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.
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.
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.
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.