More String Snowball Block Ideas!

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It is a small world after all! My daughter who lives in Calgary told me that her colleague’s mother heard me speak in Perth Ontario and loved my trunk show.  I must have made an impression for word to travel so far!   Marlene from Flare Fabrics arranged for me to come out to Lanark County Quilt Guild for a trunk show and workshop.  This is a very enthusiastic and growing guild.  The featured image is another example of using your Christmas  fabric stash. Did you see that this quilter used 4 different backgrounds and  a metallic fabric for her centre square?

Look at the progression of some of these blocks. Throughout the day we were busy borrowing different fabrics from each other to audition backgrounds and centre squares.

Did you catch the tiny centre has a little green in the print, this participant was planning on using a poison green binding on her quilt.  These two ladies were sitting at the same table, that is why the same grey background was auditioned.

I  love the  limited colour combination used in these next blocks.

Yes, you can mix in some solids. Each persons stash is unique!

This next participant was working with a borrowed stash, as hers was packed up! We worked around that problem with some ideas from the pattern.  Her quilt will have circles of different colours and a white background.







We decided that this rusty brown block needed more variety  to create contrast in the two colour ways.





The last picture from Perth is a very “manly ” collection of fabrics and colours.  While auditioning backgrounds we came up with a plan to use a dark background in the outer  squares creating a darker border.  The background in this picture is Essex Linen fabric.

Somehow I only have a few pictures from the Brampton Guild.  I think of the being down south on a beach when I look at this grouping of blocks.

This next participant raced home (or to a local shop) to get more stash. If you want a scrappy look you need lots of variety.

Raiding other quilter’s stash looking for the right colour for the centre square!

I hope all these pictures  help you to “shop your stash” for the workshop.


  1. These works in progress are so helpful! I’ve got lots of stash to bust! I think you might become every guild’s new “It Girl”. kathy


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