This is Patty and her handsome hubby and below their photo is her Kaffe fabrics that she has been saving for a moment such as this!!!!
This is Kaye’s plan below. And she has her fabric pulled.
You are not behind! This is your week to make a plan and solidify those fabric choices. Cutting is next week, so you still have time to order a die or acrylic templates if you don’t want to use the paper ones.
Just a reminder (and a disclaimer!) that we are NOT promoting a certain pattern or technique for the Flowering Snowball Quilt Along. I used EQ8 to give us some minimum requirements to make the quilt using the 12″ block template.
Since I will be using the Accuquilt to cut my pieces- I would estimate a little higher on fabric needs than what is listed here. I am also going totally scrappy, so my fabrics are going to have to add up to MORE than the yardage listed here in order to get “full scrappiness”!
I’m going to be honest here. I am not the thriftiest quilter in the world. I am not into using tiny scraps or using bargain products that may or may not work. But I am a LOYAL QUILTER. When I find something I like, I stick with it. One of those things is Extra Strong Quilter’s Moonshine.
I have been making ESQM for a few years and it is a staple on my ironing table. If I have to go through the misery of pressing/ironing something, I want the best result in the least amount of time. (There’s that Type A side coming out again!) I like the body that it gives my fabric and I think it makes my quilting more precise. You may like something less intense. . . and if that is the case you can just add some more distilled water.
Here is my recipe: It makes enough for two large spray bottles that you can get just about anywhere. It would make enough to fill several of the smaller bottles if you are looking for a guild gift or something like that.
Extra Strong Quilter’s Moonshine
5 Cups Cheap Vodka (buy what’s closest to the floor at the liquor store!) 4 C Distilled Water 1 C Liquid Starch
Mix it together in a pitcher and use a funnel to fill your bottles.
I really enjoy the graphic arts side of things so I made a recipe card and labels. I like to have cute things in my sewing room and it makes for a nicer gift.
You can buy a label kit for $5. It comes with (2) Waterproof Labels and (3) Recipe Cards 9tuck one away for safe-keeping). These are only available from my online shop since I am supporting the Week-long Etsy Boycott.
More than a year ago I bought Accuquilt’s Block on Board Flowering Snowball die. I had seen a Flowering Snowball at a guild meeting and instantly fell in love so I needed to buy the die. Then my life took a crazy shift last February when I became a National Educator for Handi Quilter and I was busy making samples and preparing curriculums. But that die sits in my studio and lately it has been calling my name louder and louder!
A couple of days ago I posted about the die as my #mustmake when I posted for the #igquiltfest2022 hosted by @amyscreativeside. One of my longarming friends, Patricia Fraser-Sliney @hoosierquilts, spotted it and reached out to me suggesting that we work on them simultaneously. I figured if there were two of us, there were more of us… so we are inviting you to join us.
You do NOT need to use the Accuquilt BOB! You are welcome to use any pattern or template!We are in no way affiliated with Accuquilt or with any fabric companies. We don’t have a pattern to sell or anything. We just really want to make this quilt!!!
I have created some FREE templates that you can print and use to make a Flowering Snowball Quilt. There are some other resources available at the end of the post.
That said, I think we can wrangle some prizes, but they are going to have to be surprises as we move along! There will be a GRAND PRIZE drawn from all the quilters who post a completed flowering snowball quilt top by June 12, 2022. More about that later!!!
We are planning to start on Monday, May 18, 2022. We ask you to do two things:
Sign up to participate by going to http://www.ohkayequilting.com and click on the option to join the Quilt Along. This will allow us to contact you with Quilt Along updates!
Post your progress each week on Instagram using the hashtag #FloweringSnowballQuiltAlong2022. It’s long, but you can do it!
Here is our schedule:
Week 1- (4/18-4/24) Shopping! Social Media Post: Show us a photo of you shopping and tell us why you love this quilt pattern.
Week 2- (4/25-5/1) Fabric Choice Social Media Post: Show your fabrics!
Week 3- (5/2-5/8) Cutting Social Media Post: Let’s see your method- how are you cutting your pieces?
Week 4- (5/9-5/15) Sewing Social Media Post: Navigating the curves.
Week 5- (5/16-5/22) Sewing Social Media Post: Show your progress.
Week 6- (5/23-5/29) Sewing Social Media Post: Show your sewing space.
Week 7- (5/30-6/5) Sewing Social Media Post: Figuring out your layout.
Week 8- (6/5-6/12) Finish the Top Social Media Post: Show your top!
Don’t forget to post photos of your finished quilt! Patty and I are both longarmers, so we want to see them!