So apparently this is what I do when I'm sick. Start a couple of new quilts. I've been battling a cold for a week and the last few days it's getting the better of me.
So first I started my polka quilt out of my asterisk block.
I have three of the blocks completed and that's a quilt I will be taking my time on.
Now, I'm starting a Snowball quilt. Contrary to my Asterisk blocks, these blocks are super quick. And because it's hard for me to sit still even when I'm sick, I've started a Snowball Along.
There are several ways you could do these blocks, and it's probably no surprise to you that the easiest way for me is to foundation piece them. So that's the technique I'm going to share with you today.
But first, a few details.
- each snowball block finishes at 4" square
- the solid I am using is connecting threads "verdigris"
- this is the perfect block to use up your scraps
- my finished quilt will consist of 288 snowball blocks (16 across and 18 down)
Here we go!
What you will need:
- Print off this pdf that has 4 snowball foundation patterns on it and then cut each snowball pattern out separately.
- solid fabric cut into 2 1/2" strips and each strip cut into 3" lengths. Then cut these 2 1/2" X3" rectangles in half, into triangles.
- scraps that are at least 5" square for the center of the snowball
Choose your center fabric (scraps work really well for this!) and trim it at least 1/4" past all edges of the pattern.
With the right side of the pattern up, and the right side of the fabric down, align one of your solid triangles in one of the corners so it overlaps the corner mark by at least 1/4", and sew through the layers along the line.
Repeat with the other 3 corners.
Turn the corners of the paper pattern in and trim the center print fabric somewhat even with the edges of the solid fabric.
Fold the paper corners back out
then press the solid fabric out to cover the paper corners.
Turn the block over, and trim the edges, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance of fabric past the edge of each side of the paper pattern.
Now all you have to do is make 287(!) more (that will give you a 64"X 72" quilt) and I'll meet you back here in a few days and we can assemble them! I can't wait to see your fabric choices!