Snowman Blocks for my Winter Quilt

These are the snowman blocks I have made for my Winter Quilt. I have been working on this quilt for a few years now. One winter, I made the snowman blocks. The following winter, I made cardinal blocks. The year after, I made a centre block with leaves and red berries. Then, I cut little squares and thin stripes. Last year, I assembled everything together to make the top. And this winter, I am quilting it. I have been on it for six years now. Time to finish it!

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The snowman was inspired by a pattern I saw in the magazine McCalls Quilting (A Merry Menorah, by Cheryl Lynch, Dec. 2008). I changed it slightly. Instead of sewing 9 snowmen in a row, I chose to make four blocks with only one snowman. I have found a link to the original pattern, if you wish to see it.

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I sew all the appliqués by hand. Then I embroidered by hand the noses, the eyes, the buttons and the edges of the scarves and hats. It was in 2009 and my youngest son had started school a few months ago. It was with great joy that I was able to sit down one hour or two in the afternoon to stitch.

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The four blocks are almost identical. The faces are not the same. As well as the snowy landscape. I guess that by now you have noticed the blue thread adorning the blocks horizontally. My first idea was to take pictures before passing those threads through the fabric. Then I forgot. I only remembered after I had finished to prepare the quilt for quilting. As I certainly would not be doing that less-than-agreable step twice on the same quilt, the pictures were taken. Just imagine they are not there.

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All the fabric is 100% cotton, except for the pieces of wood that are made with polyester. I love this brown fabric, embroidered with brown thread. I find it perfect for anything woody.

I started the quilting two days ago. By hand. One hour or two in the afternoon, while my boys are at school.

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18 thoughts on “Snowman Blocks for my Winter Quilt

    • Thank you, Jennifer! Yes, hand-appliqué is a peaceful activity and I share your love of it. A sunny winter day provides the perfect light to see the tinniest details.

  1. France! Our paths cross yet again through a Linky party. 🙂 LOVE your snowmen; the pic jumped off the page at me. Then again I do love snowmen; they were in my first quilt, which was out of a McCall’s magazine, (more like 1998 lol) now that I come to think of it. Who knew.

  2. France, I am absolutely in love with your darling snowmen. I just love their little faces and the wonderful scarves around them. I also love how the snow behind them are all a little different. They are perfect and I will adore watching them turn into a quilt.

  3. How adorable France! I love the matching scarf and cap you added to each snowman and the colors scheme is so perfect for winter. It makes me imagine the cold, fresh smell of snow.

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