My all white theme for decorating this month needed a white on white runner for the kitchen counter. In keeping with the winter theme, I pulled out some whites and found this white snowflake on an ecru background.
This lacy white on white print would make good snowflakes.
Looking at them together, this is going to be a ‘low volume’ quilt, meaning that there isn’t a lot of contrast between the colors.
I began by cutting some 3-1/2 inch squares of both colors.
I marked my usual line for making HSTs and matched up the squares, one white and one ecru.
Chain piece as usual.
Cut apart and press as usual.
Now, take the HSTs and pair with a white 3-1/4-inch square. Place the marked line crossways from the sewn line on the HST.
Sew, press and cut apart, and you’ll have a quarter square triangle on one side, and a half square triangle on the other. Note the seam lines will be a bit different from side to side.
I was going to make it bigger, but I decided an 8-inch finished block would be better than the 12 I had planned. So, I squared them up to 2-1/2 inches.
Next, I made some additional HSTs.
Then I put the Qst/Hsts in the middle in a pinwheel layout, and added the other pieces around.
Sew them in pairs, laying them back out as you go.
Then sew the rows.
Press the seams opposite on alternate rows ( such as row 1 and 3 left, 2 and 4 right) so you can nest seams. Sew the rows.
As I lay out the next snowflake, it occurred to me that no two snowflakes are alike, so mine shouldn’t be either. So I did this one differently. I also started to pay more attention to the seam lines as they made a difference in the overall look of the block.
I sewed this one in rows too.
Then a third one. After that I added sashing between the blocks.
I added an outer border as well, measuring it for precision.
OK, now to quilt it, and we’ll get to that in a bit. I need to decide if ecru or white batting makes a difference.
If you’d like to quilt along with this pattern, here is what you need. I’m giving smaller sizes for cutting than I used because I decided to make it smaller. Finished size of the runner is 12 x 32.
Ecru Snowflake or background print –
3-1/4″ squares – 9
3-inch squares – 6
2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ rectangles – 4
2-1/2″ x 32″ strips – 2
White on White print –
3-1/4″ squares – 9
3-inch squares – 24
Additional fabric for backing and binding. Pair the 3-1/4 inch squares white to ecru and make HSTs. Pair the finished HSTs with the white 3 inch squares sewing cross ways to the seam line on the HST to make a half quarter square triangle unit. Pair the six 3-inch squares white to ecru and make HSTs. Square all units to 2-1/2″. Arrange how you like. Sew in rows. Make three blocks. Add sashing, then side borders. Quilt as desired. Bind as usual.
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