Welcome to the Snowflake Block Tutorial!
About the Snowflake Block
This block was originally designed by Madame Parfait who does the most ah-may-zing blocks. She posted the "Rainbow Blossom" block back in October last year but wasn't able to post the tutorial.
Fast-forward to July 2012, when Penny Poppleton brought this block to my notice. She was trying to piece the block together using individual pieces. Quel horreur!
Penny said that since Madame Parfait hadn't yet posted the tutorial, and quite a bit of time had passed, she doubted it was ever going to see the light of day and felt okay with trying to work out how to do it herself.
At this point, I should point out that Penny is an Evil Enabler (tm), and knows all my weaknesses, including my tendency to look at a pattern and try to work out how to put it together as simply as possible.
I can't help it; I'm a computer programmer. Taking things apart to determine the way they work is what I do!
Result? A tutorial on how to strip-piece the "Rainbow Blossom" block.
I'm not making any claims to ownership of the design of this block, nor am I selling this pattern/tutorial. I would ask that others do the same.
Render unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, right?
Finally, I've ended up calling it "the Snowflake Block" because that's what I think of when I look at it. And because I'm lazy and "Rainbow Blossom" has twice as many syllables as "Snowflake".
I'll be posting this in three parts since it's a little too big to post all at once. They'll be linked from this post.
This is my first online tutorial, so please let me know if there are any questions, issues, or problems with my instructions!
Once you've completed this block, I'd love it if you went to my Flickr group for quilts and blocks made from my tutorials and posted your work there. It's lovely to see different people's interpretations!