To purchase the Snowball Party quilt pattern, click here.
I’ve something new for you today – a snowball quilt pattern!
This snowball quilt pattern is called Snowball Party and can be found in my shop right here.
To me it looks like a room full of snowballs all chatting to each other and having a great time. Hence the name Snowball Party!
And let’s be honest, this is the only type of party most of us can have right now given social distancing requirements. A snowball party is better than no party at all, yes?
This pattern is perfect for a beginner with a few starter quilts under their belt.
The pattern has instructions for 4 quilt sizes: baby, throw, twin and queen/king.
There are two block size options in the pattern. The baby size uses FQs to create smaller blocks while the larger 3 quilt sizes use half yards.
I also have tips on how to use F8s and scraps for the small blocks and scraps and FQs for the larger blocks. So you can use this pattern to stash bust from scraps, through to F8s, FQs and half yards. You could even combine different fabric cuts in the one quilt if you want.
And there’s even a bonus mini quilt pattern included as well, to help clear out those pesky small scraps. Yay for mini quilts!
You’ll notice my quilt has scrappy accent blocks, while this mini has accent blocks all in the one fabric. The pattern gives you instructions to use either method for all of the quilt sizes.
I made my version here with a sunset selection of solids from my stash. They are a mix of Kona solids, Essex linen (candy pink) and Art Gallery Fabrics (burnt orangey-coral).
I wasn’t sure I’d have a good selection of such colours in my stash (as I’m more a blue/green lover). But shock horror, it would seem I have more fabric than I thought in that cupboard! (Can you hear my husband rolling his eyes from there?)
My background fabric is called Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Oyster (here on Etsy*). It’s a dreamy not-quite beige, not-quite grey colour that changes depending which colour fabrics are next to it. A lovely, super useful neutral.
When it came time to quilt such a loud, happy snowball quilt pattern I felt I wanted to keep it simple. I went with cross hatch quilting, using the corners of the snowball blocks as my guide.
I did use my hera marker to mark some lines in the borders as I felt I might list off course a bit without them. I’m really happy with how it turned out. (Do you see that little tuck in the quilting of the orange block down the bottom? There was a time that would’ve driven me wild. These days I’m like “aw, go out there and live your best life, tiny tuck”. 2020 has mellowed me out, man.)
For binding I considered scrappy binding with the leftover solids, but decided on a Carolyn Friedlander tangerine cross hatch fabric.
The binding fabric is also appears in my quilt backing which I pieced primarily from orange low volume fabrics from stash. As an aside, you know your stash is getting out of hand when you can separate your low volumes into colour groups!
I didn’t have time to hand bind this one so I used my zigzag binding tutorial to finish it off.
I pulled out some orange thread first but actually found it a bit too bright. The baby pink was much more subtle and the look I was going for.
This method of machine binding is very forgiving and also very sturdy. A win-win in my eyes.
Oh, there’s also a colour-in sheet in the pattern for those who like to audition fabric colours before sewing. You could also use the colour-in sheet to play with the number of blocks in your quilt, in case you want to add a row/column or two.
Here’s two alternate layouts I considered with my blocks before settling on my random layout.
This one is just each colour on its own line. I quite liked this one, actually. It would look really great in a rainbow colour scheme, too.
This second layout was more of an ombré effect. I started with the blocks in colour order (like my fabric layout order you saw earlier). I filled in the layout from the top right corner down to the bottom left. It’s not a perfect ombré, but it does look pretty groovy.
But in the end I went with random (where random = blocks auditioned endlessly in position to make sure they appeared random).
Feel like making you own snowball quilt? Put your scraps or stash to good use and grab yourself a copy of the Snowball Party quilt pattern, right here. The shop listing also shows you the quilt sizes and fabric requirements.
I’ll have another post shortly showing a rainbow version I’ve also sewn, as well as some gorgeous pattern testers’ versions.
Until then, happy sewing!
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