Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Not really quilted, it just looks that way. My sister Leigh showed me how to make these, and one Christmas we got a little obsessed with them. It is addictive, and once you have the materials ready, it goes quickly.
This is a no sew project, even though it doesn't look it. All you need are styrofoam balls, ribbon, hot glue or fabritac, flat head straight pins (LOTS), ball head straight pins, and a bunch of little fabric squares. Most of the work is cutting your fabric squares (great use for your scraps or charm squares). Or if you are me, obsessing over which fabrics to use. My sister and I preferred the random fabric method, but you can make it look more symmetrical (and less time consuming) by using the same fabric for each tier.
I looked around for an existing tute because I didn't want to reinvent the wheel. I found this one, and it seems to be the only one out there (?). My sister and I used the same method she outlines.
I also found this pattern for sale on ebay by accident, if you find you need more details than the online tutorial provides. (Buy at your own risk, I can't vouch for the pattern because I haven't seen it!)
I'll say goodbye for now and I wish a very happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans. No new posts until next week. I plan on packing in as much turkey and sides as possible, and being very thankful to God for the countless blessings in my life. I'll also be enjoying time with family we don't see very often. And trying to sneak in some crafting. See you next week!