SPLASHES OF COLOUR ON THE PRINT FABRICS ADD INTEREST TO THE BOLD REDS IN THIS QUILT
■ Seam allowances are ¼in throughout, unless otherwise noted.
■ Press seams open, unless otherwise instructed.
■ HST = Half-square Triangle.
■ RST = right sides together.
■ WOF = width of fabric.
■ WST = wrong sides together.
■ Print fabrics are an assortment from Susan's personal stash.
■ Background fabric is Kona (solid white) for Robert Kaufman.
From each of twenty-three of the red fat eighths cut two (2) 2½in x 15in strips and two (2) 4½in squares.
From each of the nine remaining fat eighths cut one (1) 2½in x 15in strip and two (2) 4½in squares.
From the background fabric cut:
■ Three (3) 15in x WOF strips. Subcut into forty-four (44) 2½in x 15in strips.
■ Five (5) 12½in x WOF strips. Subcut into nine (9) 12½in squares and twelve (12)
12½in x 6½in pieces.
■ Four (4) 6½in x WOF strips. Subcut into twenty (20) 6½in squares.
From the binding fabric cut eight (8)
2½in x WOF strips.
MAKING THE NINE-PATCH BLOCKS
Sew a red 2½in x 15in strip to the top and bottom and a 2½in x 15in white strip along the long edges. Press the seams towards the red fabric. Make twenty-two (22) of these units.
Trim each unit into six (6) 2½in x 6½in red/white/red strips (Fig 1). You will need one hundred and twenty-eight (128) of these individual strips, and will have four left over.
Repeat steps 5–6, this time sewing a white 2½in x 15in strip to the top and bottom of a red strip, pressing seams toward the red fabric. Make eleven (11) of these units. Trim the units to make sixty-four (64)
2½in x 6½in white/red/white strips (Fig 2).
Arrange two red/white/red strips with one white/red/white strip in a nine-patch,
as shown. Sew into a block and press seams to the sides to complete one nine-patch block (Fig 3). Make sixty-four (64) of these.
MAKE THE SNOWBALL BLOCKS
Draw a diagonal on the reverse of four red 4½in squares. Place one in each corner of a 12½in background square, with the diagonals running across the corners. Sew along the drawn line.
Trim ¼in from each sewn corner. Press open to complete one snowball block (Fig 4). Make nine (9) snowball blocks.
Repeat steps 9–10, placing a 4½in red square in the top two corners of a
6½in x 12½in background rectangle to complete one half-snowball block (Fig 5). Make twelve (12) half snowball blocks. 12
Repeat steps 9–10, placing one 4½in red square in one corner of a 6½in background square to complete one quarter-snowball block (Fig 6). Make four (4) quarter-snowball blocks.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP
Sew forty-eight of the nine-patch blocks together to make twenty-four pairs.
Arrange the pieced blocks and sixteen remaining 6½in background squares as shown (Fig 7). Sew the blocks together in rows, then sew the rows together to complete the quilt top.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Cut the backing fabric in half, and sew together along the long edges using a ½in seam. Make a quilt sandwich with 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.
Quilt as desired. Susan quilted a spiral from the centre of the quilt.
Trim excess batting and backing level with the quilt top and square up the quilt.
Sew the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open and trim away the dog ears. Fold in half lengthwise, WST, and press.
Sew the binding to the right side of the quilt, folding a mitre at each corner. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to finish.
Soften the angles of your quilt top with curvy quilting