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    Help? How to cut out snowflakes?

    Hello all... My sweet DIL has chosen a quilt with 8" blocks with a 6" snowflake appliqued to each block. The sample has each snowflake stitched with a blanket stitch. The sample was made using wools, but I'm using high-grade flannels (which are turning out difficult to find in the colors she has chosen!)! The snowflake pattern is included (its from a magazine), and I assume I'm to copy it? The instructions assume that the quiltmaker knows what to do here... so.. my question, should I copy it, cut it out and pin it to the fabric and cut from that? Should I copy the pattern onto freezer paper and adhere it to the fabric? Or, should I use some soft "steam-a-seam" stuff... sigh... I can't even speak the language... please forgive??
    Um, HELP?????? Thank you!!!! And please let me know if I've even given enough information for you??
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    I would try the steam a seam on a scrap of fabric. Sometimes flannel does not do well with fuseables (it tends to flatten the nap). Trying to cut out snowflakes from flannel without any stabilizer would be difficult since flannel tends to stretch.
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    Would reverse applique work for this?

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    Just curious, was this the snowflake quilt from the Quilts and More winter issue?

    Now, are you making a bed quilt that she can wash? You can use steam a seam or a similar product (wonder under, heat and bond - all do the same thing)...but remember the edges are unfinished for fusible applique.

    What I would do is trace the shapes onto freezer paper (as many as you need to complete the quilt). Then press onto the flannel, shiny side down, on a low setting with your iron. Cut out the shapes adding 1/4 " all the way around. With the freezer paper still attached I like to press the edges under. Sometimes I use glue sticks to hold the edges down. Then I machine blanket stitch around the shapes. I like to cut away the excess fabric under applique, so when doing that you will be able to remove the freezer paper.

    Does that help at all?? I hope so! Good luck!!

    Edited to add: You can copy the pattern directly from the magazine, or trace it onto another sheet of paper...which is what I normally do!
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    If you're doing raw edge applique, just be aware that flannel tends to fray a lot, while the wool that the pattern calls for is probably felted and won't fray.

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    Dunster, I hadn't thought of that... will probably follow PumpkinPatchQuilter's process and turn the edges under... I will look into the reverse applique, too, cjsews... I'll let you know! The wool might have been a smarter choice... well, I'll make a test block or two and let you know!! I'm getting to go for a week of quilting, yes, a WEEK!! I'll have time to play with this...Joyce888, I'll definitely test this before making more than one block!!
    Thank you, everyone!!!
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    PumpkinPatchQuilter, I pulled it from a December 2006 McCall's Quilting. A few years ago, I went through all, well, MOST of the magazines and pulled out the patterns I really liked, and then passed the magazines on to friends... I've had the pattern all this time! My sweet DIL chose this as the quilt she wants!
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    Quote Originally Posted by running1 View Post
    PumpkinPatchQuilter, I pulled it from a December 2006 McCall's Quilting. A few years ago, I went through all, well, MOST of the magazines and pulled out the patterns I really liked, and then passed the magazines on to friends... I've had the pattern all this time! My sweet DIL chose this as the quilt she wants!
    Well, it sounds like it's going to be a really cozy sweet quilt! I hope you'll post pictures!! If you need any more help you're welcome to pm me!
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    PumpkinPatchQuilter... thank you!! I've written your instructions on the pattern I'm taking on our retreat. I thought I had freezer paper, but couldn't find it last night, so that's on the to-do list today. Thanks again!!
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    I haven't tried it, but someone told me she cuts freezer paper the size of printer paper and runs it through the copy machine so that the pattern can be duplicated as many times as you need without having to trace it.

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    I think you'll have a very hard time turning under the edges of a flannel snowflake made from a pattern that was intended for wool (meaning no seam allowances added). There are just too many ins and outs and sharp angles. Raw edge appliqué is probably your best bet, but fusible web is not reliable on either wool or flannel due to the nap. I wish you luck with whatever route you take.

    As an aside, Wonder Under can be run through an ink jet printer so patterns can be printed directly on it assuring an exact duplication of the pattern and no wasted time tracing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    I think you'll have a very hard time turning under the edges of a flannel snowflake made from a pattern that was intended for wool (meaning no seam allowances added). There are just too many ins and outs and sharp angles. Raw edge appliqué is probably your best bet, but fusible web is not reliable on either wool or flannel due to the nap. I wish you luck with whatever route you take.

    As an aside, Wonder Under can be run through an ink jet printer so patterns can be printed directly on it assuring an exact duplication of the pattern and no wasted time tracing.
    Yes, Ghostrider... i've wondered about that... I will look for Wonder Under when in OKC... hmmmm, I've only bought a few FQs of the flannel with this very concern... Thank you so much for your help!!! I'll let you know what happens!!
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    You are so welcome and I'm excited for you!

    Edited to Add - I don't think you'll have any issue turning under the flannel unless it's a very intricate snowflake. But keep in mind raw edge applique doesn't hold up as well to washing.
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    Do the snowflakes have to be flannel as well? To me, it would make sense to do them with a more tightly woven fabric. Felted wool might also work for the flakes, allowing you to do machine buttonhole edges, or even a simple top stitch leaving the edges to fringe.

    BTW, Yes, cut freezer paper works well in the copier or you can make of stack (stapled or lightly ironed where it won't hurt) and cut several at once.

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    Thank you for asking this question because I've learned so much from all the helpful answers!

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    I would use freezer paper and do turn under applique and then glue it down before sewing with a blanket stitch or applique stitch on your machine...

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