Our next block is made up of what I like to call four partial snowballs (seems fitting for snowzilla), I've also seen them called half snowballs.
Background - (8) 4.5"x4.5"
Prints - (4) 8.5"x8.5"
Background - (8) 2.5"x2.5"
Prints - (4) 4.5"x4.5"
Note on cutting large pieces: I am generally a lazy quilter, anything bigger than my 6x24" ruler can handle, I will use the lines on my mat for. I'll square up the fabric along one line and then use my ruler lined up across the lines of the mat to cut to the correct size. For the most part this works just fine, especially when I'm cutting larger and then trimming down the final block to the correct size.
However, since we are trying to be a bit more precise here, I resorted to a second ruler for this one, so I could be sure to get a clean 8.5" cut. By the way, don't do what I did in this picture and add 3.5" to the 6" ruler, and do what I did once I figured out that I needed to add 2.5" instead.
Mark all of your background pieces along the diagonal. I used a Frixion pen since that will disappear when ironed.
For the larger sized pieces, you can also draw another line closer to the corner, at least .5" from the previous line to create bonus triangles.
Now, trim the corners. For the bonus triangles, be careful to cut in between the two seams, but at least 1/4" from the main seam for the block.
Take a moment to measure your blocks and make sure they are still the correct size and trim off any small amounts that might be hanging over from your corners. Then line up the four blocks to match the pattern and sew them together first in pairs and then into a row of four. Remember to pin at the seam, you'll want to match those up so they lay right on top of each other.
Finally give those blocks a good press and you're done with this step.
Here is my baby quilt version. I'm doing a travel theme for that, with travel prints and solids as the background.
Don't forget those bonus triangles. I intend to use them for a pieced back, you can just toss them in your scrap bin, or potentially even use them for another part of the quilt. We'll be making quite a few HSTs, so you'll have plenty of opportunity.
Completed Block Size:
Queen Sized: 8.5"x32.5"
Baby Quilt: 4.5"x16.5"
- Fussy cut the prints, like I did for the baby quilt.
- Use improv stitch and flip triangles to make wonky corners for the blocks.
- Change around the background and prints to make inverted partial snowballs.