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9-Patch Stars and Snowballs Quilt

9-Patch Stars and Snowballs Quilt

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Jelly rolls are my favorite precut - and I love to come up with patterns that only require one jelly roll.  This one is a full size quilt and uses just over half of a jelly roll!  I love the way the snowball blocks make the 9-patch blocks into stars.  I adore the aqua stars, but this would also look fabulous with navy or red star points :)

This quilt/project finishes at 90" x 90".


1 Jelly Roll® {The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille}
6 1/2 yards background fabric {white}
2 1/2  yards star points and binding {aqua}
5 1/4 yards backing fabric {not shown}



Cut from background fabric:

24 @ 6.5''x WOF (subcut into 140 @ 6.5''x6.5'')

28@ 2.5''x WOF

Cut from star point/binding fabric:

34 @ 2.5''xWOF (set 9 aside for binding and cut remaining 25 strips into 2.5''x2.5'' squares)

Snowball block assembly:

You will be making 2 different blocks - 28 will have 2 corners snowballed and 84 blocks will have all 4 corners snowballed.

Set aside 28 of the 6.5''x6.5'' background squares - these will be left blank.  The remaining 112 6.5''x6.5'' blocks will get 2 sides 'snowballed'.  Start by putting a 2.5''x2.5'' square on the corner and stitching from corner to corner.  (optional:  stitch a second seam a little less than 1/2'' from the first to save your corners to make tiny HST's).  If you decide not to save your corners, just trim 1/4'' from the initial corner-to-corner seam.


When you have all with 2 sides 'snowballed', set aside 28 (these are done).  The remaining 84 you will 'snowball' the remaining 2 corners.

9-patch blocks:

choose 22 jelly roll strips (you will not need more than 22)

Each jelly roll strip, cut in half - then one of the halves, cut that into half.  So, you should have one piece approx 21'' long and 2 pieces approx. 10.5'' long

From your background 2.5'' WOF strips, cut 22 in half (so you have 44 at approx 21'') and 6 into quarters (so you have 24 at approx 10.5'' - you will only need 22 of these)

Now, you can assemble your 9-patch blocks:


Stitch strip sets together using a scant 1/4'' seam, press seams toward the print:

Subcut strip sets into 2.5'' wide sections.  This will give you enough pieces to make four 9-patch blocks per jelly roll strip.

Assemble the blocks (seams will nest if you pressed toward the print).  Stitch together using a scant 1/4'' seam.

Continue for all 22 jelly roll strips creating 88 9-patch blocks (you will only need 85 blocks for the front, so you will have 3 spare blocks).  When you finish these, you are done making the blocks!

Now you can assemble your blocks into your finished quilt top - there is 15 rows of 15 blocks, but they are really easy to sew together!  Reference the finished quilt top photo for layout.



This quilt finishes at 90" x 90".

Karin Vail



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