Amish Puzzle Balls

We have a “Frog and Toad Together” book with a story in it called “A List”.  It’s an I Can Read book, but my son also enjoys it, so we read it together regularly.  The kids like it but I can really identify with Toad.  He makes a list and starts crossing things off, only to lose his list and his way.  Without his list he can’t go on and stays put until the end of his day when he realizes that the final task on his list was to go to sleep, which he did, but only after writing Go To Sleep on the ground and crossing it off.  The story ends with Toad feeling great because he’s crossed off his list and I get a good chuckle because I really do know how Toad feels.  

I don’t have lots of free time to sew, so I have a sewing list to keep me focused when I do get time.  I’m not sure how much good it does me, since I misplace it frequently.  When this happens I freeze and have to talk myself through my priorities.  This week was one of those weeks.  I thought a lot about sewing but I don’t have much to show for it.  I did some work on my neice Sasha’s very overdue baby quilt, and I got the fabric and started thinking about Jim’s star quilt backing (I may or may not want to piece the back).  And even though I only crossed one thing off my list, I feel pretty good about it, just like Toad!

Last year I was reading the blog Stitched in Color and saw an Amish Puzzle Ball.  Rachel made it as part of her pregnancy sewing list and I loved it.  I decided to make one for my son Miles for Christmas.  Then I decided Sasha needed one too.  I went online to see if I could find a tutorial for the puzzle ball.  I found one here, and found it very easy to follow.  I used scraps for my son's ball and for Scarlet's, and for Sasha's I used up two pieces of fabric that I thought would make an interesting ball.  I used cotton to fill all three.    

The kids really like them and my sister Laura wants one for her daughter Scarlet as well.  Scarlet turns two on Monday so… this was the one thing I needed to get done.  
Yesterday I sent it off with my mom who is headed to Wisconsin to celebrate with Scarlet and her parents.  Happy Birthday Scarlet!