I love snowball quilts. Like the bird quilt, or my very 1st quilt. I’ve had some questions about making snowball blocks, so I just thought I’d show you how easy it is. This is a great pattern for beginners, and I love it because the big blocks show off the fabric prints and it goes together really fast. Ok here goes:
Cut one 8” square and four 2 3/4” squares.
Draw a diagonal line on each small block.
Pin the small blocks to the 8” block, right sides together, and so the diagonal lines run perpendicular to the corners.
Sew along your drawn lines.
Ok here’s where you can cheat…..see that painters tape on the sewing machine? I don’t draw my diagonal lines onto my squares (I did here for tutorial sake). Instead, you can put a piece of painters tape on your machine so the edge lines up directly with your sewing line, then as long as you keep both corners along that tape as you sew, you will get a perfect line without drawing. It sounds confusing but it makes sense as your doing it. Maybe. 🙂
Then cut off your corners leaving 1/4” allowance.
Now iron and your done! An 8” snowball block.