Last month I blogged about a paper pieced snowflake. Since then I have become a wee bit snowflake obsessed. When I wasn’t quilting Seeing Stars I was tweaking snowflake designs, and breaking them into sections in different ways to find the best way to sew them together, and how to add and shape seam allowances on my templates before printing so the sections would line up just so…. Well, I’ll just say I’m rather sheepish about how much time I spent planning the sewing versus how much time I actually sewed.
Here’s what I accomplished in the snowflake sewing department:
You’ll notice that unlike the snowflake on the left, the snowflake on the right does not have a bunch of seams meeting in the middle. Definitely worth all the extra planning time!
Here’s part of what I accomplished in the planning part:
All four of these can be made using the same paper piecing pattern! Just choose different color combinations for all the pieces and ta da! Once I noticed that, the designs multiplied. And as I played with colour placement I noticed a spot here or there where a subtle change in one part of the section might give a whole new design. Then that new design had a few color combinations…
I did say I was obsessed. I have 7 different snowflake templates (that’s not counting the ones I discarded), each with at least 3 color combos, for a total of 26 distinct snowflake designs. Some are similar, but subtly different.
In case you’re wondering, I’m not planning to sew them all. They would look cool all together (I did mock it up in EQ to see!) but I’m not that much of a paper piecing fan! I’m thinking about a pillow. Or 5 flakes for a table runner. Or 7 large flakes for a bed runner. Or…
Does anyone want to sew along to help me stay focused? If you’d like a snow-along quilt along, leave me a comment and I’ll think about the best way to share the patterns. Maybe I’ll even go learn how to host a linky…and make a quilt-along button to share…and remember to sew a few blocks sometime too!