Snowball Quilt

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Throwback Thursday- Snowball Quilt

On Thursdays this summer I am going to highlight a craft that I have done in the past that got no blog love when I posted it because it was on my old blog which no one including family every saw.  This quilt was completed over a year ago but is still one that I am very proud of



There are many great tutorials on the internet for Snowball quilts.  I used the Ruler Revolution quilting tool to make my quilt.  This is not a paid post, I bought my ruler at a quilt show and had a blast making the quilt.  It came with easy to follow directions and made a perfect quilt. I made the quilt for my MIL’s 80th birthday.  I made it nine blocks (10 inch squares) across and nine blocks down, 9X9=81. This made the quilt approx. 80 by 80. She was 80 so pretty cute!  I thought it was.  When I made the quilt I was in the middle of a black and white quilt phase.  I bought black and white prints everywhere I went.  It was a slight obsession in my life for a while.  I added black and red fabric to my stash for this quilt.

The snowball pattern is one of the best-known of all Amish quilt blocks. From a distance, a snowball block looks like a round circle, but it is actually an octagon. Snowballs are easily formed by taking a square of cloth and sewing a triangle across each of the 4 corners. It can also be made by sewing a small square at each corner and then trimming it before ironing.


Many traditional snowball quilts have the solid color as the focus and use either scraps for the corners or a darker solid color.  I used black for the corners and loved the semi Amish look of it.  All of the different prints gave it a very modern look.


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What I learned from making the Snowball Quilt:

1. I loved making one and will make another.  Some quilts I finish and think never again, but not this one.

2. Buying the ruler was worth it.  It made it very easy to make perfect squares that were easy to sew together.

3. I need to buy a better camera and take need to learn to take better pictures. 

4. Don’t try to take pictures in the dappled shade of a large tree.  I have no idea what I was thinking.

5. Make sure you prewash all your red fabric before you quilt it.  I washed this quilt after it was quilted to give it the vintage puckered look.  One of the reds did not get prewashed and the colors ran.  The first thing thing I did was rewash the quilt using a non-chlorine (oxygen-based) bleach or a cup of white distilled vinegar in addition to my regular laundry detergent. I did this before I dried the quilt.  I took almost all of the red out of the adjacent mostly white fabric.  

P.S. I have a new camera and am working on my photography skills.


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