Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beach ball block tutorial !!!!!!!

I have had beach on the brain which, at my age, is WAY better than baby on the brain ;o)

This is the excitement with the dots!

The DC Modern Quilting Guild is doing a great thing by trying to collect 100 quilts for kids!!!!! You can read more from Kate at Swim,Bike,Quilt. And I *think* there is a giveaway involved too :o)

So, that is what started me thinking about baby blankets and how cute beach balls are and how much babies LOVE beach balls so I am going to make a beach ball quilt to donate to this very worthy cause!!!!!! 

I hope you all enjoy this and feel inspired to make one to donate too!

I started with a 5 inch square

Cut it in half

Matched up some colors

Choose two and sew down the side of the triangle

It should look like the top one not the bottom

Match up two sides that you like

Sew along the bottoms of the triangle. It should look like a very colorful square now :o)

Now cut that square in half both ways

Now you should have these cute guys!

Match two up and sew

Place them so that it looks like two bird beaks

Sew the beaks together

Pretty!!!!!!! Do not worry if the center is not perfect it will be covered. This is not a sew perfect quilt.

The back will look like this

Next, make two 2 inch circles, I used my Accuquilt but they do not have to be perfect either!!!!! I used two different colors to show the front and back.

Sew around the circles

Trim the excess

Pinch them apart

and cut an X in the upper side . Turn inside out and press.

Pin the circle to your square

Use your zig zag to applique your center to the ball

This is how it looks now

This is how the back will look

Pinch again to separate the center from the back

Trim the bulky from the center

The ball is about the size of a cd

Or if you have an accuquilt is is the largest circle

Cut your ball out

Then pin the ball to a ten inch square of your choice!!!!!!

Now how easy was that one!!!!!????!!!!!

 I am hoping to be done with the quilt top by this weekend to share next week.

I hope this is clear. If not please ask and I will try to help. I started a Bouncing beach balls Flickr group in hopes that you will share your blocks with me :o)

Linked up to W.i.p Wednesday at freshly pieced

Kim :o)


Connie said...

How cute! Looked like fun cutting it with your Accuquilt Circle die!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

very cute!

Kathy said...

Thanks, Kim! That is soooooo cute!

Teje said...

Hi! That is a very happy beach ball! Beby quilt with those is going to be fantastic!

susan said...

Great little tutorial.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Finally I get to read this. :-) Awesome! I think the directions are perfect and photos very helpful! I like how you put the triangles together then cut them in half...and that was genius about assembling the circle, I never would have thought of that!! Really wonderful, and it would also look really cool as a patchwork beach bag!!! I wish I could go to the quilt guild around here!

pinsandneedles said...

Sew cute! A perfect summer beach quilt!

Live a Colorful Life said...

So cute and summery. I wish I had the circle die cut for the AccuQuilt!

Candice said...

Ohhh, I so love this- darling!

Jana said...

This is so adorable. Thank you so much for sharing how to make one. I'm adding it to my "To Make" list.

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