This 12" Old Snowflake block is the tenth block of my Starwood Sampler Quilt that I made as a block of the month with my quilting group. I created this quilt to tell the story of my home and community. This pattern is found free on-line at: http://www.quilterscache.com/O/OldSnowflakeBlock.html. It was first published by Nancy Cabot.
At our home, we receive anywhere from 100 - 150" of snowfall annually. Typically, our snow is pretty dry; we get 1" of moisture for every foot of snow. Our biggest and wettest snows come in the spring.
Here's a fun recipe I've used with my students:
Borax Crystal Snowflake
For each snowflake, you will need:
1 white pipe cleaner
Wide-mouth pint jar
20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster
1. Cut a white pipe cleaner into 3 equal sections. Twist the sections together in the center so that you have a six-sided star shape. If your points are not even, trim the pipe cleaner sections to the same length.
2. Attach string along the outer edges to form a snowflake pattern. Attach a piece of string to the top of one of the pipe cleaners and tie the other end to a pencil. (This is to hang it from.)
3. Fill the wide-mouth jar with boiling water. Mix borax into the water one tablespoon at a time. Use 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of water. Stir until dissolved. (Don't worry if there is powder settling on the bottom of the jar.)
4. Insert your pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil is resting on the lip of the jar and the snowflake is freely suspended in the borax solution.
5. Wait overnight and by morning the snowflake will be covered with shiny crystals.
You might also enjoy seeing my other "snow" quilt blocks: