Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Puzzle Ball

Puzzle ball for Heather

for my friend Heather and her soon-to-be-born baby!  For Heather's birthday this week, I surprised her with this little Puzzle Ball from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.

Puzzle ball for Heather

Although the ball looks rather big in the book, it's only designed to finish at 5" diameter.  

Puzzle ball for Heather

I actually used my Go! Baby cutter to cut all the circles for this project, a major time-savor that resulted in the ball finishing the slightest bit smaller than 5" diameter.  Fabrics are Botanics in Teal Metallic Perennial and Tangerine Scratch, which you can find in stock at Fat Quarter Shop.

Puzzle ball for Heather

And good thing too (on time time-saving) since I was running late prepping these quarter-circles to take-along on last weekend's camping trip!  At this stage they've been machine-pieced and are ready to be stuffed and closed by hand. 

Puzzle ball for Heather

Such a little project and so portable - definitely a win for road trips.  The only tricky part was connecting the points with embroidery floss.  I had to do a lot of knot-popping, which sometimes turns into thread-breaking and in Brandon's favorite crafty dig, "Take it apart and start over!" 

Puzzle ball for Heather

Clearly I need to make one for Eleni!  Or... for me?  Seriously, these little puzzle balls are exactly that.  They delight grown-up brains too!  I'm wondering if I can do something cool with the color wheel...

21 comments:

  1. Oh I love it!! I might need to make a few for my kiddos...

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  2. Thanks for the review of this ball! I have it on me to-do list...

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  3. I was so going to make one of these last week! (I opted to make a Rubik's Cube out of fabric instead -- don't ask.) Admittedly, the hand sewing part of it intimidated me -- I'm just happier behind my machine. Yours is super-duper sweet.

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  4. that's genius! I will have to make one. The colours you chose work so so well!

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  5. These are great! I was planning on making some burp clothes for my sister (expecting), and some miniature ones for my niece (soon-to-be big sister) to play with her dolls. This looks like a good shower gift!

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  6. A color wheel - yes, you should :)

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  7. Rosemary B here:
    Awwwww, this is so cutie cute.
    Heather will love it, and it is perfect for her super wonderful new baby.

    Back in dino days, they did some "magical study" that babies were attracted to back and white designs or something... right?
    I think you should make one using the color wheel.

    Both of my girlies are newly married and I am patiently waiting here for babies.... I am not pushing or saying a peep. Both of the mother in laws are giving enough pressure. I don't think that works so well. So I just pray :-D

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  8. Love it! How do you manage to get sooooo much sewing done?! I am in awe.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I was just thinking today of how much sewing I want to do! So many ideas. must get to work!

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  9. This is so cute! I am not familiar with puzzle balls. . . but it seems like something you could add a bell or two inside of to make it have some noise - for additional entertainment value!

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  10. If you find a little cat toy (bell in a ball type) you can usually push it inside and it will jingle nicely as baby rolls it around.

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  11. Cute. I bought one at a second hand fair years ago but my children had no interest in it. I'd love to make one someday 'though.

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    1. haha, yep, I can see that happening. Maybe it really is a grown up toy =)

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  12. Love the fabric/color combo of the puzzle ball!

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  13. I made three of those as Christmas gifts two years ago. They are so cute and fun to make! The online instructions I followed suggested joining the pieces together with upholstery thread or dental floss. I used the dental floss, which has stretched so that now the pieces are rather loosely joined. I'd be curious to know if the embroidery floss holds up better to play.

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    1. Hmm... with that in mind I will use pearl cotton 8 for my next ball. It is stronger than embroidery thread. Thanks!

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  14. I love it! And I deffinitely have to make one.

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  15. I don't know how I found your blog but I know God lead me to you....we will be praying for safe delivery....I had tears as i read your Babes Blog....I just knew you were going to say twins...but did not expect loosing one. I have had the joy of being in different areas of nursing and OB was one of them....a place of great joy and the other was, great loss. God Bless you home delivery.....or what you may choose....Blessings!!

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