Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Quilt Block Mania - Let's Play Ball!

When I was a kid, it was so much fun to get a new ball to play with.  So when this month's prompt for Quilt Block Mania is toys, I immediately thought about a ball!  

While I was never very good at playing baseball or softball, I can design a pretty realistic looking baseball block, if I say so myself! 

This block is perfect for any ball loving enthusiast in your life.  It is made using stash fabrics and raw-edge fusible applique for the ball.  

Don't look too closely, I found the perfect fabric for the sky and then realized I needed to seam it to get a piece large enough for the block ... it happens and once quilted, no one will know....  we'll call it our little secret ;) 

I used a machine blanket stitch (#28) to stitch around the ball and for the "seams" I used a machine feather stitch (#29) and red thread to mimic the hand-stitching on the ball.  

I honestly don't use the decorative stitches on my sewing machine very often, so this was a good opportunity to play with the feather stitch. 

The pattern for my Baseball Block is available for free using the link below. 

I'd love to see the version you make.  Be sure to share on social media using #baseballblock and #masterpiecequilting 

An entire group of designers have been working with this same theme and here is a sampling of the blocks they have made!  Aren't they gorgeous? 

Below are the links to each of the blocks.  If you weren't ready to stop scrolling and start playing, you will be soon.

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  1. this is great. thank you. and you did a wonderful job. i love it