Have you guys been checking out all the great tutorials in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop? There have been so many great ones; my to-do list has gotten a lot bigger in the last two days! The creativity of all the bloggers is so inspiring to me.

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So, today is my turn to share my block and tutorial. We were asked to create an original block using the Watermelon color palette below. A fat eighth bundle of Prairie Cloth solids was provided to each participant by Fabri-Quilt.

Fabri=Quilt Summer Palette

The theme was summer, and I instantly thought of the beach and water. It’s where I love to go to relax and playing in a pool is my favorite summer activity. After playing around with a few ideas, I decided to do a block dedicated to beach balls. I mean, you can’t play at the beach or in the pool without a beach ball, right?

One of the rules of the challenge was to only use the fabric provided to us. Because there wasn’t enough white to use for a light background, I incorporated the colors into the background making the beachballs white. You could easily reverse this and make each ball a different color if you wanted to use scraps, or wanted a light background. I think it would look great either way!

Beachball tutorial logo

This block is made of two each of two different squares – referred to as Square A and Square B.

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Beachball Fabric – White

  • Cut one strip 3-1/2″ W x WOF
    • Subcut to six 3-1/2″ squares

Square A – Lapis Blue and Turquoise

  • From each color cut
    • 2 – 3-1/2″ squares
    • 8 – 1-1/4″ squares

Square B – Coral and Chartreuse

  • From each color cut four 1-1/4″ squares and one strip 2-1/2″ W x WOF
      • Subcut the strip to the following pieces:
        • 1 rectangle – 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
        • 1 rectangle – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
        • 1 rectangle – 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
        • 1 rectangle – 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

Cut Fabric for Beachball Block

PIECING INSTRUCTIONS – MAKING BEACHBALLS

On all of the 1-1/4″ squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric with a fabric safe marker.

Marking diagonal lines

Place a 1-1/4″ square on  one corner of a white 3-1/2″ square, right sides together. Sew on the diagonal line. Repeat on all corners. Tip: Sewing a thread width to the right of the drawn line (see below) will help you to keep the piece the correct size. Sewing on the line or to the left of the line will make the piece smaller once you’ve trimmed off the excess corner.

Sewing corner to corner

Trim each corner a quarter inch from the sewn line. Press all corners open with seams toward dark corners.

Repeat on all white 3-1/2″ squares. You will have six beachballs.

Trimmed Beach Balls

 

PIECING INSTRUCTIONS – MAKING SQUARE A

Using the layout shown below, sew one solid 3-1/2″ square to a beachball with matching color corners. Press seams toward the solid color square.

Making Square A

Sew both rows together, making sure to match the center seam. Press seam open.

You will have one Lapis Blue Square A and one Turquoise Square A.

Square A - Both colors

 

PIECING INSTRUCTIONS – MAKING SQUARE B

Sew the 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ rectangle to a beachball with matching color corners. Press seam toward the rectangle.

Step 1 Square B

Sew the 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the beachball section. Press seam toward the rectangle.

Step 2 Square B

Sew the 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle to the right side of the beachball section. Press seam toward the rectangle.

Step 3 Square B

And finally, sew the 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ rectangle to the top of the beachball section. Press seam toward the rectangle.

Completed Square B

Completed Square B

You will make a coral and chartreuse Square B.

PIECING INSTRUCTIONS – ASSEMBLING THE BLOCK

Lay out the blocks as pictured below. Sew the top two blocks together and the bottom two blocks together. Press both seams toward the Square B blocks.

FQ-Block---Completed-Sections

Sew both rows together, making sure to match the center seam. Press seam open.

Beachball Block

Ta-da! You’ve just completed your Beachball Block!

Don’t forget to visit the other bloggers who are posting their tutorials today. I’ve listed them below, so when you get a minute go check them out!

Also, if you’d like to have an opportunity to win your own half yard bundle of the Watermelon Summer fabrics shown here, visit today’s host Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter and the Inspired by Fabric blog for two chances to enter the giveaway.

  1. Hannah @ Modern Magnolia Studio
  2. Cindy @ Stitchin At Home
  3. Abby @ Hashtag Quilt
  4. Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts
  5. Carrie @ Chopping Block Quilts
  6. Eleanor @ Cat Approved Quilting
  7. Brianna @ The Iron and Needle
  8. Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
  9. Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
  10. Sarah @ Smiles Too Loudly
  11. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts (You’re Here!)
  12. Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
  13. Liz @ Lizzy Clips Design
  14. Kim @ Leland Ave Studios
  15. Kitty @ Night Quilter