Quilting With Kids! Snowball Block – Beginner Block Quilting Series

Welcome to Missouri Star Quilt Company’s
beginning block series. Today we have a special visitor with us. This is Annie, my granddaughter.
In spite of being a fabulous quilter I’m also a fabulous grandma. And she’s going
to show you today how to make a snowball block, which is another one of the easy blocks in
our series. First, you start off with a regular block.
Annie has chosen – what is the name of this, Annie? – “Sweet” The name of this is “Sweet” by Moda and
it’s a ten-inch block which comes in a cake layer. And Annie’s chosen this cake layer
to make her quilt. So she’s going to cut 3½ inch squares of any fabric she likes;
and she’s chosen muslin because as you put it together it’ll all go together. And what
she’s going to do next is.. …is iron it halfway as a triangle. Do you think all kids can learn ironing or
do you think you should draw the line? Why don’t you show them both ways? OK. So when you want to fold it so you can
put them on there, you fold them in half like a triangle and then you iron it flat like
that. Make sure it’s straight so you can sew straight. If you’re not too confident
with ironing you can line it up with a ruler and draw a line. Just like that. I want to
make sure to stay on the line! This will get pinned to the corner of the
layer cake, and you can see the fold right there. And Annie’s going to sew that right
now. Just line up your presser foot so it goes right on the fold. Go nice and so. I
love this Janomi sewing machine because it has an adjustable speed. Annie can go as fast
or as slow as she likes, so when kids are learning to sew it’s really a good tool
to have. Line it up with the line so you can fold this
back to make this, so there’s another square there; and you just cut that part off when
it’s ready. Now we’re sewing and you can see that Annie
is concentrating on that line so it makes a nice, straight sew. And you’re going to
clip your threads. And you see how we have all those squares?
Well you want to cut part of that off (the outside edge). And then you see it folds back
like that and it makes part of a snowball. Why don’t you go ahead and cut them all
so everybody can see what a cute pattern this is? And then as soon as you are done with
the cutting you can go iron it so everybody can see it. This is a darling pattern; really
a good one for beginning sewers. I saw it and I fell in love with it. Somebody
told me it was easy, so… Now don’t press and rub too hard. Remember,
you’re just pressing, not ironing. Don’t press too hard! See? And that’s
one of the snowballs. If you want to put these together a quilt,
you line the triangles up and you do it so that it makes a little square or diamond shape
in the middle of them, and you just go from there. Keep adding them until you have the
size you want. Now keep a close watch on our site because
this finished quilt is going to appear on there with Annie and it’s going to be a
really special day. Yep. And how many blocks do you have made? I have about 26 now. And how many do you want? I need 35. Oh, so you’re pretty close – just within
10. I’m Jenny. And I’m Annie. And we’re from the Missouri Star Quilt Company,
and we hope you enjoyed making this block today with us. Happy quilting!