14 May 2009
fabric baby ball...back on the crafty wagon
I have been so busy with house projects and garden/chicken excitement that I haven't been doing much in the way of crafts. Last week, I picked up "Seams to Me" by Anna Maria Horner, from the local library. It is full of brightly-colored sewing projects, but the one that caught my eye was the "For Kicks Patchwork Ball". This fabric ball, based on the pattern of your everyday, ordinary soccer ball, was just too cute to resist.
Totally dismissing the obvious need for a geometry brush up and some more patience and attention to detail then I usually have, I dove right in. Choosing the fabric combo was a grueling process just to begin. I decided to do a complete crazy mixture of basically monotone fabrics with smaller prints. There is a little bit of repetition, as I ran out of options in my scrap bags, but there is definitely no pattern to the color layout. The ball is just a pattern involving larger hexagons and smaller pentagons. It seemed fairly straight forward, but those angles were a little tricky. So, when you look at the picture, you can see a few puckers here and there. I think I worked it out by the end, but we'll see how the next one turns out. I also added a jingle bell in the middle for some fun for the bean!
Despite the tricky angles and crazy patch working, it was relatively quick to pull together. I plan to do a few others for baby gifts. I will share the designs as they come together. Happy Friday!