100 Blocks Vol. 2: Snowman Farm

As I started thinking about ideas for my block, I was playing with turning the ornament design from Flip Flop Ornaments into a garland—”paper-doll” style.

12910 pattern img 100 Blocks Vol. 2: Snowman Farm

It worked out well if  you want to give that a try with any of the Flip Flop designs from 2010. But then as I was cutting out paper-doll style designs, I came up with a tree and a snowman and really liked what was happening.

Originally I thought I’d try to cut the fused fabric that way, but there were too many layers of fabric to cut through. So I cut tree and snowman patterns from paper and traced them onto the fusible to make the rows of trees and snowmen.

Then with my rows of trees and snowmen I started auditioning backgrounds to see which one I liked best. See the pictures I took below of five different backgrounds.

QMSnowmanFarmA 100 Blocks Vol. 2: Snowman Farm

Snowman Farm background auditions: bright blue, light blue

QMSnowmanFarmB 100 Blocks Vol. 2: Snowman Farm

Snowman Farm background auditions: dark blue, green

QMSnowmanFarmC 100 Blocks Vol. 2: Snowman Farm

Snowman Farm background auditions: dark blue with "snow"

When you’ve got a variety of colors and values going on, it’s always a good idea to audition fabrics to see what works best. Also, notice how the row of snowmen can fit into different positions among the trees—lots of fun ways to play with this block!

Here’s the final version with the snowy background and brighter green trees:

QMMS 100054 DUDLEY1 300x300 100 Blocks Vol. 2: Snowman Farm

Snowman Farm, final version

Leave a comment by 10 am Wednesday 11/10 and tell me what other designs you think might work well “paper-doll” style. I’ll select a winner of QM’s 100 Blocks, Volume 2!

Update 11/10: Thanks for your comments. I’ve been thinking about whether my next block should be in the same style or maybe a full pattern for a regular issue. You all had great suggestions!

And the winner is #3 Barbara. Watch for an email from me so you can send your mailing address. Congratulations!

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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91 Responses to 100 Blocks Vol. 2: Snowman Farm

  1. I loved looking at the different patterns.Especially the teapot one. I collect teapots. Also, I love to hand piece, hand quilt quilts. I love to create new ones from old patterns.

    Good luck with this site.

    A quilt lover,

    Judith Turner

  2. Linda S says:

    This is way cool. All I have to do is leave a comment where ever I visit. I am at a loss for words.

  3. Monica says:

    leaves, flowers, trees, people…just about anything

  4. Cory says:

    I think Gingerbread Men would be cute. Also reindeer but I don’t know how you would get reindeer to work paper doll style. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

  5. Brita says:

    Oh, my! I don’t have the creative gene, I believe. But the suggestion for flowers, that’ll work for me!

  6. Melissa says:

    Stars, hearts, daisies, and snowflakes would all work very well paper doll style.

  7. Vicky says:

    I have boys who love dinosaurs, so my suggestion is T-Rex. He can be connected by his tail on one side and his mouth on the the other side with his stubby little arms sticking out of his belly.

  8. Laura M says:

    Great block! I’d love to see leaves or snowflakes… or even cats! Wow – the possibilities! Too fun!

  9. KT says:

    Love this! How about snowflakes? Or flowers?

  10. Debbie says:

    Oh angels, gingerbread men, flowerpots, hearts…oh you could do so much. So many ideas!!

  11. PeachRainbow says:

    How about Tea Cups/ Buckets.

  12. Lina says:

    Love the snowmen and trees.

  13. WYO Di says:

    Other designs that would work well with paper doll method: dolls (of course), hearts, ornaments (old fashioned shapes), candy canes, pine cones, candles in old tin holders….endless and priceless!

  14. CanadianKristin says:

    Love that!!! Thanks for showing us the ‘auditioning backgrounds” process, love seeing how something so wonderful worked its way into being! This brought visions of gingerbread men and Christmas wreaths dancing to mind!!! Very awesome idea!

  15. Julie in WA says:

    This is a great idea! Maybe houses with fences chaining them together?

  16. Jill says:

    What a cute idea! I think it could be done with rabbits, eggs, and flowers for Easter as well.

  17. angela d. says:

    bells, hearts, snowflakes, simply shaped animals… they all would be great.

  18. I love the the old tradition Rose of Sharon design – that would be wonderful as a paperdoll cut out.

  19. Charlene says:

    Love the snowmen! I bet a chain of Easter eggs would be cute, esp with different applique designs and/or embroidery to ‘decorate’ the eggs!

  20. Jackie Roisler says:

    Gosh, your question just opened up my mind to alot of possibilities…..using this same paperdoll applique idea, but in borders. Like cats strung nose-to-tail; geese flying beak to tail, and so forth. In a single block, how about fish; or clouds; or for boys cut out varied tractors, earth movers, etc. Okay, I’m overdosing in the ol’ noggin’ with ideas :) Please enter me into your great magazine giveaway.

  21. Mimi Patrick says:

    I live in Texas and have always liked a western theme for our Christmas decoration. I would like cactus, howling coyotes and a garland of chili peppers!

  22. Darlis says:

    I was thinking about a Santa, sleigh and all of the raindeers. Wouldn’t that be neat with the trees and a winter snow with twinkling stars and a moon.

  23. Melissa says:

    I think the standard dollies would be good. Or how about Gingerbread men?

  24. Lindsay says:

    Oh wow. I have never seen this style before. Very neat! I think it would be fun to do little people with a world in the background (not original at all but still fun!

  25. Penny says:

    A ring, a ring o’ roses, A pocket full of posies;
    Children holding hands , roses and posies!
    That would be fun!

  26. Darcy says:

    Ornaments would work, so would snowflakes. I think it could be fun to do cars, motorcycles or even dinosaurs for a little boy quilt. Ohh, what about elephants, trunk to trunk and tail to tail? That could be really cute too!

  27. Marlene says:

    Cookies – and they could each be decorated differently after they’re on the fabric. Can’t you just see sprinkles, chocolate chips, m&m’s? Who cares how they’re decorated …just give me cookies! blessings, marlene

  28. Michelle M says:

    This looks fun, it could work for many shapes…hummmm…..

  29. Deb says:

    I love those trees. I think also birds would make a great paper chain.

  30. duff says:

    Hmm… good question! I think I’d look at a continuous line quilting book and envision the continuous line as the connector. The possibilities are endless!

  31. Barb Colvin says:

    Butterflies and daisies or maybe dragonflies and lilypads with an occasional frog thrown in for interest?

  32. Kathy says:

    I love the snowmen! I’d love to see it done with snowflakes (6 sided of course) and with hearts. Both are special to me.

  33. Linda says:

    I’d like to see Snowflakes used!
    Thanks so for sharing!

  34. Norma says:

    that reminded me of pop up books!

  35. Marcia W. says:

    Most y-axis symmetrical designs will work for the paper dolls effect. For Christmas, could also pick Santa, angel, snowflake, poinsettia or holly leaf. If use the trees motif too, then a more vertical shape might look the best – Santa or angel. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. Lisa E says:

    How about snowflakes? Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Tonya says:

    I’ve never tried this technique. So…I’d have to ponder the possibilities. I like the comment above. Roses would be pretty.

  38. kathy harris says:

    I think different flowers would work well to make a whole garden.

  39. Sheila says:

    I think it would be cute to do little triangles to make a “bunting” block. But the possibilities are endless!

  40. arlette says:

    Hmmmmm, I already tried the flip flop technique, absolutely LOVE the ornies quilt you have here, I definitely will give a try to the snowmen because I have a crush on them!!!

  41. I think candy canes would work well for this!

  42. Pauline says:

    Love your ornaments, trees, and snowmen. How about gingerbread boys and girls, with an option to embellish? Thank you.

  43. dorothy arthur says:

    Like the first picture and last one-but need litle snow sprinkles on top some of trees-love suggestions of children chain in the snow-might have to try that.

  44. Regina says:

    These are great -what about holly leaves, flying birds, gingerbread men…even pumpkins? Lots of options.

  45. Lynn says:

    Endless possibilities. I think Angels would work well:)

  46. Janis says:

    So many possibilities! I love snowflakes, flowers, cats, but since I live on the coast I’m thinking dolphins in the waves! Love the look.

  47. Joanna says:

    I love the ornament quilt. It’s a pretty and subtle design. And I like the second snowman and forest setup. I wonder if the snowmen can be separated and scattered within the tree lines.

  48. Colleen says:

    Such a cute design – I would love to see some dogs – maybe hounds dogs or dachshunds!

  49. Chris says:

    I would love to see a chain of horses running. Love the design!

  50. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    Leaves, raindrops, snowflakes…

  51. Kim West says:

    I can see chains of black cats and pumpkins for halloween :)

  52. I could see using hearts in the same way for a Valentine’s block or wall hanging.

  53. Angie says:

    How versatile! I like each of the different placings. I can see doing this with other elements for the different seasons.

  54. I put a chain of children around the border of a quilt for DD when she was small. She loved them. I think there are so many ways to use a chain other than on a quilt~ decorate a towel, around a child’s shirt, across a window valance, around a pillowcase… fun!

  55. Sandi says:

    How about gingerbread boys or girls or both. I can see a country theme in a holiday fabric.

  56. Marie Blash says:

    Love everything I am seeing here. The snowman and trees block is just too cute. Would make a gret mini wall hanging . Can’t wait to see what else is coming.

  57. lynda says:

    cool Idea! Please select me for more of those great ideas!

  58. Frances Herrera says:

    I love the snowman and trees block.

  59. Gwen says:

    Christmas ornament bulbs, would be interesting.

  60. Gwynette says:

    Butterflies would make a beautiful garland made from pastels for spring decorating. Right now, I’d go with Snowflakes… tis soon the season!!!

  61. Tina Freudenberger says:

    I would love to see howling coyotes or wolves and they would work perfectly with your trees and the snow!

  62. Diane says:

    I love the snowmen and trees block….I also think hearts and clover/daisy flowers would be great. BTW I do not have a blog/facebook etc…to enter those giveaways. :( I hope I win this one!

  63. Chris says:

    Hearts are always cute as a garland.

  64. Lee Ann L. says:

    Snowflakes and the standard girl or boy paper cut dolls :-)

  65. robin says:

    How about gingerbread men? (or women? lol) Ducks? Bears? Moose? Cats? Owls? Definitely owls. Stars. Bows.

  66. Anna McD says:

    what about stars? or dachshunds?

  67. Michelle Clemons says:

    How about a chain of umbrellas for April showers? They would be on an angle connected at the handle and tops. I’d love to win!!

  68. That is a fun idea. I have an old scherenschnitte Christmas book, a lot of the designs in that, would be fun to do like this.


  69. Debbie N says:

    I have been playing around with how to do paper chain trucks for a quilt for my grandson to go around the border.
    For the holidays how about candy canes tipped at an angle?

  70. I just appliqued a snowman on ice skates – on one foot. A chain of them holding hands skating on one foot would be cool. Took me all day to do one though!

  71. diana young says:

    love it cant wait to makr it thanks

  72. Gwen says:

    I like the last block, the contrasts are great.

  73. Deb E says:

    Great patterns and snowman farm I love snowmen but not the real snow

  74. VickiT says:

    I saw the Snowflake pattern and the Ornament one above yesterday and fell in love with this look. Such a great visual appear to me. I would love to see a type design which would be a year-round pattern so it could be seen all year long. I cannot come up with a design idea right this minute what that might be however. I will think and post later if I come up with a great idea.

  75. Carol Sc says:

    I like what you have done. Also, thought about putting them in a kalaidescope format and, then, put the squares together. Also, thought about cutting words in paperdoll format —- like “peace”, “joy”, “hope” — would work for a garland on a tree or mantel.

  76. Gill says:

    I love houses so I’d like to try this to make a town!

  77. Ann says:

    I like the final project. I also liked the snowmen “tilted” a little. I would love to see something similar done with deer. Love you site and this is my first comment ever on a blog. i hope you receive it.

  78. Marianne says:

    Love the snowmen and think your options are endless for this. I think snowflakes would be cute.

  79. SewLindaAnn says:

    I like the one you’ve chosen, but also love the bright turquoise as well. I love the quilts done with the international women and their embroidered and appliqued outfits in many quilts I’ve seen. I think a basic woman silhouette with the wide long dress and shoes to play with. Also would like simple houses, and the shape of a cooking pan. Both would be fun to play with.

  80. Linda says:

    Of course my mind goes blank under pressure. The only other thing I could think of would be snowflakes.

  81. Jane says:

    Lovely idea for a garland.

  82. Judy Currie says:

    Love the positive/negative quilt. I think a repetition of – for instance, hearts – but then put a shadow repetition behind them to give depth. Would love to see this.

  83. Ellen Ban says:

    Paper dolls in different themes would be cute. Love the Snowmen and trees!

  84. Jocelyn says:

    How adorable. I think hearts or children might work. Great idea.

  85. Donna Albright says:

    I think I like the dark blue the best. It also gives the feeling of snow (yuk – I hate cold and snow.) but more abstract. The other blue with the snow is ok but not subtle enough. Really though, it would be lovely no matter which one you choose!

  86. It is so fun to see the process of your block. I think hearts would be cute.

  87. Lisa England says:

    I think leaves would be nice. Or bats for Halloween.

  88. becanne says:

    I’ve got a chain of little people in the WISP pile…was planning to applique dresses, overalls (boys and girls) and hair on each one and use them as the main feature of a strip quilt…hmmm, might have to go dig that out and have a play!

  89. Barbara says:

    I think a big sassy daisy would make a great chain !

  90. Julie T. says:

    It reminds me of the Baltimor Album (simpler) designs that I worked on when learning the techniques of applique. Similar to cutting paperdolls – of a sorts.

  91. Sue says:

    I really like the final product but also like the blue green backgrounds

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