Peppermint Snowballs Quilt

Hello, it’s Corey Yoder from Little Miss Shabby back again with another fun little quilt.  I think Aneela totally nailed her debut fabric line for Moda, Sherbet Pips, & I came up with this quilt to showcase some of her oh so cute prints.  Snowball blocks meet Peppermint Pinwheel blocks….Peppermint Snowballs Quilt. =)

**All seams are to be sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance

1 Sherbet Pips Layer Cake
1 1/4 Bella Solids White (9900-98)
1/3 Yard Binding Fabric Sherbet Pips Gray Dot (18505-19)
3 Yards Backing Fabric Sherbet Pips Girl on Swing (18500-11)


Begin by choosing 12 of your favorite prints from the layer cake.  These will be used for the snowball blocks.  I chose the dog, scooter, & tree prints.  From the remaining layer cake squares, choose 5 squares to be used for the pinwheels–I went with the solid/dot fabrics you see below.

Trim each of the Snowball squares to 9.5″ square.  From the layers you have chosen for the Pinwheel blocks, cut a total of 7 strips 2.5″ x 10″ (1 strip from each square plus an extra strip from two of the prints).  Subcut the strips int 2.5″ squares.

From the remaining 25 layer cake squares cut:

(48) strips 2″ x 10″ (these will be used for the pieced square border around the pinwheel blocks)–cut 2 strips from each layer cake square

(14) strips 2.5″ x 10″–subcut into 2.5″ squares (these will be used for the hst blocks on the corners of the Pinwheel blocks)–choose these strips at random from remaining layer cake squares, don’t cut more than one strip per fabric

(10) strips 2″x 10″–subcut into 2″ squares (these will be used for the outermost triangle on the Snowball blocks)–choose these strips at random from remaining layer cake squares,  don’t cut more than one strip per fabric

From the White Solid Fabric cut:

(4) strips 3.5″ x WOF–subcut into (48) 3.5″ squares
(3) strips 2″ x WOF–subcut into (26) 2″ x 3.5″ rectangles
(6) strips 2″ x WOF–subcut into (26) 2″ x 6.5″ rectangles
(2) strips 2.5″ x WOF–subcut into (26) 2.5″ squares

On the back of each white 3.5″ square, each white 2.5″ square, each Sherbet Pips 2″ square, and 1/2 of the Sherbet Pips 2.5″ squares draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

*Please note that I do not have the white 2.5″ squares pictured above–make sure to include them just as the instructions read.*

Assembling the Snowball Blocks

Begin by sewing one 3.5″ white square to each corner of a 9.5″ layer cake square.  Sew directly on the diagonal line–pay attention to the orientation of the diagonal.

Trim each corner 1/4″ from sewn line on each corner.

Press open.

Now you will repeat the same process using the Sherbet Pips 2″ squares.  Place a 2″ square right sides together on each corner of the snowball block.  You will sew a diagonal line directly on your drawn line–pay attention to the orientation of the diagonal.

Trim corners 1/4″ from sewn line & press open.

Continue until you have completed all 12 Snowball Blocks.

Assembling the Pinwheel Blocks
Begin by placing one white 2.5″ square right sides together with one Sherbet Pips 2.5″ square.
Sew 1/4″ away from the diagonal on each side of the drawn line.
Cut on drawn line.
Press to the Sherbet Pips fabric. Repeat these steps to make a total of 52 triangle units.  Trim all hst units to 2″ square.
Now we will repeat these steps to make the triangle units for the outermost corners of the pinwheel block.   Begin by placing (2) 2.5″ Sherbet Pips Squares right sides together.
Sew 1/4″ away from the drawn diagonal line just like you did for the Pinwheel blocks a moment ago.  Cut apart on the diagonal line and press open to the darker fabric.  Trim all hst units to 2″ square.
You will end up with a bunch of fun little half square triangle units. 52 of the Sherbet Pips/Sherbet Pips units & 52 of the White/Sherbet Pips units.
To make the pinwheel units, sew together 4 of the white/sherbet pips units pressing seams to the Sherbet Pips fabric.

Sew together to complete the pinwheel unit.

Continue sewing all of the pinwheels together until you have a lovely little stack of them.
Next, sew a 2″ x 3.5″ white rectangle to the top and bottom of the pinwheel block.  Then, sew a 2″ x 6.5″ rectangle to the right and left of the pinwheel.  Press seams out.

Sew all of the pinwheel blocks in this manner.

Now we will begin sewing together the 2″ x 10″ strips in sets of four.  Press open to one side.

Continue until you have sewn together all of the strips.

Subcut into 2″ strips.

Now we will sew one of the half square triangle units onto each end of 26 of the strip sets.  Please note:  It is very important that the diagonals are oriented exactly as shown for each strip.  Press seams toward the center.

Continue until you have sewn triangle units onto each end of 26 of the strips.

Now we can assemble these blocks.

Begin by sewing one of the 4 square strips to the top and bottom of the pinwheel unit.  Press away from the center.

Sew the remaining strips to the right and left of the block making sure to orient the diagonals as pictured.
And Voila–completed pinwheel blocks.

You are ready to assemble the quilt as shown.

Once you have your blocks sewn together (25 blocks total — 5 blocks x 5 blocks) you are ready to sandwich your quilt, baste, quilt, and bind.
A fabulous 45″x45″ quilt showcasing Aneela’s wonderful fabrics!  Enjoy!Corey Yoder
{Little Miss Shabby}

Corey Yoder

Author and Blogger at Little Miss Shabby
I am a quilty mom of two girls and wife to one great husband.In my spare time I enjoying playing with fabric in the form of quilts and quilt design.I hope you like my blog and stop by again. My first book, Playful Petals, was published Spring 2014 by C&T Publishing. My work has also been featured in Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, McCall's Quick Quilts, Fons& Porter's Love of Quilting, and QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks.

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