Snowflake Sampler Block 2: Traditional Snowflake

This is the second block in my Snowflake Sampler Quilt. You can find the first block here if you missed it. Feel free to join at any time or just to pick a few blocks and make some pretty Christmas cushions. And I’d love to see anything you make in my little flickr group!


This is a fun and easy block to make! I am really glad I am writing down my directions, if only for myself. I can see myself making this block again, or even an entire quilt out of bunches of them!

So, let’s start. You are going to need the following:
4 7″ squares from your Oakshott or prints (I chose blues and grays)
4 7″ squares from your solid (mine is white)
4 1.75″ x 8″ strips from Oakshott/prints
4 6″ squares from white
1 6″ square from Oakshott (this is the snowman piece in the picture. I changed my mind on that one :)

First, using your 7″ Oakshott squares and your 7″ white squares, create 8 6.5″ Half Square triangles. If you haven’t done this before, there is a great tutorial here

Now, cut your Half Square Triangles in half

Pair up 4 sets of half HSTs and sew them together like so:

You should now have four 6″ single hourglass blocks.

Take your 1.75″ strips and your 6″ white squares. Cut your squares in half one time from corner to corner. Take one of your new triangles and attach it to your strip like this:

Press your seam towards the strip and attach the other half of your square to the other side of your strip

Press again so that both seams are laying flat on the red strip. This will give this strip a very slight 3D effect in the finished quilt, which I personally liked.

Place the new square-ish piece under your ruler square and trim to 6″. You will want the 45 degree line to travel right up the center of your red strip. This will give you a centered corner block

Lay out your blocks as follows into a nine patch layout with your solid 6″ piece in the middle, the strip blocks in the corner radiating from the middle to the corner and with your hourglass’ points towards the outside of the block.


Sew it together and you have your second block done! It is Easy Peasy :) The next block is a dresden snowflake and I think it is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to show it to you!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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4 Responses to Snowflake Sampler Block 2: Traditional Snowflake

  1. 1
    prsd4tim2 says:

    Gorgeous block! Thanks.

  2. 2
    sarah says:

    Love the idea of a snowflake quilt! Yours is looking gorgeous so far!

  3. 3
    DeniseMarie says:

    Good choice on not using the snowman print – although cute, it just doesn’t match the subdued elegance of those Oakshott solids. I can’t wait to see more!

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    Linda says:

    Thanks for that quilt tutorial. I’m following you and would love to have you come over to my blog and follow me also. Oh, and if you are making any Christmas ornaments this year, I’d love to have you link them to our christmas ornament party. Thanks, Linda
    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas-ornament-party.html