The snowflake quilt block is unusual because of the different sizes of squares used. This makes for an interesting block that really could make you think of snowflakes. However, it doesn’t mean it’s difficult to make – just different.
Cutting requirements for the snowflake quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four pink, four white
3.7/8″ squares: four pink, four white
5″ square: one pink
5.3/8″ squares: two pink, cut along one diagonal to make two triangles from each one
5.3/4″ squares: one white, cut along both diagonals to make four triangles
Making the snowflake quilt block
I’m going to make the central section first and then add a frame of squares around it. Begin with the 5″ pink square and the white triangles cut from the 5.3/4″ square. Sew two triangles to opposite edges of the pink square. Press the seam allowances away from the square (I know that means pressing them towards the white, but that can’t be helped). Sew the remaining two triangles to the remaining two sides of the square. Press and then trim the square where the triangle tips stick out in the middle of each edge.
The next stage is a repeat, placing a pink triangle on each edge of this newly formed square. These are the pink triangles formed by cutting the 5.3/8″ squares along one diagonal only.
Sew the first two triangles on opposite edges, press the seam allowances away from the square and sew the remaining two pink triangles to the square.
Trim the block – it should now measure 9.1/2″ square.
For the outer frame of the snowflake quilt block you will need half square triangles. Place a pink and a white 3.7/8″ square right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
The outer frame consists of a pink 3.1/2″ square in each corner, a white square in the middle of each edge and a half square triangle on either side of each white square. You can see that I have arranged these as three squares above and below the central square and a column of squares on either side.
Sew the two strips of three together and sew them to the top and bottom of the central square. Sew the squares on the sides into two columns. Sew the three columns together to complete the snowflake quilt block.
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