Flowering Snowball by Jlapac

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2006-01-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2012-12-31T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:

Description

This quilt started because I need a hand project and I wasn't confident enough to sew curves on the machine at that time. I photographed this quilt somewhere in 1999. I don’t remember where I saw the quilt, which is a shame because I would like to document it better than “I don’t remember.”

I am a researcher at heart. After Sarah started my mind spinning quickly, Leslie just added to the melee in my head about the real name of the Cross Block. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I started rummaging around in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and the Kansas City Star books to see if I could find the block. I hadn’t gotten very far when I decided to e-mail the AQSG list and see what they had to say. They found both blocks (mine and Leslie’s grandma’s) right away.


According to Barbara Brackman my block is called Flowering Snowball (#3081 in the numbering system of BB’s book). It is from Aunt Kate and has the reference 7/65 next to it. Accordng to BB, Aunt Kate’s Quilting Bee was published between July 1962 and July 1967. In is part of Pattern Category #16: Nine X.


The block that Sarah found and Leslie’s grandma made are Raliegh from Hearth and Home OR Tennessee Circles from Prairie Farmer, Bk.1, 1931 (#3083). There is another one (#3084) that is exactly like Raliegh from Hearth and Home with slightly fatter proportions called The Royal (Ladies Art Company #282) OR Grecian Cross from Rural New Yorker 5/23/31 OR [ta da!] Royal Cross from Carrie Hall.


I saw this picture of ladies working on a Cross Block/Flowering Snowball quilt. It is really the only picture of this block in a quilt on the web, though there is a ClubEQ project that includes the Flowering Snowball (Cross Block) block in it.


After I started the quilt, I saw that a local-ish quilt store had a class on dong the piece by machine.

Pictures

Flowering Snowball Complete
Inspiration Photo taken in 1999

Loves

Aizome
Joke
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Mducky
Juline
Scientificquilter
Mymble
Ilikeorange
Jennifleur

Comments

Jennifleur

I've seen this obscure pattern around the internet for a while now... well, I saw one person attempting it via flickr a few years ago. Which I promptly bookmarked and have been drooling over ever since. OMG I love it so much! Yours came out so beautifully! Really, really stunning.
You wouldn't happen to want to share your templates would you? Pretty please! heart

Jennifleur

Or point me in the direction of where you got yours?

Mymble

I love this block- thanks for the tutorial. I especially love your interpretation of it- love the way you used your colors. This goes on my "need to make" list:)

twistedandloose

That's really awesome. Nice job.

Jlapac

Jennifleur Thank you for your kind words. I think I may have posted the EQ7 project on my blog. If not, I am happy to share as long as you don't sell them or post them anywhere else. Did you check out the tutorial on my blog?

Juline

Beautiful -- so unique. I love the black/white background fabrics. Gives me an idea for my bee blocks :).

Jlapac

Mymble It is a great hand project.

Jlapac

Seshlaman Thank you! I am so glad you like it.

Jlapac

Juline the more fabrics the more interesting! I just got FQs and that was sufficient.

Jennifleur

I did check your tutorial... I couldn't find your templates. Of course I wouldn't sell them or post them. I just want to make myself this quilt. =)

Aizome

Love your scrappy look! I'm just working on a flowering snowball tablerunner and checked to see if anyone has done the block on TB. Great seeing your project!!!

Jlapac

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