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DIY How to make a Montessori ball. Patchwork Sewing Tutorial I was looking for a little project to make and thought I'd try to make one of these puzzleballs that I've always kind of found fascinating. After looking around to figure out how they are constructed (with the help of this example on craftster) I took a stab at making my own. I like it just as an object to sit on my shelf but it would also be good for a baby and I could certainly see myself making another next time I need a quick gift
This sophisticated cousin of the half-square triangle unit can be used in any half-square triangle block you can think of, and is made quite simply. Starting with a half-square triangle unit, you add a smaller square and sew along the diagonal using a stitch-and-flip technique, much like you use in improvisational piecing.
The block above used 4" squares for all the patterned blocks and 4"x4.5" blocks for the white blocks. I looked at several other tutorials for Granny Square Quilt Blocks and the consensus seems to be that adding the length on the outside blocks ensures you have enough to trim a true 1/4" seam allowance around the edges. Seemed a bit strange but I did have a generous amount to square up with so I like it
Free Sewing Tutorial. I looked at the sizes for all the traditional pieces and thought it seemed like it would be a snap to convert to no waste - I labeled the sizes in the photo above of the individual pieces before the block was assembled. The traditional FG units were each made with one 6.5" rectangle and two 3.5" squares.
If, like me, you've been attracted to the look of hexies, but fear the hand sewing, I want to reassure you that it's an easy and fun technique to learn. I've put together a simple tutorial that, I promise, will have you knocking out hexie flowers in no time. Because the pieces are so small and you can make up a portable kit with very few materials, you'll find yourself stitching on the couch, on transit, watching a movie, at the park. . . .
String blocks are a great way to use up scraps, and my recent quilt finish incorporated two different kinds of string blocks that made a heart shape when put together. This tutorial will walk you through making one string heart block, which you can then either repeat to create a quilt full of string hearts, or you can use lots of negative space around the heart, like I did.