Snowballs in May

There were two reasons I needed to make this quilt.  The first, stress relief.  Number two; I’m visiting my 2 1/2 year old grandson next week and wanted to make him something.

Full Quilt

So, I tried my hand at a snowball quilt.  I had not used that technique yet and really liked other quilts I had seen made with the “snowball” technique.  It turned out to be a fun, simple, and fast project.  Click here to see a video tutorial on how to make snowball quilt blocks by the Gourmet Quilter.

My grandson loves the alphabet and I found this really fun fabric with fanciful letters.  I cut that into 10 1/2 inch squares.  I also picked up a solid that pulled out a color in the print to use for the corners and sashing.

Letter Square

If you watched the video tutorial you saw that you can sew all the blocks together and get a nice secondary design with the corners.  For my quilt I decided to use some sashing to frame the blocks.

I also used fairly large corner squares. 3 1/2 inches.  Because you lop off the excess fabric on the corners you end up with a stack of triangles.  Since there was enough fabric to do so, I made half square triangles and made some pinwheel blocks to add to the quilt design.

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I still have to quilt it, but I’m planning simple straight lines so I should get that done pretty quickly as well.  It was nice to feel like I got something accomplished during a week that was a bit frustrating on other fronts (which I don’t need to go into, LOL).

If you do a quick internet search for snowball quilt blocks you’ll see a wide variety of examples using this technique.  I plan to try some other layouts as well in the future.



2 thoughts on “Snowballs in May

  1. Melanie in IA

    What fun! Glad you tried the snowballs. They are great alternate blocks for lots of things. Try them with 9-patches or shooflies, just to name two easy ones.

    Have a great visit with the kiddo. He is a lucky boy!


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