In my sewing room sits a gumball machine. Our grandchildren love putting in pennies and getting gumballs out. I think every one of them has gone through the stage where they only want a certain color of gumball. So they keep putting in pennies until they get the color they want. Right now Macy only wants pink gumballs. The gumballs in that machine with their bright colors along with this polka dot fabric from my stash was the inspiration for my Nickel Gumball quilt .
To make a gumball, I started with nickel square,of course, and made a snowball block. I wanted to arrange the gumballs randomly so I designed a block where the snowball was not in the center as shown below. All I had to do was rotate the block to create the random layout that I wanted.
Linda of L&R Designs used a pantagraph called Double Bubble to quilt my Nickel Gumball quilt. Here's a close-up-