Blooming Snowballs! A Quilt Story


Drunkard's path quilt block with bright colors, modern traditional quilting

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you this new fabric, Here Comes the Fun from Art Gallery Fabrics and mentioned I had big plans for it…well, for once, I actually got right on those plans!

I have always loved the classic quilt design called Flowering Snowball. It is such an interesting combination of curved piecing (my fav!) and there are so many different looks you can achieve by mixing up the color placement, using solids/white vs prints, etc. That pretty much describes everything I like in a quilt! My challenge was that I wanted to figure out how to make it without the usual templates.

So, here goes: I started with a basic drunkard’s path block, above.

Flowering Snowball quilt block with Art Gallery Fabrics, modern traditional patchwork

I then cut up the first blocks, rearranged, sewed, and cut again and sewed again… It took a few tries with scraps to figure out, but I finally arrived at the right block! I am kind of smitten with this.

Now, because of my slightly improvised method, the blocks are a bit “off”. Not all the seams match up and some blocks are a bit wonky, so I definitely need to try it again to work out the kinks. Perhaps a larger block would be easier to work with.

Flowering Snowball quilt block with Art Gallery Fabrics, modern traditional patchwork

So, I was planning to just sew up the blocks and enjoy my imperfect little bit of sunshine. Then my friend on instagram, Cheryl Arkison, suggested adding sashing to help square up the blocks and hide the mismatched seams. Brilliant! I laid out some blocks on white fabric and added little black squares for the corners and I think I like it!

This adds a bit of extra work to finish up my little quilt, but I think it will look good. I also like that the added white sashing strips help with the busy-ness of the prints and piecing. (I may or may not have neglected to maintain a balance of contrast in this quilt, (-: )

Hope to finish this little cutie soon, and try this design again…


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  1. Rineke January 15, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Lovely to tea about your journey with this quilt!
    I’m curious about the final result.

  2. Mary January 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I hope you show how you did this as I would like to try it. I like the not quite perfect blocks and I like that both of us might start out with the same blocks but our cutting would enable our finished blocks to look different.

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  4. charlotte m. February 1, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Love this. What a great idea. Can you show how you made the cuts to the original blocks?

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