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Sweet Snowball Throw

These big Snowball blocks go together quickly—just stitch small squares diagonally in the corners of each large square to make contrasting corner triangles. Frame a lap-size quilt with playful pieced borders, as shown here. These fabrics are from the Gypsy Rose collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics.

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Assemble and Add Inner Border


1. Align a remaining marked print 2-1/2" square with one end of a cream or peach print 2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 4; note direction of marked line). Sew on drawn line; trim excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat on opposite end using another marked print 2-1/2" square. (The squares do not need to match or offer as much contrast in value as in the blocks.) Press open attached triangles to make a border unit. The border unit should be 2-1/2x8-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 11 border units total.

2. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew together two border units and three peach print 2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles to make a top inner border strip. Press seams toward rectangles. The top inner border strip should be 2-1/2x40-1/2" including seam allowances. Add top inner border strip to top edge of quilt center. Press seam toward border.

3. Join three border units and two cream or peach print 2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles to make a bottom inner border strip (Quilt Assembly Diagram). Press seams toward rectangles. The bottom inner border strip should be 2-1/2x40-1/2" including seam allowances. Add bottom inner border strip to bottom edge of quilt center. Press seam toward border.

4. Sew together three border units and three cream or peach print 2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles to make a side inner border strip (Quilt Assembly Diagram). Press seams toward rectangles. The side inner border strip should be 2-1/2x48-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second side inner border strip.

5. Sew a cream print 2-1/2" square to each end of side inner border strips. Press seams toward squares. Add side inner border strips to remaining edges of quilt center. Press seams toward border.

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