For a number of reasons, 2016 was a challenging year for me. However I still have many things to be grateful for so I’m not throwing myself any pity parties!
So I did not have a lot of quilting time available, but I did take advantage of a cold wintry weekend to make a top for which I had an idea brewing for quite a while. This is the result:
This was made with what I call a “double-snowball” technique. When you “snowball” the corners of a square, you take a small square, line it up in the corner of a larger square right sides together, and attach it by sewing a diagonal line down the middle then trim off the excess and press out. You end up getting a somewhat round block that is commonly called a “snowball”. Like the photo below:
However I did a variation of this by first sewing a border around my center square, then I attached a smaller square on each corner, trimmed and pressed out, then attached a smaller square to the corners again to make a block that looks like this:
After I made several of these blocks I sewed them together, sewed on borders, and ended up with the quilt top pictured, which had a squares and diamond pattern.
If you would like to make a similar quilt, click on the following link to see a tutorial for my Squares and Diamonds quilt. You can also click on the Tutorials tab and get to it there as well.