Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nickel Gumball quilt

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-


  1. So adorable -love it when a quilt is made from a story like that! It makes it all the more a treasure!

  2. How old is that polka dot border fabric? The reason I ask is that I think my second quilt (made over 20 years ago)had that fabric in it. I'll send you a picture of it if I can find your e-mail address.

  3. How cool is that???!!! I have a hunk of that same polka-dot fabric, I just bought this past winter. I've used it to back a pre-printed panel of teddy bears in a train...I was wondering how to quilt it & settled on echoing the bears, and blanket stitching around the train cars, but I love your idea and how cute it turned out!

  4. This is so cute! I love the off set snow ball block. It could be useful for other actual "snow flakes" type quilts!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Deb from