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Easy Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial for Beginners

Enter the Snowball Quilt Block. Today, I am thrilled to share with you a timeless quilting technique that seamlessly blends simplicity with sophistication. As someone who has spent countless hours immersed in the world of sewing, I find sharing the world of quilting with you fulfilling.

Experience the joy of effortless quilting with this pretty square. Tailored for beginners, this pattern is not only precut-friendly but also offers the flexibility to customize with scraps, yardage, charm squares, or your favorite layer cake.

The straightforward construction makes it ideal for throw quilts, baby quilts, and home decor projects. Create coordinated pillow covers, table runners, or wall hangings using this block.

Easy Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial for Beginners

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Exploring the Easy Snowball Quilt Block: A Traditional Gem with Amish Roots

Delve into the rich tradition of quilting with the Snowball Quilt Block, an age-old design originating from Amish quilting traditions. Initially crafted to mimic circles when viewed from a distance, the block’s visual impact is influenced by the chosen colors and patterns.

The exciting news is that creating these quilt blocks is more straightforward than one might think. Originally, the traditional piecing method involved crafting a nine-patch block using half-square triangles strategically placed on the corners. This resulted in an enchanting octagon shape surrounded by four beautifully integrated triangles.

We don’t have to make a 9-patch block to make our snowball unit. Our shortcut method uses just one large square and four small squares.

Very Different Looks Using This Beginner Quilt Block

Very Different Looks Using This Beginner Quilt Block.

Play with the size of the squares and you can achieve very different looking blocks. Along with the different sizes, switch up the background squares or corner squares and use different colors. Make this a scrappy snowball or use a preplanned color scheme.

It’s a great way to use up fabric scraps.

Easy Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial for Beginners

Embrace the ease of the Quick Corner Method as you bring your Snowball Unit to life.

This quilt block unit is a delightful addition to your repertoire. What makes this technique truly special is its versatility, and in this guide, we’ll explore various sizes ranging from a charming 2-inch block to a statement-making 12-inch masterpiece.

See the chart for the suggested combinations of large and small squares. When using the suggested size, you will end up with more of an octagon shape. If you use a smaller square on each corner, you will have more of a round snowball shape for your snowball corners. Therefore, feel free to change up the corner square size to achieve your desired look.

Snowball Quilt Block Size Chart

This chart provides suggested square combinations for this unit.

How to make a Snowball Unit using the Quick Corner Method

Skill Level

Beginner Quilter

Quilt Block Name

Snowball Quilt Block

Finished Block Size

Use the square size provided to sew the block desired, from 2 inches through 12 inches.

Equipment and Tools

  • Rotary Cutter
  • Quilting Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotating Cutting Mat
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board or Pressing Mat
  • Pins
  • Clips
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Disappearing fabric marker
  • My Favorite Quilting Supplies

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Pattern Notes

All seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.

Sew with right sides together unless otherwise noted.

General Fabric Requirements for Each Quilt Block

In addition to your usual quilting supplies here are the fabric requirements.

For each block you will need

One (1) large square of fabric in contrasting color.

Four (1) squares of fabric in a different color.

See the suggest block size chart for your desired finished size.

It’s another beginner quilt pattern, that looks like it could be complicated, but is actually very easy to sew.

How to make a Snowball Unit using the Quick Corner Method

Make a Snowball Unit with the Quick Corner Method by following these simple steps.

Step 1

Cut 1 main fabric and 4 smaller squares. Identify the finished size of your unit and refer to the chart below for precise cutting measurements of the individual pieces.

Step 2

On the wrong side of each small square, use a fine pencil and a straight edge and lightly draw a diagonal line on the back side of each of the square. Alternatively, you can achieve the same effect by folding them in half diagonally to mark the line.

Step 3

With the right sides together, pin these squares on each corner of the larger square with the diagonal lines perpendicular to the corner of the larger square.  See the illustration below for guidance.

Step 4

Sew together by stitching along the diagonal line, remove pins as you come up to them. See the illustration below for guidance.

Step 5

Trim both the corner of the larger square and the corner triangle of the smaller square using ¼ inch seam allowance from the stitching line of all 4 corners.

Step 6

Press all four corners open, pressing the seams open or toward the darker fabric. The smaller square now becomes the corner piece of the large block.

Step 7

Use a ruler to square up/trim any uneven corners.

That’s it, you have this snowball block complete. A simple block with endless design possibilities and size options.

We have other free quilt patterns on the website, be sure to explore them for your next sewing project inspiration.

Snowball Quilt block PDF download

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