Monday, May 24, 2010

Let's Have A Snowball Night...

I know, I know...it's summer here, but I want to have a Snowball Night!! I never liked snowball fights, so this is much better.
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Sometimes sitting down to sew a whole quilt or a stack of blocks can be daunting, especially with crazy schedules (or a quilt "to do list" a mile long). I was thinking...why don't we pick a night that works best for each of us and sew a few snowballs (get it..sew instead of throw ok, you all know me by now!). If we do a few snowballs a week, before you know it, we'll have enough to put together a whole quilt and just in time for winter.
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Grab my button (see it up there in the top right) if you'd like to participate. It will be linked to all the posts I will be doing along the way for tips and tricks with snowballs and inspirational pictures.
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I don't do well with the codes, so you just need to...
  • highlight the button and save it to your picture file.
  • go to your layout section of your dashboard and click add gadget
  • click add picture
  • then just fill it in with the title, picture and link (url) to the snowball post, then save it
  • easy, easy well easy for me because I don't do codes. It took an act of God just to get the button made without photo shop, but that's a whole different post!

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Sew...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!
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This is the basic tutorial for a snowball block. As I add more information to this event, there will be different block configurations that go along with the snowball block!
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First, I am starting with an 8 1/2" block. The larger of the squares will end up being your actual snowball.
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You will also need 4 squares cut at 3 inches.
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If you would like to make different sizes of snowballs you can follow this guideline
  • 5" snowball (charm pack) you will need 4 corner squares at 2"
  • 6 1/2" snowball...you will need 4 corner squares at 2 1/2"
  • 10" snowball (layer cake) you will need 4 corner squares at 3 1/2"

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Now, back to sewing...draw a line in pencil from corner to corner on each smaller square.

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Place all 4 squares on the snowball right sides together. Pin if you'd like.


This is an extra step, but oh so worth it for the bonus blocks in the end. Mark a dot a 1/2" away from the first line.



and draw that in pencil too.




Now sew on all the lines.



Use your center guide line on your machine to help you along the way. The diagonal line is so easy to follow with a guide line or tape on your machine, you might not need the pencil line once you get going.




Here are the four main lines all sewn. I left the strings on to show you a tip...



Much like chain piecing, sew a line, lift your presser foot, pull on the thread a little and then bring your next square to the needle without cutting it. Saves thread and saves that bunching up thing on the back that happens when you begin a new stitch.



Here is the finished snowball all sewn up.



Now cut between the 2 lines. Because the space is 1/2" wide each piece should have a 1/4 seam.



Press all 4 corners.




Then lift up each square and press back.



Tah Dah!!! This snowball is so much better than the other kind!



Now press those little extras that we cut off. Press open to the darker fabric. There will be other posts about these little gems later. These will square up to 2".



Now for a little inspiration to get you started... Three very generous ladies have allowed me to share their photos of their absolutely beautiful snowball quilts. You must visit their blogs, they are AMAZING!
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First, is Nicole from Sister's Choice Quilts. Aren't these just beautiful. If you look through her archives under 1-22-2010, 7-7-2009, 10-22-2007 and 9-18-2007, that's where I found these photos. Actually, you just have to look through her whole blog, because every picture is better than the last!











This stunning quilt is from Twin Fibers. A wonderful blog from twin sisters Jennifer and Jessica. Their blog is just spectacular...you have to go visit. The photographs are amazing, as is every project they post about. This quilt is from their 1-14-2010 post. Just the prettiest quilt and the fabric...to die for.









Thanks so much ladies for letting me share your wonderful creations!
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Now let's get the Snowball Night going.
  • Post my Snowball button on your blog
  • spread the word
  • and as you get sewing, pick a day during the week to post about your mounting pile of snowballs
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Happy Sewing and look for more snowball posts this week,
~Karen~

19 comments:

  1. Lovely quilts!And thankd for sharing them.

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  2. Hi Karen! I'm definitely in! I've got a couple of charm packs that I've been wondering what to do with them and this is the ANSWER! Thank you! I truly love your blog!!

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  3. Hi Karen. I love your tutorial and the inspirational quilts! I'm joining you. I've made 4 blocks today and posted on my blog; cottoncocktails.blogspot.com

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  4. Hmmmmm,maybe I'll give it a try.

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  5. Love this......have to see if I can squeeze it in...don't want to add to my already ridiculously-high number of UFO's!!!

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  6. Wonderful tutorial, love the snowball quilts.
    I have to finish up a million things first, before I start anything new;)

    Debbie

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  7. I'm in...I need a challenge like this to extend myself, and it seems like minimal pressure if we're talking doing all the blocks over time.

    I kind of like the social aspect of it as well. Thanks for posting this idea.

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  8. It sounds like fun. Count me in. I have my I Spy sqaures that I need to deo something with.

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  9. Wow, that looks so easy...do I need to have a blog to particpate?

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  10. Sounds fun...going to use a layer cake, me thinks!

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  11. Hi Karen, Sounds like fun. I am definitely in. I'm going to email my mom and sister in law...I think it will be fun for us to do it together!

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  12. Hi Karen, that sounds like fun and not too stressful, so I'm in too.

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  13. Love your blog. I got here from the Quilting in my Pajama's site. Thanks for sharing the quilts. I really thought I wasn't crazy about snowball blocks but these quilts are stunning. I guess I've just never seen them in fabrics that appealed to me.

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  14. I'm here via Quilting in my Pajama's site as well. If Mrs. P is in, then so am I. It will be fun!

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  15. I will be joining you soon making snowballs. I think I need to wait until school is out. We have so many end of the year actities going on now.

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  16. QIMP had your link on her site. It sounds like fun. Count me in.

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  17. Count me in, I will be starting on Monday.

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  18. Hi Karen,
    Yes, I would love to join in on the fun too.

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  19. Hi Karen, I finished my little Snowball quilt and posted a picture on my blog.
    Thanks for the fun.
    Nancy at Tattered Garden

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