A Festive Holiday Quilt To Adorn Any Home

Nov 28, 2022 2:15:00 PM / by Jennifer Strauser

Hi! It’s Jen Strauser from Dizzy Quilter, and today, I’m sharing my latest quilt design. 

 

I used the GO! Flowering Snowball-12" Finished Die to make pretty poinsettias. I just love curved piecing, and the AccuQuilt system makes cutting accurate curved pieces so easy. I’m combining the flowering snowball block with units made using my GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block and its Companion Set-Angles because the blocks work so well together to make large scale flowers. I set the whole thing on point for more fun.  

 

For my version, I added a flange along the curves because I love a challenge. The flange adds a lovely dimension to the finished top, but I think the quilt would be beautiful without the flange, too. 

 

 

Fabrics Used for the Holiday Flowering Snowball Quilt

 

 

I chose to use non-seasonal fabrics for my project. The colors are very traditional holiday colors, but the fabrics are all from basic collections, so it will be easy to find something similar in your stash or at your local quilt shop. 

 

This quilt finishes at 56” square. 

 

 

Dies Needed

 

 

Fabrics Needed

  • Two yards of Moda grunge in scarlet
  • 1 1/2 yards of Ruby Star Society Speckled Gold Metallic in Burgundy
  • Two yards - Libs Elliot Electric Eye in Army
  • 2 3/4 yards of Alison Glass Embroidery in white
  • 1/8 yard of yellow fabric

 

 

Fabrics and Dies Used for the Holiday Flowering Snowball Quilt

 

 

NOTE: all seams are stitched with a 1/4” seam allowance. Also, the Width of Fabric (WOF) is assumed to be 40”. If your fabric is wider, you may have excess scraps. Use the layout in the image above (on the right of the dies and fabric) as your guide for assembling the quilt.

 

 

Cutting Instructions

1. Prepare your fabrics. I press my yardage to remove those wonky pleats the fabric gets from being wrapped on bolts.

 

2. Red fabrics are notorious for bleeding, so this is a good project to wash your fabrics before cutting.

 

 

Cut Strips with Labels

 

 

3. Cut the following for each color of fabric:

  • Red
    • Five 7” x WOF strips.
      • Place these over Shape B of the GO! Flowering Snowball-12" Finished Die and cut 36 pieces.
    • Five 5” x WOF strips.
      • Place these on Shape 13 from the GO! Qube 8" Companion Set-Angles and cut 36 corner triangles.
  • Burgundy
    • One 5” x WOF strip.
      • Subcut four of the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block's Shape 1 squares.
    • One 10” x WOF strip.
      • Using the GO! Strip Cutter-1 1/2” (1" Finished) 5 Strips Die, subcut five 1 1/2” strips.
    • One 6” x WOF strip.
      • Cut eight of the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block's Shape 3 half square triangles.
    • One 6” square.
      • Subcut four of the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block's Shape 4 quarter square triangles.
  • Green
    • Nine 7” x WOF strips.
      • Place these over Shape A of the GO! Flowering Snowball-12" Finished Die and subcut 36 pieces.
    • One 17” x WOF strip.
      • Using the GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2” (2" Finished) 3 Strips Die, subcut six strips.
  • Yellow
    • One 2” x WOF strip.
      • Place this over Shape C of the GO! Flowering Snowball-12" Finished Die and subcut nine pieces.
  • White
    • Six 3 1/2” x WOF strips.
      • Subut 72 of Shape 14 side triangles from the GO! Qube 8" Companion Set-Angles.
    • Three 5” x WOF strips.
      • Subcut 24 of the Shape 1 squares from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block.
    • Two 6” x WOF strips.
      • Subcut 24 of the Shape 3 half square triangles from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block.

 

4. As an optional addition, here's how to cut bias strips for flange:

  • Cut two 20” squares from the burgundy fabric.

 

 

Setup for Cutting Bias Strips for Flange

 

 

  • Using the 45° line on a quilting ruler, cut off a triangle of the fabric, with about 7” showing on the ruler. The smallest strip you should cut should be 7” long. 

 

 

Cut Fabric Corner for the Bias Strips

 

 

  • I cut my strips to 5/8” wide. This is one notch wider than 1/2”. It is a very narrow strip to work with. It is okay to use a 3/4” strip if that is easier to cut.
  • You will need 36 strips that measure 7” or longer, and 18 strips that measure 15” or longer.
  • Press them in half lengthwise, wrong sides together to make the bias strips and set them aside. 

 

 

Cut and Labeled Pieces for the Holiday Flowering Snowball Quilt

 

Block Assembly Instructions

You will need 36 blocks total.

 

1. To each of your red Shape 13 corner triangles, sew one white Shape 14 side triangle. Press the seams open. 

 

2. Sew a second Shape 14 side triangle to the other side. Press the seams open. Set these blocks aside for now. 

 

3. You will need four of the center nine-patch blocks. Follow the block's assembly instructions in the layout above to make them.

 

4. You will need nine Flowering Snowball blocks. To make these with flange, you will need:

  • To 18 red Shape B units, pin a piece of flange along the right edge, right sides together.
    • Pin a green Shape A unit, right side together, to the B/flange unit, encasing the flange.
    • Stitch along the edge. Press with the flange towards the green fabric.
    • Repeat with the remaining B/flange units.
  • To the remaining 18 red Shape B units, pin a piece of flange along the left edge, right sides together.
    • Pin this B/flange unit to the A/B/flange unit.
    • Stitch along the seam, encasing the flange.
    • Press with the flange towards the green fabric.
    • Repeat with remaining B/flange and A/B/flange units.
    • Clip the excess flange strips that extend beyond the Flowering Snowball pieces.
  • Take a yellow Shape C unit and pin on a small scrap of flange.
    • Stitch to a green Shape A unit, right sides together.
    • Press the flange towards the yellow fabric.
    • Repeat for the other side of the yellow Shape C unit. 
    • Make a total of nine A/C/A units.

 

 

Flange on the Corner

 

 

This is what the pinned bias looks like for a block:

 

 

Pin the Bias

 

 

  • Pin a flange along the curved edge of a B/A/B unit. 

 

 

Pinned Fabric to Encase the Flange

 

 

  • Pin a curved A/C/A unit to the B/A/B unit, encasing the flange.
  • Stitch.
  • Press the flange towards the green fabric.
  • Repeat with the second B/A/B unit.
  • Press.
  • Repeat these steps to make eight more Flowering Snowball blocks. 

 

5. To finish the side setting triangle units, stitch the blocks together, following the image below. You will need eight of them.

 

 

Unit Layout with Side Setting Triangles

 

 

6. For the four corner setting triangles units, stitch the blocks together, following the image below.

 

 

Unit Layout with a Corner Setting Triangle

 

 

7. To assemble the full quilt top, assemble the diagonal rows, pressing the seams open between blocks. 

 

8. Join the rows together, pinning carefully where the seams come together and pressing the seams open. 

 

 

Holiday Flowering Snowball Quilt Layout

 

 

9. There are two borders to make for this quilt, a narrow one and a wider one. Start with the narrow border and measure the quilt top across the middle, vertically. My top measured 51”.

 

10. Cut the two burgundy side border strips to match, sew to the quilt top, and press the seams to the border. 

 

11. Now, measure the top across the middle horizontally. My top now measured 53”.

 

12. Cut the two burgundy top and bottom border strips to match.

 

13. Sew these strips to the quilt top and press the seams to the border. 

 

14. For the wider border, measure the quilt top across the middle, vertically. My top measured 53”.

 

15. Cut the two green side border strips to match, sew to the quilt top, and press the seams to the border. 

 

16. Then, measure the quilt top across the middle, horizontally. My top measured 57".

 

17. Cut the two green top and bottom border strips to match.

 

18. Sew these strips to the top and press the seams to the border. 

 

 

Finished Holiday Flowering Snowball Quilt

 

 

Quilting

As you can see in the image above, my top hasn’t been quilted yet. I am planning to add some ties to the yellow centers of the flowers to accentuate the flowery look. I also plan to do some hand quilting inside the flower petals to make it look more like a poinsettia. 

 

I’m so delighted with this quilt that I don’t want to rush through finishing it. I’m going to enjoy the hand work as part of my holiday this year. I hope you are able to enjoy some sewing time this holiday season! 

 

If you aren’t feeling like making a holiday quilt, check out my original version of this quilt. You can get really different looks by changing the colors. I’ve only made one block so far, but I love it. This was drawn in Electric Quilt 8, my favorite quilt design software that is super easy to use with AccuQuilt dies

 

 

Jen's Original Design for This Quilt

 

 

Whichever version you create of this quilt, don't forget to use the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt and tag @jenstrauser and @AccuQuilt, so we can see how yours turned out!

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