Friday, 12 October 2012

Patch Work Ball 1

Being a part of the Desi Quilters group has a huge advantage. I learn new techniques every single day. This patch work ball is from one of the QALs(quilt along) organised in the group. Amalie who taught us this Pentagon patch work ball asked us to hand stitch the pieces rather than machine stitching them. It uses paper piecing .This is the first time I am hearing about paper piecing technique. I wanted to be through with the technique before I started the actual stitching. So I browsed through websites and landed at a lovely blog Sunshine's Creations where there was a step wise tutorial for the technique

Next came the selection of fabrics. I went for polka dotted fabrics. The ball needs 12 pentagons. The sides of the pentagon decides on the size of the ball. I made a small ball. The pentagons measured 2 1/2". You can make it according to your preference. First cut out a pentagon ( use your geometry knowledge) from a chart paper which acts a stencil for the fabrics.
Cut out 6 pieces from the white fabric and 6 pieces from the green fabric. Now you need to cut 12 pentagons measuring 2" at the sides.

Prepare all the pieces and stencils ready before you start.

Place the paper pentagon in the middle of a fabric pentagon.

Fold and secure one corner with thread.

Fold the next corner and secure it with the same thread.

Secure all corners and the final result will look like this.

One pentagon is ready.

Finish off all the pentagons.

Now arrange 6 pentagons as shown. You need to stitch all the sides of the white pentagon to the adjacent green pentagons.

Use a button hole stitch. Make it sure that you don't stitch along with the paper. Then it would be very difficult to remove the paper at last.

Two pentagons successfully joined.

All the five pentagons joined to the centre pentagon.

Now sew the sides of green pentagons adjacent to each other.

You will get a cup like shape.

Finish off the other half.

Now it is time to join the two parts. Place them as shown. and stitch.

Leave two sides with out stitching for turning.

Remove the paper pieces from each pentagon. It will be very easy to remove.

The ball with fabric after removing the papers.

Flip inside out.

Stuff the ball with synthetic cotton filling.

Use a zig zag stitch to join the sides.

Match corners perfectly while stitching.

Finish off with a knot.

The pentagon patch work ball is ready.


  1. how superb they look. I have seen these kind of quilted balls in shops in London and they are pretty expensive and thank you for sharing this technique and making it easy by showing step by step pictures... want to tell you that your work is neat and you are creative... Love it :)


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