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Beachballs!

Created in this Craftsy Course

Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

In Craftsy's first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson brings you 10 specific quilting techniques - appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Classic, Traditional
patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Cotton leftovers from previous projects plus fat quarters.

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? Getting most of the joins (but not all, I'm afraid) to match - there are an awful lot of them! I used three fabrics (two patterned and one background) rather than the two suggested by Amy on the course. This gave loads of different possible permutations for the finished block and I've posted pictures of some of the ones that were considered. However, in the end I rather liked the one that reminded me of the beachballs I played with at the seaside when I was a child and sewed that one together for the quilt.

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun playing "jig-saw puzzles" with the 16 three-and-a-half-inch squares that you end up with before you decide on your eventual block and sew it all together.

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

I enjoy your sense of play with these and the lovely fabrics!

10/23/2012 Flag

It was fun, crawling around on the floor, playing "jig-saw puzzles" while my husband sat in the chair, making unhelpful remarks!

10/23/2012 Flag

Wish I could have been a fly on the wall LOL... what fun you've had! You chose well too.... I kept bouncing back to your beach balls as well!

10/23/2012 Flag

Thanks! I never thought quilting could be such fun!

10/23/2012 Flag

pretty, husbands eh.....i have a daughter like that, always helpful with her tips...NOT.

10/23/2012 Flag

Take no notice - I don't!

10/23/2012 Flag

I reckon if you cannot say anything constructive dont be distructive

10/23/2012 Flag

WOW! Your block is stunning. Well done, thank you for sharing.

10/23/2012 Flag

Thank you.

10/23/2012 Flag

Wow, this block looks incredible! Great job!

10/28/2012 Flag

Thank you - this one was fun, despite the curved seams.

10/29/2012 Flag