The snowball block has been around a long time. In this tutorial, I’ll show you a super easy way to construct this block as well as dress it up in a new way. Since I made lots of blocks at the same time, you will see numerous blocks in the pictures of this tutorial.
First, construct a quarter-square triangle block out of any fabrics you like. I wanted my finished quarter-square unit to measure 4 1/4”, so I cut my squares 1 ¼” larger at 5 ½”. You can make your unit any size you like; it really doesn’t matter.
Next, cut a contrasting square the same measurement as your quarter-square triangle unit.
Fold the square in half and then in half again. Finger press the folds.
Open the square and place it face down on your cutting table. With a quarter-inch ruler, draw diagonal lines 1/4” out from the folds as shown.
Place the square on top of your quarter-square unit, right sides together. Sew the four lines. If you like, sew a second seam about 3/8” away from the first in order to form little half-square triangles with the excess.
Trim away the corners.
With a pair of scissors, cut along the fold lines to open your snowball. Press the corners open.
Square up your snowball block. Wasn’t that an easy way to make a snowball?
In part two, we’ll give our snowball blocks a simple frame and then take them a step further with a more colorful and complex frame.