Beach Ball Quilt

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Hi, I’m Jenny from the MSQC. Take a look at this darling quilt behind me. Isn’t this cute? It just looks like summertime and baseball. It’s just a really fun quilt. I love how the, the strips become round when you add corners to it. It’s just really fun and easy. So to make this quilt, we used a jelly roll. And we used Folk Lore by Lily Ashbury for Moda. And it’s just absolutely darling. Then we also used some yardage. Now with our yardage, we used white yardage here and we used 2 ¾ yards of that. And then our little tiny yellow squares, we used ¾ of a yard for those. For the border, you’re going to need about two yards. And that will take care of your border and your binding. So you’re good to go on that. These are also inch and half strips so if you want to use a honey bun you could use that as well. But we used yardage in this.


So this block is so easy to make. What you’re going to do is you’re going to take apart your jelly roll. And you are going to sew three strips together. And you just want to mix them up and match them up. And you’re going to sew three together like this. And we’re going to do a quarter of an inch seams. And then we’re just going to iron them flat. I like to iron from the top like this to make sure that there aren’t any little folds. And then I flip it over to make sure that my seams are going the way that I want them to. And on this block, it really doesn’t matter. Mine are going out, but it doesn’t really matter because it just matters that it’s flat. They’re not lining up with anything.


Alright, then you’re going to take your strip, and because all of our quarter inches are just a little different we’re going to measure how tall it is. And we’re going to cut it that wide because we’re looking for squares. So on this block it should be right around, about six and a half inches. I’m going to go ahead and cut off my, my selvedges right here. Square up my end. And then I’m going to come over six inches and a half. Six and a half inches. And I’m going to cut my block. And it should be square. And you’re going to do this with all your strips. So we’re just going to go along this strip set and we’re going to cut all of our blocks into six and half inch squares. You should be able to get about six out of each strip set. And you just want to go ahead and sew all your strip sets together and, so that they’re all done and ready to go and then you can cut them into blocks. Once you get your blocks all cut, then the fun begins.


So the first thing we’re going to do with our block, is we are going to snowball the corners. And we’re going to use a two and a half inch white square for the corners. And for each block you’ll need four of these. And you’re just going to put them on like this. And you’re going to eyeball them diagonally from corner to corner and just, just sew them right down right across there. And if you’re uncomfortable with eyeballing it, then you can always iron your block like this, and that will give you a sew line. And you can do that for each, each corner, each little square on each corner. I kind of like to eyeball them. I, I do it so often that I’m really ok with that. Alright let’s go over to the sewing machine and sew these down. Alright, here we go. Now I’ve got this on the corner here. And you’ll see how I do this, I just go from one, I have them all laying on my square and I stop here and I just kind of lift it up. And turn the block a little bit. And I go to the next block, line it up on the corner. Stitch across, and I just turn it and go to the next corner. So I don’t even have to take my, my block out as I am sewing this. Just going along. And then here’s my last corner. And you can put a pin in this if you’d like. Keep them all attached on there. Alright so our little corners are all done.


Now what we’re going to do is we are going to trim them off like this. And you can do that with a scissor or you can do it with your rotary cutter. I’m just going to use my rotary cutter and I’m just going to lay it about a quarter of an inch from that stitch line. Like that. Oop, there we go. Make sure you don’t cut off your stitch line. That would be disasterous. Alright, make sure our little threads are cut here. Sometimes they’ll bunch up a little bit if you don’t get them off of there so I’m just going to trim those real quick. And it looks kind of like I’m cutting the fabric but I wasn’t. Alright, we’re going to iron these back now.


Now what we’re going to do is we’re going to add another row of corners. These are our little yellow corners. And they are one and a half inches. And we’re going to do the same thing. We’re going to set these on the corners so we’re doing a double snowball around here. So let’s take this over to the sewing machine and show you how this goes together. So we’re going to do the same thing on this that we did on the other one, we’re going to snowball right around. We’ve got our little one and a half inch corners here. There we go. Pull it out and turn it, line the next one up. This makes such a fun little block. It looks like you did so much hard work. And really it’s just a snowball block. We’ve just sewed double snowballs on. Alright, now let’s go trim these off. So let me get these threads here. There we go. And I’ve got some threads over here. There we go. Alright now we’re going to cut our little edges of our yellow snowball off. And again we’re just going to come in a quarter of an inch from our edge. Like that. And then we’ll iron that back. Alright. Set them, roll them back. How cute is that? Look how cute that is.


So then these make up the bulk of the blocks right here. I have a few more made. And how you put this together is you are going to have a, an inch and a half strip of fabric that’s going to be your sashings. The sashings is the piece that runs right down the center. I have an inch and a half strip cut right here. And this is the one that’s going to run right down the, the center of these. So what I like to do on my blocks is I like to take my strip and then I just lay it on here and I sew a strip. And sew a strip. And then I know that I can sew eight of these across in a row.. I’m going to have eight rows of ten or ten rows of eight. So I’m just going to keep adding these on until I get, until they’re all sashed. And let me add, let me do a couple of these so you can see what I mean.


So we’re just going to sew these down a quarter of an inch on this, this edge of this strip like this. I get to the end of my block and I’m just going to lay another in there. There we go. And this is also a really good place to straighten up a block a little bit. You can see right here this corner is a little bit wonky. It comes in a little bit. But because I know my inch and a half strip is straight, I just kind of make that straight side my guide. You know, use my one and a half as a guide there. So then what we’ll do, let me cut this edge off right here. Oop, I’ve got to have that cutter open for it to work. It works so much better with it open.


Alright so then what we’re going to do is we have these, we now have a, a nice little block with a flap on one side like this. And we’re going to attach them together like this. You don’t really have to match anything up because the sashing in between is going to protect you from any lines that are off. So once we get a row of these together like this right here, then you lay in your middle sashing. Your middle sashing is done exactly the same way. Except you’re actually going to measure your block. Your block measurement and your little two and a half inch square and your block measurement and your little two and a half inch square. So you’re going to sew a whole line of that sashing. This block here together and then you’ll be able to start attaching your rows. So it goes together really quickly and really easily.


So just to recap on this, we’re going to sew our rows together and we’re going to put our sashings in between our blocks. When we get ready to join the rows, you’re going to make a sashing strip and it’s going to lay in there just like this so you’re going to see that it has your little one and a half inch square, your, your one and a half inch strip that’s the size of your block, one and a half inch square and your one and a half inch strip. One of the things to remember when putting this together is that these are going different directions when you put them together. We have a row where it goes here and a row where it goes here. And this one goes across. So watch that as you’re putting it together because it’s real easy to, you know, to get a row turned around in here and have them end up going the same way, which wouldn’t be a disaster. But you know, we’ve, we’ve done these so they’re kind of fence rail, back and forth. So again, what we’re going to do is we’re just going to put this little strip in here. You’re going to sew a quarter of an inch . Everything lines up because you have all these little places to match. And if you have a side, like right here, say you’re putting this on and this bottom side is a little bigger, hangs down a little bit, remember to put that on the bottom because the feed dogs will take that in and you won’t have any problem with it. So let me show you real quick to sew this sashing in here. And I love it when I have these little, little places along here where I can make  sure that everything matches. They’re like little checkpoints all along the way. And that’s a really good tip because anytime you have a side that’s a little bit bigger, then you put that side on the bottom and the feed dogs will draw that in. Alright, and then we have to add this side. And of course, you’ll be adding a lot bigger rows than I have. Make sure they stay lined up. And, there we go. And your whole quilt will go together just that easy. So let me iron this out. And then you can always flip it over and make sure your seams are going, sometimes they have a mind of their own. But if you want them to go a certain direction, you can press them. Make them behave, make them behave. Alright, how cute is that? So that’s it. You just put them together and you get this awesome quilt. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the MSQC.


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  • Mary Hickey

    How do you order items from diffrent tutoials?

  • LeeAnn M.

    Jenny, this is a cute quilt. I’m wondering how it would look if I use Christmas fabric…would it look like Christmas ornaments? I might use a silver fabric for the second layer of snowball corners.