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    Smile snowballing a block

    Does anyone have any advice for making the corners on a snowball block? I've tried the regular way; putting the square on the corner, sewing on the diagonal and pressing back but my just don't turn out well. They're all uneven. Please help! I just got a cute charm pack with all kinds of fruits and vegetables and I thought a bug jar quilt would look cute. I can paper piece it I suppose but I'd rather not do that. It seems like a lot of extra work. There are a lot of little squares in that package! Thank you all.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhSWmkxfczU

    Does this help? I just searched "snowball quilt block." in youtube.

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    I always had trouble with this till i took a class. Now they turn out great!
    Start sewing 3 0r 4 stitches then slightly go off the line towards the corner and then gradualy get back on the line for your last 3 or 4 stiches. this gives you a little extra when floding back and then you can sq up.
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    I sew my seam just "outside" (towards the corner) of the true diagonal to allow room for the fold. Then I trim off the square only. Now I can fold over the square to line up with the background fabric and press. Once its lined up you can trim off the bottom fabric.
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    I've yet to try the snowball block. Thanks for links ya'll!
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    One of these days I hope to get to that one and many more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Latrinka View Post
    I've yet to try the snowball block. Thanks for links ya'll!
    Try sewing a scant 1/4 inch seam. That provides for the fold-back which takes up a bit of room and gives you the exact 1/4 inch by the time you press.

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    If you check the newest Missouri Star Quilt Co YouTube video, Jenny has a tutorial segment on making a jar quilt.

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    Thanks for the urls. A snowball quilt is on my to-do list.

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    Because I am usually sloppy, making accurate snowball blocks was a challenge that it took a while to overcome. Follow Jinny's directions on the Missouri Quilt Co Youtube presentation with this added step. Pin the little square so it won't slip while you are sewing. When you get it sewn, use the 1/4 inch seam indicator on one of your short rulers to get an accurate cut. After I started doing that, I got lovely snowballs--most of the time. froggyintexas


    Quote Originally Posted by Mimmis57 View Post
    Does anyone have any advice for making the corners on a snowball block? I've tried the regular way; putting the square on the corner, sewing on the diagonal and pressing back but my just don't turn out well. They're all uneven. Please help! I just got a cute charm pack with all kinds of fruits and vegetables and I thought a bug jar quilt would look cute. I can paper piece it I suppose but I'd rather not do that. It seems like a lot of extra work. There are a lot of little squares in that package! Thank you all.

    Barb

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    I just finished a full-size snowball quilt with 4" snowballs in the middle surrounded by 8" snowballs. It was my first try with them and while the corners didn't turn out perfect by any means (I used the technique you mentioned but blamed the lack of perfection on my being too lazy to draw each sewing line like the directions say!), when I went to put them together it all worked out just fine. I didn't even trim the corners before sewing the blocks together. I'd say, do the best you can and RELAX!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HilaryK8 View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhSWmkxfczU

    Does this help? I just searched "snowball quilt block." in youtube.
    Ok so that would really help a lot to iron them first then you will have a true sewing line.

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