Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

Have you guys been checking out all the great tutorials in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop? There have been so many great ones; my to-do list has gotten a lot bigger in the last two days! The creativity of all the bloggers is so inspiring to me.


So, today is my turn to share my block and tutorial. We were asked to create an original block using the Watermelon color palette below. A fat eighth bundle of Prairie Cloth solids was provided to each participant by Fabri-Quilt.

Fabri=Quilt Summer Palette

The theme was summer, and I instantly thought of the beach and water. It’s where I love to go to relax and playing in a pool is my favorite summer activity. After playing around with a few ideas, I decided to do a block dedicated to beach balls. I mean, you can’t play at the beach or in the pool without a beach ball, right?

One of the rules of the challenge was to only use the fabric provided to us. Because there wasn’t enough white to use for a light background, I incorporated the colors into the background making the beachballs white. You could easily reverse this and make each ball a different color if you wanted to use scraps, or wanted a light background. I think it would look great either way!

Beachball tutorial logo

This block is made of two each of two different squares – referred to as Square A and Square B.


Beachball Fabric – White

  • Cut one strip 3-1/2″ W x WOF
    • Subcut to six 3-1/2″ squares

Square A – Lapis Blue and Turquoise

  • From each color cut
    • 2 – 3-1/2″ squares
    • 8 – 1-1/4″ squares

Square B – Coral and Chartreuse

  • From each color cut four 1-1/4″ squares and one strip 2-1/2″ W x WOF
      • Subcut the strip to the following pieces:
        • 1 rectangle – 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
        • 1 rectangle – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
        • 1 rectangle – 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
        • 1 rectangle – 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

Cut Fabric for Beachball Block


On all of the 1-1/4″ squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric with a fabric safe marker.

Marking diagonal lines

Place a 1-1/4″ square on  one corner of a white 3-1/2″ square, right sides together. Sew on the diagonal line. Repeat on all corners. Tip: Sewing a thread width to the right of the drawn line (see below) will help you to keep the piece the correct size. Sewing on the line or to the left of the line will make the piece smaller once you’ve trimmed off the excess corner.

Sewing corner to corner

Trim each corner a quarter inch from the sewn line. Press all corners open with seams toward dark corners.

Repeat on all white 3-1/2″ squares. You will have six beachballs.

Trimmed Beach Balls



Using the layout shown below, sew one solid 3-1/2″ square to a beachball with matching color corners. Press seams toward the solid color square.

Making Square A

Sew both rows together, making sure to match the center seam. Press seam open.

You will have one Lapis Blue Square A and one Turquoise Square A.

Square A - Both colors



Sew the 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ rectangle to a beachball with matching color corners. Press seam toward the rectangle.

Step 1 Square B

Sew the 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the beachball section. Press seam toward the rectangle.

Step 2 Square B

Sew the 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle to the right side of the beachball section. Press seam toward the rectangle.

Step 3 Square B

And finally, sew the 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ rectangle to the top of the beachball section. Press seam toward the rectangle.

Completed Square B

Completed Square B

You will make a coral and chartreuse Square B.


Lay out the blocks as pictured below. Sew the top two blocks together and the bottom two blocks together. Press both seams toward the Square B blocks.


Sew both rows together, making sure to match the center seam. Press seam open.

Beachball Block

Ta-da! You’ve just completed your Beachball Block!

Don’t forget to visit the other bloggers who are posting their tutorials today. I’ve listed them below, so when you get a minute go check them out!

Also, if you’d like to have an opportunity to win your own half yard bundle of the Watermelon Summer fabrics shown here, visit today’s host Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter and the Inspired by Fabric blog for two chances to enter the giveaway.

  1. Hannah @ Modern Magnolia Studio
  2. Cindy @ Stitchin At Home
  3. Abby @ Hashtag Quilt
  4. Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts
  5. Carrie @ Chopping Block Quilts
  6. Eleanor @ Cat Approved Quilting
  7. Brianna @ The Iron and Needle
  8. Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
  9. Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
  10. Sarah @ Smiles Too Loudly
  11. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts (You’re Here!)
  12. Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
  13. Liz @ Lizzy Clips Design
  14. Kim @ Leland Ave Studios
  15. Kitty @ Night Quilter

















About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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32 Responses to Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

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  2. Lisa says:

    What a great little block. I’m impressed with your creativity in coming up with this fun summery block!

  3. Liz says:

    Fun bock and great tutorial! I agree with Julie about the window panes and snowflakes. I also think it would be equally beautiful inverting the whites and colours. I love it when blocks are versatile like that!

  4. Beth, love what you came up with! I do see your beach balls, but can also see this method used inside a giant window pane quilt as snowflakes coming down. Can you tell I’m getting ready for the change of seasons? It’s always fun to visit your tutorials, and I never fail to learn something!

  5. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    Such a playful pattern – I can do this one. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  6. Susan says:

    A wonderful block! I really like your tutorial, AND your design.

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  9. This would make a cute baby quilt. Good job!

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  11. Lu says:

    Cute blocks Beth. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I am thinking of a special niece for this one.

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  14. Cassandra says:

    I love the playfulness that this block embraces with its use of color and varied “ball” placement.

  15. Kate says:

    Love the colored backgrounds!

  16. helen says:

    I love your beach ball blocks Beth, both the blocks and the name. The blocks are really bright and vibrant, they made me smile.

  17. Dena says:

    I love it. Your block is graphic and modern. Congrats

  18. What a fun, cute block! I love beach volleyball, I was never good at it but like playing anyway. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  19. Excellent block design and tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing and I hope that you have a wonderful creative day!

  20. Beach balls were a great idea! It would be fun to see it done with a neutral background and scrappy beach balls.

  21. Fun fun fun!! This is the best idea for an adorable kids quilt that I’ve seen in a long time. I really love it!

  22. Stephanie says:

    This is such a fun block!!! I could see you turning it around and have the beach balls with a colored fabric and a neutral solid for the background!

  23. fancyfootfarm says:

    This has been a fun blog hop, and I love your beachballs. I’d love to see a whole quilt of them bouncing around randomly.

  24. Jayne says:

    This is just too much fun! Love the beach balls…perfectly summer! Great tutorial!

  25. Tish says:

    Super cool block! Who didn’t love beach balls when we were kids?

  26. rosa says:

    Super cool block.Fabulous design!

  27. Jasmine says:

    What a fun block! Love the beach balls.

  28. I love this block! This would made such a fun quilt!

  29. Heide says:

    What a fun Summery quilt block.

  30. Cindy says:

    I can see this block in a picnic quilt complete with balls. Neat idea.

  31. There really is something about the summer and water, isn’t there? After life-guarding at a local community pool for several years in the summers, I can’t imagine water without beach balls or balls in general, either. This is a great block and lovely tutorial!

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