In part one of this tutorial, we completed the basic Highland Snowball quilt block. You could stop here and use the block in a quilt if you liked. Personally, I think this block looks great with a frame. Here’s how to surround the block with a truly simple-to-make border.
Measure your block and cut a rectangle that number x 3 ½”. For example, my unfinished blocks measured 4 ¾” so I cut a rectangle 4 ¾” x 3 ½”. (If your blocks are smaller than mine, you might want to decrease the width to something less than 3 ½”. This number is arbitrary; you can choose any width you like for your block border.)
Place the rectangle on one side of your block, right sides together, and sew with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Shift the parallel side of the rectangle to the other side and sew again as shown. Your snowball unit will curl over a little.
Shift your tube and quickly match up the seam allowances. They should butt up against each other. Finger press a fold into the rectangle. Cut along the fold line and press open.
Measure the length of your unit. Cut a rectangle this number x 3 ½”. Place the rectangle on one side of your unit, right sides together, and sew down the long side. Shift the rectangle to the parallel side and sew again.
Shift your tube, matching the seam allowances. Finger press a fold into the rectangle. Cut the fold line and press open.
Your border is complete!
In part three, we’ll add yet another border, one I think you’ll enjoy having in your repertoire of piecing.
Hope your day includes some quilting,