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Title: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: A_Patchwork_Orange on June 22, 2006 12:43:58 PM
I had made an Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion for the Not your Grammy's Pincushion Swap 2, and several people had contacted me about a pattern.  I figured if I was going to come up with directions to share, I may as well share it with everyone.  I think that my directions should make sense, but if you have any questions, feel free to pm me, and I will attempt to clear things up.

So here it is...

This pattern should be 2 inches tall, and 1 inch at the widest point.
To make the Amish Puzzle Ball, you will need to cut 36 of these.

Each “wedge” section of the Amish Puzzle Ball uses 3 pattern pieces.
Stitch pieces together at edges, and stuff with fiberfill.

When you have sewn all the pattern pieces together, you should have 12 “wedges.”

Stitch 3 “wedges” together (end to end) and form a “wedge circle”.  You will do this a total of 4 times.


You will need to stitch the “wedge circles” together so that the points of 4 “wedges” come together. 


When you have the puzzle ball all stitched together, you may want to add buttons to the connected ends to cover any less-than-perfect stitching.  Or, if you can stitch them together more nicely than I, perhaps you will choose to add the buttons simply for decoration!

Here is a completed Amish Puzzle Ball. 


Ta-da, Puzzle solved! ;D



Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: MADness323 on June 22, 2006 12:48:34 PM
 :o whhooooaaa....


....*makes one* this is awesome!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: shewolf on June 22, 2006 07:23:14 PM
So THAT's what those are... mom used to maske something similar form old Xmas cards!

Now I know how to do this...These would be awesome with different fabrics for the leaf shapes for babies (but without the buttons...choking is a bad thing, or so I'm told ;)


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: MissMeshell on June 22, 2006 07:52:22 PM
Thanks so much for your tute! :) It's made a totally different way than I would have thought when I saw it in the swap gallery...very cool!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: A_Patchwork_Orange on June 23, 2006 05:25:18 AM
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Now I know how to do this...These would be awesome with different fabrics for the leaf shapes for babies (but without the buttons...choking is a bad thing, or so I'm told

Funny you should say that, because they are often made larger as toys for babies (sans buttons, of course!).


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: Mimi055 on June 23, 2006 06:27:53 AM
This is beautiful!!! I don't sew alot but just may have to make one anyway!!!!!!!!!!! ::)


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Post by: Punker Chic on June 23, 2006 07:04:44 AM
AH! Genius. I don't know if my small mind could comprihend making one, but I wanna try anyway!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: kitkabbit on June 23, 2006 01:55:48 PM
A ball almost exactly like this turns up in Kumiko Sudo's Omiyage book- I was flipping through it last nite and saw it.  She calls it a scent ball, and recommends lavender to make it smell good.  Bet it would make a cool Japanese temari type ornament, too, if you hung a tassel from the bottom!!!  I've been wanting to make some stuff from her book, and now, seeing yours, I think that may be one of my next projects!  Love the Celtic fabric especially!  Great job!

~kat :)


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Post by: roxybadoxy on June 23, 2006 02:16:10 PM
that is really awesome!!


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Post by: melecat on June 27, 2006 05:18:50 AM
Wow, such an adorable project!!! I will have to find time to make one, too!!!  Thank you so much for sharing.  Your instructions are very clear!!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: taloola on July 22, 2006 09:54:42 AM
thanks so much for the instructions!  i have admired your pincushion for some time now!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: RecycleMicol on August 24, 2006 06:15:01 AM
A Patchwork Or.,

I did see this...but I was on the 'recent posts with pictures' and it's like a 'no-posting replies' vortex...when I go there instead of just cruizing through the threads, taking my time, I see all kinds of great things without stopping to post comments!  (They probably would prefer that I do that all the time!  Ha-ha!)

So sorry!  Yours IS as lovely as I remembered them being from childhood!  If I don't get on in a swap, I'm making one!

Hey...I think we should have an Amish Puzzle Ball Craftalong!  What do you say?  Every size from Pincushions to Giant Pillows...we'll post our work on the Craftalong Board!  You or I can get the thread started if anyone is interested! 

Just say Yeay or Nay.

But before you say nay...check out this pincushion from the late 1900 that is selling online for $85! Yours could be worth that much some day!       

RM


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Post by: tinybits on August 24, 2006 07:31:11 AM
wow it looks great.. i think i will give it a try for bigger sizes..


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: A_Patchwork_Orange on August 24, 2006 08:10:14 AM
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this pincushion from the late 1900 that is selling online for $85!

That is funny, because I have seen them in local flea markets, and antique shops selling anywhere from about $75 - $200!  I just couldn't fork over that kind of money for something that I knew I could make, so I made my own pattern. 

The first one was a bit of a challenge....more so because of the picky cutting I did to get the design "just right".  Now they are an easy evening (or 2 - I get distracted easily! ;D) project that I can do in front of the TV.

I think it would be really fun to do a puzzleball craftalong!  :D  It would be neat to see all the different sizes and how the fabric selection can completely change the look of what is essentially the same object.  I like that idea....anyone else up for it?  Let me know, and if there is enough interest, I will start a thread in the craftalongs....

Meghan


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Post by: RecycleMicol on August 24, 2006 08:13:46 AM
I will be making 12 inch diameter set for my couches soon!  Count me in!

RecycleMicol


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Post by: sweets4ever on August 24, 2006 08:24:00 AM
Thanks for posting the tute!  I know it will help many!!  :)


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: Ezri_B on August 24, 2006 09:50:53 AM
I would be up for a craftalong. I am trying to make these for all of my aunts and cousins, since my grandma had one, and we all wanted it when she passed away. I am hoping to give them out for christmas.


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: Kristen81 on August 27, 2006 06:45:08 PM
I'd definitely be down for a craft along!!!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: Selise on August 28, 2006 11:30:24 AM
this was totally awesome to make!! I just fell in love with it and I can see myself making a ton more of them! :)


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Post by: reneecarol on August 28, 2006 11:35:29 AM
I made one using this pattern.  It was so much fun and so rewarding.  Mine was a little bigger.  I think I doubled the measurements.  I used vintage fabric and fleece.  A craftalong would be fun!


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Post by: Elphelba on August 28, 2006 11:36:06 AM
I never thought I would need a pincusion...now I think I have to have one...


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Post by: naelany on August 28, 2006 11:41:08 AM
Hmm, I just asked my hubby if he could teach me to handsew. He doesn't know it yet, but I want to learn. Just so I can try to make one of these! lol How sad is that ;)


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: Selise on August 28, 2006 11:46:41 AM
Hmm, I just asked my hubby if he could teach me to handsew. He doesn't know it yet, but I want to learn. Just so I can try to make one of these! lol How sad is that ;)

I don't think it's sad at all!  These turn out beautiful!  I think I'll be on a roll making them for a spell now!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: naelany on August 28, 2006 12:02:08 PM
I hope I can do the handsewing. Last time I tried, my hands hurt so bad I had to quit. But then, I was just trying on my own, without really knowing what I was supposed to do. I'm hoping that with his help, I can learn to do it properly, without the pain. I really want to make these


By the by, what's the copyright with these things??? Would it be ok to sell these, since it appears to be so old?


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: sweets4ever on August 28, 2006 12:21:20 PM
I don't think there are or ever were copyrights on these??  They are very old & were a craft when my grand & great grandmothers were crafting.  I may be wrong...so someone smack me if I am.

Hope not!  ;)  I sold two to friends since I made the purple one.

I machine-sewed most of mine, 'cept for the closures & where the arm/wedges all come together.  Depends on what size you are making, I suppose.  :D


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: naelany on August 28, 2006 12:34:17 PM
I haven't got room for a sewingmachine :( so I'm stuck with handsewing, or no sewing lol


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: sweets4ever on August 28, 2006 12:43:34 PM
I haven't got room for a sewingmachine :( so I'm stuck with handsewing, or no sewing lol

Ahhh... :)  Well, do some finger/hand stretches before you try anything, then!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: Selise on August 28, 2006 12:49:35 PM
do you have any little tricks or photos on how you get the 4 corners together?  I mean, I can do it, but mine always take *ages* cos I want to get them just right, and they take forever.

Am I supposed to be pushing one or two triangles inside the others? That's what I've been doing, but I'm not sure if it's right


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: naelany on August 28, 2006 12:59:24 PM
not a bad tip, thanks


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: sweets4ever on August 28, 2006 01:09:06 PM
do you have any little tricks or photos on how you get the 4 corners together?  I mean, I can do it, but mine always take *ages* cos I want to get them just right, and they take forever.

Am I supposed to be pushing one or two triangles inside the others? That's what I've been doing, but I'm not sure if it's right

Hmm... No, don't push them inside one another.

Look at this pic (below).  You'll take two of your triangles (formed from three arms/wedges sew together - you should have for of the triangle sets there, yes?) and sew them together (sit them flat together, don't push them inside each other).

Look at the pic like this... on the left side there is one triangle & on the right there is another.  It's probably kinda hard to see unless you tilt your head & squint (like one of those 3D pictures...tee hee!)

You will need to stitch the “wedge circles” together so that the points of 4 “wedges” come together. 



Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: mayerlove on August 30, 2006 08:36:36 AM
it took me a long time to understand this...sometimes i am really dumb. ;) but i think i get it now! :) lol.


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: sweets4ever on August 30, 2006 08:40:38 AM
it took me a long time to understand this...sometimes i am really dumb. ;) but i think i get it now! :) lol.

The first time I made one, I didn't know this tutorial existed (boy does it make it much easier!), but I made all the little wedges and got so impatient to see what it would look like that I pinned it all together.  I was giddy to see that it would actually work!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: licalee on September 02, 2006 06:21:37 PM
I decided to make one of these and thought I would try tracing the shape on fusable interfacing, ironing it on and then cutting everything out. I'm using thin stretchy fabric so I'm leaving it on for support.

You could do the same thing with freezer paper because it's easier to trace on than fabric and then you just iron it on and peel it off when it's cut. Also I numbered every few pieces to keep track - something I couldn't do on the fabric itself with the sharpie I was using. I'm finding it's easier to cut out small pieces when they're stiff too. I don't know if this will help anyone but it seems to be helping me. I never thought i'd be able to get pieces this uniform!

Now I just have to find a good use for the scraps. :)


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: Dollmark on September 02, 2006 08:27:45 PM
*puts at top of list of things to make*

wonderful job! :D


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Post by: isquibbled2 on September 12, 2006 07:55:09 PM
Thanks so much for the tute! Those Puzzle balls look so complicated-without your tutorial i don't think I'd ever figure it out. I can't wait to make one :)


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Post by: purplexime on September 13, 2006 06:18:22 AM
Thank you for taking the time to do this tute for us.  I love it.  I must do this !


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: A_Patchwork_Orange on September 13, 2006 08:56:49 AM
I am excited that so many Craftsters are making these pincushions!  ;D  (They Like me, They Really Like ME! LOL!, well at the very least, they like my stuff!)  I would love to see everyone's finished pincushions. 

They are fun to make, and they certainly get a "wow"  :o reaction from almost everyone who sees them.  I have had a ton of people asking if they can buy them or my pattern, because I had given one away as a prize on my website.

I have told them all that I don't sell my stuff, but that I have a tutorial on Craftster that they should check out!  I also give a warning that Craftster is seriously addictive, and they should be prepared to get sucked in! ;D


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: naelany on September 13, 2006 09:07:31 AM
I am excited that so many Craftsters are making these pincushions!  ;D  (They Like me, They Really Like ME! LOL!, well at the very least, they like my stuff!)  I would love to see everyone's finished pincushions. 
I'm actually learning to handsew, using this tutorial lol. Not going very fast, as I got sidetracked by other "shineys" ;)

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I have told them all that I don't sell my stuff, but that I have a tutorial on Craftster that they should check out!  I also give a warning that Craftster is seriously addictive, and they should be prepared to get sucked in! ;D

LOL yeah no kidding about Craftster being addictive *clears throat and wanders off, all innocent looking* What? I'm not going back to crafting for my swaps..honest!


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Post by: Samsara on September 13, 2006 12:48:11 PM
 ;D Kristen81 is making me for in the Ongoing Wishswap Round 14!! I can't wait!!  


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Post by: naelany on September 13, 2006 12:54:23 PM
lucky you!


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Post by: princesakati on September 13, 2006 03:25:18 PM
is there a craftalong?  I want to make one too now!


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Post by: Selana on September 25, 2006 05:36:22 PM
My paternal grandma had a TON of these in her game room, various sizes. THANK YOU for the tutorial!! I'm totally making some big ones after the holidays!


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Post by: missmelissa on September 25, 2006 07:37:23 PM
i really like all the colours, that is such a neat idea


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Post by: mamamoonie on September 29, 2006 06:50:56 AM
 :o  !!!!  WOW!  *runs off to the scrap stash bin*  Must...make...

p.s.  this deserves a "this rocks" from me!  ;D


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Post by: ingysoup on October 01, 2006 07:57:45 AM
A_Patchwork_O, I mistakenly posted thanks on sweets4ever's thread re: this great project.  ACtually, I followed your tute and this is what I came up with:

  So thanks to you and now I have a giganto ball!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: naelany on October 01, 2006 08:21:35 AM
Wow, that's huge! Uhm, so what are you going to do with it now? lol. Great job, though


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Post by: sweets4ever on October 01, 2006 10:50:08 AM
Heh... I still love it, so I have to comment here as well!


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Post by: naelany on October 01, 2006 03:00:01 PM
lol sweets :P


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Post by: Muria on October 09, 2006 09:52:49 AM
This is really awesome!  So you need 12 of each if you're going to use 3 different fabrics. For some reason, that makes it seem like less work ;D  Thanks for the tutorial!


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: greybird on November 05, 2006 07:59:43 AM
Awesome!  Thank you for the tutorial!! :D

And WOW! ingysoup,  that's the biggest puzzleball I've seen!  But it looks like it would make an awesome pillow!  :)


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: retro-redux on November 26, 2006 12:32:23 PM
that giant puzzle ball is too awesome  :)


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Post by: r.brumback on February 07, 2007 08:03:03 AM
After seeing these, I've fallen in love.  I'm considering trying my hand at them, but I think I stumbled across another way:
http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/lffunt/babyball.htm
It's a crocheted version.


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Post by: TripleThreads on February 13, 2007 10:31:39 AM
Sorry for the cross post, but I just had to put up a pic of the pincushion I did from this pattern! It was probably one of the most interesting things I've ever sewn. But now that I know how it goes together, I might make some more for friends. :)



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Post by: duckiesandie on March 10, 2007 12:46:33 PM
I have been wanting my own pin cushion for the longest time!  This is absolutely gorgeous!


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Post by: susankg53 on March 16, 2007 02:24:33 PM
there is a victorian whimsie ball that is very like this and it was used as a child's toy and a pincushion(not at the same time) and smaller ones were used as Christmas ornaments my mother-in-law had one that had belonged to her great-grandmother (it was full of pins and needles that had dropped down into the stuffing)


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Post by: Beeclef on April 25, 2007 01:55:24 PM
Hey Patchwork! So this is the pincushion you were telling me about at the meetup.  It's so cool!  Did the celtic knotwork come already on the fabric?  Do you carry fabric like this? ;)


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: A_Patchwork_Orange on April 25, 2007 03:48:05 PM
Thanks for the pincushion love, Bongirl5!  Yes, this is the one I was talking about!  ;D

The fabric did come with the knots printed on it.  It is an old fabric, so, we don't have it in the store anymore.  I have quite a bit of it at home, though...but not in blue.  I think I have it in a purple.  Next time we get together I will try to remember to bring some along for you, because I don't think I will be using it (any time soon, anyway!).



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Post by: Beeclef on April 25, 2007 05:28:22 PM
I would love you forever, and ever and ever and ever!! I love anything celtic!


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Post by: SewIn2Disney on April 26, 2007 11:16:49 AM
Awesome!  Looks easy to do, but complicated-looking in the end (Does that make sense?)
Thanks for the tute!


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Post by: Bettsi on April 26, 2007 02:22:53 PM
I found this thread in January and got right to work!  I love the look of this thing!  Thank you, patchwork orange!

Now I am working on a felt, "black and white and red all over" one.  I'll share it when I'm done.  Thanks again!


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Post by: Miss*Laurence on April 26, 2007 03:09:27 PM
 :o Another craftster wonder! It's amazing!


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Post by: fatemazaveri on April 26, 2007 07:53:48 PM
its really neat.. I have got to try and make one at least... :)


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Post by: tinker666bell on April 27, 2007 07:35:13 AM
that is so awesome!! i love the completed one, the fabric is so gorgeous!! I dont have a pin cushion and refuse to buy one, i keep saying ill make one but just stick the pins in my couch, heh!  i'm definitly going to make this though! thanks so much for the tut!!


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Post by: catdaddytn on May 01, 2007 11:49:32 AM
this looks great.  I think this could be a Christmas ornament.  What types of fabrics have you used?  Could this be made with fabric from men's ties?  thanks. catdaddy


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: susankg53 on May 01, 2007 03:27:25 PM
catdaddytn- these balls look a lot like the whimsey ball that I have a pattern for and they were made smaller for Christmas ornaments, out of velvet and satins so I think the only thing would be if the fabric frayed you would need to take that into consideration


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Post by: kirsa on May 02, 2007 08:34:13 AM
I think I'll try making several of these for Christmas tree ornaments later this year.  Thanks for the tutorial!


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Post by: sallymc on March 26, 2008 07:55:03 PM
Mine turned out great.  Thanks for the tut.  However I can see thru it!  I doesnt look like you can see thru yours?  Any suggestions.


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Post by: kantha_stich on June 20, 2008 06:27:01 AM
I did one in the ugliest scraps I had and my son loved it but it's really horridly ugly so I made another...

I love this anda m working on a big one for my 5 month old neice!



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Post by: Riechan on August 21, 2008 10:21:38 AM
here's my version ^^
I had some left over fabric from my grandmother and thought it would be good for this project.
I think I'll add some buttons if I find matching ones.

It's not to detailed 'cause I've sewn it rather rough and on the outside :)


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: Aliped on August 23, 2008 10:42:19 PM
I love this

and am planning to make one, but I want to use fancy fabric on the outside and cheap fabric on the inside.

Can you tell me how many fabric pieces are required for the outside?


Title: Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut
Post by: sweets4ever on August 23, 2008 10:47:36 PM
Can you tell me how many fabric pieces are required for the outside?

If I recall correctly, there are 12 pieces that face flat outward, if you rotate them all nice & pretty.


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Post by: djinn_3wishes on February 06, 2010 05:00:28 PM
I made one and I am quite pleased with the results!


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Post by: djinn_3wishes on February 06, 2010 05:35:19 PM
so I totally had to make one.  I am very proud of the result, although the stitching where the wedges are joined up is less than beautiful.  Next time (and there will be a next time) I will baste the pieces together and then neatly stitch them up with embroidery thread.
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Post by: TotallyToTheT on September 09, 2011 06:37:11 PM
Lovely!  Thanks for sharing!