Join me in creating a beautiful quilt!
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.
You can also find it on Youtube at https://youtu.be/Ew35mVGsrJM
Please feel free to share the video with your sewing friends. And, be sure to stay to the end to watch the bloopers with pretty much take up half of the film because it’s my favorite part, but you knew that, didn’t you!?!
Here is a downloadable PDF of the quilt layout: Snowball’s Chance layout pdf
Here is a condensed Supply list:
For Snowball squares, Scrappy Border and Scrappy Binding:
1/3 yard each of 12 fabrics (or 108 squares 5″ x 5″ and 1 1/4 yard for border and binding)
For corner triangles:
4″ by width of fabric each of 12 fabrics
As soon as I have the video of Part 2 ready, I’ll be sure to post it. It will show you how to add the borders as you go, so you don’t have to sew them separately. Because that’s how I roll!
Until then, please make your blocks and share them with me either by email or in instagram @MaverickQuilts. This is going to be a blast!
Xoxo and stay healthy,