The Snowball block is usually used as a block to offset the main block in the quilt to create a secondary pattern. It is a simple block that requires very little piecing, but it adds just a bit of something that a plain block doesn't. This is a variation because of the square in the center. A regular Snowball would be all one fabric with the contrasting triangles on the corners.
I chose an orange print, matching (sort of - mine doesn't match perfectly) orange solid and medium/light gray for the corner triangles.
Again, this is hugely improvised so over-cut everything so you'll have a big enough block at the end (don't ask how I know!)
- From the orange print, cut a 3" - 3 1/2" square
- From the orange solid, cut 2 strips the same width you cut the print x ~5" long AND 2 strips ~7" - 8" long x 4" - 5" wide.
- From the gray, cut 2 squares ~3 1/2" - 4". Cut each in half on the diagonal.
|Here's the fabrics I chose. I couldn't decide on which gray, so I waited to the end to decide.|
|To sew the center strip in a wonky way, I laid the center square on the strip and cut in a random diagonal. I laid my pieces right sides together. If you are using a fabric that can't be reversed for the solid, then lay your pieces both sides up.|
|After cutting, I turned the solid over so the pieces would fit together perfectly.|
|Sew and press to one side. Repeat with the other side to make the center strip.|
|Once you're done piecing, cut to 6 1/2". This is where you'll know if you have enough!|
|Then cut the corners off in random sized, but make sure you don't cut off too deep or too shallow. Keep about 2 1/2" to 3" in mind for the cuts.|
|Add your triangles, making sure there will be enough fabric to make the flip! (Like how my gray turned magically purple!)|
|After the corners are added.|
|Trim again to 6 1/2".|