Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Flowering Snowball Top is Done! Plus a Pin Trick.


Phew!  I've been working on this all summer, that is, during the little snatches of sewing time I've had.
Many thanks to Mary at Molly Flanders Makerie for giving us the pattern and quilt along!



  
This quilt top is a nice big queen size--99" x 99"--the biggest one I've ever made.  
That's 121 9" blocks.





I made each block a different color.





I love the combinations of prints where the blocks intersect.  






I wanted it to have a retro look.  
I used 1930's reproduction fabrics from my stash and several Denyse Schmidt fabrics.  
I added a few larger contemporary prints for variety.  






I completely enjoyed sewing the curves and matching up the seams.  
Not always my style, but it's fun to pay attention to precision sometimes.  
The curves and matching seams required the use of pins. 





Here's a trick I learned from a friend many years ago.
Place your pins pointing northwest as you sew.  






Then you can sew right up to the seams you're matching and 
easily pull out the pin from under the pressure foot.  


There are many more beautiful Flowering Snowball quilts over at Molly Flanders blog.
Click here to see the round up!


If you want to see more about my process, click here.

I ordered my templates here.




  




52 comments:

Supergoof said...

it's *B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L*!
:o)

Jill said...

Great job matching seams. Thanks for sharing the pin tip.

Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

Such a wonderful, beautiful, eye catching quilt. I love this pattern. xo

Donna~~ said...

It's lovely! You accomplished a lot this summer--that's a large quilt with all that matching and curves, and your pieces even match! :)

Cathie said...

I absolutely love your quilt! The color choices are gorgeous and your piecing is spot on! I like sewing curves also.

Connie said...

I am in awe . . . this quilt is like nothing that I have ever seen. It is amazing!

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh my goodness- look at all that scrappy goodness! This is by far my favourite flowering snowball so far! Gorgeous! Did you use purchased templates? (I need to get myself some, I think!)

Pam said...

Thank you - it's beautiful! What an inspiration! Take care, Pam

antique quilter said...

oh its just beautiful, I Love seeing all the close ups of the fabrics, wow. very fun. I love the look and retro it is! thanks for sharing.
Congrats on another great finish.
Kathie

Lori R. said...

It's just wonderful. Congratulations. I know what you mean about many, many blocks. I once made a drunkard's path about a zillion 4" blocks. But the curves got easier and easier as I went along.

Phyllis said...

I absolutely love this quilt! Those colors, those fabrics, so fresh and happy! I admire that you did this on the machine. And thank you for the pin tip, will definitely use that in future!

Barb said...

fabulous! aren't you thrilled?
I love your fabric choice and those little red centers. Your piecing is perfection - wow!
How will you quilt it?
off to see the others -
congrats on your summer finish!

Maryse said...

Gorgeous! That is a big quilt. I love that you chose red for all the little square center block. Will you hand quilt it?

Sujata Shah said...

Beautiful finish! I love your fabrics, colors and prints.. everything shines against the white background. it's a huge quilt!!! I am curious to know if you will hand quilt it.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Your quilt is magnificent! The scrapyness just makes me smile!!!
How are you quilting it?

Tina Craig said...

Gorgeous! The fabrics and piecing are perfect.

smazoochie said...

What NiftyQuilts did on her summer vacation. :-)
It is scrappy fabulousness! Well done!

Karen said...

This quilt design would be a good way to use up some fabric in the scrap basket. Nicely done!

Chris said...

This is just so pretty and fun! The great selection of scraps just dances off the white fabric, and those circles (great piecing!) just keep everything spinning. Love it!

Brenda said...

Another fabulous quilt from Nifty! Love your colour combinations. I should try this block. did you use acrylic or paper templates?

Sarah said...

It's charming. It is such a beautiful quilt!

Lara B. said...

Marvelous and wonderful! I love all the fabrics and your perceiving is perfection! thanks for sharing your pin trick too - I will have to try that.

Jan said...

How striking and fun! Thanks for the pinning tip - I'm going to try that today!

em's scrapbag said...

I so want to make one of these. Yours is fabulous!!!!

Karen said...

How I love this pattern. I haven't started mine yet, but I will. Yours is fabulous! How will you quilt it?

Karen said...

Absolutely wonderful quilt! Your fabrics look awesome and I love big quilts.

Lisa said...

Just beautiful! I love the mix of fabrics for that retro look. Your work is always so stunning! oxox

Nat Palaskas said...

This is one of the best quilt I have seen. I love love the scrappy fabric you use in it. I might have to borrow the pattern one day - Hugs Nat

Sharon said...

Love love love! You captured the vintage look perfectly. That is such an accomplishment to make that many curved blocks!

Julie Fukuda said...

Thanks for the close-up views. I have been thinking about making something like this and was surprised to see where the blocks were joined because I was thinking of joining with the white piece as one.

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

Oh wow! Its spectacular, I love everything about it!

Helen said...

You have done it again! Outdid yourself, I mean. This one knocks my socks off and makes me want to curl up in it forever.

Tonya Ricucci said...

gorgeous!

Mary said...

Ohhhhh! I love this! So scrappy good!
THank you so much for adding it to the parade of Snowballs!

Mcm said...

Fantastic LeeAnn! It just shines.

sallgood said...

LOVE IT!! Scrappy makes me happy!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Oh my Golly!! Your Flowering Snowball is a feast for the eyes, such wonderful fabrics and the pattern is a whorl of beautiful curves. Thank you for that clever pin trick.

Rebecca in AK said...

Your Flowering Snowball top is just a delight to look at! You did an amazing job on it! Thank you so much for the pin tip!

Marit said...

It is very pretty! Congratulations on finishing the very generous size top. These blocks do look quite intimidating before I have tried making one.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Very pretty, fun and bright.

Vicki W said...

Oh darn, now I want to make one! It's beautiful!

Marie said...

Gorgeous!

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

Love this retro style quilt. It looks so happy!

Kathy said...

This is one of the nicest scrappy quilts I have ever seen. You certainly have a knack when it comes to putting scraps together. Thanks for the pin trick, too. I will be using it soon.

Victoria said...

What a delicious feast for the eye's. I could spend all day looking at the various fabrics and beautiful piecing! And what a great little pin trick, never heard that before, thanks for sharing! :)

cinzia said...

Stunning! A feast for the eyes!

stock future tips said...

Awesome

audrey said...

Beautiful! I think your flowering snowball is my favorite.:) Great color combo and the vintage vibe is perfect!

Carla said...

Your seams match up so perfectly!! Yours is one of my Snowball Favorites....no big surprise as I love all of your projects!

Kim said...

LOVE IT!

Jessie Fincham @ Messy Jesse said...

it's absolutely gorgeous!!!

fiberchick said...

Beautiful and inspiring! Love your fabrics and thanks for the tip...