Snowdrop 20″ Paper Pieced Pillow

Amy FriendImprov Fabric, paper piecing0 Comments

I love flowers and have for as long as I can remember.  Snowdrops are such a simple, delicate flower and they have a special spot in my heart because they are the first flower each spring here in New England.  Often, they even force their way out of the snow (hence their name).  I love that about them!  And they give me hope.  It means that spring is around the corner and soon it will be time to garden again.

I thought that the colors of my Improv fabric collection would be perfect for a snowdrop pattern and set about designing one. I created this pillow that I displayed in my Quilt Market booth.  I love the delicate curve of the stem. And the scattered triangle print suggests snow flurries to me.  I was able to fussy cut the molehill print for the border around the block and love that touch.  Fussy cutting gets me every time! It was definitely on my mind when I designed that print.

I echoed the green triangles with gray Aurifil thread, quilting my way to the edge of the panel.  I didn’t want to stitch through the snowdrop with a thread color that would coordinate with the background because it would be too dark.  And I didn’t want to use a light quilting thread on the darker background. So I decided to use Aurifil embroidery floss to tie French knots inside scattered triangles.  It is subtle but is enough to tack the fabric to the backing and suggest snow.

I hope you are as excited about this pattern as I am!  It finishes as a 20″ pillow cover or you could make a mini quilt instead.

The pattern is available:
in my Pattern Shop
on Etsy
and on Craftsy.