A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Just Beachy is quilted!

I have shamelessly “borrowed” these pictures from Sue Daurio’s Blog http://suedaurio.blogspot.com/2015/03/just-beachy-fresh-from-frame.html This is my Just Beachy that I started with two other quilting friends about 10 years ago. We shared our batiks so we would have more variety. It is from a Karen Stone pattern, although I enlarged mine.

Karen had a unique way to make these blocks with fusible. You put fusible on a full square of fabric, then carefully cut out the pattern and then fused both parts to two other pieces of fabric. I used a lot of Steam a Seam, some original and some 2. Every edge is machine embroidered down. I used a variety of threads and stitches from my machine. I blogged about it here http://beckyquiltobsession.blogspot.com/2012/08/just-beachy-ready-for-borders.html  We had to put tear away stabilizer under each block including the sashing to keep them from bunching up. I have a few blocks left over – ones where I was trying techniques and didn’t like the result.

Sue Daurio has done a wonderful job of quilting this. I had meant to quilt it myself, but never was good enough at free motion to try it. It was a bear quilting through all that fusible for Sue. It is on its way back to me for binding and a hanging sleeve. Thanks, Sue.

Happy Quilting,


Friday, October 31, 2014

A bit more about the Halloween quilt

Close-ups of the embroidered star blocks:

The embroidery and hand coloring was done by my friend JoAnne several years ago. They were cut 7.5”, so DGD sewed coping strips of black on each one to bring them to 8.5” cut. I then added star points from various Halloween fabric / scraps. DGD picked these out. The top center green with skeletons glows in the dark.

The 4 other blocks were cut from a panel I bought up in Nebraska when visiting with Diane Harris. I added coping strips to bring them up to the odd size needed to fill in the sides. The spider webs with spiders that look like M&Ms filled in the top and bottom rows. I hate losing star points, so I added a small outer border cut on the straight of grain. This helps so much when long-arm quilting to keep things square.

This was the first time I successfully tried continuous curved quilting for the star points. I bought some HandiQuilter melon templates and they had an arc that I managed to make work with some consistency on the two sizes I needed – one for the star points and another for the flying geese centers of the stars. The rest I free-hand quilted, trying to use the embroidered blocks as a key to what shape to use. Most of them were spirals and I used spirals in the skeleton panel.
quilting from back
The quilting is hard to photograph on the busy Minkee-type backing. It was not difficult to quilt. I loaded it so that the selvages were on the sides to control the stretch. This meant more advances, but it didn't stretch.

I changed thread a lot. I used superior Highlights orange variegated in the stars, border and panel, but changed to black for some of the ditch work, then Bottom Line white for outlining the embroidery and filling the white. They were embroidered on “frost” fabric. I used light green Bottom Line pre-filled bobbins for all the quilting.

I would have never tried this type of quilting if I hadn't taken the Craftsy class with Kimmy Brunner on machine quilting with templates. Thank you for your great instruction.
Happy Quilting,

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween quilt finished in time for the day, 2014

DGD’s Halloween quilt is finished. Her mom held it up for a picture tonight. She will take it home tomorrow after coming here to Trick or Treat. I will hang it in my entry as a backdrop for handing out candy to the few visitors we have.
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She showed it off to her class (2nd grade) yesterday at the end of their party. They all loved the feel of Minkee on the back. JoAnne Glass did the machine embroideries that fill the center of the star blocks. They were colored after stitching.
Quilted with several different Superior threads, Thermore batting and Minkee backing. Ruler work and freehand quilting.
Happy Quilting,

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What I’m working on 9/20/14

After a year of mainly working on items for my Quilt Guild’s boutique and traveling I’m finally beginning to play a bit on quilting again. I just returned from AQS in Chattanooga so have regained some enthusiasm that I had lost with all the family illnesses and deaths.

DGD#2 was sick last Wednesday and I picked her up from school and took her to the Nurse Practitioner. She had to have a breathing treatment and she hates them. She did well, so as a treat we stopped at the nearby quilt shop. As we went in I confirmed her request for 2 fat quarters.

Just inside the shop they had this marvelous Halloween quilt made from the skeleton panel. I thought we should have a panel and some striped fabric. Jessica wanted some purple “bones” fabric. When I took them up to check out, Jessica explained that she needed another fat quarter as the two pieces I had weren’t hers. They get you every time!

We came home and immediately “had” to pull the Halloween basket and start auditioning fabrics. We found the 8 embroidered blocks that my friend JoAnne had gifted me and those “had” to be used. Jessica did some of the actual sewing, but then asked me to work on it. She watched while I made the first star block and was amazed that Grammy made a mistake and had to rip out a seam. She thought I didn’t make mistakes – NOT.

I’ve continued to work on the quilt at her request and this is where I am this morning.
skeleton quilt with Jessy
I need to go out and do yard work, so will wait to put a small border on it when I come back in. She wants “soft” fabric on the back so it will get a skinny border to stay within the width of the Minky-type fabric I already have. Now I have to clean off Black Bart so we can quilt this.
Happy Quilting,

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Links to blogs / tutorials talked about at guild 7/8/2014

This is redundant to those reading this on the web, however I want to be able to print this out for guild members who use the library for their computer access.
My blog is: http://beckyquiltobsession.blogspot.com/
My previous blog post about the Buzzsaw / tribbles quilt:
http://beckyquiltobsession.blogspot.com/2014/07/tutorial-for-buzz-saw-tribbles.html or get a pdf file here
A tutorial on making zig-zag quilts out of half square triangles (HSTs)

The diagram and settings I made for vertical and Horizontal Zig-Zags in a PDF is here
rainbow 6 hstvertical zig zag 6 inch
The tutorial on allpeoplequilt for the sewing kit is here or type in below (the pictures are from the website)

On the same site the knot bag or grab bag is here or type in

The settings for the disappearing churn dash and broken dishes quilts as a pdf file  here
disappearing broken dishes blockdissapearing pinwheel
The link to the tutorials from Missouri Star Quilt company:
The link for journal quilt covers: First picture from this link

I hope this works as I intend. Please let me know if there are any problems in accessing my files. I’m new to Google drive.
Happy Quilting,
Becky Ball – your ways and means chair

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tutorial for Buzz saw/ tribbles block–quilt

I wrote this tutorial to give to my guild members. We are making 6 1/2” HSTs to sell in our boutique during the quilt show. It is in Independence, MO at the Sermon Center at Noland and Truman Road during the Labor Day weekend.

Small tribbles/buzzsaw block / quilt

Needed for each block (finished size 5 ½”)
o One HST 6” (unfinished) high contrast
o One strip 2” x 6” similar value to dark fabric of HST
Making the block
· Square HST to 6”
· Lay on mat with angle the SAME each time
· Cut square into 4 strips – each 1 ½”
· Turn each strip end to end
· Sew strips back together
· Add 2” x 6” plain strip to dark end
· Block now measures 6” unfinished again

To make pictured quilt 64 blocks total – set 8 x 8

v 24 black and white blocks (black strips on side)
v 20 grey and white blocks (grey strips on side)
v 20 grey and black blocks (black strips on side)
Borders width: inner border cut 1 ½”, outer border cut 2” length to match your quilt top
Quilt and bind using your favorite methods
Size: 49” x 49” (per EQ7)
The same layout can be used for a larger quilt – Start with 8” (unfinished) HST, cut at 2” intervals – add a 2” x 8” side rectangle. Use a 2” cut inner border and a 3 1/2” outer border. Quilt finishes at 69” x 69” per EQ7.

Happy Quilting,

Monday, May 19, 2014

Design wall Monday–graduation week

emily in front of her quilt
This is my great-niece Emily in front of the top of her t-shirt quilt. She ran cross-country forever. We had her high school graduation open house here at our home yesterday. Guests signed the backing for this quilt with fabric markers.
emily graduatingSome of you locals (Kansas City, MO area) may have seen her on TV news – we had her graduation last Monday in her front room so that her mom – Margaret – could attend. She is losing her 4 year battle with a really aggressive cancer. We are all spending a lot of time caring for her and her family. Sometimes life just sucks!

I hope you are happily quilting,