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

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.
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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,
Becky

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

Monday, March 3, 2014

DWM 3/3/2014 Quilter’s ADD

Getting ready for a retreat next weekend. This is my project as we will have a work on anything session with a certified Quiltworx instructor, Eileen Eubanek. I’ve cut my own jelly roll strips as this is to hang next to my Glacier Star on the stairwell. It will have a blue black as well.
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I've been sorting UFO’s, seeing if I can kit some up for the Guild’s Boutique since I am in charge of it this year. I unearthed these, but I’m not ready to give up on them, yet.
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What to do with these? I thought I would do the Iron challenge at Missouri Star Quilt Company so bought the charm packs. I thought I would do a fractured quilt from the Material Obsession’s book, but . . . .
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I’m also cutting up some Dr Seuss fat quarters to make this quilt – I think. . . .
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Can I make a table topper out of this orphan? It’s too much trouble to make these blocks . . . . I’m not sure what to do with the rail fence blocks, another UFO that didn't sell at last year’s Boutique.
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This doll bed is an estate sale find. I hope to fix it up to display doll quilts on for sale at the Boutique. It is waiting for my wood finishing room to warm up as it is 1 degree F. outside today and the finishing room has no heat!
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This is playing with a UFO that didn’t sell at the Boutique last year. These are miss-made blocks (they should have a red triangle at each ”end”) that should make a doll quilt. There are enough pieces left in the UFO to make a king-size Kansas Troubles. Maybe this little quilt will help someone buy it.
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I did finish up repairing and labeling two quilts for a friend. This one appears to be from the 30’s – at least the fabrics are. It is a Snow Crystals set in Streaks of Lightning. All the quilting knots are on the outside, not buried.
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Maybe this week I can get something finished – HA!
Happy Quilting,
Becky in very cold Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Finish!

My last Scrap Squad project is finished – a king-size quilt for our bed. We haven’t had a “bedspread” on our bed in the entire 8 years we have been married. We had two quilts on our bed, one for me, one for DH. But without further ado – here’s what it looks like now:

Linda’s quilting:

It covers all of the mattresses:

Happy Quilting,
Becky

Friday, January 17, 2014

New use for a Scrap Squad quilt

Remember this quilt that I had so many problems making?

I even had trouble with the quilting because I used both a cotton and a wool batting. It ended up really thick and it doesn’t drape well. I had to block it to remove the “C” cups in the center of the star.

Enter the polar vortex. My chair is near the fireplace. We had such a cold draft coming in I put an extra outdoor thermometer there and it measured 42 degrees F. at the bottom vents. I took a quilt and wedge it up against the bottom vents, but later realized it was coming in the top vents, the door, the sides, etc.  I finally convinced DH that we had to do something and he looked it up on the net. We ordered a balloon for the flue and some magnetic vent covers. Magnetic? It sparked a thought – I hang quilts with magnets.

We measured the fireplace and I began searching for an appropriate size quilt, preferably one that already had a hanging sleeve on it. Viola! A nice, thick quilt that had been blocked to lie flat – against the fireplace doors.

Perfect fit!

Happy Quilting,
Becky

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Alert! Scrap Squad post and Give-away


QM_scrap-squadBThere’s a new post from a Scrap Squad 2013 member, Christa Marcotte, over at the Quilty Pleasures Blog. I love what she’s done with this wonderful pattern. There is also a great give-away there, so be sure and visit!
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Happy Quilting,
Becky

Kaffe is Star Struck

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I somehow managed to not blog about my 5th finish for Scrap Squad, a quilt I really like as I finally found luminosity.

This is from Carolyn McCormick’s pattern Star Struck, which appeared in Quiltmaker in Oct-Nov, I believe.

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DH made acrylic templates for it down in the shop as the star points and even the central “diamond” were unusual shapes for which no commercial templates are available. I’m so fortunate that he can do this for me.

I quilted this one using the Circle Lord frame and a spiral circle, not my usual long boards. This way I was able to center the spiral in each diamond. I picked yellow thread (Superior So Fine, with Bottom Line pre-wound bobbins) for all the quilting, but have mixed feelings about how it shows on the black as I had starts and stops that I, at first, was not good at hiding. I did improve on this.

On a side note, my quilting friend, JoAnne, who made these quiltJoAnne feathered stars
JoAnne finished second Glacier starhad a house fire the night before Thanksgiving. She had smoke and water damage in her quilting room which included her machines, fabric, large collection of embroidery thread, myriad accessories and a stack of finished and nearly finished quilts and blocks. There was smoke in several quilts hung in her living room and hallway, including one that had hung in the Houston show. They have been able to reclaim most of the quilts (ozone treatment) and I soaked and re-ironed the feathered star top, above left. The good news is that there is insurance, but it involves a lot of decision-making about all the replacement items. I would not like to start over again from scratch. Thankfully her Bali Wedding Star and second Glacier star were both out to long-arm quilters.

You might want to take pictures of your quilty space, just in case you need a memory jog if you ever have to list the contents. Open drawers, doors, etc. and take lots of pictures and store them off site. If you are into embroidery, you might want to keep track of all the software kept in your computer in case a fire hose or wet ceiling falls in on it. Just saying. . . .

Happy Quilting,
Becky