Snowflake Shimmer
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Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along {Fabric Selection}

Welcome to the official start of the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along! I am so excited to get started and I hope you are too!

Quilt Along Intro

The Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along will run from July 1st, 2016, until October 7th, 2016, with a set of directions or a link up party revealed on the Fridays listed in the schedule at the bottom of this post. The quilt will finish at approximately 72″ x 88″, a very generous lap / twin size, and the Snowflake Shimmer quilt is a beginner level pattern.

The directions will be posted to this blog (and can always be found in the Blog Hops tab above) and e-mailed to the quilt along email distribution list which I will be forming starting today. Want to be added to the e-mail list? Simply add a comment to this post or send an e-mail to me at jetgirl8 (at) gmail (dot) com to get a more printer friendly version of the monthly instructions.

Please share your progress pictures on social media with the hashtag #SnowflakeShimmerQuilt or in the specially created Facebook Quilting Jetgirl page.

And now onto June’s instructions… oh wait, you might want to see the design first, right? I am excited to share with you Snowflake Shimmer!

Snowflake Shimmer

Snowflake Shimmer

I live in California, at the very southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and the mountain town that I live in is affectionately known as “The Land of Four Seasons”. My husband and I look forward to the winter snow, and my husband has been known to capture and photograph snowflakes using a chilled microscope, macroscopic photography, and a lot of patience. Inspired by the beautiful snowflakes he has photographed, I wanted to create a snowflake quilt design that would keep me warm on the cold winter nights using techniques that would keep the quilt accessible to all levels of quilters.

Snowflake Shimmer in Gray Colorway

Snowflake Shimmer in Gray Colorway

Once again, I learned that photographing larger quilts can be a bit of a challenge, especially when I work solo! Thankfully the park sprinklers had not yet reached this area of the grass, so I was able to spread it out and take a few photos before frantically gathering it up when the sprinkler system hissed to life.

Snowflake Shimmer

Snowflake Shimmer

At 72 x 88, this really is a very generous sized quilt. Above, I draped it on my queen size mattress with the top even with the headboard to show how large this quilt will be when you are finished.

Snowflake Shimmer - Quilting Detail on Quilt Back

Snowflake Shimmer – Quilting Detail on Quilt Back

And no quilt finish post (even if it is the kick off of a Quilt Along!) would be complete without showing off the quilting texture on the quilt back. I quilted using 50wt Aurifil 2605 (Grey) in a combination of large looping swirls in the background (hoping to evoke the floating, meandering path a snowflake can gently fall in), straight line echoes in the secondary star patterns, and a fun free motion quilted snowflake motif that I designed and will be sharing with you as a template when I talk about quilt finishing during the Quilt Along! I did the background and star quilting on my longarm and traced the templates and sewed the snowflakes using free motion quilting on my domestic machine.


Fabric A (lightest color value), 1 ¼ yd.
Fabric B, ⅔ yd.
Fabric C (darkest color value), 4 ½ yds.
Backing Fabric, 5 ¼ yds.
Batting, Full Size (84ʺ x 96ʺ)

Binding Fabric, ⅔ yd.


In addition to fabric, the Snowflake Shimmer quilt requires a 9ʺ square ruler (or larger). If you have a large rectangular ruler that is over 9ʺ long on each side, that would also work.

Michael Miller generously donated Cotton Couture solids to make the sample quilt and the quilt that I will be making during the Quilt Along.

Quilt Along Quilt / Blue Colorway

Fabric A              Bright White
Fabric B              Sky

Fabric C              Blue

Sample Quilt / Gray Colorway

Fabric A              Bright White
Fabric B              Fog

Fabric C              Charcoal

The Fat Quarter Shop has bundles of the blue and gray Michael Miller Cotton Couture colorways available for purchase (links below). You will still need to purchase your backing fabric, but these kits have everything you need for the quilt top and binding in either colorway.

Fabric Selection

I am suggesting the background is dark (Fabric C), the stars in the center are a medium tone (Fabric B), and the diamonds that form the snowflake shapes are lighter (Fabric A). What matters the most is that there is a tone contrast between your three fabric selections. Prints can work really well in this design, especially in the stars (Fabric B) and diamonds (Fabric A).

To evaluate your fabric selections, take a photograph of your fabric and convert the image to greyscale using the photo editing software you are familiar with or a filter in an app like Instagram.

Below is a blank quilt pattern that you can use to color and plan your layout. I also like to use blank patterns to doodle and design my quilting motifs.

Snowflake Shimmer Coloring Page

Snowflake Shimmer Coloring Page

Other Fabric Ideas

I am also happy to work with you to evaluate your fabric selections if you have any questions. Here are a few more fabric inspiration ideas for you to work with:

Snowflake Shimmer

To download the Fabric Requirements PDF, simply click on the link or image above and save the PDF that opens.


Each week, my goal is to also list a few tutorials or other reading material that might support or help this QAL. This week I have a few tutorials of my own to share along with a very inclusive fabric selection tutorial from Diary of a Quilter. If you are stumped at any point in the QAL, please leave me a comment or send an email.

Mailing List

As I mentioned above, if you would like to join the email list to receive each new instruction as a PDF via email, please comment or email me at jetgirl8 (at) gmail (dot) com and I will begin an email list that will be active starting with the Fabric Preparation instructions on July 29th.


On Friday, July 22nd, I am going to open a linkup for you to share your fabric selections. The link up will be open through Thursday, July 28th. By linking up, you will become eligible for one of the (4) prizes from awesome sponsors Aurifil, Meadow Mist Designs, Sew Fresh Quilts, and Quilting Jetgirl. If you do not have a blog, you can link up by linking to an Instagram photo. If you do not have Instagram, you can email me during the linkup time frame and I will make sure you are included in the random drawings for the giveaways.

There is nearly a month to get your fabric selections on hand before July 29th, when I will be releasing the details on fabric preparation. I am really looking forward to seeing what we create together!

Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along

Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Schedule

Friday, July 1st – Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Opens (Fabric Selection) <– You Are Here
Friday, July 22nd – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #1
Friday, July 29th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Fabric Preparation Post)
Friday, August 5th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #2
Friday August 12th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Piecing Instructions #1)
Friday August 19th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #3
Friday August 26th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Piecing Instructions #2)
Friday September 2nd – Snowflake Simmer QAL Linkup #4
Friday September 9th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Finishing Details)

Friday September 23rd – October 7th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #5 (Final Linkup for Finished Quilts)

132 thoughts on “Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along {Fabric Selection}

  1. What a gorgeous design, Yvonne! Good luck with the QAL.

  2. Nancy Seitz says:

    Please put me on your email list. The gray colorway looks like something my granddaughter would love.

  3. Florence says:

    This sounds like fun. would like to join the QAL. Please add me to the email list. What does it mean by Linkup?

  4. Deanna Watson says:

    I really like this quilt and am happy to join. Please add me to your mailing list.

  5. Julene Jones says:

    Please add me to the email list, too!!!

  6. Chris says:

    Please put me on your mailing list also-thanking you

    1. The email address I have for you,, did not work. I would be happy to add you to the list if you can get me an email address that works for you.

      Kind regards,

  7. Katy Haley says:

    Would like to be added to your email list. Thank you

  8. Judy Forkner says:

    I would like to be added to your QAL email list. thanks!

  9. Hi Yvonne! My grandma came for a visit today and told me how much she enjoys reading your blog. Thought I’d pass that along!

  10. susan margeson says:

    Yvonne, what a stunning quilt. Please add me to your list of notifications. Thank you for sharing your design and the inspiration for the design.

  11. Jo Anne Smart says:

    Please put me on your email list.

  12. Brandy says:

    Please add me to your mailing list. Thanks!

  13. shoshana vogel says:

    yes please add me to your mailing list, this looks like something i would really like to make!

  14. Could you please add me to your email list. Thanks

  15. Kaja says:

    Great looking quilt, Yvonne. I hope you have lots of fun with the QAL.

  16. Renuka says:

    I would like to join your quiltalong, maybe different colorway

  17. charmingbubble2 says:

    Please put me on you mailing list. A red and white quilt has been on my list for quite sometime and this might be the moment to go for it. Red shimmer, white grunge and perhaps a hot pink? Suggestions welcome. Thanks for all your hard work.

  18. Susan Shaw says:

    Please add me to the notifications of the QAL. Many, many thanks. Susan

  19. Sharon Askew says:

    This is a beautiful snowflake quilt. Kindly add me to your email list. And, thank you for your generosity.-Sharon Askew

  20. Laurence LH says:

    Please, could you add me to your list too? It seems to be a simple but very nice design to realize. Thanks

  21. Marsha says:

    Please place me on the email list. Looks fun!

  22. Elaine Riley says:

    Hey Jet Girl. I really like your snowflake quilt. Thinking about ice blues and crystal bright whites.

  23. Susan says:

    Please add me to this QAL distribution list. Thanks. Beautiful and large snowflake.

  24. Ruth maness says:

    Add me too, please

  25. Dave S says:

    Tish and I both went I got our fabric this weekend and will be standing by!

  26. pgtrans says:

    I would like to be on the email list.

  27. Cathy Whitby says:

    I’m searching my stash for appropriate fabric. I’m sure I have the yardage for the primary color in both a dark rose and a brown batik. Either would be great, just have to see if I have coordinating fabrics to go with them. Looking forward to starting.

  28. Barbara Holley says:

    Please add me to your list. This pattern looks like one my son would actually use.

  29. Jean Crowell says:

    Please add me to the email list. This will be my first Quilt along. I am very excited

  30. Linda B says:

    Please add me to your email list. My first quilt along too! Thanks!

  31. Laura Schafer says:

    Please add me to your email list !

    1. I would love to add you to the list, Laura, but the email address you left for me (laura.schafer(at) came back as un-deliverable.

  32. Vera says:

    Looks great Yvonne! You all have fun!

  33. Shelley McLaren says:

    Please add me, looking forward to another adventure.

  34. Looks like it will be fun. Please add me to you email list.

  35. Cynthia says:

    Love to join your group. How long are the instructions going to be available? Asking because I am going to be away for a couple of weeks

  36. Yes please, Yvonne, if you would add me to your mailing list. If I chose a really dark purple as the background, could I then use for the pale a pale teal, and the medium a medium blue? And if you have other suggestions, yes please to them as well. my email is

  37. Judy munts says:

    Please add me to the e-mail. Thanks.

  38. Emilee says:

    Will this QAL be easy for me to cut in half? I want to make a baby size quilt (have a new niece or nephew on the way) and would love to make this quilt!

  39. Quilted Gardner says:

    Please add me to the instruction email list for snowflake quilt. Thank You for adding me to the list & thanks a bunch for the quilt along. This will be my 1st quilt along & 1st seasonal quilt. Looking forward to sharing it with family & friends during the holidays.

  40. Shauna says:

    please put me on the mailing list

  41. Please put me on the list! Thank you.

  42. CarolAnn Hawkins says:

    Please add me to your email list for the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt. Thanks.

  43. Sheila says:

    Please add me to the email list for the Snowflake Shimmer QAL

  44. Please add me to the list for the pdf patterns. I can’t wait to get started.

  45. Melody A. says:

    I would like the PDF for this QAL, please add me to the list.

  46. helen says:

    I would love to join the email listing Yvonne, I am looking forward to the quilt a long.

  47. Pat Reid says:

    I would just love to join you quilt along. Please add me to your list

  48. Liz Horgan says:

    Please put me on the list for the QAL!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)