Charmed Nine Patch and Snowball Recipe

Charmed Nine Patch and Snowball.

I really fell in love with the nine patch and snowball design and I decided it would be another great scrappy quilt.  Its so amazing how with just few left overs another wonderful quilt can be made.  I had some patches left over from other quilts and this how I decided to utilise them.  I love to fit different units together.  I like my quilts to be just as friendly to make as they are to look at.

Another thing.  Every quilt is a learning experience.  Especially with scrappy quilts, I think its like getting permission to try something that one might not be game to do with new or “special” fabric.  I think I learned a lot doing this quilt.  Its not perfect, especially the quilting, but, I didn’t undo it because its a reminder to me of what I would and wouldn’t do again.

By the way I always pre wash my fabrics.

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Charmed Nine Patch and  Snowball Recipe

If you would like to make a scrappy quilt like this one, here is the recipe.  This quilt uses 40 charms around the outside so you could use one pack for inspiration! Or you could cut your own from your stash like I do.

To make this quilt I used primarily small print florals in medium pink, blues, greens and tans with a little splash of lavender.  I used a white solid background fabric.

Ingredients

You will need approximately 1 1/2 yards / metres of white solid background fabric.

40 x 5″ Charm Squares, in medium pink, blue, lavender and tan for the second border.

284 x 2″ squares of scrap fabrics in medium pinks, blues, tans and lavender.  Sounds a lot but if you cut up some scraps, you will be amazed how quickly they pile up!

From the White solid  backround fabric cut 5 x 2 1/2″ strips for the first border.

128 x 2″ white solid background squares for the nine patch blocks.

31 x 5″white background squares for the snowball blocks.

Allow about 6 x 2 1/2″ strips of small floral green print for the binding, or about 1/2 yard /metre.

Method

This quilt has 63 blocks laid out in a 7 x 9 configuration.

Make 31 snowball blocks.  From each 5″ white background squares, add 4 matching 2″ squares to each corner to make the snowball units.  I used the stitch and flip method to make these blocks.  Cut away the excess.

Make 32 nine patch blocks  choose 5 matching 2″ squares plus 4 white 2″ background squares for each of the 32 blocks.  Press the blocks.

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Lay out the blocks in a 7 x 9 block configuration.  Begin and end with a 9 patch block.   Swap them around until you are happy with the layout.   Sew all the blocks together ensuring all seams are matched.  Press well.  Add the first border of 2 1/2″ white strips.

Then add the second border of the forty 5″ coloured charm squares.  Again, lay them out until you are happy with the placement.  Sew the charm squares into rows of 10.  Add a row of 10 to each of the long sides of the quilt.  Be sure to pin well for even placement.  Then add the following two charm squares rows to the top and bottom of the quilt, to finish framing it.

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There you have a scrappy quilt top.  Add batting and backing of your choice.  Quilt as desired.

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