I started a new commission quilt this weekend. It’s a baby quilt for a friend at work.  The inspiration for the project was Firetrucks (the clients inspiration).  The firetruck theme was his only request, the rest he left up to me.   I searched local quilt shops and didn’t find a fabric that was suitable for my focus theme so I went online and searched.  I found this fun firetruck print by Timeless Treasures on a royal blue background online and ordered two yards.


The design for the quilt will be a Snowball-Nine Patch design for two reasons. 1)  Its a baby quilt and we know that these quilts get used, loved, and washed (many times).  2)  The big snowball blocks use a large square of this fabric and the firetrucks will not get cut-up into small pieces.   Another design decision I needed to make was how big to make the snowballs.


Although this design lends easy to piecing 6″, 9″, or 12″ blocks, I decided on the 9″ finished size because the math is easy and because a 9″ finished size is not too big – or too small. Like the Goldilocks principle, 9″ blocks are “Just Right” for a baby quilt.


Next, select the compliment colors that you will use for the nine patch blocks.  The blue background on this fabric is a bright, pure BLUE.  The other colors that stand out on the focus fabric are RED and YELLOW. Perfect! These are the primary colors and that will be the palette I will use for the project. (Hint: Start with a sketch to get an idea of how the colors will play together).

Assembling the Snowballs is the next step.   Follow the directions below to make easy 9″ finished snowball blocks.

    1. Cut 9-1/2″ blocks from your background fabric (the Firetrucks).
    2. Cut ( 4) 3-1/2″ corner squares for each Snowball block.
    3. Draw a light diagonal pencil line on the back of each corner square.
    4. Lay the corner square, right side down on the background block and sew on the line. (repeat for each corner).
    5. Trim away the excess fabric 1/4″ from the line on each corner.
    6. Open and Press the seam.

diagonal sewRepeat these steps using the chain piecing method until all of the Snowball Blocks are complete. After chain piecing, cut the blocks apart, trim the corners and press as described in Step 5 and 6 above.

chain piecing

This is what I finished in a few hours.   The nine patch blocks will follow. This is a quick and easy design for a baby quilt.

snowball layout

One final reminder – The drawing for the Ideal Seam Guide Perfect Piecing Package will be tomorrow evening.  I will announce the winner tomorrow on the blog site and send an email to the address the winner used when commenting on the Trend spotting in NJ post.

Look for this – and a VERY Special Announcement tomorrow at Lemon Tree Snippets.

Happy Quilting!