This pattern caught my eye a few times. It went by several names like Royal Cross, Cross Block and Flowering Snowball. Digging in, I wanted to find the true name and discovered it is part of the Orange Peel Family and documented in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Quilt Patterns. 3081 is the pattern number and the official name is Flowering Snowball. Again, a beautiful block brought back into the spotlight. Love it!
The Flowering Snowball may look like it would be a bit of an undertaking, but that is exactly why it is so great. It looks great and with a bit of practice, you will master those curves like a champ and speed though this quilt. I made a Mini Quilt in the Flowering Snowball pattern in weeks prior. It was a great way to practice the curves before diving into a large quilt. This mini was created with Cotton & Steel prints and a 5" template.
My Quilt was made with 11" blocks and would measure 55" by 77" which would be the perfect size for a couch quilt for an afternoon nap. A fat quarter bundle of 24 prints was the perfect amount to fussy cut each piece. The white in my quilt is Kona 1387 White. The backing is also from the Pretty Potent line, however, I opted for a voile backing and binding. The results are amazing. I highly recommend giving voile a try.
My quilt was finished in about 2 weeks. Just in time for some photos and delivery. My daughters and I went on a little photo shoot. They were great helpers. The younger prepped the quilt for the photo while my older daughter snapped away!