Make a Reverse Appliqué Snowflake Quilt with Rob

Hey, things are really heating up here at
Man Sewing. So I had to come up with a super cool project for today. We’re doing snowflake
applique. That’s right. Walk yourselves right back
to your kindergarten days. This is going to be one of the funnest projects ever. I guarantee
it. And super simple. I want you to grab 2 ½ yards of your favorite solid and about
two yards of a great batik to match. And you can go low contrast, high contrast, any way
you like. And you’re also going to need about a yard and a quarter of batting because
you’re going to build yourself up a sandwich. So come down here with me to the table. Here’s
those favorite fabrics that I’ve got. And I’ve already got my sandwich ready. It’s
45 inches square. And I’ve got my top which is my solid. I’ve got my batting. And then
I’m using the same as my back there, another bit of the solid. So this has been prepped
out. I haven’t pinned or thread basted it yet. I’m going to wait until the design
of the applique is finished. How are we going to get the applique done, right? I’m serious.
It’s just like kindergarten. So I want you to take your batik fabric. The
one that’s got all the print and texture to it visually, right? And now for mine we’re
going to put fusible web on the backside. But some batiks don’t really have a true
backside. This one certainly did. It’s really cool. And it actually has a silver imprint
of the snowflake itself on it. So when I was getting ready to put the fusible web on I
made sure that I was working on the backside because I am going to laminate it all with
my Heat N Bond Featherlite that I love so much. And then what happens is the paper is
going to be adhered. And when I start to fold this up like we do for a regular snowflake
style projects, we’re going to fold it with the paper side out. And I’m going to pay
attention to make sure I’m nice and square so I have great symmet, oh that was going
to be tough to say. I slowing it down right there, symmetrical layout in the background,
right? The coffee is kicking in. So I’m going to do one fold square. A second fold
square. Let’s take the time to get that crease out there, nice. Ok, and then I want
to do one diagonal fold as well. I’m going to remind you the paper is on here for stability.
And also if we were folding it with the glue already exposed it could be sticking to itself.
So we don’t want that either. Now what I have is just like our piece of
paper in grade school, right? I’m going to encourage you to use a really good, heavy
duty pair of scissors for this. And very easy geometric cuts as well. I like to start of
that spine or the center part here. And what I mean by geometric cuts is literally I’m
going to go in and do a straight line in. And a straight line. Of course you could do
curves if you wanted. But on your first one why don’t you try to do it straight. And
then also remember we are going to be stitching around these when we’re all done. Take the
time to get those little corners out if you need. . Ok let’s do another one. Maybe a
little bit less for character. Well heck while we’re on it, let’s do a third. Now the
fun part about this is every snowflake is going to be different. So I’m looking forward
to seeing all your designs out there as well. And I’m going to keep cutting here for a
second and get a bunch of this whittled down. Now as you’re cutting through your pieces,
a couple things we should point out. Again this is a great project for you to work on
with the young quilters in your life. But do notice I’m being a little bit hazardous.
You can’t see my low fingers. And I”m making some pretty big and aggressive cuts.
So if you’re working with youngsters make sure that this other hand is well out of the
way with these cuts. And then one of the things we all are laughing at while making our snowflake
samples and stuff is that we all have a tendency to overdo it. So when I get to a point where
I’ve got some of my cutting done already I often have the tendency to want to start
to open it up and see. I don’t want you to open it up too far because it’s hard
to put back together. But as I start to look through there what I’m personally visualizing
in this is I want to make sure that I’m able to still see my batik against the background
fabric. So I don’t want to cut away too much. Let’s make a few more slices if we
can. Here make sure you get it back together as it was. This could be the end of my snowflake.
And then after we get a few of those details and cuts in I”m going to go back and pull
all of that paper off at one point. And I’ll just talk you through some other little tricks
while I’m doing this. And I don’t know if I mentioned earlier but I was actually
using some of little scrap pieces of my Heat N Bond Featherlite to splice in here. This
is a giant piece of applique. So if a little bit of the glue isn’t in all of the spots,
it’s not going to affect the entire bond as we’re getting ready to process it for
the machine quilting. Ok now I think I’ve got it just the way I like. Let’s open it
up one last time and double check. Oh, this is going to be awesome. Now what I’m going
to do is lay it out. Oh this is great. Ok. Oh I love the center. It’s such a surprise
every time. It’s so fun, ok? So then I’m looking. I love it. And now at this point
I’m just going to roll this back here. Find one of those places where I’ve actually
had a splice and grab at it and just start peeling the paper. And I’ll be right back
to show you that finished up. Now as I’m grabbing this last piece of paper
off the back of the applique piece, the batik. I do want to remind you that some fusibles
can get a little tacky. So this isn’t going to act like duct tape in the wind. But I don’t
want to let the layers stick together too much as I’m getting ready to flip it over.
You can see all that shininess. That is the glue on there, right? So we’re just going
to quickly try to flip it and drop it. And then I’m going to start to manipulate it
into place. Just kind of looking for the edge pieces first. Now I will be ironing this down
in a second. So also as I’m looking around, if I end up with any scrap pieces while I
was trimming because I was working on top of my background area. Make sure you pick
up those scrap pieces too. We don’t want to accidentally iron those down in a spot
we don’t want them. And I’m just going to work this for a second. And then we’re
going to start our pressing from the center out. So I’m making sure that my iron is
getting nice and hot down here. And it’s going to be a dry iron. And one of the other
things that happens when you’re pressing this large of an applique piece, either if
it’s when you’re putting the fusible web on the backside or if it’s when we’re
getting ready to iron it down. Your iron is going to have to re-charge its temperature
several times. You’re not going to be able to press this effectively down with one iron.
You’re going to have to let it heat up over and over again. And that’s whether it’s
corded or uncorded. A corded iron still has to heat up as well. Ok, I have a funny story
while I’m working through this. My old studio the electrical wasn’t very safe and so I
always knew when the dryer and washer was finished or when my iron was heating up because
the lights would get dim in my studio. So I always knew when my iron was running a little
bit cool. Now the laundry was finished and I think I stalled just long enough. Now you can see how nice and crisp this is,
right? And like I said, I’m going to take this hot iron. And I’m going to take it
and I’m going to drop it. Making sure I’m perfect. Right in the center. And I’m giving
it just a couple of seconds because it is the Heat N Bond Featherlite. But if you’re
using a different brand just follow your manufacturer’s instructions, right? I don’t want to be
giving you bad numbers if you’re using a different style. And I’m just tacking it
down as I go. It takes a couple seconds. And then I’m going to let the iron heat back
up on the base. Come back to it and keep working all the way out. Once it’s all pressed down
we’re going to treat this as it’s a regular quilt. You do remember you have the batting
already underneath that helped us iron in place, right? And the backing. But we’re
going to still take our safety pins. I like to pin baste into the background area so that
I’m not pinning into the batik. We’re going to free motion machine quilt down along
the edges. Join me here at the quilt. I want to show you what I’m talking about. Now what I ended up doing is I started in
the middle here and I went ahead and I did free motion machine quilting as I went around
the edges of all of my shapes. Just working my way out of the center. But the reason I
did the free motion machine quilting instead of feed dogs up, it’s a lot to manipulate.
And I don’t want any of the glue parts to start to release while I’m kind of wadding
it. So by going free motion, I can go a square like this instead of having to turn all four
corners. That was my motion. That was the way I tried it because I love free motion.
I can also go back into the quilt and add in all kinds of extra detail. I can fill in
all of these spaces with neutral color threads, new kinds of threads to add more impact to
the quilt. And again if you’re comfortable with your feed dogs up and in standard motion
and that’s the way you like to do it, well then do it that way. Because that’s what
we’re all about here at Man Sewing is the creative process and doing things maybe sometimes
just a little bit different. Remember we have a wonderful Facebook and Instagram community
out there as well under Man Sewing. So I’d love to see photos of you and your fantastic
new snowflake applique quilts. And I’ve got to get back in the studio and make something
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53 thoughts on “Make a Reverse Appliqué Snowflake Quilt with Rob

  • Fantastic! Never seen this before. I want to make one right now! It looks like so much fun! 😀 thanks.

  • How could anyone not 'like' Rob's videos, they're fantastic. I might try this on a smaller scale though, 45" is a bit too big for me🤗

  • I know that sooner or later we all will be wearing glasses, particularly those who quilt or sew constantly, but unfortunately, I myself find the ones that rob now wears to be so distracting. It looks like he has a one man eyebrow, as the black distinctively only frames the top which looks weird. I just don't think it reads well on camera. But if he thinks he looks good wearing them then all the power to him.

  • I am absolutely in love with this project!! I will now have to make one for our Nutcracker ballet silent auction. maybe a ballerina shilouett in a corner to finish it off.. oh the ideas are turning!! thank you for the great projects! oh and I also wanted to say that you can also download snowflake maker apps to practice how you want your cuts before you cut your fabric. happy sewing!

  • Looks like fun, I am going to try this. You may have mentioned this but it would probably be a good idea to practice cutting your designs with paper first.

  • Love this method of snowflake applique. I am seeing this for a table runner or pillows . Smaller would be good practice for the larger project, Thank you Rob.

  • Very cute idea, and we can all relate to making snowflakes from our school days. I like that you could scale this for any size project.

  • Last year I had one heck of a time doing snowflake applique, but is was because I had to stick to the six sided pattern that nature decreed and not four. I'm probably just being a bit pedantic about it! LOL!

  • Rob,
    Great food for thought in this video. I can see taking it in so many directions but first I have to figure out how I can deal with the fabric thickness and still produce six sided snow flakes. I used to teach my math classes how to do six sided flakes every Christmas. Pinterest has some incredible examples of beautiful snowflakes for those who need inspiration. And don't tell anyone, but during exam times at University I would treat myself to chocolate bars wrapped in silver and gold foil and make snowflakes out of the foil for my windows, LOL!

  • I love this tutorial! I used to teach my students how to cut a six sided snowflake using a circle, and I think it would look great using a circle on a square background, in a smaller scale! Another item on my "to do" list!

  • Just a thought… I think I would leave it folded in half and remove the paper backing on 1/2 pat that side down and then do the other side… love the idea

  • Love this Rob. I also loved your lil quip about duck tape in the wind! Lol, I've never heard that one b4 🙂

  • Love this how cool Rob. Is it really harder if you do curves? All my snowflakes were all curvy; not into the geometric shapes that much. The edges are just too sharp for my taste. Not that I don't love yours, but it does take all kinds. I think you are wonderful with everything you do. Have a great day.

  • Hey Rob! Got a question for ya. I'm getting close to begin quilting and/or FMQ on my very first quilt…💃🏼 😂 (& it's a queen size). I may have bitten off too much cuz the machine I have sits on my large sewing table however it's not flush with the table. I have an accessory piece for my machine that works like a Sew Steady but I really don't think it's substantial enough for so much bulk. Do you have any ideas as to how I could ..get a great price for a long arm 😂 OR "quilt-as-you-go" (which I've never done before & you could do a tutorial 👍) OR just struggle along in hopes that it doesn't look completely awful. Make sense? I need your brainpower! 💪

  • Fantastic wall hanging/quilt idea. Now I really know how to make a snowflake. Rob thank you so much for your up beat attitude. I know I can do anything after watching you. Thanks

  • What did you do with all the pieces you cut? I envision laying the pieces out on a white or silver cotton, ironing and free motion quilting around each one. Please post what you create with the cut-out pieces.

  • My daughter is such a snowflake girl, I would love to surprise her wit h this. I hope I can follow you and make it right. She is not easy to please, but, come on, it's a Snowflake. Beautiful. Thank u.

  • 🤗 Beautiful Quilt❇🤗
    I Love that it's an old technique* that we've all done as Children ❇ It looks fairly complicated* & who would guess seeing this Quilt & not knowing the process that it's something that came from our Childhood ❇
    I'd Love 2 see this Quilt in High Contrast Batiks ❇ Solids or Vibrant Prints❇
    Great Job ❇
    Thanks a
    4 Sharing ❇

  • I'm making one and I love the process! Thank you for making this wonderful video! I'll send pics when I get it done!

  • This is so nice! I think I will start small too, maybe a table runner, or wall hanging. By the way, what brand of seam guide to you use on your machine?

  • Just want to tell you how much I loved your Snowflake Quilt. I had to immediately try to make one and it turned out beautifully. Thanks Rob.
    Christa on Vancouver Island Canada

  • Great idea!! Very versatile. I'm gonna get my feet wet by trying a place mat/mug rug/table runner etc. You are a great teacher!!

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