Friday, March 1, 2013

Free Pattern Day: Snowball Quilts

The snowball pattern is one of the best-known of all Amish quilt blocks. It is a pattern that fools the eye by creating an optical illusion. From a distance, a snowball block looks like a round circle, but it is actually an octagon, an eight-sided figure. Here are some inspiring quilts and free patterns!  This post was updated on October 22, 2014.

Bird Song quilt, free pattern by Debby Kratovil for Benartex

Rose Garden, free pattern by Scott Hansen at Blue Nickel Studios

Sprinkled Sweets quilt, free pattern by Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring

Ebbing Quilt, free pattern at Cloud 9 Fabrics

Petite Fleur Quilt, 53 x 62", free pattern by Nireko Ohira at Lecien

Alexandria Weekend Quilt by Candy Hargrove for Andover Fabrics

Evergreen quilt pattern, 54 x 72", by Audrey Page at Benartex

Scrappy Snowball Quilt tutorial, 53 x 67", by Elizabeth at Such a Sew and Sew


Summer Runner Tutorial by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew


Sherbet Pips Quilt, 56 x 62", free pattern by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics


;Sweet Snowball Throw Quilt, 52 x 60", by Pat Sloan for All People Quilt

Around the Twist Amish quilt, 2009

The beautiful quilt called Around the Twist, above, was featured at the 2009 Mennonite relief auction.  The white snowball blocks and alternating 9-patch or 'twist' blocks are turned on their points, as shown below.

This block combination is also called Octagon and Twist; a free pattern is available at Quilters Cache. See the similar free patterns for "Fairies in the Glen", "Garden City" and "Meridien Mix" below.
Fairies in the Glen, 49 x 57", free pattern by Debbie Beaves for RJR Fabrics

Plethora of Pansies by Bonnie Engel at the 2012 Wine Country Quilt Show; photo by Quilt Inspiration

Here is another example of the octagon-and-twist design, set on point.

Garden City, 64 x 80", free pattern by Jackie Robinson for Benartex

In "Garden City", shown above, and "Meridien Mix" below, the snowball/octagon blocks are set on the square instead of "on point".

Meridien Mix, 82 x 92", free pattern by Lucy A. Fazely for Marcus Fabrics


Stars Through the Windows baby quilt pattern by Janet Wickell at

 Free Baby Quilt Patterns

"Stars Through the Windows", above, features a snowball block that alternates with a nine patch variation.

Floral Snowball Quilt by Janet Wickell at

Snowball Quilt Pattern

Image credits: All images are copyrighted by their owners. Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links.  Some of these are tutorials while others have downloadable patterns; we have tried to note which is which in the title above each photo.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration.


  1. Wonderful projects.All caught my eye!!

  2. One of my all time favorite quilts is a nine-patch snowball I called "summer snow".
    These ideas are all great.

  3. very nice!spesialy the plethora of pansies!!!

  4. Mange flotte moddeler her :-)

  5. I love the snowball block and I'm planning on using it as an alternating block for a 9-patch quilt. I love all of your selections. Thanks for gathering them all in one spot for us!

  6. Great post and quilts. I'd like to make the I spy snowball.

  7. I'm always looking for books on quilts, I've never seen the Flower Show Quilts before! I like making quilts of all sizes, some smaller for wall hangings! These are very pretty! I luv Jo-Ann Fabrics, I started sewing at a young age and I have always liked going there, it is like a sanctuary for me.

  8. "Quilt Inspiration" is my home page. Each day I turn on my computer and learn many new things!!
    Truly inspirational. The fine examples and the free patterns are wonderful.

    ps I would appreciate information on how to register my e-mail address for this give-away event. : )



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