Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Painted Snowball quilt block

Painted Snowball
July 25, 1933-Wyoming Design Makes a Thrifty Use of Remnants was the title of Nancy Cabot's column in the Chicago Tribune.

She credited a quilter in Wyoming for designing this pattern and "whimsically" calling it Painted Snowball.

"The most unusual design presents a good opportunity to use up scraps of gay prints left over from other quilts", wrote Nancy Cabot.

A copy of an old Painted Snowball pattern can be seen here. It was published in the Progressive Farmer. From what I can tell from this pattern, the block's center and four corner pieces were pieced and then appliqued to a 13" square of background fabric.

The quilt made according to the pattern would look like this. I like the look of this quilt but I didn't try to make the block. I don't think it's a great choice for a 6" block. Do you see the secondary pattern?

The Painted Snowball block can be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase  program as #3556.


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