Join me in creating a beautiful quilt! (The Free Quilt Along is available right here: https://aletheaballard.com/course/the-snowballs-chance-free-quilt-along/)
I have been under shelter-in-place directives here in California for over a week, and I was looking for a way to reach out to you, my friends and fellow quilters, in a creative way.
Recently, I posted a photo on Instagram of the Snowball’s Chance quilt I made about eight years ago and the response was really great.
That gave me the idea to work up this quilt as a free sew along and a way for some of us to escape to our happy place – the land of pieces of fabric!
This pattern uses simple construction and commonly-used sewing methods, and it produces an absolutely fabulous result.
The quilt has 108 5″ squares and I used a different fabric for each in the version above! I clustered them in sets of nine with a high-contrast color for each corner triangle.
For this post, I am creating a new quilt with twelve fabrics from the Kaffe Fasset collective. Philip Jacobs, the lead designer, is one of my favorites and I happened to have quite a good selection in my sewing room. So, I could make this without going outside! (Quelle suprise!)
You might find you have a good collection of fabrics for the quilt yourself!
You’ll make 12 blocks and all you need for each block are 9 squares 5″ x 5″ (so you can use layer cakes or charm squares) and 36 squares 2″ x 2″. Easy peasy. I’m using yardage and I find that 2 strips 5″ by the width of fabric and 2 strips 2″ by the width of fabric for the corners makes the blocks and leaves enough for a scrappy border and the binding too! (all instructions are in the video)
To make it really fun and easy for you to sew along during this time of sewcial distancing, I have created a video.
The Free Quilt Along is available right here: https://aletheaballard.com/course/the-snowballs-chance-free-quilt-along/
This is going to be a blast!
Xoxo and stay healthy,