This past week we experienced unseasonably warm weather. November high temps in the 70s are rare in Minnesota. The snow we received in October disappeared quickly, and we were able to get outside to finish our autumn yard chores and enjoy the sunshine. But mother nature can’t fool me. I know that bitter cold and mounds of white stuff are just around the corner. So, I embraced the inevitable and sewed up this pretty snowflake pillow.
I’m pleased to tell you that the snowflake block is a free pattern from Highway 10 Designs, a Canadian based design team that I came to know through the wonderful quilting community on Instagram. They designed this Snazzy Snowflake Quilt Block years ago as part of a sampler BOM program with area quilt shops, and now it is a free PDF on their website!
I added 2 1/2” borders to all four sides so that I could use a 16” pillow form I had on hand. A bit of simple straight-line quilting accented the snowflake shape nicely. To finish my pillow, I used the simple envelope back technique and bound my pillow just like I would bind a quilt.
I used fabrics from my stash. The blue background is Moda’s Indigo Chambray (#12051 13). The white snowflake is from Gingiber’s Merrily collection from a couple of years ago. The warm gray binding and backing material are also from Gingiber’s Merrily collection.
When I carried my cute pillow to the guest room to photograph it, I felt a rush of happy inspiration. My Buffalo Check Autumn quilt is currently on the bed in that room. As I was moving it out of the way, it dawned on me that if I fold it in half and just display the denim stars (hiding the pumpkins), it will look wonderful as a winter “foot of the bed” quilt. And . . . bonus . . . it coordinates so nicely with my new pillow! Don’t you just love happy accidents like that?
Thanks for stopping by today, quilting friends. And thank you to the ladies at Highway 10 Designs for making this Snazzy Snowflake Quilt Block pattern available to all of us!