Friday Night Block Party: Snowball

December 6th 2013

 I’m soooo excited for this week’s

pinwheel block party

because I am featuring my December Fun Quilt Vintage Holiday by Camille Roskelley from Thimble Blossoms.

The whole quilt is based on the Snowball block #81 in the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Sampler.

snowball block#81

Each one is jazzed up in a different way.

I have to tell you that this quilt has been the MOST ANTICIPATED quilt ever for me.  I was secretly saving it to really pay it some well deserved attention.  It was one of the very first patterns I bought and really, truly Vintage Modern is one of my absolute favorite fabric lines.

vintage holiday jelly roll

So today I really just dedicated the whole day to cutting, and piecing and even made a few of my own blocks because I am strictly working with a jelly roll and charms pack.  The reason being that since it was one of my earliest fabric collection purchases, I didn’t splurge.  It was only after the fact, that I later bought some yardage for the sashing and backing.  And I have some other fabric as back-up in case I want to mix and match.

vintage holiday fabric options

 I can’t tell you what a fantastic and productive and overall just excellent day it has been sewingly, that is. Really everything has gone off without a hitch! Even the bobbin hasn’t run out!  (Of course, you might have seen all my excitement on Facebook)

First, I cut all the neutral fabric, the white is “SNOW” by KONA. I bought a whole jelly roll of it so I just pulled several strips out as the pattern indicated and had a couple to spare (smart cutting).  The hardest part for me was picking out the fabrics for each block, I always over think it, but gradually it all worked out. I made sure to use my absolute favorites (there are several!)  So I made the tops (on the left) and have the blocks ready to sew!

vintage holiday tops and block pieces

Even though I had planned on doing 2 blocks a day. It just won’t wouldn’t work because first you have to cut it all!  Then I pieced as much as I could until I got this pressing pile.

vintage holiday ready to press

Then I pressed and continued piecing the blocks and this is where I stopped.

vintage holiday blocks

Tomorrow I will turn them into “SNOWBALLS” by adding a white square to each corner kind of like Flying Geese fashion.  The white will make everything pop.  I promise to be back with those real soon. I’ll also let you know which block designs I had to change or adapt to accommodate my charms and jelly roll fabric sizes.  The best part was that I still had so much of this yummy fabric left to make another one!

vintage holiday leftovers

I think my new tradition will be to make one every year!

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