a dear friend made this for ds. ive seen the pattern at quilt shops, its called a puzzle ball. its prettm much just a bunch of 5 sided shapes. its sewn in 2 halves, each one is one piece surrounded by 5, then the 2 halves sewn together. i can see she did it all by hand, but im sure a machine would be okay too.
i love it as this quilty look. im not sure if its really what youre talking about. i guess you could do them all the same color to make apples etc..
but... if thats what youre really wanting to do, i bet theres an easier way than sewing so many pieces of the same color.
maybe youll have a bright idea though, wed love to see when youre finished!