Sunday, November 15, 2009

ORB Round 4: Cutting and Piecing Your Snowball Blocks

You will need five squares to complete one snowball block.
  • (1) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
  • (4) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares (corner squares)
The amount of squares you will need for each size of top for Option 2:
  • 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)
Your corner squares will be a different fabric from your main squares, so make sure you mix and match your fabrics to accomidate this. Here are some completed squares.
2 Finished


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
Cutting one fat quarter will produce all the pieces you need to complete a single snowball block:
  • (1) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
  • (4) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares (corner squares)
Cut the following number of fat quarters using the directions below:
  • 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.

Square up fat quarter
1) Square up your fat quarter

Cut 12 3/4" from bottom
2) Cut 12 3/4" from the bottom

Cut 12 3/4" from left
3) Cut 12 3/4" from left side

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

Cut (4) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" blocks from strip
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
Cutting one 1/2 yard cut will produce:
  • (3) 12 3/4" X 12 3/4" squares (main square)
  • (9) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares (corner squares)
As you can see, you will only produce enough corner pieces to complete (2)  of the (3) main squares you get from cutting 1/2 yard. This leaves us about (3) corner squares short of completing the third main square. I have included instructions on how to get the remaining corner squares in a seperate set of instructions labled 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.
1/2 yard cut snowball
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.

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

Cut selvage off the left side
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.

Cut 12 3/4" from left
4) Cut 12 3/4" from left.

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

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

Cut 12 3/4" from the left again
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.

Cut strip to 4 1/2" wide
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.

Open the strip; Cut off the selvage
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.

Cut 4 1/2" from the left
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.

(9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Squares
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.

Open the strip; Cut off the selvage
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.

Cut 4 1/2" from the left
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.

(9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Squares
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.

Open the strip; Cut off the selvage
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.

Cut 4 1/2" from the left
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.

(9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Squares
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:

1/2 yard cut snowball
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.

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

Cut selvage off the left side
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.

Cut 12 3/4" from left
4) Cut 12 3/4" from left.

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

Unfold the fabric leftover from the last cut
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.

Cut strip to 4 1/2" wide
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.

Open the strip; Cut off the selvage
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.

Cut 4 1/2" from the left
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.

(9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Squares
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.

Open the strip; Cut off the selvage
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.

Cut 4 1/2" from the left
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.

(9) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Squares
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.

Piecing Snowball Step 1
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.

Step 2
3) Make a sewing line across the diagonal of each of the four squares.

Step 2 Finished
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 :)

Step 3
4) Pin all four corner fabrics to the main square.

Step 3 - Sew on the line
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.

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

Step 4 - Cut along ruler
Remove the extra fabric and place it in a pile. You can sew these scraps together later if you like.

Step 4 Finished
Here is what the block looks like after cutting all four of your corners.

Step 5 - Iron
7) Iron your seams open.

Finished Snowball Block
Finished snowball

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.

2 Finished

Happy Sewing!

4 comments:

karen said...

Really appreciate these directions!!!

Lara said...

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

Susan said...

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

Karen said...

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!