Free Quilt Along – The Snowball’s Chance Quilt

Snowball's Chance Quilt
Snowball’s Chance Quilt, by Alethea Ballard, 2012

Join me in creating a beautiful quilt! (The Free Quilt Along is available right here:

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.

snowball block for the Snowball's Chance quilt
A single snowball block

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.

Snowball mixed fabric 9 patch
The Snowball’s Chance Quit can use mixed fabric 9-patches like this one

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!)

Inspiration Fabrics for the new version
Inspiration Fabrics for the new version of the Snowball’s Chance Quilt

You might find you have a good collection of fabrics for the quilt yourself!

Bright Snowballs with Black and White corners
Bright Snowballs with Black and White corners

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)

Snowball 9 patch three row
Snowball 9-patch three rows of three squares

To make it really fun and easy for you to sew along during this time of sewcial distancing, I have created a video.

Snowball 9-patch block
Snowball 9-patch block, make 12 for the lap-sized quilt

The Free Quilt Along is available right here:

This is going to be a blast!

Xoxo and stay healthy,


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