Sherri, from Alaska, has sent me a couple of these beautiful Snowball quilts to quilt.
She simply uses a scrappy color pallet - it works every time!
I quilted it in an uneven cross-hatch....this is the backing:
I have this GIANT stash of browns & pinks I have been collecting for years.
It's time to cut them up and use them!
Here we go...
These are 6 1/2" finished blocks.
You will cut 7" squares for the centers
and....3" squares for the corners.
It's a good idea to use a strong contrast between the light and dark fabrics so the snowball portion stands out.
You will get 14 - 3" blocks out of a 42" width of fabric
and 6 - 7" blocks out of a width of fabric...(selvedge to selvedge).
(ity bity scraps left over for kitty beds!)
For a Queen size quilt measuring 91" x 104", you will need 224 blocks.
Set them 14 across and 16 down.
Lots of cutting - but it goes really quickly!
There are several ways to mark your sewing line.
You can diagonally line up your 3" squares along a printed line on your cutting mat, back facing up, place a ruler along the points and draw the lines with a pencil.
Or....you can press them in half diagonally.
The pressing line is your sewing line.
Another option is to place a piece of painters tape aligned with your needle position on your sewing machine.
As you sew you are guiding the bottom point of the 3" square along the edge of the tape.
(I personally like this method - no preparation to the 3" square!)
After sewing all four corners (I use a different print on each corner for that scrappy flavor) you will trim 1/4" away from the stitching.
Press to one side.
(I press towards the corner pieces)
I'm making a King size so I will be making 324 of these beauties!
And I still have left-over browns and pinks!!!
Maybe I'll piece the back, too!
Thank you, Sherri, for allowing us to "sigh" over your beautiful Snowball quilt.
It's so inspiring!