I have been working hard appliqueing the snowflakes for the Frozen quilts. I did indeed go with a straight stitch which has been challenging enough given all the twists and turns of the flakes. Luckily for me, no two snowflakes are the same, right?
Being a tidy applique-ist is not my strong point. I don't have the patience to pivot the needle precisely so I'm just going for it. I decided to use a really pretty iridescent embroidery thread from Marathon Threads Canada and it works perfectly with the glitter fabric of the snowflakes. I hope it is strong enough to withstand washing! It really looks great and adds so much to the sparkle of the flakes. I had to experiment with my stitch length and I found it worked better keeping the regular plate on the machine versus the single-hole conversion (which seemed to cause more thread breakage). You can see the difference between the unstitched snowflakes and the ones I've done.
I got fed up with the process and decided to move on to adding the borders to the panel. Unfortunately, there must've been a frostbite mishap and Elsa lost her fingertips! I didn't pay attention to where I was trimming the panel in order to get the required size for the quilt. I had to make sure I cut all the pink off the original panel but I forgot I could've added that into the seam allowance. At least the top of the mountain wasn't cut off and I don't think it will matter too much in the final product. Other than that, I think the quilts are going to look really pretty!
It's a bit of a pain switching the feet and settings on my machine to change tasks but I needed a break from all that fussy stitching. By completing one quilt first I can also see if I have enough left over fabric from the kit to add to the second quilt. I was actually able to get another 6 snowflakes cut from the leftover glitter fabric so that each quilt only has to have 8 plain blocks. I think the fabric was a good match in tone and the print looks like scratched ice keeping with the frosty theme! Time is probably going to run out before I can get them finished for Christmas so the girls might have to wait a little bit longer to cuddle under their Frozen quilts!