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!  NOTE: This post was updated on September 14, 2015.

Mexican Tiles Snowball quilt, 45 x 60", free pattern at Cloud 9 Fabrics

Divide and Conquer quilt, free pattern by Elizabeth Dackson at Don’t Call Me Betsy

Beach Time quilt, 57 x 75”, free pattern by Ann Wanke for Windham Fabrics 

Modern Mixers II Snowball quilt, 90 x 93", free pattern at Studio E Fabrics

Farmer’s Market quilt, 58 x 67", free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)

Octagon Alley quilt, 48 x 60", free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Michael Miller Fabrics

Bird Song quilt, free pattern by Debby Kratovil for Benartex (PDF download) 

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 for 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 (PDF download)

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

Prairie Skies quilt, ~72" square, free pattern by Osie Lebowitz for Timeless Treasures (PDF download)

Hadley quilt, ~52" square, free pattern by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabric

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, Knotted Rings, Garden Twist and Woven Braid.See the free patterns below.

Knotted Rings quilt block, free pattern at Quilt Mag (PDF download) 

Fairies in the Glen, 49 x 57", free pattern by Debbie Beaves for RJR Fabrics

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

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

Woven Braid Patchwork Pillows tutorial at Sew4Home

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 quiltinspiration [at] blogspot [dot] com.


  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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