Squared Inside and Out

Posted by nbonner on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Play Ball Geometric Quilt
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Course Instructor: Natalia Bonner
Hey everyone!
I'm Natalia from Piece N Quilt, if you haven't been over to my blog before take a second, stop in and say hi! :) I'm super duper excited to be sharing another tutorial here today! I am really digging geometric quilts lately and when I came across this darling Play Ball fabric I knew what I needed to make with it!
All right, time to get started.
To make this quilt you will need the following fabrics:
Blue 2 yards
Red 2 yards
White 2 yards
Tan 1 yard
Backing 4 yards
Binding 1/2 yard tan
Cutting, for each block you will cut the following.
You will cut 40 blue blocks and 40 red blocks.
Blue and Red
80 - 8 1/2"x2 1/2" strips
80 - 4 1/2"x2 1/2" strips
40 - 2 1/2"x2 1/2" squares
80 - 4 1/2"x2 1/2" strips
80 - 2 1/2"x2 1/2" squares
80 - 4 1/2"x2 1/2" strips
Blocks will be layed out as shown in the image below.
Begin by sewing the 4 1/2"x2 1/2" tan strip to the 2 1/2"x2 1/2" white square.
Next sew the blue or red 2 1/2"x2 1/2" square to the white 4 1/2"x2 1/2" rectangle.
Sew those together as shown in the image below.
Next, sew the  4 1/2"x2 1/2" blue or red strips to the end of this block, as shown in the image below.
Now sew the 8 1/2"x2 1/2" blue or red strips to the top and bottom of the block. 
There is your block.
You will end up with 20 red and 20 blue blocks.
Sew the blocks together in rows. Refer to the image below for placement.
Make sure to rotate blocks to create the secondary pattern.
Now, quilt, bind and enjoy!
Kathleen and I like to make coordinating pillowcases from the excess fabric on our quilts. We used this tutorial to make this coordinating pillowcase from the excess backing and piecing materials.

Categories: Quilts, Home Decor


  1. Absolutely love this quilt block. Dropped everything I was doing and made up 4 complete blocks for a small table mat. Love it!! Dieing to try it out in blacks and lime green!
    by Ronda
    March 17th, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.
  2. This is a great quilt can't wait to fit in in with. The ones I'm doing now! Love the pillowcase too thanks :)
    by jessica z ,
    July 11th, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.
  3. When I first looked at it I thought no way could I do this..still a newbie...After looking at your tutorial I think I can...Thanks for the clear instructions..
    by Lois
    July 12th, 2013 at 7:09 a.m.
  4. I'd seen this quilt at a show last year and wanted to do it then, but couldn't find the pattern. Thanks for sharing it! I do have one question though - why do I need to cut (80) 4 1/2" by 2 1/2" strips in both red and blue? I can only see one in each block...
    by Jannette
    July 12th, 2013 at 8:53 p.m.
  5. Just finished this quilt top for a benefit at my home town. The 4 1/2 x2 1/2 needs to be only 40 of each color, not 80 as stated.I had 40 of each, red and blue left over. Could have saved a little fabric there.
    by Kathy Ramsay
    June 14th, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.

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