Block 4- The Virtual Quilting Bee
This is another one of those blocks that looks harder than it really is…seriously! I’ve started to notice the blocks that look a little tricky often are using a piecing/designing method I call snowballin’:). It is not that difficult, but when combined with other blocks or a pieced foundation square can create the look of an intricate design.
Have you ever heard of the traditional block called a Snowball? Here is is:
It is created by sewing smaller square blocks to the foundation/original solid square. It is often combined with other blocks to create a secondary design.
The resulting block reveals a somewhat round ball that, you guessed it…..looks like a snowball:) I used a large snowball block in my Cardinal Stars quilt. Can you see it?
Here is a quick how to…
Mark a diagonal line on your corner squares.
Stitch on the marked line.
Trim 1/4″ from the seam line to remove excess.
Press those little corners open and your done! Pretty cute, huh? Don’t you just want to make a whole quilt full of snowballs!
Adapting the snowball technique is a great way to avoid some tricky calculations and having to cut triangles and octagons…ain’t nobody got time for that!
This block is using that technique on opposite ends of a rectangle. Throw in a couple HST’s and some solid squares and you’ll be Going Dutch in no time! Wait a minute…is that a good thing? Anywho, your block will be done and you can figure out who is paying for dinner later.
Don’t forget when you trim those little snowball corners to sew them together and make some mini HST’s, these are really tiny. Okay, this is getting obsessive I know. You can toss ’em if you must!
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