Homespun Snowman Quilt

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 16"x30"


  • Assorted cotton homespun fabrics: border, 1/4 yd.; binding, 1/4 yd.; quilt back, 1/2 yd.; scraps: bird; star; carrot nose; twig arms; scarf; robe; border squares, 2-1/2”, 42 (two squares were cut from 21 different fabrics for sample quilt)
  • Lightweight denim, 3/8 yd.
  • Mottled off-white fabric (or muslin), 1/4 yd.
  • Black pearl cotton, #12


  • Americana® Acrylic Paint: Country Red.
  • Round paintbrush.
  • Denim blue sewing thread.
  • Warm & Natural™ needled cotton batting.
  • Steam-A-Seam Sticky Back For Appliqué.
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat.
  • Needles: embroidery; sewing.
  • Lucite ruler.
  • Straight pins.
  • Sewing machine and matching threads.
  • Iron and pressing board.

Pattern - Homespun Snowman Quilt

  • 1. Cut: 10-1/2"x21-1/2" denim fabric rectangle (background behind snowman); 3-1/2"x10-1/2" mottled off-white rectangle (snow under snowman); two 1-1/2"x24-1/2" strips and two 1-1/2"x12-1/2" strips (borders); 42 2-1/2" squares (border) from assorted homespun fabrics.
  • 2. Sew: snow rectangle to bottom of background rectangle; long 1-1/2" border strips to sides of assembled center panel; short 1-1/2" border strips to top and bottom of center panel; squares together in two rows of thirteen and two rows of eight; 13-square rows to sides of assembled center panel; eight-square rows to top and bottom of center panel.
  • 3. Print and cut out pattern. Follow manufacturer's instructions to adhere Steam-A-Seam Sticky Back to wrong side of appliqué fabrics, Cut star, bird (wing separately), snowman head and bottom of body, scarf (in one piece), nose, arms, and robe shapes from adhesive-backed fabrics, cutting snowman head, bottom of body, robe, and bird along dashed lines. Follow manufacturer's instructions to adhere appliqué pieces to pieced quilt top, using pattern and photo as placement guides. (Note: Edges that are cut along dashed lines should be overlapped by adjoining pieces.)
  • 4. Dry brush cheeks Country Red.
  • 5. Blanket stitch around outside edges of all appliqué pieces and scarf details. Back stitch lines over eyes. Use two strands pearl cotton to make French knots on bird and snowman eye dots, wrapping thread around needle three times for each knot.
  • 6. Cut pieces from batting and backing fabric 1" larger than quilt on all sides. Sandwich batting between quilt back and front with right sides facing out.
  • 7. Machine quilt around edges of appliqué pieces and border strips. Attach safety pins to quilt to hold layers together while working. Quick Tip: Quilting is optional when using batting because it doesn't require stitching to hold it together. Trim batting and backing even with quilt top.
  • 8. To bind sides of quilt, cut two 2" strips from binding fabric to same length as quilt sides. Sew strips to front of quilt, 1/2" from raw edges. Fold strips over to back side and turn edges under 1/2". Hand sew turned edges to back of quilt.
  • 9. To bind top and bottom of quilt, cut two 2" strips to same length as top and bottom of quilt, adding 1". Sew strips to top and bottom of quilt in same way as sides, leaving 1/2" extending at sides. Turn ends inside binding before stitching.
  • Note
  • 1. Sew all seams with right sides together, using 1/4" seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed. Use one strand pearl cotton for all embroidery unless otherwise specified.