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Sep 11, 2015

Patchwork Auditions #7: Snowball

Sep 11, 2015
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The Patchwork Auditions blocks are so much fun.  Have you tried this little game I'm playing?  Today I show you the final block in the series.  The series looks at some classic blocks and exposes alternate colorings.  My goal is to simply think about other ways to color a quilt block I have looked at hundreds of times.  I've been making 3 of each block - 1 traditional coloring and 2 alternates.  It's fun to see how different they look!  Take a look at all the blocks I've explored here.

With each block, I've been providing a cutting list for the basic blocks in 12" and 16" finished blocks, but not a tutorial.  Use the coloring sheet to generate your own ideas.  I hope that you have been enjoying this series as much as I am.  Soon, I'll show you how I plan to lay all these blocks out in a mega-quilt. 
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Snowball (Traditional)
The snowball block is a stitch-n-flip favorite.  The layout shown below actually shows 4 snowball blocks sewn together.  This is a common layout throughout history.  I found this basic block construction listed under many names - which is why I decided to break this block down to it's fundamental unit.  The snowball.  You can make an entire quilt just of individual snowballs, or group them together like I have in the block below. 


Snowball Coloring Sheet  Download the PDF here.

Block Structure
This block is constructed with (4) equal "snowballs".  Each "snowball" consists of a center portion "A" that begins as a square.  The "B" triangles are formed from squares that are stitched on the diagonal, and then pressed open (trimming the excess).  See tutorial here.
 
Cutting List.  I have listed cuts for both 12" and 16" blocks. 
For 12" blocks.
  • Cut (4) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares.  (A) 
  • Cut (16) 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares. (B)
See Snowball Stitch-n-flip block tutorial here.
 
For 16" blocks.
  • Cut (4) 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" squares.  (A) 
  • Cut (16) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares. (B)
See Snowball Stitch-n-flip block tutorial here.
 
Alternate Coloring Options
This is a fun and simple block to recolor.  There are several ways to change it's look, and still the cutting stays pretty simple.  These are just a few of the options I found.  

                             G                                                   H                                                    I

My Sample Blocks

traditional Snowball(12" block)
 
letter E in the table above (16" block)
 
letter D in the table above (16" block)
 
Feel free to share any past or present Snowball blocks you've made with us to show how you colored it using #patchworkauditions #snowballblock.  Enjoy!
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all the great ideas to make snowballs even more fun - cant wait to try some of your ideas ;)

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