Yes… I know! I was supposed to post my next feature on my new patterns on Wednesday. But, I was on the road teaching and lecturing so I thought you might forgive me!
Have you ever wondered about the history of the snowball block? It’s such a fun, simple block that adds dimension to a quilt whether it’s the only block in the quilt or it’s combined with other blocks. It is one of those blocks that creates an optical illusion when you look at the quilt it’s in. If you stand back, they look like circles! Here’s the snowball blocks in my new pattern:
Did you know that this is an Amish quilt block? Until I did a little research, I had no idea either! It is a traditional block of theirs that can be found in many quilts, Amish or not, from the 19th century.
Believe it or not, my table runners were inspired by this quilt:
It can be found in this beautiful book called The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950.
So here’s my pattern! It’s called Carnival Time and has two unique table runner patterns that use the Snowball quilt block.
I’m going to offer a give-away for my two new patterns that have been featured here so far. Share you favorite quilt block in the comments below and I will pick a winner next Wednesday, 9/27/17, before I post my next feature!
**Update: We have a winner!** Congrats to Lewcrese S.!
Bonnie Trott says
I thought it looked like the snowball pattern. I made a wall hanging years ago with that pattern. Sadly given away, sadly probably long gone by now.
Any star block is my favorite!
Star blocks are my favorite.
Nancy N says
I love star blocks, especially saw-tooth stars.
Renay Hagood says
I have more than one favorite quilt block. I guess the main would be the broken dishes block. I am seeing more and more of these blocks lately. Thanks for the info on the snowball blocks. I love quilt history.
Debra Gander says
Outstanding! I love these patterns. Remind me of quilting group at church. Many years with my Mom at the sewing machine.
Lewcrese S says
So hard to pick a favorite. I guess it would have to be the log cabin, so simple yet so versatile. Right behind it would have to be the churn dash and Lemoyne star.
Jill Defries says
Stars; anything with stars!
Barb Onken says
Love star blocks!
Deb Roberts says
My favorite is the churn dash block. I made a snowball lap quilt several years ago in pinks, blues and browns.
Toni Horvath says
Bear paw blocks and star blocks by far are the favorites here
Joni Giancola says
I love stars but I just tried a snowball the other week with some Halloween charms and am going to make some table toppers with them….
I like the curved log cabin block. In any color combination.
Mary Bailey says
Currently working on an open heart block. It isn’t hard but So far I have made 2 cutting mistakes, luckily I have more fabric, and also I have a spot that must be from my not very old iron. Hmmph. I am fairly new to quilting…
Mary Smith says
My quilt guild’s logo is the bear paw block. I love it done and white, especially navy blue……my favorite color!