I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Week 1 Block 1 of the Quilt Along. It has been so much fun designing for this quilt along and who doesn’t love Christmas.

Without further ado, here is block 1. A snowflake, I just could not resist making a snowflake. You see where I live in South Africa our Christmas falls in summer. And I would absolutely love to see a snow white Christmas.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

For the snowflake I decided to design an applique pattern. It is super simple and easy to make.

You can download the pattern here. Plus clicking on the picture above will take you to the download page as well.

I have put together a tutorial for you to make it easier to follow the instructions.

Tutorial to make the Snowflake block

First you need to cut a 12 ½ inch square for the background. Because this is an applique block it will shrink a bit once appliqued, so cut your square slightly bigger. You can always trim the block down once you are finished.

Step 1:

Cut a 13 inch square of background fabric.

Iron out any wrinkles, then press your square into quarters, I will explain this a little later.

Step 2:

I chose to use raw edge applique.

Place your choice of applique paper (I used fusible applique) on top of the Snowflake template, you should be able to see through the paper or use a light table or press the paper and pattern to a window so that the light shines through.

Trace the patterns on the applique paper with a pencil. Then roughly cut out the pieces, ready to be ironed onto fabric.

Step 3:

Placing the glue side down onto the back of your chosen fabric. Iron it down with dry heat.
Make sure the glue has melted and that the paper is sticking to the fabric.

Step 4:

Cut out all the different shapes using your paper scissors, not your special fabric scissors. This will dull the edge of your fabric scissors.

Step 5:

Once all the pieces are cut out, you can start assembling the pattern.
Normally you will started from the bottom and work your way to the top piece.
Here I decided to place the center white circle down first.
DO NOT iron this yet. Just press down gently on the circle to keep it in place.
See you the quarter lines are coming in handy now.
I used the lines to center the circle nicely.

Step 6:

Place the the inner red circle and finger press it down to hold it in place.

Step 7:

Now place all the inner blades down, pushing the tip of the blade underneath the bigger circle to hold them in place.
I started to place the first one with it’s one edge ¼ inch from one of the creased lines in the background fabric. Continue laying them out.
Then place the larger blades down. Start with the four pieces that will fall on the crease lines. Making sure the top and bottom points are lying right on the crease line. Slip it down in between two smaller blades, until there is just a tiny space left between the smaller and larger blades.
Then place the last four blades. And you finished the pattern. Lightly press with your iron.Additional steps.

I decided to make this quilt with the quilt as you go method.

You could decide to applique the pattern down, by hand or by machine using a zig zag or satin stitch.

I will be using a satin stitch for most of the applique on my machine, once my block is finished I sandwich it and use the satin stitch on my machine. This way I am quilting the block as I am appliqueing the pattern pieces.

To start I have cut some scrap batting lying around in my batting bin. I found two pieces that will work for this block and just need to stitch the together. There are many different ways to put scrap batting together. Using a very loose, large zig zag, I just pull the two edges together on my machine and zig zag all the way.

Sandwich you backing, the batting and your block together and lightly baste them together.

You could use spray baste or pins, whichever is easiest for you. I chose pin basting, as the block is so small.

Stitch the bottom circle first.

Then all the smaller blades.

Now the larger blades.

That inner circle need red thread, I think.

This is what the back looks like.
I wanted the stitches to show up on the back, looking good.

You could use invisible thread so that none of your stitches will show up on the front or the back.

Snip of all your threads.

And there you have the finished block, already quilted, using an applique stitch on the machine.
I might add some more quilting, once all the blocks have been put together.

You can download this tutorial right here.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting

Let us not forget the prizes!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to wind these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

Our lucky winner will receive the Sugar Plum Christmas thread collection from Aurifil, and a digital pattern from Quilt in Piece. The giveaway is open to participants worldwide.

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Have a happy crafty and sewing week.




  1. I’m bewildered, I think. Do I understand correctly that we should create our own kite shapes? Should I be seeing a pattern for the pieces?

    1. There is a link under the first picture of the snowflake in the post.

  2. Great block, Vanda. I love seeing all the versions. From the amount of followers we should have quite a few showing up!

  3. Vanda this is a beautiful snowflake I love how you stitched the pieces down so there is another snowflake on the back. I have never done applique, but it looks like these directions are simple enough for a beginner like me.

  4. HI Vanda where do you live in South Africa? I live in Natal on the South Coast. I am sooooo excited to see that we do have clever quilters in South Africa. I have been quilting for about 10 years and you are the first South African that I have seen on a quilt.along. We don’t have many fabric shops here so it’s nice that you are in the same country so I can ask questions on where to find fabric etc.

    Joan Budde

    1. Author

      Hi Joan, I live in Amanzimtoti. And most of the time, I buy my fabric from the Waste Centre. But sometimes buy online when I am looking for something specific. We are a bit lacking in the cute fabric department. I love taking part in quilt alongs and blog hops for about 2 years now. There is a few more coming up soon, that you might be interested in. Will email you in a bit. Vanda

  5. Thank you for the lovely block. I do live in a place where we have snow for Christmas – upstate New York, USA. Many times we have LOTS of snow. Though I have traveled some, I’ve never been to South Africa. How much snow do you get? I’m looking forward to making all the blocks.

    1. Author

      No snow at all. In the deepest winter, if I travel 1 hour to the mountains. We will see some snow on the very tippy top.

  6. This is just the ‘kick in the pants’ I need to get the Christmas fabrics out and ready to go.

    1. Author

      Yay, you like it. I had fun with this one. And an easy block compared to others coming up.

  7. Love the new blog design Vanda.. your block to start the quilt along is also faaaaaaaaaaabulous!!! 🙂 ty

  8. Your block is the most wonderful #1for the QAL. Trying to decide if I do light on darker, or dark on lighter is the only problem I have right now, the completed ones are sensational. Lovely tutorial, it all runs so smoothly. Fabulous start.

  9. Snowflakes only have 6 sides. Not 8!

    1. Author

      These are special North Pole snowflakes ?

  10. How can I get all the block patterns to your. “Merry Quilt Along”? I love them and would love to participate!
    Thank you!

    1. Author

      Hi Connie,

      We are on week 1 for the quilt along, so havent missed anything.

      You can come and follow us in out Facebook group

      Or you can sign up for my newsletter and get an email when the next block is released.

      Block 2 will be released on 15 August.

      So glad you are joining us.

  11. Should we add 1/4 inch seam allowance? Since it’s applique, I didn’t think so but thought I should ask.

    1. Author

      Hi Jolene, 

      You don’t have to add a seam allowance. Just trace the shapes as they are on the diagram.  

      Let me know if need anymore help. 


  12. Thank you so much for designing and sharing this fun Snowflake Applique Block pattern! My quilting friend and I discovered the Quilt Along today and are really excited. We both are ready to begin sewing the pieces tomorrow. Your tutorial was very wonderful to follow. Thank you again and have a great day!

  13. Where do I get pattern for each block?

  14. How can I get the blocks sent to me every week? I am from Perth Western Australia.

  15. Hi Vanda. I love your block and your quilt as you go and would like to try this method but i am confused what you mean by “I will be using a satin stitch for most of the applique on my machine, once my block is finished I sandwich it and use the satin stitch on my machine. This way I am quilting the block as I am appliqueing the pattern pieces.” Does this mean you are sewing around the pieces twice? Once to stitch them to the top block and again to stitch through the batting and backing?
    Thank you

  16. Ha, I made it with 6 minutes to spare! LOL It turned out to be easier than I expected, especially putting the little pieces down on the folds and doing them first.

  17. I was really hoping that these patterns are still available… I was wanting to do a Christmas quilt… please let me know… thank you & Blessings

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