Winter Fun

I saw a fun project last weekend and knew I just had to make these for my grandchildren. I can remember what rambunctious fun I had growing up with two brothers and a sister and my grandchildren can get pretty rambunctious too. So, I started making snowballs–yes, snowballs! It takes about five minutes at the most to hoop my fabric and stitch out these cute little faces. The balls are made in the shape of a baseball, so they’re one continuous seam. These snowballs are made from cotton lycra (dancewear fabric) because that’s what I had in my closet, but I’ve ordered some white fleece from Joann’s. They’re filled with fluffy fiberfill. I think about 2-3 dozen snowballs should be enough for three children. What fun to build forts and have a great snowball fight. (I purchased the embroidery files from



And this is the second thing I’m working on–ideas for quilting my candy hearts quilt. There are alternating plain blocks in that quilt, so this is what I’m thinking about doing for the plain blocks. I stitched it out this morning to size the hearts and see how it would look. I’m pretty pleased, but think I’ll use either a wool batting or a layer of Dream Request weight underneath my Hobbs Heirloom batting to give the quilting of the heart shape more definition. This quilting is with only one layer of Hobbs Heirloom.



Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

9 thoughts on “Winter Fun”

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing the quilt with the valentines on it. What a cute, chuckly idea to make snowballs!! I’d never heard of Charming Station so I’m off to check out their site. I love my embroidery machine!

  2. Love your quilting on the heart. I have that extra layer of wool but on top of the Hobbs… makes for a great faux trapunto effect. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!

  3. I love the snowballs, what a great idea and I’m sure those kiddos will love them, also. As for the heart quilting, fabulous! I need to discipline myself to really work on my free motion quilting. It seems like there is never enough time in the day for me to do all the things I plan. I love my computer generated designs for my long arm but I really want to refine my own skills. Maybe next week!

  4. I love GiGi’s redwork snowmen at Charming Station and used them in projects, but I have never made the snowballs. They really are cute.
    The heart motif looks great.

  5. I just love your blogf!! You are always doing such fun things, and usually you send me to the sewing machine!! LOL Today is no different!! Snowballs!!!! How much fun!! But why stop there!! Team Balls!! You can toss them at the TV or radio when something happens you don’t like!! Made in School colors with personality!! Needless to say, I’m going to try it. Already after a couple of snowball I see an added benefit!! I’m going to improve on my curve piecing using scraps and not a fine quilt!! Thanks again!! MJ

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