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    Applique Angel

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    Default Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    I am making a swoon sixteen quilt and there are lots of snowballed corners! I was taught to trim the excess fabrics from the corners, but is it necessary? What are the cons?

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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    I've seen it done both ways. My personal preference is to cut them away (and save the triangles for another project). It reduces the bulk at the seams and according to my long-arm quilter, makes it easier to quilt.

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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    I cut them away, and they can be used for other projects.
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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    Here is one of my no-answer answers:

    1) After I sew the snowball square on and press it, I turn the block over to see if the snowball fabric matches up with the size of the block exactly. If the snowball fabric is larger than the block I trim it to match the size of the block. Then I go ahead and trim out the inner layer.

    2) If the snowball is smaller, I leave the block fabric because it's the size it should be. Trimming to the size of the snowball would make it too small.

    3) If the snowball matches perfectly I trim out the extra and leave it as it is.

    In short, sometimes I do and sometimes I don't....

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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    I like your answer Barb.

    I'm planning on a snowballed I spy. I'm going to cut them off and say bye bye and toss them over my shoulder like Eleanor.



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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    I saw Jenny tur the seam and sew another seam 1/2 inch away & cut them off. You are left with a pile of HST.
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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    Depends on my mood.... BUT ... also.... if it's to be machine quilted I don't think the extra fabric in the corners is that big a deal.... BUT... if you are planning to hand quilt... definitely cut away the extra!

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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubby View Post
    Here is one of my no-answer answers:

    1) After I sew the snowball square on and press it, I turn the block over to see if the snowball fabric matches up with the size of the block exactly. If the snowball fabric is larger than the block I trim it to match the size of the block. Then I go ahead and trim out the inner layer.





    2) If the snowball is smaller, I leave the block fabric because it's the size it should be. Trimming to the size of the snowball would make it too small.

    3) If the snowball matches perfectly I trim out the extra and leave it as it is.

    In short, sometimes I do and sometimes I don't....

    I do the same . I finally found the magic mark on my machine and am enjoying snowball blocks.

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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

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ID:	128264Thanks, everyone. There are so many snowballs in this block. I did not trim these and it's way too bulky. I'll need to trim them next time. I do like Bubby's idea. I'll try it!
    Last edited by KaylaWalker; March 27th, 2016 at 10:38 PM.

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    Default Re: Question about snowballing corners. Do you cut away excess?

    I love your block

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