my grandson - he can learn to make the snowflakes and I can use them to make a wallhanging - a gift to make his Mommy or teacher. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  25. Great idea to use the tried and true method of making paper snowflakes with fabric! Thanks!

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  26. I love snowflakes. I remember cutting out snowflakes in school. So long ago. Just so beautiful to see and to have it in a design for a pillow or even a quilt or even hanging on your Christmas Tree. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with all of your followers.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  27. Wow - what a unique block - so cool how you cut it out - just like paper. I am definitely gonna have to try my hand at this one :)

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  28. I love snow so I will have to try to make this!
    Blessings and Ho Ho Ho
    Gmama Jane

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  29. Great idea.I sure do some next christmas season.

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  30. What a fun block , it has been a long time since I made paper snowflakes but now you have inspired me to make one with cloth . Thanks for sharing !

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  31. Hi Patty, what a great idea, another one added to my to do list. It is getting pretty long now! Susie x

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  32. What a smart cookie you are! Love your idea and thanks for the tutorial. Now I just need to practice cutting out paper first. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  33. I used to make lots of paper snowflakes as a kid. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  34. Love your snowflake block. During my teaching career, I taught middle school mathematics and always did paper snowflakes at Christmas time. When I taught sewing, I would always challenge my students to make ornaments out of scraps or recycled items. They were always proud of what they made and were anxious to take it home and put it on their family tree. In elementary school, we always made picture ornaments with the school pictures. My tree always has only handmade ornaments that bring back many happy memories.

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  35. Your block is wonderful. The dark background really makes a great contrast for the flake. Can't believe it is as simple a process as your tut reveals. thanks so much for sharing.

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  36. Hmmm, even if I remembered how to make snowflakes it would never look as wonderful as yours! That is amazing!!

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  37. Hiya! What a beautiful piece!!! I'm in NC too, and I know what you mean about thinking about snow this time of year. I love snow and snowflakes. And I remember cutting them out as a child too. Your stitching is exquisite! So pretty. Thanks for sharing with us. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  38. You did a great job on your snowflake especially with your thread painting.

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  39. What a beautiful snowflake block!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  40. What a beautiful snowflake and just imagine how many different ones you could make! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  41. I love snowflakes, too! I even have snowflake-bordered dishes for the winter. I think your technique might show up on some placemats to go with the snowflake/snowman fabric napkins I made.

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  42. What a fun way to make snowflakes! I will have to give this a try, it's brillant! Happy quilting!

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  43. What fun ... wonderful winter time snow flakes!! Thank you for sharing :)

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  44. Brilliant way to make snowflakes for applique! Yours is just gorgeous - the dark blue background is the perfect complement.

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of this fun hop!

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  45. Great snowflake mini quilt.
    And thanks for sharing the way you made the snowflake.

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  46. Thank you so much for letting us know how you did this lovely snowflake!! My fav - iron-on applique!!!!

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  47. Very nice quilting on the snowflake .
    Thanks for the tut. I love to learn something new.

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  48. THANKS FOR YOUR POST-LOVE THE SNOW FLAKE!


    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  49. Thanks for sharing how you made your snowflakes. It really would be fun to have a quilt made of all different snowflakes.

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  50. I love have you made the snowflake! I would never have thought to make them from paper folding!

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  51. I should really have some hot chocolate while I'm looking at all these posts.

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  52. Thanks for introducing us to Chrystal...your mini quilt would be great for a small table topper or a hot pad. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your snowflake block on your day to 'shine'...happy stitching

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  53. That's a lot of scissor detail. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Nice idea to use a paper pattern for a block! Thanks for sharing.

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