Countdown to Christmas: Snowman

Merry Christmas! I’m Deborah Jacobs of Gathering Friends Quilt Shop.  Our quilt shop has been in existence for almost 20 years and we  carry many of Moda’s gorgeous lines.  You will find our books and patterns on our website www.GatheringFriendsQuiltShop and also our etsy site.  The  “Snowman” block is an awesome addition to Moda Bake Shop’s Countdown To Christmas, especially if you choose to add the extra details!

This block finishes at 6″ (6½” unfinished).

Fat Quarter of White fabric
Fat Quarter of Red fabric
Fat Quarter of Green fabric

Fusible web for hat

2 jingle bells for body

carrot button for nose

2 black buttons for eyes

flower button for hat


From red:

  • (4) 1″ squares
  • (4) 1¼” squares
  • (1) 1½” x 6½” rectangle
  • (2) 2″ x 3½” rectangles
  • (2) 2½” squares

From white:

  • (1) 2½” square
  • (1) 3½” square

From green:

  • 1″ x 10″ strip for scarf
  • 3″ square to cut hat from


Position a 1″ red square on opposite corners of a 2½” white square, as diagrammed.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and stitch on the line.


Trim seam allowance to ¼”.  Press seams open.  Repeat procedure on remaining corners.

Proof to 2½”.   Make 1 snowman head.

Repeat above procedure for snowman body using the 3½” white square and the  1¼” red squares.  Proof to 3½”.  Sew a 2″ x 3½” red rectangle to each side of  the snowman body.

Sew a 2½” red square to each side of the snowman head.  Press the seams toward the red squares.  Make one section.

Sew the 2 sections together.  Sew a 1½” x 6½” red rectangle to the top.  press seams away from center.

Trace the hat template below (or use your own) on the paper side of the fusible web.  Following the manufacturer’s directions, apply the fusible web shape to the wrong side of the green fabric.  Cut on the traced line and remove the paper backing.

Position on the quilt and press with a hot iron. Buttonhole stitch around the hat using a medium stitch length and width. Hint: Place tear away on the bottom of your block for stability when machine appliqueing.

Finally add embellishments of your choice to finish this block.  I added 2 small black buttons for eyes, a carrot button for his nose, 2 red jingle bells to his belly, and a daisy button to his hat. Then I folded the 1″ x 10″ green strip for the scarf and stitched in place by hand. When I decided how to place the scarf ends I stitched down the ends with my machine.

This block is 6½”.

Be sure to check out Gathering Friends for more inspiration!

Deborah Jacobs

{Gathering Friends}

17 comments on “Countdown to Christmas: Snowman

  1. Diane says:

    What an adorable block! Thank you.

  2. priscilla gregory says:

    love them all….keep them coming…how adorable…

  3. Becky says:

    Yay! I’ve been there! It’s a great shop! Love the snowman.

  4. halejm says:

    Love your snowman! Thank you….

  5. Kathleen says:

    So cute! This one would be a good one to hang from my tabletop quilt stand that holds six-inch quilt blocks. Thank you!

  6. Adorable!! Thank you for sharing with us!

  7. Susan Shaw says:

    This is adorable and it captures the fun of the season.

  8. Donette says:

    my computer said the PDF was not fully losded and would not print. so disappointed. Help

  9. Barbara Esposito says:

    Adorable! Thank you for this sweet addition to the Christmas count down!

  10. Sandra Nelsen says:

    This is so cute. I can’t wait to make a few for my mom, who loves snowmen, used to collect them, and is currently in assisted living.

  11. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    I’ve been at Gathering Friends and it is a great shop with friendly staff and lots of fabric. This is a fun pattern. Thanks.

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