It took only a few hours to complete the first Christmas Sewalong. When completed, I referred back to the example posted for the SAL and realized that I sewed my snowflakes a little bit differently. I like the example better. I'll have to pay more attention next time.
The directions have you affix the drawn block to the batting before sewing. I had some leftover iron-on batting that worked beautifully. It was stiff enough to sew without a hoop.
Hope you have a good day.