The snowball quilt block is super easy – you can make them any size! You start with a square of any size and add small squares of any size to each of the four (4) corners. In this tutorial, for a finished 6-inch quilt block, I started with a 6-1/2 inch main fabric and added 2-1/2 inch squares to each corner. This gives a 1/3-1/3-1/3 proportion to the edges of the quilt block. If you’d like, you can make the corner squares larger or smaller, depending on the look you are going for. Play around and have some fun with this quilt block!
Finished block all trimmed up and ready for more blocks to make a quilt!
Here is a sampler of four (4) snowball quilt blocks together. I love the way the corners match, forming a four-patch. You can have fun using different colors and making different smaller patched blocks across your quilt.
What does it mean to ‘snowball’ a quilt block?
Snowballing a quilt block is taking any size square or rectangle and adding smaller squares to the corners of the block, sewing at a diagonal across the corner.
Can I use precut packs to make this quilt block?
Yes! You can use layer cakes (10-inch squares) with charm packs (5-inch squares) or smaller corners using mini charm packs (2-1/2″ squares). You can use charm packs with mini charm packs. In the tutorial, I cut 2-1/2″ lengths from a jelly roll piece, which is a precut strip of fabric cut to 2-1/2″ wide. Using precuts makes this a super simple project – the cutting is already done! All you need to do is sew!
Browse through more free quilt patterns on Create Whimsy. Check out our I Spy Placemat for a smaller project to make for the children in your life.