THESE TRADITIONAL SNOWBALL AND OHIO STAR BLOCKS WORK SO WELL PLACED TOGETHER
From Fabric A cut fifteen (15)
From Fabric B cut seventy-five (75)
From Fabric C cut sixty (60) 4½in squares and thirty (30) 5½in squares.
From Fabric D cut thirty (30)
From the binding fabric cut seven (7)
2½in x WOF strips.
MAKING THE SNOWBALL BLOCKS
Draw a diagonal line on the reverse of each Fabric C 4½in square.
Place one Fabric C square in each corner of a Fabric A square. Sew along the marked lines. Trim ¼in from the sewn line and press away from the square to complete one Snowball Block (Fig 1). Repeat to make a total of fifteen Snowball Blocks.
MAKE THE OHIO STAR BLOCKS
Draw a diagonal line on the reverse of each Fabric C 5½in square. Pair each square with a Fabric D 5½in square, RST.
Sew ¼in from either side of the drawn line of a Fabric C/D pair. Cut along the line and press seams toward Fabric C (Fig 2). Repeat with each pair until you have a total of sixty HSTs.
Place two HSTs right sides together, aligning them along the seams. Make sure each Fabric C triangle is facing a Fabric D triangle. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, perpendicular to the seam.
Sew ¼in from each side of the drawn line. Cut along the line and press the units open (Fig 3). Carefully pull the seam open in the centre on the reverse of the block and press the seam to alternate sides. This completes two hourglass units.
Repeat steps 10–11 to make a total of sixty hourglass units. Trim each hourglass unit to 4½in square, making sure to centre the seams.
Arrange four of the hourglass units with four Fabric B 4½in squares as shown (Fig
4). Sew into rows, then sew the rows together to complete one Ohio Star Block. Repeat to make a total of fifteen Ohio Star Blocks.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT
Arrange the Ohio Star and Snowball blocks in six rows of five blocks each, referring to the photo for placement. Sew the blocks into rows, then sew the rows together to complete the quilt top.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Cut the backing fabric in half across the width. Remove the selvedges and re-join the pieces with a ½in seam. Press the seam open.
Press the quilt top and backing well. Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, the batting on top, then the quilt top centrally and right side up. Baste the layers together using your preferred method. 17
Quilt as desired. Jenn quilted a wide cross-hatch pattern across the quilt.
Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt.
Join the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open and trim away the dog ears, then fold in half lengthwise, WST, and press.
Sew the binding to the front of the quilt, folding a mitre at each corner, then fold it over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to finish.
This pink and green colour combo is a real winner!