This quilt was just finished this December with a lot less fanfare than the other snowman quilt. In fact, I think I only mentioned in passing that I wanted to finish it in time for Christmas so that both girls could choose a snowman quilt to sleep with. I didn’t even let the girls know the snowmen quilts were for them until I finished this one too, which wasn’t until mid-December. (I started this quilt in September or October, so this really was a fast finish for me!)
When I finished this quilt, I made a big To Do about laying both the snowmen quilts out on the floor and letting the girls choose which one each wanted. Disaster waiting to happen as they both clamored for the same snowman quilt, right? WRONG. Elena immediately made a beeline for the previous snowman quilt, and Julia proceeded to cross her arms, exclaiming “I don’t WANT a noman woogie! I want to sleep wit my wainbow woogie Grammy made me!” Harumph. Julia finally decided she wanted this quilt when she saw how enthusiastic Elena was about hers, but she still refused to sleep with it. And Julia is indeed still sleeping with the baby quilt Grammy made for her, while this quilt is in a crumpled pile on her floor. Can’t win them all!
I have titled this quilt “All Shook Up! A Snowmen in a Snowglobe Quilt.” The title is inspired by the wonderful flannel backing I found a couple years ago just for this project ~Yes, I’ve owned this pattern for at least a couple years ~ and simply because the quilt looks like just a bunch of snowman parts floating around! The final size is @ 59″ x 73″. The pattern is “Frosty Flakes” #806 by Sew Special Designs. I’ve changed it around a bit, adding some snowmen, taking away others, but really not changing it much.
Because the snowmen are appliqued on, I ended up having to double-layer the white fabric. Without the double-layer, the blue fabric was showing through WAY too much. OH, and for this quilt, I painted on all the black coal spots with fabric paint. I was horrified by the thought of doing either embroidery or applique for ALL those pieces of black coal!
Once again my Mom quilted this for me, this time adding some swirls in with the quilted snowflakes, and thus definitely adding some more movement to the quilt. The snowmen really are all swirled and shook up! This quilting was especially awesome since I gave it to her at Quilt Festival at the beginning of November and she had it back to me by Thanksgiving in midst of her busy season!
I still somewhat feel like this quilt is missing a bit of something — maybe some extra color? I couldn’t figure out what else it might need. Because of that lingering feeling, I definitely wouldn’t say this is my favorite quilt, but I’m definitely still happy with it. And I’m ecstatic that I got it off my To Do list!
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