Woven Snowmen – a Finished Quilt!


Ah, so this quilt has a long history with me. I bought the fabric something like a million years ago – at least 2010 or 2011, and I don’t remember which Basic Grey line it is…but all their Christmas lines do look pretty similar.

I made placemats for my mother from the layer cake, and the jelly roll sat around for a while until an idea popped into my head. And it was a GREAT IDEA. I did all the math and start piecing to test it, intending to submit it to Moda Bake Shop.

And after all the cutting and piecing and re-cutting, this post popped up in my feed. Yes, my wonderful design had been stolen. In a huff, I put everything away for quite a while, until eventually I realized that, um, Jess couldn’t steal something that was in my head. Probably. And mine is strip-pieced and much smaller, since I kept the strips going across the rows.

It took me another long while to decide on borders – I was tired of just throwing on a great big print and calling it a day. This one was kind of a zipper effect that…makes me think I should stick with throwing on a great big print and calling it a day. It was a lot of fun to quilt, though – my usual loops but kind of custom.

The backing is Joann flannel that I bought somewhere in the middle of the process – so 2014 or so. It is exactly perfect for this quilt. And the binding is just red dot basic that I think I’ve used 5+ times now. Because it’s a good binding!

And so it’s done, after more than five years in process. I don’t love it or hate it. I might sell it – if it washes without bleeding. {Not my typical experience with Moda, unfortunately.} Maybe I’ll write out a tutorial like I intended from the beginning. Or maybe I’ll just let that go. {Jess’s is very nicely written, after all!}

58″ square

See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Finish Along {list}

4 thoughts on “Woven Snowmen – a Finished Quilt!”


Brilliant minds think alike I guess! I looks a fun quilt and I hope it finds a happy home. Congratulations on the finish and thank you for participating in the 2016FAL, on behalf of all the hosts!


I think your quilt is darling and different enough that you could do a tutorial. I made one like hers and the piecing was intense. I wonder if yours would be more simple.


Congrats on the finish! Sorry your idea got high jacked.

Mary @ Fleur de Lis Quilts

You’re so sweet to Jess! It’s interesting how two people can have a close idea, approach it in different ways, but end up with a similar quilt. Consider writing the tutorial, anyway. I’ve found that different approaches will occasionally spark an idea that combines the two techniques or leads to something totally different. Besides some of us like walking different paths to get to the same place.

The quilt, btw, is absolutely lovely. I like those colors and it’s just too perfect that you found the backing that mimics the pattern! That might be my favorite. Lucky you!

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