Quilt Block-32 'Snowman'

1 - These are the paper pattern (left), the freezer paper background pattern (right), and the freezer paper kids and snowman patterns (bottom).
2 - These are the fabric pieces used to make the block: The Northern Lights print sky, the white print snow field, the snow ground, the white fleece (for the snowman), the green fleece (for the hat band, the hat pompom, and the scarf), the green print (for the hat), the forest print (for the snowman arms), the black satin (for the eyes and buttons), the orange print (for the nose), the red star print designs (for the girl's kuspuk), the black and red print design (for the boy's kuspuk), the black fleece (for the ruffs and cuffs), the black leather-look (for the mittens and shoes), and the solid red (for the boy's pants).

3 - On the freezer paper patterns, I marked where the pieces fit one against the other and then cut them all apart. I have included an extra snowman piece so you can cut the original into the parts - scarf, arms, hat, pompom, nose, eyes, and buttons (eyes and buttons shown on a small rectangle piece of paper beside scarf). The 2 lines remaining on the girl's kuspuk and the snowman's mouth are to be embroidered.


4 - Before you do any of the other ironing, press the stabilizer piece to the back of the white snowman fabric piece. Then press the freezer paper patterns onto the front of their fabric pieces leaving enough room for at least 1/4" seam allowance all the way around every piece (at least 1/2" between pieces).
4B - With right sides together, match up the bias edges (with the marks) and precise corners of the top section background pieces. Pin so paper edges meet exactly.
4B - Sew (I prefer using a serger) just scantly outside the paper edges and press towards the top section.
5 - With right sides together, match up the edges (with the marks) and precise corners of the snow and background sections. Pin so paper edges meet exactly.
6 - Sew just scantly outside the paper edges and press towards the top section. Mark the outer edges (around the freezer paper) of the completed background block.
7 - Place the completed background section over the paper pattern and trace the outlines onto the background section. (I prefer to pin them together, hold them against a window, and trace the pattern onto the background from there)

8 - At this point, you can use whatever method you prefer to applique the remaining pieces onto the background section. For example: satin stitch, blanket stitch, or old-fashioned turn and blind stitch.I prefer to stabilize the edges (by doing a small 1/8" machine stitch around the outside edge of each piece to be appliqued). After you machine stitch around all the pieces, do a machine stitch over the defining lines on the scarf and the mouth.

The fabric pieces on the left-hand side are shown front side up and the ones on the right-hand side are shown back side up to show the stitching around the outside of each piece.

9 - Cut out the pieces leaving AT LEAST 1/4" seam allowance. Clip the curves and inside corners the same as you would with any applique - BEING CAREFULL NOT TO CLIP THROUGH THE MACHINE STITCHING. This stitching will help control the small threads that result from clipping, making raveling less likely.
10 - Embroider the two lines on the girl's kuspuk in a ziz-zag stitch, with whatever method you prefer.
11 - Stitch the sleeves onto the kuspuks. Make sure you don't stitch into the seam allowance area on the fronts of the kuspuks, as you will need to turn them under when you sew the kuspuks down.

12 - Stitch the shoes for both kids onto the background, leaving the top edge raw and unturned.

Stitch the pants for the boy over his shoe, leaving the top edge raw and unturned.

Stitch the mittens for both kids onto the background.

13 - Stitch the kuspuk for both kids onto the background over the pants (boy) and shoe (girl) leaving the face area raw and unturned.

Tear away the freezer paper from the embroidery.


13A - Stitch the ruffs and cuffs for both kids onto the background.

14 - Stitch the eyes and buttons onto the snowman.

(These are tiny, difficult pieces to work with. The eyes and buttons could also be embroidered or use regular buttons in place of the applique.)

Stitch the nose onto the snowman.

Stitch the left arm of the snowman onto the background.

14A - Stitch the snowman fleece down with a classic blind stitch by hand, using the outside line of machine stitching (instead of the turned fabric edge) to anchor the piece in place.
14B - Stitch the right arm in place.
14C - Stitch the hat down. Stitch on the hat band and pompom. Stitch on the scarf.

Embroidery the mouth.

The block is now completed.

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