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Filed under: Folkcat's Craft Library — folkcat at 9:03 pm on Thursday, August 25, 2005

Patchwork Puzzle BallsTitle: Patchwork Puzzle Balls
Author: Beyer, Jinny
Publisher: Breckling Press
Copyright: 2005

I have always considered myself a multi-crafter, but for years I would say that there was one craft I wasn’t likely to do – quilting.

Nevertheless, I watch quilting and sewing shows on television, mostly because creativity is creativity, no matter where you find it. Ideas come from everywhere, and I like to be informed about every craft I can so I can be all the better at the ones I do.

One day, I saw author and quilter Jinny Beyer on a quilting show. She was demonstrating the Patchwork Puzzle Balls that are the subject of this book. I watched her put together a set of squares and hexagons to make a sphere, and I was hooked.

Okay, so I’m slow to get moving. I have pieced the two halves of my sphere, but I haven’t yet sewn it together and stuffed it. But I’ll get there, I promise.

This book offers 9 different patterns that make patchwork balls of different levels of complexity. She offers a full set of instructions for piecing each, with diagrams that show where the parts have to go together. There is also a section for the math enthusiast that shows how to draft your own pattenr pieces, but fret not – it’s not essential to your participation in this book if you don’t want to go there.

Patchwork Puzzle Balls can be made in a variety of sizes, and have many uses – children’s toys, holiday decorations, home decor. I’m looking forward to exploring this one more.

And of all things, it got this non-quilter to pick up a little quilting. There must be something to it!

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