I decided to tackle another Little Things to Sew project and was inspired by these quilted balls by Goke Keiko
featured in this book
I hunted through the bucket of selvedges that sits underneath my sewing table
and my handy assistant (sister N) grouped them into assorted colourways for my use. I made two quilted balls - a red one and a blue one
I used the fancy stitches on my sewing machine and some variegated King Tut threads to make 6 little crazy patchwork wedges.
|freezer paper template ironed to back of crazy patchwork material|
I joined these together following the book instructions and then topstitched along the seam lines (again using fancy stitches on the sewing machine). Once the balls were completed and stuffed, I hand-stitched a row of embroidery stitches along the final seam line. Hand embroidery is not my forte but they are tidy enough.
I also attached two little circles of fabric over the junction where the wedges (supposedly) met. Mine looked a little bulky and didn't line up perfectly so I covered them up!
|Circle appliqué over the wedges' join - and hand stitched with variegated thread. The row of cross-stitching covers the seam joining the two hemispheres|
And after I made these two balls I was forced to stop because, without a thimble, my delicate little fingers were being torn to shreds. Anyway, I ask you, how many kids do you know who can juggle three balls? So, following Meat Loaf's advice, I figured that two out of three ain't bad