Sunday, April 1, 2018

April's Block Snow Much Fun!

Happy April! Happy Easter! and Happy April Fool's day! So much going on today! I hope that where ever you are from, I hope it's a beautiful spring day! Here in Minnesota it's your typical Easter day, a bit on the cold side, snow on the ground that hasn't melted yet and mud here and there... I'm already looking forward to May.  It's hard to talk about winter and snuggly warm quilts with the appearance of Easter baskets and chocolate bunnies. But, I will try and do my best... This month's block is a camping snowman. My son, John, would say it's an Ice Castle for ice fishing. But I'm sure snowmen also enjoy going camping in the snow covered woods. I imagine that they have fun going snowshoeing on the snow covered trails. Or maybe they like building snow forts like my sisters used to do out in the backyard when they were small.

This month's design is placed on the last of the snowball quilt blocks. If you made all four blocks, all you will need to do is applique this adorable design onto the center of the last block. I have recapped on how to make the snowball blocks for those of you who may just be joining us this month.

The snowball blocks will be used for the January thru April applique designs. So let's get started.... First go to my website and download this month's free directions. Remember it's only FREE this month, then there will be a small 2.99 fee after that. So download and print it up NOW even if you don't expect to get to it yet.

Then following the Snowball Block directions, cut out your pieces out of dark green border fabric and your cream background fabric.

Here I am cutting my 5 1/2" blocks in half diagonally.

Pair together 1 cream triangle and 1 green triangle and sew a scant ¼” seam along the diagonal edge. Iron. Make a total of 4 triangle square blocks.

Following the Snowball block diagram sew the triangle blocks onto the 5 ¼” cream blocks to make a triangle block, 5 ¼” block, triangle block strip. (Make two)  Then sew the triangle block strips to the 5 ¼” x 14 ½” cream rectangle following the Snowball block diagram.

Make a total of 4 snowball blocks. You will only use one block this month and save the other blocks for the January, February, March and April blocks.

Trace all the design shapes onto heat n bond, or fusible webbing of your choice, iron onto fabric and then cut all the pieces out.

Then iron the pieces in place on the block.

After all of the pieces are appliqued in place using a buttonhole stitch and dark brown thread, it's time to add some of the details. I used a pencil to mark the snowman's eyes, buttons and twig arm. I will be using dark brown variegated Valdini pearl cotton to embroider using French knots and a backstitch.

French knots are perfect for the snowman's buttons, eyes and mouth.

Camping Snowman
To finish this cute design, I embellished my square with some special buttons from Just Another Button Company. I do have these buttons available in my Etsy Shop. Pattern can be found on the Quilt Doodle Designs Website. It's a Free download this month only.  I will not be sewing my buttons onto my quilt top until after I have it all done and quilted. I will also be offering some extra postings for you wool workers out there too! This BOM will be offered the first of every month. Like always, it's FREE for the month that the block is out, then there's a small fee if you have to play catch up to get the block. To make sure that you don't miss any of it,  join my mailing list. Not only will you get all of the BOM 2018 postings and updates, but you will also hear about all sorts of other fun quilty goodness too!

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Happy Quilting!

If you would like to post this image on your website or blog to spread the word. Please grab the image above and link it to my blog.

Button kits are available in my Etsy Shop too!

Fabric kits are available in my Etsy shop for the 2018 Snow Much Fun BOM! The kit includes your border and block fabrics. This year's quilt is a flannel quilt that will be super warm and cozy when it's finished. I am also working with Just Another Button Company for some adorable buttons to embellish your quilt with. These buttons are available in my Etsy shop.

These are the colors that are in the fabric kit available in the Quilt Doodle Etsy shop.

Please note that substitutions may be made when some fabrics 'run out' but the substitutions will be equally as cute! Fabric kit does not include backing or binding

Finished quilt measures 60" x 72"


  1. Thank you so much Cindy. Have a wonderful day!

  2. this is another fun one. thank you.

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  4. Thank you for another cute design. I must be tired as I had trouble finding the download. Got it! It's great!! and Thank you!!

  5. Each Design gets cuter and cuter! Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
    Carol O

  6. Thank you! When we lived in our fifth wheel full time, we did camp in the snow, though we never planned it. LOL

  7. Those are beautiful stars in those fabrics! This will be such a cozy quilt!