Original Pieced Snowflake

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block4 finishedThis block I designed prior to our Covid-19 lockdown... and I must add here, that even though we need to stay home during this time, things are busier than before for me! Often I'm just too tired to sew and this was the case last month, but today we have reached level 3 and with that comes a bit more energy so I felt comfortable in tackling this detailed snowflake block.

I picked a dark background so the snowflake would stand out. I intend to use some darker backgrounds for other blocks to mix them up some. Here are all my pieces cut out.... but before you get started, it's probably best to let you know this would be considered an advanced block. Some of the pieces are quite small.

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All sections cut out ready to start piecing

This is what is needed to:

Background:

EIGHT 4" x 1-1/2" rectangles (corner units)

TWO 2-3/4" squares (quarter square triangle units)

EIGHT  2-1/2" x 2" rectangles (corner units)

SIXTEEN 2" squares (flying geese units)

FOUR 1-1/2" squares (center nine-patch)

White:

FOUR 3-1/2" x 2" rectangles (flying geese units)

TWO 2-3/4" squares (quarter square triangle units)

FOUR 2-1/2" squares (corner units)

FOUR 1-1/2" squares (center nine-patch)

Cream:

FOUR 3-1/2" x 2" rectangles (flying geese units)

TWO 2-3/4" squares (quarter square triangle units)

FOUR 2" squares (corner units)

Pale Blue:

TWO 2-3/4" squares (quarter square triangle units)

FIVE 1-1/2" squares (4 for corner units;1 for center nine-patch)

First up I used the 2-3/4" squares to make eight quarter square triangle blocks just like I made last week. I matched Background fabrics with white and cream with pale blue to get the right combination. I pressed the seams toward the background and blue triangles so the second seams could butt together. The background triangles should be opposite the pale blue ones. You can find the previous post with full instructions here: How to make a quarter square triangle block

These were trimmed to 2" squares.

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quarter square triangle blocks

Then I made the Flying Geese Blocks by adding two background 2" squares to each end of a 3-1/2" x 2" rectangles. Drawing a diagonal line on the 2" square and stitching along it makes this super easy.

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This is made with one rectangle and two squares

To reduce bulk, I usually cut away the under triangles. However, sometimes if I haven't sewn accurate enough, I'll leave the back triangle in place (just removing the inner one) so I know exactly where the 1/4" seam should be.

These sections and pieces will make up the three different units - one center block 3" x 3"(finished), four corner blocks 4" x 4"(finished), and four middle blocks 3" x 4"(finished).

The nine-patch in the center of the block was just a matter of sewing the small 1-1/2" squares together. If I was making lots of these, I would have strip-cut them, joined the strips, and then cut them that way. If you want more details about that, check out this earlier blog post: Strip piecing nine-patch units

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Center nine-patch block

The corners were also easy as I pressed all seams toward the background fabric thus they butted up together. I find this the easiest way to make accurate points without the use of pins.

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corner units

The middle sections were the most complicated because of all the diagonal seams and extra bulk of seam allowances. I found I needed to use pins to help match up the seams.

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middle sections are the most difficult with matching diagonal seams

With all the units made, I was able to sew the units together in rows.... And then join the rows together to make my April Christmas block.

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My pieced snowflake block

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