Play Ball is Fun and Finished

The Play Ball baby quilt is now finished and ready for Dominic.  It has been washed and dried and is all quilty soft.  We had so much fun getting the quilt ready for him.  We tried something a little different for quilting this quilt.  I can’t wait to get a picture of him on it – soon!

Play Ball Quilting Fun

For this quilt we first started on the embroidery machine, sewing circles in all the white fabric squares.  There are 31 of them . . . Sue can tell you that because she counted down as she got each circle finished.  I played around with stitches on Ellie and found this one that sort of resembles the lacing on a baseball.  Once Sue handed off the quilt top to me, I freehanded the stitching to make it look realistic.  Then we added a machine quilted “X” in each patterned square to make Xs and Os – or hugs and kisses.  The added benefit to this is the pattern on the back of the quilt:


Each baseball is surrounded with a diamond, just like a baseball diamond.  It couldn’t have worked out better.  Isn’t this a cute background fabric?  We found this fabric on our last road trip with Carol to The Stitchery in Delevan, Wisconsin.  It looks like friendly little planes and puffy white clouds.

Play Ball Fun For DJ


After the quilt was washed, I took it outside to get a few photos.  The one above is in the front of the house, in amongst the rose bushes and the last days of impatiens.  I took one more outside for a closeup of the Xs and Os.  The laser light  was used for making these nice straight lines – it works SO well:


I can’t wait to wrap him up in this for some good snuggles.  Hmm, what’s up next for Dominic?  Maybe a playmat for Hot Wheels – I have a bit of time before he’ll be interested in those.  Actually, he needs some help with a Halloween costume so I’ll be sewing that soon.  ~smile~


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27 Responses

  1. Liz W. says:

    That is so creative, using embroidery to make the baseballs! I love that. So cute!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Liz!
      Thank you! That is so sweet of you to say. I’m trying to figure out how to make some realistic looking footballs as well. I haven’t found the right size oval . . . I keep working on it though. I appreciate your visit to our website! Come again and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Great quilting idea! You are absolutely right, it couldn’t have worked out better.


  3. I love the baseball quilting. So clever. 🙂

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Dione,
      Thanks so much! He is over tonight, enjoying his quilt. I appreciate your nice comment and visit so much. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. What a darling idea! I love how the X pattern on the back makes it look like baseball diamonds with the ball in each.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Summer,
      That was a complete fluke that just worked out for the best. Or I could say I planned it but that would not be true. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Come again! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Kate says:

    How fun! The baseballs are perfect! Congrats on a whimsical finish.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Kate,
      Thanks so much! His parents have a baseball rivalry going on between the Cubs and Brewers and he’s the tie breaker. That seemed like the only theme we could consider. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. What a great idea! And I love your road trip to buy fabric, lol.
    I do like mixing embroidery with quilting!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Debra,
      Those road trips are often more about chatting and going out for lunch . . . with a little bit of quilting shopping thrown in for fun. This embroidery seemed to match just perfectly with this quilt. Thank you so much for your visit and nice comment. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Snowcatcher says:

    That is some of the most adorable quilting I’ve ever seen! How creative! Can’t wait to see baby-on photos!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi! Thanks so much – it was really fun to make and pretty darn easy, too. The baby is over today – I’m off for Columbus Day, so I already have a few photos to share. ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. What a fun quilt! Have fun snuggling your little guy!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Diann!
      Thanks so much! He was here last night but was not feeling up to having his picture taken. Next time. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. It is even prettier now and I can’t wait to see Dom on it. This is going to be one pampered young man…and that is wonderful. When my first son was born in June I made him a skunk costume for Halloween. He was so cute (that was 49 years ago) and the other two that followed him wore the skunk outfit for their first Halloweens.

    • Roseanne says:

      Aww, that sounds SO cute! I can’t share what they want Dominic to be for Halloween – can’t spoil their surprise . . . but I will certainly share on the day of or shortly thereafter. Yeah, I admit it – I am going to spoil the heck out of him! And any siblings that come along. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Andrea says:

    That cute is so adorable. And what a fun way to quilt those baseballs onto the quilt rather than just stitching them to the top of the blocks. It looks fantastic!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Andrea!
      Thank you so much for your nice comments and visit. It was fun and fairly quick to do. I will definitely try it again. ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. Kathryn says:

    Love it, awesome finish.

  12. Very cute quilt. The baseball quilting is ingenious! Where did you get the laser light?

  13. Jayne says:

    The baseballs are so cute! Love the quilting on them! Some little boy is going to love this one!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Jayne! I sure hope so – his name is Dominic and he is just over four weeks old. I’m going to nab a picture of him with it on Friday. ~smile~ Roseanne

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