May 03, 2018

Snowballs in Spring

These spring snowballs aren't made of real snow, thankfully!

I've been working on my Murrina quilt, from Kelly Young's book Stash Statement, in preparation for my stop on the blog hop later this month. There are 51 snowball blocks in the quilt, in three different sizes, and mine are all finished 😊 Don't they look pretty all stacked up?
Snowball blocks | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Island Batik provided this gorgeous fabric for the background of the quilt and it was so much fun to press open each corner and see how the bright pink batik interacts with the crazy busy-ness of the scrappy block centers. Here's one of each size block.
Snowball blocks | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 Some of the small blocks. I love the tiny tents in the top right block 😊
Snowball blocks | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Some of the medium blocks.
Snowball blocks | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
And some of the big blocks.
Snowball blocks | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
There are a lot of background pieces in this quilt, but now that they're all cut, I think the quilt will stitch up really quickly. Here's my tower of quilt top pieces 😊
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Since I was going to be sewing all those corners (204 of them, to be exact), I figured I might as well also make some bonus HSTs while I was at it. No sense wasting all those corners, right? I drew the lines for 1 1/2" finished HSTs on all of the corners. On the smallest blocks the seam allowances ended up being slightly smaller than 1/4", but I think they're still wide enough to not cause problems.

I loved pressing these open too!
Scrappy HSTs | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
With 204 tiny, scrappy HSTs, I couldn't resist playing around with a few of them in a fun layout. I found that any HSTs with red or dark pink in the scrappy half of the block messed up the look of the layout because there isn't enough contrast. I'm sure I'll find a use for them sometime, though. Maybe a pincushion or something like that.
Scrappy HSTs | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I'm thinking this would make a fun cushion cover or mini quilt, whenever I can find time to get it pieced together. In the meantime, they're hanging out in my fancy pants storage system 😊
Scrappy HSTs | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I'll definitely want to play around with Kelly's method of scrap sewing again. And those tiny HSTs have sparked an idea for a future quilt too. One thing's for certain...I'll never run out of ideas for things to make!

5 comments:

  1. I love seeing your progress! I hope I might have my snowballs done sometime soon, too. I'm almost done with my improv blocks. :)

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  2. I have a fancy pants storage system like that too Leanne :)
    The scrappy snowballs look like a great deal of work I don't know how you find the time!

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  3. Lovely colours. I'm looking forward to seeing your completed quilt top and maybe some of the extra items you make from all those HST. :-)

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  4. Your blocks look great. Can't wait to see them all pieced together.

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