String Snowballs

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It is about time that I  share this quilt with you,  especially since I will be doing a workshop  in a few weeks for the Simcoe County Quilt Guild.   I had been seeing a lot of this quilt in the online world in a great variety of modern fabrics. I started to pin it and had a lightbulb moment  —  why not do it with string piecing, better yet why not do it with my stash.  I went on to my EQ program and found the block which I immediately increased to 12 inches.  It is paper pieced with gentle curves that were very easy to sew.


I love the optical illusion created by the use of value. I quilted it using cured rulers and freehand quilting. Here is a close-up of the quilting on 4 blocks.


This quilt hung at Quilts at the Creek in the big/little challenge.  In a moment of craziness I drafted the back to be one big block. Due to stash restrictions I decided to make the colour  radiate to darker corners.



My friend Helgard  decided that she should make a quilt with this pattern in a different setting.  I tried to encourage her to use a black/white text print for the background in order to modernize her old stash.  She couldn’t wrap her head around that idea and used this grey instead.


Here she is standing with her quilt at “the Creek” .  In the closeup you can see that she used all sorts of old stash. We quilted it simply  with an edge to edge swirly pantograph.

In the spring I taught the String Snowball workshop at Thimbles and Things in Orillia. Sue is always happy to have me try out new workshops in her classroom and I am happy to have a place to iron out any bugs in my instructions.  Christine, a class participant sent me a picture of her finished Christmas table topper 2 days later.  We had a lot of fun auditioning  fabrics for her background.


Since making this quilt and teaching it I have had acrylic templates produced, now I can teach it several different ways in one workshop.  Contact me if you are interested in making this quilt, I have patterns and templates available.



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