September 1, 2019

First Snow Quilt Along Week 1- Cutting

Hello hello! Welcome to the official start of the First Snow Quilt Along! I am thrilled that you are here. This week we are going to be cutting out the project.

Don't panic if you don't have fabric yet. You can still get kits from Simple Stitches Fabric shop or Jewel's Fabric Stash. Or you can still design your own using this First Snow coloring page that Alissa Strouse so kindly made for me. (This is only for Variation B.) Thanks Alissa!

I am using fat quarters from my stash in red, green, navy, and teal, and a lovely peach background from Riley Blake called Just Peachy. I like to keep my pieces all together in a drink/serving tray. I don't know what its intended purpose is actually, I bought it for keeping quilt pieces, haha! I think I got this one from Target a while back, I'm not sure. This keeps it all safe from little hands, mostly. The rascaliest hands aren't tall enough to see over the lip at table height!

Though I've made Variation A before, this is my first time making a large version of Variation B. I was a very new quilter at the time, and still learning, a lot! (Really.) While the cutting instructions were all correct, I found that I wished I had a little more information about how many strips to use to cut each size, so I've added to the instructions here. These don't include fat quarter cutting instructions, just background and sashing (if applicable).

Variation A

Variation B
I realize I'm giving away all the cutting instructions for the pattern here, but if you're dedicated enough to figure out how all those pieces go together, you're a dedicated free pattern finder! :) If you have any questions about that let me know in the comments or over on IG.

To enter to win this week's prize, a cute bundle of fabric and notions from Riley Blake, post either a picture of your fabric pull or your cut fabric and use the hashtag #firstsnowquilt.

Here's a reminder of the timeline for you. I will only be doing blog posts on prize winner days. All other updates will be on Instagram!


Sept 2- cutting
Sept 9- 2 blocks (Riley Blake notions & fabric bundle)
Sept 16- 2 blocks
Sept 23- 2 blocks (20% off quilting card from One Sweet Bee)
Sept 30- 2 blocks
Oct 7- 2 blocks (Starlit Quilts fabric bundle)
Oct 14- 2 blocks
Oct 21- sashing and borders (free longarming by House of Elle)
Oct 28- catch up week
Nov 4- wrap up (free longarming by Quilting by Amanda)


  1. Simple Stitches shop lists the pattern designer incorrectly. I am excited for this QAL but still debating version A or B as well as fabrics! So hard to decide.

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  3. Not sure why, but my comments show up as 'unknown', obviously I don't know what I'm doing, haha. I love this quilt pattern so much! Wish I had time to make it right now, but I'll just have to watch. Beautiful!!

  4. My fabrics are chosen and cut for the first snow quilt! Now to figure out how to post the pictures - I've no experience with!