Snapshots Quilt

Shhh!  Don’t tell anyone, but I have a bit of a problem– I can’t go anywhere near flannel without reaching out and stroking it.  And our flannel is especially nice to touch!  So when Big Sky Lodge arrived I started thinking about which quilt I wanted to make.   Snapshots was an easy choice:  it uses plaid in the borders, and is blue (two more things I’m partial to).  I also loved that it showcases the animal print just beautifully.

Since the animal print is fussy cut (and I can be incredibly fussy) I went to the trouble of cutting a 6 ½ “ square out of a file folder to use as a frame so I could pick exactly how I wanted the animals to appear in the block.   I know you can just use a 6 ½” square ruler but I find all the lines too distracting.  Once lined up I could put my ruler in place, lift away the folder, and cut.

Flannel is always a little challenging because of its tendency to stretch and there are several directional prints to pay attention to, but I found the quilt went together quite nicely.  It’s always good to try something new and I’d never done a quilt where part of the design extends out into the borders.  I was very pleased with how well things lined up.

This quilt has broad appeal.  It’s a nice size, guys would like it, animal lovers would like it, people who love the color blue would like it, and, most especially, flannel lovers (like me) will LOVE it!


  1. Stephanie - October 31, 2012

    I have the same problem with flannel. LOVE it. BUY it. Have BINS of it. They also make amazing pillowcases. This line so so warm and cozy.

  2. jmniffer - October 31, 2012

    I’ve recently purchased this kit. It will be my first top made with flannel. Did you prewash? Increase your seam allowance? I’ve been researching online and there are so many opinions that I’m getting worried about this. Any tips would be appreciated.

  3. Abbyline - October 31, 2012

    jmniffer….I always prewash – especially flannel and bright colors. I too like this pattern and plan to order the kit. Good luck!

  4. Laraine - November 1, 2012

    Hi Jmniffer,
    I personally never pre-wash unless I’m mixing flannel with regular flat quilting cotton and then I only pre-wash the flannel. It’s a personal choice.
    Any kit we have that is made with one of our own Connecting Threads designer’s patterns (like this one) does have enough fabric included should you choose to pre-wash. When we kit up a pattern from an outside designer we can’t guarantee that that would be true.
    For working with flannel you just need to be aware that it is stretchier than regular cotton. You need to be more careful when pressing and when handling any bias edges. The seam allowance is still just 1/4″. –To reduce bulk, on this particular pattern, you may want to press more seams open than you would normally. I pinned a lot to make sure my points would work but I do that on any quilt. And, as with any quilt, accurate cutting and 1/4″ seams are important for ensuring everything will match up. That said I’m not perfect but it still went together nicely–I only had to ‘un-sew’ a few times 🙂
    Hope this helps and that you enjoy the process as well as the end result!

  5. Lynda Campbell - November 2, 2012

    I’d like the pattern for this quilt. It would go nicely in my neice’s den. (The den for the adults)

  6. Laraine - November 5, 2012

    Hi Lynda,
    I’m sorry–at this time the Snapshots pattern is only available in the kit.