Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Snowballs and Diamonds Tutorial

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This tutorial is perfect if you have lots of charm squares with large-scale prints, since you don't slice and dice the charm squares too much. I hope you enjoy it!

Supplies:
fandango - get this party started!
  • 1 charm pack or 42 (5”) squares - I used Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda
  • 1.5 yds of a small-scale or solid print for sashing diamonds, inner border, and binding
  • 2 yds of large-scale print for outer border
  • 2.5 yds of background fabric - I used Kona Snow
  • 4 yds of backing
  • batting - 80x90
Cutting Directions


Background:
  • Cut 7 (1.5”) strips; from each strip cut 25 (1.5”) squares, for a total of 175 squares - you’ll have 7 leftover squares.
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  • 2.5”x5” logs - cut 11 (2.5”xWOF) strips; from each strip cut 8 logs, for a total of 88 logs. You'll have 4 leftover logs.
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  • 2.5”x9.5” logs - cut 22 (2.5”xWOF) strips; from each strip cut 4 logs, for a total of 88 logs. You'll have 4 leftovers.
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Sashing diamonds and inner border print:
  • Cut 7 (1.5”) strips; from each strip cut 25 (1.5”) square for a total of 175 squares - you’ll have 7 leftovers.
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  • Cut 6 (2.5”xWOF) strips
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Outer borders:
  • Cut 6 (7.5”xWOF) strips from a large-scale print. (Do as I say, not as I did. I originally thought that I'd go with larger 8.5" borders and changed my mind at the last minute.) 
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Piecing Directions


Making the Snowball Blocks

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  • Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the back of every. single. 1.5” background square.
  • Or if you have one of those fancy angler rulers that fits on your machine, skip this step and use that instead.
  • Grab a charm square. Place one of the background squares in the corner of the charm square, with the wrong side facing up.
  • Pin in place, if necessary, and then sew along the marked diagonal line.
  • Repeat in the other 3 corners.
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  • Next, line up a ruler, with the 0.25” line along the marked diagonal seam you just made, and cut along the edge of the ruler.
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  • Repeat in the other 3 corners.
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  • Use the iron to press the background fabric away from the charm print.
  • Now your charm square should look like this.
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Sashing the Snowball Blocks
  • Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the back of every. single. 1.5” diamond print square.
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  • Grab 2 logs - 2.5”x5” and a charm square. Attach one log to the top of the snowball block and another to the bottom.
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  • Press and repeat with the 41 other blocks.
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  • Grab 2 logs - 2.5”x9.5” and a semi-sashed snowball block. Attach one log to the right side of the snowball block
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  • and another to the left.
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  • Press and repeat with the 41 other blocks.
  • Grab a sashed charm square. Place one of the diamond print squares in the corner of the block, with the wrong side facing up.
  • Pin in place, if necessary, and then sew along the marked diagonal line.
  • Repeat in the other 3 corners.
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  • Next, line up the ruler, with the 0.25” line along the marked diagonal seam just made, and cut trim away the small triangle of extra fabric.
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  • Repeat in the other 3 corners, and use the iron to press the diamond print away from the larger block.
  • The finished block should look like this and measure roughly 9.5” (9” finished).
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  • Repeat 41 more times.
  • Lay out the blocks in a 6x7 grid.
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  • Label by row.
  • Pin and sew the blocks into rows, then press the seams.
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  • Pin and sew the rows together, pressing the seams as you go along to prevent bowing.
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Adding Borders - Like I mentioned in the last tutorial, I do not attach my borders the "correct" way. If you have a different method of attaching borders, please do follow it!
  • From the 6 (2.5xWOF) inner strips you cut, piece the borders for each side and with right sides together, attach the inner border strips. Trim as needed.
  • Rinse and repeat with the 7.5xWOF strips.

Quilt!

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Bind!
Wash/Dry/Enjoy!

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Update: a PDF of the tutorial can be found here.

12 comments:

  1. What a lovely quilt, and a fabulous tutorial! THANK YOU so much for the time and energy it takes to post this (and other tutorials!) online. Bloggers are simply the BEST - you are one of the top best! :)

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  2. Thank you for a tutorial with so many photos, makes it all so much easier to understand before you even start.
    Love patterns which make the most of beautiful large prints.

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  3. Thanks for the great tutorial! I have just the perfect charm pack to use for this.

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  4. Awesome--thanks, Megan! I have a couple of charm packs that I can't wait to try this with!

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  5. Great tutorial and quilt! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Jealous? Of me? This quilt is amazing! I love nothing more than a crisp white background. And I love how the snowballs & squares just float magically. Beautiful. I'm jealous of your awesome stippling :)

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  7. It's a gorgeous quilt and a great tutorial, Megan! I'm definitely adding this one to the bucket list!!

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  8. I collected some charm packs awhile back and haven't found anything I want to use them for. But this is perfect, love it! Your tutorial is great. Thank you.

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  9. Such a pretty quilt! Love your blog. Just found it today.

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  10. What a great quilt.Very clever. I will print out the tutorial so I will have it when I figure out what fabric to use. I do like the Fandango and I have some of that but to finish up some WIP's first. Thanks.

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  11. well done! So pretty and I love the fabrics you used. And very easy tutorial to follow. You should submit it to moda bakeshop!

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  12. Thank you for the tutorial!! I am planning to make this as soon I get some other WIPS done.

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