Floral Snowball Quilt Block and Quilt Pattern

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    Make Floral Snowball Quilt Blocks

    Floral Snowball Quilt
    Floral Snowball Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Make Floral Snowball Quilt Blocks

    This floral Snowball quilt block and quilt pattern are a breeze to make when you use quick piecing methods for assembly. If floral fabrics aren't your thing, choose another type of fabric for your snowball quilt.

    The example is made with a floral center in each Snowball block. Triangles in each corner of the Snowball blocks are black and contrast nicely with the florals.

    The instructions assume you will make a scrappy floral Snowball quilt from a variety of...MORE fabrics. See page 3 for yardages suitable for a baby quilt made from just a few fabrics.

    The small scale of the block is suitable for any quilt you want to make, from a wallhanging to a baby quilt to a bed cover. The pattern would be perfect for an I Spy quilt for a child.

    The quilt is illustrated without sashing, but narrow strips would enhance the contrast between the assortment of floral fabrics.

    Finished Block Size 6" x 6"

    Remember that finished dimensions refer to the size a block will be after it is sewn into a quilt. The unfinished size (the size your block should be immediately after its assembly) is 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".

    For Each Block

    • One 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" square of a floral fabric. Fabric scale should be consistent with the size of the square -- not a small-scale floral that gets lost in the shuffle, but not a huge floral that would appear chopped-up in the finished block.
    • Four 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" black squares.
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  • 02 of 03

    Sew Floral Snowball Quilt Blocks

    Snowball Quilt Block Pattern
    Make the Floral Snowball Quilt Blocks. © Janet Wickell

    Snowball Quilt Block Assembly

    1. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each of your 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" squares. A white or yellow (or other light) pencil works. You can also create temporary lines with a tool that makes creases in fabric such as a hera marker, which slides easily down the edge of a ruler.
    2. Align a small square in each corner of the floral square as shown, right sides together and edges matched. Sew a seam on each diagonal line. Try...MORE sewing a scant seam by placing your seam along the edge of the line that's closest to the corner.

    3. Cut through both layers 1/4" past each seam line to create the seam allowance. Place a warmed iron straight down on top of the unpressed block to set the seams. Do not move the iron back and forth.
    4. Carefully press the Snowball corners right side up, seam allowances towards the black corners (the direction isn't critical, but the dark allowances could be visible if pressed towards the floral).
    5. The Snowball quilt block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".

    6. Repeat to make additional blocks. Thirty are needed for the quilt on page 3.

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  • 03 of 03

    Snowball Baby Quilt Pattern

    Floral Snowball Quilt
    Floral Snowball Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Floral Snowball Baby Quilt Pattern

    Use my Standard Mattress Sizes article and read How to Calculate Yardage to create quilts of other sizes.

    Articles to help you finish the quilt include:

    Baby Quilt

    • Finished size: 30" x 36" without borders (example is shown with a 2" border)
    • Make 30 Snowball blocks
    • Cut (30) 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" floral squares (if using the same fabric, 1 yard, (5)...MORE 6-1/2" strips cut from selvage to selvage; cut the 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" squares from each strip)
    • (120) 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" black squares: (5/8 yard of fabric, (6) 2-1/4" strips cut from selvage to selvage; cut the 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" squares from strips)

    Assemble the quilt top by sewing the blocks into six rows, each with five Snowball blocks.