I loved piecing the Flowering Snowball blocks for my first Flowering Snowball Quilt so much that as soon as I had finished that quilt I ordered a new set of templates. A set of smaller templates to piece a finished 6" finished block. I wondered at the time if I could actually pull that off ...
Well, yes I can. After a few test blocks that turned out surprisingly good I forged ahead with this quilt top. The pieces are small and the curve is a little tighter but all of the cutting and sewing principles are exactly the same.
This is such a versatile block! The potential to change the design by the placement of fabric and the use of color is limited only by imagination. For this quilt I have chosen to go with a scrappy look and all blocks are the same; low volume prints for the four "corners" of the block and a contrast printed/color fabric for the "petals" of the block. No further intricate planning was required for this layout.
Many of these small fabric pieces were rescued from my scrap bin (all of which took much longer than anticipated!) and I have also used fabrics from stash. Again, no pins (nor basting glue) were used to piece the individual blocks and the same can be said for piecing the blocks into a quilt top.
I do however like to nest my seams and I was able to nest all seams by pressing the seams for all blocks in exactly the same way. I did not clip any of the curved seam allowances and with a warm and gentle steam iron the blocks pressed up very nicely.
|Flowering Snowball Quilt Block|
- pressing seams
Flowering Snowball Quilt 2
Quilt top measures 48 inches x 60 inches.
A total of 80 Flowering Snowball Blocks.
(10 rows of 8 blocks).
Each finished block measures 6 inches x 6 inches.
720 patchwork pieces.
That tiny black center square measures 1/2" x 1/2".
Now ready for basting and quilting!
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