Happy Wednesday, people!
I have been working on a snow ball quilt this past week. A custom one in some yummy fabrics chosen by one of my sweet customers. And I finished it up a few days ago.
These were the fabrics chosen for me to use.
There are some Bonnie and Camille prints that I got from here, along with some Riley Blake Backyard roses that I got here (that one I LOVE). But I think my favorite is the yellow dotted Tanya Whelan fabric with the big roses. I can’t find that fabric to link up to it. 🙁
I used low volumes for corners. And since the quilt pattern uses (420) 2.5″ squares, using from my scrap bin was perfect. I REALLY got rid of some scraps for this quilt.
I have A LOT of low volume fabrics in my stash and in my scraps, but I use it in almost every quilt, so I need to keep a bunch on hand. This hasn’t always been the case, but last January I joined this low volume club at Pink Castle Fabrics and I get 12 fat quarters a month. Also, I like to shop Hawthorne Thread’s sale section here and I’ll just add the cheaper low volumes to my cart (the green leafy pattern was scented). This way I’m keeping a large variety on hand. And I might even end up with 30 or more different low volume prints in a single quilt. I like that!
This block doesn’t take a terribly long time to make, but it is a little tedious.
Each of those 2.5″ squares needs a line drawn on the back of them. You could probably make the block without doing that, but in my experience I always end up with wonky blocks when I don’t draw the line.
So I draw the line.
I’ve made this quilt once before here. That was two years ago. And that time I made it super scrappy.
Besides piecing blocks, my favorite part of the process is the quilting. It’s one of the last steps, so I’m always glad to be there. I put on earbuds and zone out. I always do an all over design (mostly meander), so it feels therapeutic at this point. No stress, no bother, just curvy relaxed designs.
It’s been gray and rainy here, so it was indoor pics for me this time.
I’ve already had my new quilt labels printed up for 2017. I like to change them a little every year. I make these in illustrator and then upload and have them printed by Spoonflower.
If you are in need of some quilt labels and you don’t want to deal with it yourself, I sell them here. They are completely customizeable. As in ANYTHING you want.
I just love the triangle labels on quilts. I always stitch mine across the top of the triangle, but many of my customers don’t do that step. I haven’t decided what I like best yet.
I always forget to take pics of the back of my quilt, but this time I remembered. It was requested to be done in the mint floral print, but I didn’t have enough to do the whole back in, so I did some piecing to make it work. I like how the pink solid really shows off the quilting.
This was a full size quilt measuring 80×96″.
It holds 120 snow ball blocks in 10 blocks by 12 rows.
For each block you will need (1) 8.5″ square and (4) 2.5″ contrasting fabric squares.
Draw a line on the back of all your 2.5″ squares.
With right sides together sew on the drawn line like the image below.
The black lines are stitched lines.
Now take your rotary cutter and cut 1/4″ from your stitch line, cutting off the tails of your
block. Then press.