|Snowball quilt block|
I used a feed sack fabric and muslin to make my block.
I can think of several ways to make this block. In 1933, I'm sure the pieces were drawn onto the fabric, cut out with scissors and hand sewn together. I think that would be a very good way to make this block today.
For a 6" finished block, the curves are very small and would be hard to do on the sewing machine for most.
I appliqued the curved pieces to a background square to make it fast and easy. I think needle turn applique would probably be the fastest method though if you are good at it. You need 2-3 1/2" squares of 2 fabrics for the background and scraps of the same fabrics for the curved piece-Template A in the pattern.
Tip-When working with small pieces of fabric, use spray starch. It makes them much easier to handle.
After I prepared 8 of these little pieces from each fabric, I pinned
1 to each corner of each block and then stitched along the curve
with a small zigzag stitch. I felt I needed to trim out the fabric underneath my curves because the purple fabric was showing through too much. I don't think it is necessary unless the under fabric really shows through.
I hope you can see the difference in my pictures below.
|untrimmed on back|
|trimmed on back|
You make 4 units, reversing colors, and sew them together as shown in the picture at the top.
You can get the pattern here.
Tomorrow- Odd Fellows Cross