A perfect day to talk about snowballs, since this is the view out my studio window this morning.
Ranger doesn’t know it yet, but that hay he’s looking at longingly is just about to get moved across the fence for him and Wyatt! They will love it.
But the snowballs I really want to talk about are much warmer . . .
A couple years ago, my friend, Rose Marie, and I, went to a quilt show together, and fell in love with a scrappy snowball quilt we saw there. Why we neither one took a photo of it, I don’t know, but it’s still a clear picture in my mind. We decided, standing there in front of it, that we should do a Friends Project to use up scraps, and WE should make snowball quilts! So that’s what we’re doing.
Rose Marie has hers well along, and is using mellow, warm colors:
She has a specific layout to hers that I will show you in a better picture later when she gets it even further along.
Me, I only just recently got started. Since I pulled all my dark 3 1/2″ squares out earlier last year for a different project, I mostly had bright ones left in my box, so I decided to go brighter with mine, to use those up. It’s gonna have a lot of everything in it, and be really, really scrappy.
Rose Marie is making all four corners on each of her blocks the same color, but I’m mixing mine up, mainly because I have a box of pre-cut 1 1/2″ squares I’d like to use up, and don’t generally have 4 of any one print. Mine is going to be way more of a mess than hers. Hmmm . . .
Here’s the details on how we’re making them, if you, too, want to make a snowball quilt along with us!
Each little block is one 3 1/2″ square for the middle, and four 1 1/2″ squares for the corners.
Place a small square on the corner, and sew diagonally across it (draw a line for reference if you need to, but I’m just eyeballing it cos they’re tiny — and I was too lazy to draw that many lines on the backs of tiny squares), then trim 1/4″ outside the sewn line.
Do this for all four corners of the bigger square, then press the triangles out flat, and you have one snowball block!
I’m sewing mine together all randomly, while Rose Marie has a more set plan, but I’ll keep you posted on how we’re doing with some more pictures once we both get further along.
Rose Marie’s is going to end up 84″ square, while I plan to make mine rectangular, but probably queen-sized, just so I can use up even more scraps. It’s gonna take a LOT of snowballs.
Do you have some small scraps you’d like to use up? How about a Snowball quilt?