Monday, September 26, 2016

Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress

Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress| © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I am working on a Bucket List quilt this week! A traditional Flowering Snowball Quilt has been on my "want to make" list since 2012 when I fell in love with (and made one block) from the Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters book by Katy Jones (see this blog post). I have since purchased acrylic templates for a 9 inch Flowering Snowball block and finally decided that it was time!

Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress| © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress| © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress| © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The Flowering Snowball block is one of those blocks where size, print, and color placement can really affect the design. The variations are endless! The layout that I have used was very much inspired by the Flowering Snowball Pillow made by Angela Pingel.
Flowering Snowball Quilt - corner units
3-piece corner unit - Flowering Snowball Block
This layout requires planning as the colors/fabrics used for each block are determined by the surrounding blocks. I found that the best way to tackle this project was to piece the individual "corner" units (the 3-piece colored portions - as pictured above) of the block, preparing whole circles but not actually piecing together the four "corner" units that make up each circle. I then arranged the four units that make up the circles on my design floor, added the solid white fabric pieces (joined together with a black center square) and pieced together each individual Snowball block.

Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

As you may already know, I am not a pinner and this quilt was pieced entirely without using a single pin. I have written a tutorial here which shows you how I sew curves without pinning, and this same technique has worked for this block. I do however like to nest my seams and I was able to nest all seams by pressing seams in opposite directions for each alternate block. I did not clip any of the curved seam allowances and with gentle steam the blocks pressed up nicely.

Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

QUILT STATS
Flowering Snowball Quilt
Quilt top measures 68.5 inches x 68.5 inches.
64 Flowering Snowball Blocks
Flowering Snowball Block
8 rows of 8 blocks.
Blocks made using 9" Flowering Snowball Templates.
All solid fabrics are Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton. Background fabric is
Kona Cotton in White.

Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Flowering Snowball Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I am so pleased with how this quilt top came together and I have already made good progress; it is basted and it is now ready for quilting. I am well on the way to ticking this one off my quilt bucket list.

More soon.
Rita

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23 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! I've never seen that pattern before. Well done! XO

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  2. Very cute design! You have such an eye for color, design!

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  3. Rita, another beautiful piece.

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  4. Such a striking block, the way you have pieced it! And my quilt tops NEVER look that good, no matter how I press.

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  5. Photo 12 of 13 is a turquoise snowball with black polka dots running in a single line. I would love to see an entire quilt made up of that block. Wouldn't all those running dots be awesome with the black polka dot connectors? I don't know how many times I've said "This is the best quilt she's ever made." Well done. Rita's Snowball Quilt is the hot topic at LSU Medical School today.

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  6. Thanks so much for the mention, Rita. I'm so glad you were happy with my acrylic templates. This is one of my favourite quilt blocks. I love how you've placed the white fabric! It's very striking. My Snowball quilt has the 'orange peel' shapes in cream, which creates a totally different look. Now, I want to make another one! Cheers!

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  7. I absolutely love this and this block is on my short bucket list! Gorgeous.

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  8. What a stunningly beautiful quilt!!

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  9. The quilt is FABULOUS! The color combinatons are stellar!

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  10. Oh my goodness - I always absolutely love your quilts, but I think this one is my favourite!!

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  11. Gorgeous, just love your choice of fabrics and placement for this Beautie!

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  12. Fabulous! Love the brghts on white, They just pop!

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  13. this is cool. It is on my bucket list too, Rita

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  14. Absolutely stunning! Love the use of colors, as always. I especially like the block with the big blue flowers with the black centers. There is this beautiful line of dark spots across the block connecting with the little black centers in the whitesections.

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  15. Yup, that one block everyone is mentioning is my favorite as well and certainly would be beautiful in a quilt of it's own. Spectacular job.

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  16. I like the smaller block size and the planned look. Maybe I should start a second. :) I too have made 64 blocks, but mine are all 12 inches and scrappy. The thing will be HUGE! I pin like there is no tomorrow, but I took your pressing suggestion. Yes, you are right - I do not need to clip curves as I feared.

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  17. Wow! Amazing piecing without pins!

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  18. another absolutely gorgeous quilt Rita ! I've got fabrics put away with plans for a flowering snowball quilt - must revisit !'

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  19. WOW!!! Amazing. Fabulous color combinations and impressive skill. I am truly in awe.

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