Friday, February 1, 2019

snowballs and flowers

So I read my friend Kelly's blog post on flowering snowballs... (her blog ishttp://pinkadotquilts)
and I wanted to try making them. After all, we've had the snow...
and I'm almost finished with the cattail quilt top.
I went to bitsofeverything blog for the free pattern... but...something funny happened along the way from pattern to printer and it didn't really work well.
See block above, sewn with scant quarter seams and came out 1/4" too small all over.
I tried enlarging the pattern on my printer and it got worse...
I cut it into a square and like it bigger, this is around 9"
I contacted Kelly who told me she ordered acrylic templates through
so I ordered a set at the smallest, 8" finished... until then I couldn't stop, love sewing curves... so I made another one but reversed the color placement... wondering why I'm working with brown and beige? The scraps are out for the cattail piece...
 The flowering snowball block calls for the center square to be in the corner colors, but on the opposite one, I tried using brown, it's different and kind of cute but...
I got a magazine for Christmas with templates in it for the orange peel block. I thought, hey... that's a similar shape, can I make the block,
cut it in half, and sew them together to get the flowering snowball???
well, the short answer is no. It made a mess and didn't have the block in the center bridging the two sides, and it came together in a hot mess distorted. I pressed it mightily and added an applique turned edge square in the center to cover my sins...
but I wouldn't make it again. It may have it's place but I want a straightforward block to enjoy not have to fudge it.
I returned to the smaller paper templates and made two with yellow scraps, and they are small but cute, at 6.25 unfinished blocks
I really like the cattail piece but am reluctant to show it now that it's nearing it's final size... there are rules about sharing a piece online, if you want to compete with them in shows like Houston's.

My word for the year is explore, so I had an idea that using a different template would work and went to the studio to try it. It's just wasted fabric, they'll make more. I learned a new to me block construction, learned what I like from it (a way to use lots of scraps, and a great movement in the finished quilt) (and fun to make) and what won't work.
Sometimes that's enough for one afternoon, no?

Next up on the wall...Valentine's quilt!

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  1. The snow is beautiful, but only in pictures.

    I love your quilting. Our grandmothers did quilts. I wish I had one of them.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to Milo. ♥

  2. That is a fun block and lends itself to the scrappy look really well. I tried curved seams on my second project during the quilting cruise. It was fun to learn a new skill.

  3. Some days you just have to give an idea a twirl.

  4. Love those curves! We are so fortunate to have access to all of these wonderful acrylic templates.

  5. Oh love how your flowering snowballs are coming together--nice colors. My regular (hahaha) snowballs are getting more colorful...
    hugs, Julierose

  6. Love your flowering snowballs, and enjoyed reading about how you explored this idea!

  7. Hi LeeAnna,
    Just like you taught me...LILEMO... Live learn and move on!
    Good luck with entering the show!

  8. Looks like you're having fun experimenting! The flowering snowball is such an interesting block. I hope you like your templates when they arrive. In the spirit of exploring, you might like the fun effects you can get by combining the flowering snowball block with nine patches.

  9. It's interesting to see how you played around with this idea; you are definitely getting off to a good start with your exploring.

  10. Pretty block. Love seeing the process you used to try out some different things.

  11. Oh, how I love those Flowering Snowball blocks!!! Thanks for sharing your (failed) experiment. Trying and failing is better than never to have made the attempt!

  12. Curved piecing. What fun. I like that you use the colors form your previous pull.