As usual, clicking will give you close ups of my pics. This was an interesting pattern. It's from Kim Diehl's book Simple Seasons. I have all her books and I love them. This one calls for the strips for the branches (arms) to be cut on the straight grain, so that when you go to applique them down, they will bend and crease and be a bit knobby like branches. This was hard to do at first, as I was trying to get them to be as flat and even as possible. Once I gave up on this idea, it became easier to applique and I love the finished product. I put a layer of batting under my snowman so the background print wouldn't show through the white. Plus they have a bit of dimension to them. I uses a freezer paper method and hand appliqued the inner border.
The snowmen have got their eyes, they need some buttons down the front, and the binding needs turned and hand stitched to the back. I might do a bit of 'big stitch' quilting on the appliqued border, the stitch in the ditch just doesn't seem like enough quilting. I'll wait until I turn the binding, that may be enough for now.