Snowflake Shimmer in Blue
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Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along {Final Linkup}

Welcome to the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Final Linkup. This has been a wonderful experience for me. Thank you so much for quilting along with me; I have loved watching all the different versions come together! Today you can link up a blog post, Instagram photo, or email me to be included in the linkup which makes you eligible to win one of seven awesome prizes from fabulous sponsors AurifilMeadow Mist Designs, Sew Fresh Quilts, Fat Quarter ShopOlisoBuzzin Bumble, and Quilting Jetgirl. You don’t have to have a finished quilt to linkup; just show progress from last time to be eligible to win the giveaway. Note that this link up will be open through midnight Eastern on Friday, October 7th.

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue - Finished Quilt!!

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue – Finished Quilt!!

And I am thrilled to be able to share my finished Snowflake Shimmer in Blue quilt today, too! I had the quilt top done for a while and debated back and forth between whether to quilt it the same way I had quilted the gray version. Ultimately, I knew that I wanted to try something new, so I went for lots of quilting density in the background!

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue - Quilting Detail

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue – Quilting Detail

I also densely quilted the secondary stars with back and forth vertical lines, and I opted for a loose dot to dot quilting motif for the white on point squares. My idea was to let the snowflake pattern puff up a bit more than anything else around it, and I am really pleased with the results.

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue - Quilt Back

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue – Quilt Back

In fact, just look how the design shows on the back of the quilt!

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue - Quilting Detail

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue – Quilting Detail

I used 50wt Aurifil 5005 (Bright Turquoise) for the quilting, and I probably used a little over a large spool of thread (nearly 0.9 miles of thread) for the quilting. Those background loops went through thread! The color blended well on the top and also give the Michael Miller Cotton Couture Bright White a nice glow of color on the back.

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue - California Drought

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue – California Drought

The earlier photos were all taken at a local park where my city waters to keep some green space. In general, though, the area where I live in Southern California is continuing to suffer through a really hard drought. I thought I’d share this photograph which is what the land all around us looks like. In an effort to save water, most people have stopped watering their yards and what once use to be grass looks like the above. And while California is known for it’s tawny mountains in the summer, the reason our mountains are tawny these days is because there is no vegetation left alive.

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue

Snowflake Shimmer in Blue (Background Haze Due to Nearby Wildfire Control Burn)

To link up your blog post or Instagram photo, click on the blue “Add your link” button below. If you have any questions or difficulties linking up, you can let me know and I will help as best I can OR you can email me a photo of your fabric selection and I will enter you into the giveaway.

Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Schedule

Friday, July 1stSnowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Opens (Fabric Selection)
Friday, July 22ndSnowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #1
Friday, July 29thSnowflake Shimmer QAL (Fabric Preparation Post)
Friday, August 5thSnowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #2
Friday August 12thSnowflake Shimmer QAL (Piecing Instructions #1)
Friday August 19thSnowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #3
Friday August 26thSnowflake Shimmer QAL (Piecing Instructions #2)
Friday September 2ndSnowflake Simmer QAL Linkup #4
Friday September 9thSnowflake Shimmer QAL (Finishing Details)
Friday September 23rd – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #5 (Final Linkup) <– You are Here!

23 thoughts on “Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along {Final Linkup}

  1. Anne says:

    I think this quilt turned out so beautiful! So beautifully minimalistic while at the same time so recognisable! I also like the quilting a lot and the little insight you gave in your area. Thanks!

  2. Ruth says:

    Love the photos and the insight into your landscape. Hoping to have a finished top at least to link up this weekend!

  3. Nice work, Yvonne. I was given some lovely shimmery blue fabric last night and I thought of you.
    I hope the drought breaks soon. We had water shortages a decade ago when I lived in Melbourne. No one washed cars or watered gardens. We were encouraged to shower with a bucket and with a friend! (The bucket was to catch spills to use to keep potplants alive, etc.)

  4. Wow, that’s a lot of thread!! I especially love how you quilted the diamonds. You really emphasized the secondary design well. I can’t wait to see all the versions of the quilt!

  5. Love the quilting on this one too. Here’s hoping that the rains come your way soon.

  6. The quilt looks beautiful in the blue colorway. That quilting likely took a long time but it really looks great. Thanks for a fun QAL – really enjoyed it!

  7. Paige says:

    Beautiful setting in the park! I really link the quilting motif in the white squares. Can’t wait to come back and see them all linked up!

  8. Summer Daisy says:

    I am in love with this quilt! The colour and pattern is charming ♥

  9. I loved seeing this in softer colors. Your quilting is beautiful and really emphasizes the big snowflake like you wanted. Too bad there wasn’t any snow in your pictures.

  10. Helen says:

    I wish I could send you some rain , we have plenty to spare . I love the clean fresh looks of this quilt . I have my backing and wadding. Just to get to work on it .

  11. Izzy says:

    This is just lovely! I love all the quilting. I also decided to go with dense quilting on mine and really hope to have a finish to share before the end of the link-up. I have to say that I’ve loved working on this quilt. It’s going to be a keeper, that’s for sure!

  12. Sue says:

    Love the colours you’ve chosen for this quilt and the texture of the quilting! Our landscape goes brown around here in summer too, although we have 2 desalination plants and recycle water into underground aquifers so gardens CAN be watered, the costs go up every year though and a lot of people don’t.

  13. Love how you photographed your quilt, especially the one with the 2 boulders. I need to check back on this post when more people have linked up. It’s fun seeing all the different looks with different fabrics.

  14. aquilterstable says:

    This turned out really lovely and your quilting just makes it! Nice photos too!

  15. Tish says:

    I know that had to take a good bit of time to stitch, but I love the dense background on this quilt. You might have me rethinking my quilting plan. It’s been so much fun watching everyone’s quilts come together, I cant’ wait to see all the progress in the final link ups.

  16. Vera says:

    Great pics! Looks lovely!

  17. Lara B. says:

    This is simply lovely Yvonne! The back view really shows the quilting well. The background is so cool, and must have taken a good bit of time to sew all those loopy loops.
    Alas, I have not been able to work on my Snowflake Shimmer, but still plan to.

  18. Liz says:

    They all are looking very beautiful, I have made a lot more progress on mine but am no where near finished with all the quilting. I will post my finished pictures on the fb wall when I finally get it done. Thanks for all you have done with this QAL!!

  19. Thanks for hosting. It’s been fun! Just wish I had been able to get better photos.

  20. Laura says:

    Your quilt is beautiful in blue. This is a “keeper” pattern for me. I was able to make a mega mini finishing at 27″ square. i will be re-gram ing as soon as Hurricane Matthew passes by South Carolina and I can get some outside shots. Thank you for hosting the qal.

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