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!!!!!!


ALL DONE!!!!
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)

11 comments :

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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