Here is proof that the equation “the bigger the pieces of a block, the easier it is” is not true. I do not know why, but it simply is not true.
Spool and Snowball, each consist of 13 pieces only. And except for the orientation of the half square triangles, the two blocks are identical. They seem to have a rather dull design. But still they need the same accuracy as—let’s say Temperance Tree, or Wood Lily. I had to redo four seams when sewing the Snowball block—which is uncommonly often with me.
And even if the design was so very dull, you can still give much thought to the choice of fabric. When preparing the Spool block, I opted for three, instead of two different fabrics, following the example of many other quilters.
And as for the Snowball block, I could not bring myself to do the snowball in a dark colour, as Laurie Hird did. But then, I could not find a single example where the ball (or rather ring) was done in white, and was pretty much discouraged. Still, I stuck with my plan, and voilà! My snow ring.