QM Cool Down: Winter Quilts

Since many of our readers are in the U.S. and the U.S. is enduring a heat wave, it seems like a good time to share some cool wintry quilts. What follows are some of our favorite chilly designs. Grab a tall glass of something frosty and enjoy!

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Snowflakes, designed by Barbara Fiedler and Sherri Driver; foundation paper pieced. Pattern available at quiltandsewshop.com.

The quilt above is Snowflakes, which originally appeared in Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’03 (No. 94). It’s currently available as a stand-alone pattern in The Quiltmaker Pattern Collection. Although it looks complex, foundation paper piecing makes this one a breeze to sew.

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Snowmen in the Woods, designed by QM staff; originally appeared in Nov/Dec '03 (No. 94); available as a stand-alone pattern at quiltandsewshop.com.

This is Snowmen in the Woods from the Nov/Dec ’03 issue (No. 94). Now it’s a stand-alone pattern with easy applique and simple foundations. As a bonus, in the pattern you’ll find applique accessories for a stylish snowlady.

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Just above is Sorta Snowflakes, designed by Sherri Driver, which appeared in No. 100, the Nov/Dec ’04 issue. You’ll find this one in your back issues of Quiltmaker. Something to learn here: a quilt with red in it does not really feel “cool.” Red is a warm, fiery color!

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Winter Critters by Sonja Callaghan; appeared in Nov/Dec '11 (No. 142).

We love Winter Critters by Sonja Callaghan from the 2011 Nov/Dec issue (No. 142). A limited number of kits are still available for this piece. The pattern is included with the kit. Isn’t it wonderfully whimsical?

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Dakota Snowstorm, designed by Jodi Crowell; appeared in May/June '08 (No. 121).

And last but not least is Dakota Snowstorm, which appeared in the May/June ’08 (No. 121). So chilly it almost gives you goosebumps! Again, look to your back issues for the pattern.

Wherever you are, stay cool!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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6 Responses to QM Cool Down: Winter Quilts

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  2. Maureen Bingham says:

    I have the snowmen in the woods pattern, this is a project that I want to finish this year, however, I didn’t get the bonus snow lady accessories patterns. Is there any way to get then without buying a new pattern? I actually have the magazine that the origonal pattern came but I am unable to find anything in the webextras spot.

  3. Claudia says:

    I started the snowmen, but they are lost in a UFO snowbank somewhere in my sewing room. As I recall, they were very easy to construct. I think I was making a forest of trees when I was “called away”. Mine was to be a full size quilt. Never fear, it will surface. Mom always said, “the house never loses anything”.

  4. kwiltnkats says:

    Winter Critters is my favoite of the group. The personallity of the criters just screams out at you. Love it and one day I’ll be making my own. Sandi

  5. Oh! I *made* the Dakota Snowstorm for my middle daughter’s high school graduation quilt in 2009! It turned out beautifully and she loves it. If y’all are curious, the webpage for my version is at

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