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Modern Snowballs: A Tutorial

This is a great way to use up leftover HST and HST trimmings.


You will need a pile of half square triangles. It is ok if they are not perfect triangles.

It is also ok (preferrable, actually) if they are not all the same size.

You will also need some 5'' background squares cut from a solid color fabric.

For this tutorial I am making a table runner so I cut (30) 5'' squares.



Lay the triangle on a corner of the block. Position it so that it sets right in the corner.



Now flip it up...


..and slide it down a generous 1/4''.

This does NOT need to be perfect because we are making a MODERN snowball.

Improv piecing is just that, improv. It is free and fun and looks just great when it is not perfect.

If you triangle tilts to one side or the other...fine.

If it looks like it is bigger than the rest of them...fine.

If it looks kind of scrawney...fine.

The only thing you need to be careful about is the seam allowance.

When you fold the triangle back down, it does need to cover the entire corner.



Sew it in place with a 1/4'' seam allownace.



Open and press.

You should not see any of the background fabric sticking out.

(If you do, you may need to take the triangle off and reposition it.)




Trim it so that it is flush with the background square.



Cut the bottom layer away.

This step helps to reduce bulk, and will become important when assemblying the quilt top.



Now that you have the idea, it is time to start chain piecing.

Keep the necessary seam allownace in mind, and you can judge that by how much the

triangle points hang over the sides of the square. They should be 1/4'' past the edges.

Add one triangle to each of your blocks.






Set a few blocks aside at this point, as some of them need only 1 triangle.

Follow the same process to add 2, 3 and 4 triangles to the remaining blocks.

Notice that some of the 2 triangle blocks have the triangles in opposite corners,

and some have them in adjacent corners. This helps to add some variety.



Arrange the blocks as desired.



If you happen to get a few triangles to line up like this (photo below), don't worry.

This is called a ka-winkie-dink and there is no need for alarm.

It is not conclusive proof that you used to be a traditional quilter, and you will

probably not be able to reproduce this even if you try like crazy.



Assemble and complete as desired.