- (1) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
- (4) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares (corner squares)

- 6x7
- (42) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" (main squares)
- (168) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" (corner squares)
- 5x6
- (30) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" (main squares)
- (120) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" (corner squares)
- 4x5
- (20) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" (main squares)
- (80) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" (corner squares)

**Cutting your fat quarters**

You should have the following number of fat quarters for the top specified:

- (47) for the 6x7 top
- (31) for the 5x6 top
- (22) for the 4x5 top

- (1) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
- (4) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares (corner squares)

- For the 6x7 top, you will need to cut 42 fat quarters.
- For the 5x6 top, you will need to cut 30 fat quarters.
- For the 4x5 top, you will need to cut 20 fat quarters.

1) Square up your fat quarter

2) Cut 12 3/4" from the bottom

3) Cut 12 3/4" from left side

4) Take top strip (22" X 5") and cut it down to 4 1/2"

5) Cut (4) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" blocks from strip

**Cutting your 1/2 yard cuts**

You should have the following number of 1/2 yards for the top specified:

- (17) for the 6x7 top
- (13) for the 5x6 top
- (8) for the 4x5 top

- (3) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
- (9) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares (corner squares)

**Cutting a 1/2 Yard To Get More Corner Squares**.

Only cut the following number of 1/2 yard using directions in this section:

- For the 6x7 top, you will need to cut (14) 1/2 yard cuts producing:
- (42) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
- (126) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares
- Leaving us (42) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" corner squares to cut from the three remaining 1/2 yard cuts.
- For the 5x6 top, you will need to cut (10) 1/2 yard cuts producing:
- (30) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
- (90) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares
- Leaving us (30) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" corner squares to cut from the three remaining 1/2 yard cuts.
- For the 4x5 top, you will need to cut (6) 1/2 yard cuts producing:
- (18) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
- (54) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares
- Leaving us (26) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" corner squares and (2) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" main squares to cut from the two remaining 1/2 yard cuts.

1) This is still folded in half. Place your fold to the right and the selvages to the left. Square up the top and the bottom of the folded 1/2 yard cut.

**Do not cut off the selvage yet.**

2) Cut 12 3/4" from the bottom. Move the top strip off to the side for the moment.

3) Cut selvage off the left side of the bottom piece. Get as close as you can to the end of the selvage for the cut.

4) Cut 12 3/4" from left.

5) Makes (2) 12 3/4" x 12 3/4" squares.

6) Unfold the fabric leftover from the last cut (about 7" X 12.75")

7) Cut 12 3/4" from the left again. Keep the 12 3/4" x 12 3/4" square. Place the ~3" X 12 3/4" strip to the side.

8) Cut strip to 4 1/2". This is the strip from the first cut. It should be approximately 5" x WOF (width of fabric). This still has the selvage on it.

9) Open the strip; Cut off the selvage. Get as close as you can to the end of the selvage. You are cutting a single layer. Make sure you unfold the piece of fabric before cutting.

10) Cut 4 1/2" from the left. You can use your ruler horizontal lines to align with the top and bottom of the strip. This will make your ruler squared to the fabric. Then cut 4 1/2" from the left edge. Continue to cut 4 1/2" from the new left edge until you cannot get anymore 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares from the strip.

11) (9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares are produced from your 4 1/2 X WOF strip

**Cutting a 1/2 Yard To Get More Corner Squares**

**For the 6x7 top, we still need (42) corner squares:**

1) Cut (4) 4.5" x width of fabric from the 1/2 yard.

2) Open a strip; Cut off the selvage. Get as close as you can to the end of the selvage. You are cutting a single layer. Make sure you unfold the piece of fabric before cutting.

3) Cut 4 1/2" from the left. You can use your ruler horizontal lines to align with the top and bottom of the strip. This will make your ruler squared to the fabric. Then cut 4 1/2" from the left edge. Continue to cut 4 1/2" from the new left edge until you cannot get anymore 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares from the strip.

4) (9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares are produced from your 4 1/2 X WOF strip

5) Repeat Steps 2 - 4 on the remaining (3) strips.

6) You will still need (6) more corner blocks. Take another 1/2 yard and open it so that you have a single layer of fabric on your cutting board.

7) Cut a 13 1/2" from the left of the opened half yard.

8) Take the 13 1/2" x 18" square and cut (2) 4 1/2" strips from it.

9) Cut (3) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares from each strip.

**For the 5x6 top, we still need (30) corner squares:**

1) Cut (4) 4.5" x width of fabric from the 1/2 yard.

2) Open a strip; Cut off the selvage. Get as close as you can to the end of the selvage. You are cutting a single layer. Make sure you unfold the piece of fabric before cutting.

3) Cut 4 1/2" from the left. You can use your ruler horizontal lines to align with the top and bottom of the strip. This will make your ruler squared to the fabric. Then cut 4 1/2" from the left edge. Continue to cut 4 1/2" from the new left edge until you cannot get anymore 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares from the strip.

4) (9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares are produced from your 4 1/2 X WOF strip

5) Repeat Steps 2 - 4 for the remaining (3) strips

**For the 4x5 top, you still need (26) corner squares and (2) main squares. Take one of your two remaining 1/2 yards and:**

1) This is still folded in half. Place your fold to the right and the selvages to the left. Square up the top and the bottom of the folded 1/2 yard cut.

**Do not cut off the selvage yet.**

2) Cut 12 3/4" from the bottom. Move the top strip off to the side for the moment.

3) Cut selvage off the left side of the bottom piece. Get as close as you can to the end of the selvage for the cut.

4) Cut 12 3/4" from left.

5) Makes (2) 12 3/4" x 12 3/4" squares.

6) Unfold the fabric leftover from the last cut (about 7" X 12.75")

7) Cut (2) 4 1/2" strips.

8) Cut (3) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares from each strip.

9) Cut strip from the top to 4 1/2". This is the strip from the first cut. It should be approximately 5" x WOF (width of fabric). This still has the selvage on it.

10) Open the strip; Cut off the selvage. Get as close as you can to the end of the selvage. You are cutting a single layer. Make sure you unfold the piece of fabric before cutting.

11) Cut 4 1/2" from the left. You can use your ruler horizontal lines to align with the top and bottom of the strip. This will make your ruler squared to the fabric. Then cut 4 1/2" from the left edge. Continue to cut 4 1/2" from the new left edge until you cannot get anymore 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares from the strip.

12) (9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares are produced from your 4 1/2 X WOF strip

You should now have all (20) main squares and (69) corner squares. We still need (11) corner squares.

Take your last 1/2 yard cut and:

1) Cut (2) 4.5" x width of fabric from the 1/2 yard.

2) Open a strip; Cut off the selvage. Get as close as you can to the end of the selvage. You are cutting a single layer. Make sure you unfold the piece of fabric before cutting.

3) Cut 4 1/2" from the left. You can use your ruler horizontal lines to align with the top and bottom of the strip. This will make your ruler squared to the fabric. Then cut 4 1/2" from the left edge. Continue to cut 4 1/2" from the new left edge until you cannot get anymore 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares from the strip.

4) (9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares are produced from your 4 1/2 X WOF strip

5) Repeat Steps 2 - 4 to the remaining strip.

**Assembling your block**

1) Take one 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" square and lay it right side facing you. This is your main square.

2) Place one 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square in each corner of the main square. You need to use a different fabric for the 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares than what your bigger main square is. In my example, I have a large flower print as the main square and the light blue and white fabric as the 4 corner squares.

3) Make a sewing line across the diagonal of each of the four squares.

You can see all my sewing lines on the four corner squares. Yes, its a different square. Forgot to take a picture of this step finished with the original block :)

4) Pin all four corner fabrics to the main square.

5) You are going to sew

**on**your line. Not to the right or left of it like we did in the zig-zag quilt. Sew all four corners like this.

6) You need to cut off the extra fabric at your corners. Place you 1/4" line of your ruler on your seam

Remove the extra fabric and place it in a pile. You can sew these scraps together later if you like.

Here is what the block looks like after cutting all four of your corners.

7) Iron your seams open.

Finished Snowball Block

Here are my two finished snowball blocks. As you can see, you will have a secondary set of squares created in the quilt from the corners of four of these blocks coming together.

Happy Sewing!

## 4 comments:

Really appreciate these directions!!!

Thanks Heidi - your instructions are brilliant! Keep your eyes peeled in Flickr! I'll be cutting and piecing tonight :)

Heidi, these are so pretty! I really like this block. Thanks for all the details you're giving us, you're amazing.

Heidi,

I haven't even started this quilt yet, but I am following along on the instructions! They are absolutely amazing! Thanks for all the detail-it's going to help when I finally do get to make it! It just may not be until after Christmas!

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