Having lived all my life in either North Dakota or Minnesota, I have a fondness for snow -- with the exception of having to drive in it. I even enjoy shoveling my driveway after a fresh snowfall.
In my Master's group in Tech Know Quilters, I used the December 2020 free fabric collection from EQ to design snow-like Dresden blocks. First Snowfall by Hoffman, is a beautiful collection of whites, blues, greys and even pale greens. Make sure to downlod the collection from the Do You EQ website. The collection even includes some Ombre fabrics.
In this tutorial, I will share my approach for drafting the "snowfall" block. You may find it useful to import the block image shown here for tracing.
Since this block is comprised of squares, half square triangles and flying geese units, there are lots of possibilities for coloring the block. Or for simplifying the block by deleting some extra lines. I would love to see how you decide to make the block your own.
Piecing the Snowfall Block
,When piecing a block, I will frequently modify the cutting charts from EQ to use my favorite tools and rulers. For this block, I will modify the cutting instructions to use both the Tucker Trimmer 1 and Wing Clipper from Studio 180 Design. I love using over-sized piecing trim down techniques as it results in accurate pieced blocks.
Here was my modified rotary cutting chart from the video.
Notes if using Specialty Rulers:
1/9/2021 09:55:20 am
Oh, Keri thanks for the video. I have made some squares similar to the one you made but did not use the copy tools. This will help me a lot. Thanks again.
1/9/2021 10:55:17 am
I really enjoyed this: simple and sweet. I alternated the snowfall blocks with a square in a square in a square, sashing and sashed border, and 3 more borders to make a large queen size quilt. Might even make the quilt, I like it that much! Thanks.
1/10/2021 05:28:23 am
I really enjoyed this video because I learned new things such as cloning . Cloning is a handy tool when creating symmetrical blocks. Thank you so much!
1/27/2021 01:20:57 pm
Thank you so much. I've been trying to just copy and paste and move everything in place as best I could. Now I know about cloning!! This is such a great tool. I've colored a couple of blocks.
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