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

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,
Becky

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.
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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,
Becky

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)
http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/2013/09/easy-peasy-chevron-quilt-tutorial.html

The diagram and settings I made for vertical and Horizontal Zig-Zags in a PDF is here
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The tutorial on allpeoplequilt for the sewing kit is here or type in below (the pictures are from the website)
http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/bags-pillows-gifts/pincushions/sew-perfect

On the same site the knot bag or grab bag is here or type in
http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/bags-pillows-gifts/bags-and-purses/grab-bags

The settings for the disappearing churn dash and broken dishes quilts as a pdf file  here
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The link to the tutorials from Missouri Star Quilt company:
https://www.youtube.com/user/MissouriQuiltCo
The link for journal quilt covers: First picture from this link
http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/2008/11/patchwork-journal-cover-tutorial.html

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)
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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,
Becky

Monday, May 19, 2014

Design wall Monday–graduation week

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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,
Becky

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cabinets finished–almost


The cabinet doors are all on – except one that needs a piano hinge and I bought the wrong size. My son started the cove trim at the top and some face fronts for the kick space at the bottom. We sure put in a lot of screws – 12 per door x 26 doors. Now we can protect the kitchen essentials from all the sanding dust from the living room hardwood floor.
I’m partway into a Tee-shirt quilt for Emily – a great niece that is graduating this year. More on that when there is something to show. Right now I’m still fusing interfacing to the areas I cut out. It was great having all the leftover parts to use for wiping off wood stain!
Happy Quilting!
Becky

Monday, March 31, 2014

Design wall Monday and other stuff

Finally, something new on the design wall. I found this pattern on the web and decided to play with a fat quarter pack from Robert Kaufman. There are also a few disappearing pinwheels in the churn dash pattern – I just can’t stop making those.

Most of the last several weeks have been spent working on kitchen cabinets at my sister / brother in law’s new home. It is a foreclosure and needs a lot of work. I do like working with wood, so I am refinishing all the kitchen cabinets. The face frames are all finished – they could start using them Sunday. I finished the drawers last night – I brought them home so I could work on them here. They started as dark as the inside of the deep one.
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Now to tackle the 27 cabinet doors. I’ve started sanding the finish off a few, but am stripping the curved parts to maintain their shape. I did buy an attachment for the Mouse to get into small parts, so I may go back to sanding even the curves. It is a slow process either way.
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I also finished these “boxes” for DH’s railroad. They go on the face frame and hold waybills.
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Last item is the estate sale doll bed that I refinished. I will use it at the guild quilt show boutique to display doll quilts for sale. It fits my DGDs’ American girl dolls. It holds two dolls at a time. I want to make a single one as well – just to play with some wood.

My hands are complaining, so hope to finish soon and return to quilting. I do love, however, working with wood.
Happy Quilting,
Becky