Sunday, March 8, 2020

Charmed, I'm Sure! Quilty Friends Are The Best....

Hi, all!

As we come back for another week of Charmed, I'm Sure!, I am so very grateful for the kindness of quilty friends!  I received an email earlier this week from Jan Ochterbeck, who blogs over at The Colorful Fabriholic.  In it, she offered to let me use one of her charm square tutorials as part of this series, and as busy as this week was, I am more than happy to take her up on the offer!   

So this week we will be exploring the joys of snowball blocks.  Rather like the real thing, they have a round appearance, but are much easier and warmer to make!  And they are very versatile - you can do a lot with a snowball block, either on its own...

...with pretty sashing...
...or combined with other blocks!

Construction of a snowball block is really very simple. 

Four contrasting corners added to a square, and it's done!  Once it's sewn into the quilt top, the eye reads it as a circle, or snowball.

This is Jan's beautiful version of a snowball quilt, which she calls Charmed Snowballs.  You can find her tutorial for this quilt by clicking HERE - and be sure to leave a comment to thank her for providing this wonderful tutorial!  

And FYI, Jan has lots of other tutorials on her blog, and is a published author of a quilt book (Cut & Shuffle Quilts) and several patterns.  I encourage you to take a look around - you might find something you love and a new blog to follow!

See you next week when I will (hopefully) have finished the charm quilt I am currently working on!  




  1. I love these snowball block ideas. Such fun! Thanks for sharing them. I may need to add one of these to my 'to-do' list

  2. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Sarah! I'm glad to help out since you've been rather busy lately. Good luck with your own charm quilt - I'm looking forward to seeing it.

  3. I wasn't sure if I should leave a comment here or on Jans' blog so I will leave on both! Love your Snowballs. I did a wall hanging, all blue and white snowballs, and I didn't LOVE it. It is okay, but I LOVE yours and am encouraged to do another. Thank you!

  4. This is such a versatile block. I love how that last version of Jan's looks like snowballs and stars. Sharing tutorials around is the best. Thanks to both you and Jan!!

  5. Thank you to Jan! This is a great tutorial and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing it with us, Sarah. I hope your week goes well :-)

  6. Quilting friends are THE BEST!!! I will vouch for the versatility of the Snowball block. Better still, they are SEW quick to make!

  7. What a versatile block--I like the ones added to the 9 patches!

  8. Many thanks to Jan for sharing her snowball skills! She makes beautiful quilts, no matter what pattern she chooses :)


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