A Tennis Quilt

Tennis Quilt, Batter Up Pattern, Fat Quarter friendly and easy to make!

You know what I love more than every sport combined (besides sewing…obviously I consider that a sport)?   Tennis.  

In my mind I’m really good at tennis…but in reality I’m pretty “meh” at tennis.  Even though my skills are seriously lacking it’s been one of my favorite sports since high school.  

Tennis Quilt, Batter Up Pattern, Fat Quarter friendly and easy to make!

The best part about the Batter Up pattern I shared last week (thank you for all the kind comments about it!) is that it can double as a tennis quilt.  

Tennis Quilt, Batter Up Pattern, Fat Quarter friendly and easy to make!

Tennis Quilt, Batter Up Pattern, Fat Quarter friendly and easy to make!

To make this pattern into a tennis quilt, all you do is swap the white fabric out for lime green (or is it yellow?!) and the red fabric out for white. 

The fabric I used for the tennis balls is called Add it Up in Glow by Cotton and Steel.   For the rest of the quilt I used some fabrics from my stash, prints from my Bounce fabric line (which is in a lot of shops now!), and a few of these Blossom basics. I’ve been using those non-stop and loving them.   

Tennis Quilt, Batter Up Pattern, Fat Quarter friendly and easy to make!

This is the crib size quilt, and my 11 year old was a good sport for making a stop at the tennis court on the way home from church so I could snap this picture. 

Tennis Quilt, Batter Up Pattern, Fat Quarter friendly and easy to make!

It looks sunny and warm but it was FREEZING!  I’m ready for warmer weather.  

The Batter Up pattern can be found here as a PDF, or here as a paper pattern.  

 

 

 

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Batter Up – A Baseball Quilt!

Batter Up, an easy baseball (or tennis ball) quilt pattern!

After making a football quilt and a basketball quilt, baseball had to be next!  

We are a baseball loving family.  My kids love playing baseball, and I love the soft pretzels from the concessions stand…so it’s a win win.  

Batter Up, an easy baseball (or tennis ball) quilt pattern

I actually made this quilt so long ago!  I made it, then I flip flopped on how I wanted to do the fabric requirements and blocks in the pattern…so I put it on the back burner until I could look at it with fresh eyes. 

The pattern uses fat quarters, but in this version I used repeats of fat quarters since I was still working out the pattern.  I knew this quilt would eventually be given to my 8 year old, so I let him help pick the colors and fabrics.  

Batter Up, an easy baseball (or tennis ball) quilt pattern

Kathy quilted this for me and did an AMAZING job (imagine me clapping for you Kathy).  The baseballs and the crosshatch quilting in the 16 patch blocks is perfection.  

Batter Up, an easy baseball (or tennis ball) quilt pattern

Batter Up, an easy baseball (or tennis ball) quilt pattern

I put a soft flannel on the back of this one so it can be loved and used.  

Since Bounce comes out soon (yay!) I mocked up the crib size using my fabric:  

Batter Up, an easy baseball (or tennis ball) quilt pattern

This pattern uses only simple piecing techniques, with no tricky seams, applique, or paper piecing.  These blocks really do go together fast.

Batter Up, an easy baseball (or tennis ball) quilt pattern

My favorite part of this pattern is that you can also use it to make a tennis quilt!  And I love tennis (more than baseball…shhhh).   

Batter Up, an easy baseball (or tennis ball) quilt pattern

The Batter Up pattern can be found here as a PDF, or here as a Paper copy.  

Also if I’m missing from this blog for the next 3 months you’ll know I’m probably sitting on the bleachers, in the rain, on a baseball field somewhere eating my thousandth pretzel while watching my thousandth baseball game we were probably 10 minutes late to because someone couldn’t find their baseball glove/cleats/hat/pants/jersey or all of the above.   It’s crazy and I love it.  

 

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A Spring Simplify Quilt

Simplify Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll Friendly

I’m jumping ahead to Spring with these happy colors.  I finished this quilt top in October and I’ve slowly been ticking quilts off my to-finish list. 

Simplify Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll Friendly

A funny story about this one….a certain 2 year old in my house took my tiny thread snips to the corners of this quilt while it was folded on my table.  I didn’t even see her do it until I went to baste the quilt and noticed the corners were hacked to pieces!  

Luckily she only cut the corners, so I was able to save it by giving the quilt rounded corners.  Also luckily she’s really cute and can do no wrong (and she didn’t hurt herself!). 

I used an older jelly roll by One Canoe Two for Moda called Tucker Prairie.  

The pattern is my Simplify pattern in the throw size (pdf pattern here, paper pattern here).

Simplify Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll Friendly

Simplify Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll Friendly

I free motion quilted this with loops, the backing and binding are from my Hello Jane fabric line.  Normally with the rounded corners I’d use a bias cut binding, but since I already had the binding made before I realized I’d need to round the corners, I just went with it pinning and going slow.  

I love the way it turned out, maybe even more than the original quilt I made for this pattern! 

Simplify Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll Friendly

It’s almost March!!!  If you are sewing along with me making Shimmer Blocks, you should be almost done making 4 blocks for February!  

If 4 blocks feels like too much for your or you are feeling overwhelmed…just make one or two blocks a month.  Remember just to have fun with it and learn as you go, and don’t put pressure on yourself to keep up with me or make your blocks perfect (mine are NOT perfect).   In March we’ll make 4 more blocks, so do what you can!  

Shimmer Quilt Pattern Blocks

The Shimmer pattern is still on sale until March 1st if you still want to join us…you’ll only have 4 blocks to make for February (or just make one extra block the rest of the 4 months!).  

I realized after I made my 4 blocks that I need to lay off the yellow in my next blocks.  I love yellow but these blocks are BRIGHT together.  Happy Shimmer-ing! 

 

 

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