Becky’s Fabrics

Becky, can you already see how these fabrics will create a sparkly, starry effect for your galaxy spiral?

You are right, the Baravelles will give the best spin. They do not have to be perfectly round, so go ahead and stretch. As long as you keep dividing the sides of the shape exactly in half, your spiral will keep spinning.


RM: Becky, you’re on the right track.  Glad you found that crucial fabric!

BB 8-13-07:  Hi RaNae,  I’m just about done with the spiral, but I have a question. As the triangles get bigger, the fireworks material is not the best for this……I used a red/black batik on the triangles at 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock, but before I continue I want to know if you think it is OK.

Becky B 1 white bkgrd  Becky B spiral blk bkgrd  Becky B partial

The size of the triangles were going to definitely show fireworks instead of “bits” and I just didn’t like that.  Of course, of a more important nature….if overall, you don’t think this is turning out as you wanted, please let me know.  Hugs, Becky

RM:  Becky, from what I can see in the photo the fabric choice looks fine, and the spiral overall is looking good.  My hunch is that you’ll be very pleasantly surprised when you put the spiral against the black background, because the variegated colors will sparkle even more.

BB 8-21-07:  Hi RaNae,  I have completed the large spiral and pinned it on the background ready to applique. I’m working on the blue star now.  What do you think so far?

Becky Bozic large spiral

RM: Becky, you’re making good progress, and it really does look like the spiral galaxy in the photo!  Good work

BB 8-28-07:  I am so bummed out. I have appliqued the swirl onto the backing, cut the excess from the back, took off the foundation and found that I have made several HORRENDOUS mistakes with my fabric cutting and sewing that I have HOLES. It is totally unusable and I am just sick about it. I looked to see if I could cob up a fix, but there are some that only magic would fix without ripping the entire quilt out. I thought I was being careful, but obviously that was not the case.  I’m so sorry.  Becky

RM:  Becky, I’ve had to make fixes on some of my quilts too. We’ve ALL been there! I’ve even planned to write a section of the book on it…..

It is possible to open up the seams around a triangle, take out the ruined piece and insert a new one. Press the edge of the new piece where the folded seam allowance would be, then slip it into place and hand-stitch where you removed seams.

Another possibility is to use some Wunder Under or Steam-a-Seam to iron a patch on the back to hold the cut edges together. A little careful stitching along the edge will help hold it, and the quilting will help hold it together even more. You could also try some decorative stitching or beadwork over the mended areas to hide them.

In any event, keep in mind that the quilt will be much smaller in the book than it is in real life, so mistakes are not likely to show up at all. And the fact that you’ve used printed fabrics helps camouflage fixes as well.

I’m sure there’s a way to fix it – you’ve done too much good work to throw in the towel now! Go scream it out of your system, set it aside for a day or two, and then when your tears are dry look at it with fresh eyes. I’m sure that it in the end it will still turn out to be magnificent. And what a story you’ll have to tell!

BB: Oh RaNae…..thanks for the encouragement. I think I will do just what you recommend. Scream, set it aside for a day, pick it back up armed with wonder under and seam ripper and go at it. I do have some beads that I was going to embellish it and such so maybe it will hide it enough.

I feel better knowing I am not “reinventing the wheel” of mistakes!!!   Becky

BB 9-30-07:  Becky’s quilt is finished — despite accidents with scissors — and it looks just like the photo that inspired it (which mysteriously has disappeared from the beginning of this page.  Good work, Becky!

Becky Bozic finished

28 Responses to “Becky Bozic”

  1. beckyinwv Says:

    Hey RaNae!

    My new fabrics arrived today. I spent last night drawing a large 9 sided
    Baravelle that I think will do the trick. Before I begin to color it in, I want to make a copy or two of it. Do you think that is smart?

    I am leaving Friday afternoon for a week in Alaska, so I am going to wait until I return to go full tilt boogie on it. I will send you a pic of the color up before I start with any fabric. Jamie is also going to talk with me about the feathers on the outside. I can’t wait to get started!

  2. RaNae Says:

    Yes, Becky make copies. Draw it, trace it onto Pellon, then cut up the paper for cutting templates. Keep a whole copy of the paper for future reference if you want.

    Have a great time in Alaska!

  3. beckyinwv Says:

    Checking in….
    Have returned from Alaska, absolutely loved the trip.

    Today I bought the pellon and will work on getting the design transferred to it tomorrow afternoon. Oh yeah…..the night before I left I just saw in my head how it was going to work! You had told me to use some background in my spirals to open it up, but I couldn’t visualize it…..then POOF, I saw it all!
    Let’s hope I can make the fabric do what I am seeing!!

  4. beckyinwv Says:

    Hey RaNae…..

    I just caught up on everyone’s designs, and I have to tell you I think my idea stinks with a capital SSSSSSS!! The other one’s are absolutely gorgeous, and it looks like EQ is nearly an essential! Are you sure you want me to continue with this palty offering?? I will not be offended if you want me to ditch it. I don’t have EQ…any ideas?

  5. RaNae Says:

    Becky, you’re being TOO hard on yourself! 🙂 I have not seen your design, so I can’t say for sure what it looks like, but I KNOW and CAN’T SMELL IT, so it must NOT stink! 🙂

    First of all, EQ is NOT essential. In fact, for the most complicated spirals it actually WON’T work. Look at Rhonda’s or Julie Willis’ designs — impossible to do in EQ.

    Can you send some pictures to show me where you are with your project? Then I can give you some realistic, concrete help. Remember to send them 4″ wide @ 75 pixels per inch (total 300 pixels wide) in JPG format!

    Looking forward to seeing your progress!

  6. beckyinwv Says:

    Thanks for the pep talk last night. When I got up this morning, I looked at the drawing and saw where I got off track on the coloring. Rest helps the eyesight tremendously!

    I will transfer the design to the pellon, and give it a go. I’ll keep you posted on progress. I’m working on getting the Stargazers right now.

  7. RaNae Says:

    Becky, you’re welcome. Good luck finding the fabric!

  8. beckyinwv Says:

    Fabric found….on EBAY! Already purchased and should be on the way today!

  9. RaNae Says:

    WooHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! ATAGIRL!

  10. sqtdenise Says:

    Pssst… Becky that was me. I have a website and an eBay store. I didn’t realize until today that you are one of my previous customers. 🙂 Thanks for the order!

  11. beckyinwv Says:

    How about that! I have you marked in my ebay favorites from before!
    Small world

  12. beckyinwv Says:

    Hi RaNae, A couple of questions….before I do permanent damage!

    What size makes a good wall hanging? Do you think I need to reduce the size of my main spiral? The blue star is proportionally a lot smaller so it really doesn’t need too much at the top….but when I add the background to give it “space”….will it be too large?

    RM: One question will answer all of the above: How big is your wall? Think about where you want to hang it when it’s done, and all the dimension answers will follow from that.

    BB: Also, we discussed metallics last phone call. I think my difficulty with the gold is that I mentally associate gold with sunshine, and I am associating this galaxy with night and silver. Is that nuts? What is your take on that?

    RM: It’s your art. If to you gold means daylight and silver means night, then look for silver metallics or, as we discussed, add silver highlights with a paint pen when you’re done.

    Damage, shmamage…. 🙂

  13. beckyinwv Says:


    I am beginning to sew and I am confused… usual.

    When sewing baravelle spirals do I sew by concentric rings around the center or by spokes out to the center and start back in the center with another spoke?

  14. Micki Says:

    Becky, the easiest way I’ve found is to do it ring by ring, building on the first to the last. Start at the smallest round or ring in the center of the shape and work your way outward.

  15. beckyinwv Says:

    Thanks Micki,

    That means I am going to have to really pay attention to the colors while I sew….and also probably means a lot of ripping as I go……but ONWARD!!

  16. lindacooper Says:

    Becky, my baravelle was similar to yours and I might have a few hints from my mistakes. I worked from the inside out as Micki said and glue-basted every other inside triangle in place and then I should have glue basted the inbetween ones with the tiny outside points turned under at the points where they overlapped the first ones.
    Next I sewed the pieces over the 1st triangles for the second row and then the missing ones in the second row. It might help since your colors are irregular to put a color mark in each triangle.
    It’s also going to be backwards when you paper piece which makes me have a “Duh” moment each time I do it.
    May your spiral go together with very little unsewing. It will be awesome.

  17. Micki Says:

    Becky, I also penciled in a code letter for each color in each triangle on the foundation before I sewed and double checked it as I placed the fabric and stitched. Since I did my octagon baravelles in EQ, I was able to reverse each one before I labeled the foundation and that made it easier to do it in reverse as one of my blocks had 24 different fabrics. The pencil on foundation was no problem and I just gave each fabric a different code letter and then used that as my guide. I hopw this helps. Mine was very small scale – 26 rounds in an 8″ x 8″ block so I was not able to glue-baste them in and had to sew one-by-one for precision, but yours looks to be larger scale and I think Linda’s glue-basting idea is a good one to try.

  18. beckyinwv Says:

    Thanks for the suggestions! I have sewn 3 rounds and I am not sure it is going to look like I pictured in my mind……but I need some more to make sure. Working from the inside with all the little triangles is not a very encouraging place to start!! What a pain! I like how the technique looks very much….just unsure of my design abilities.

  19. Micki Says:

    Becky, it will probably look super! It will take more than 3 rounds for you to start seeing the full effect. My first few I was REALLY concerned that I had made a mistake and then suddenly it all started to shape up and look cool.

    As you start building the rounds, you’ll be able to set more than one piece in place at a time. For example, I have an octagonal baravelle (my eyesight isn’t good enough to tell how many sides you have in your polygon) and if you have an even number this will work. In the center of the polygon on the foundation, I labeled each flat side with a number, for example, 1 across from 2, 3 across from 4, etc. until I used all 8 numbers. Then I labeled the intersection points which become every second round thereafter, with alphabetical letters like A across from another A, B across from B, etc. using 2 A’s, through 2 D’s. Then I worked my way around the numbers or letters ensuring I had the right fabric in the right triangle each time.

    In my case with the octagon, as I folded and trimmed to 1/4″ (or less), I was able to do at least two across from each other (depending on the size of the little pieces I was using) and then was able to do four at a time, such as 1, 2, 3, 4, and then 5, 6, 7, and 8.

    RM: Better to do every OTHER piece: 1, 3, 5 & 7, then 2, 4, 6 & 8

    I did the same by doing four letters at a time such as 2 A’s and 2 C’s. You will be able to do the same with your polygon and then the rounds will start to build faster.

    I’m not sure if I’ve written this up clearly because I haven’t had much experience doing foundation piecing, and hopefully you’ll get the gist of what I’m trying to explain. My key is always to look at the foundation to know where I am on the round and which round I’m on when setting the pieces in place (and I used small pieces of blue painters tape because it comes off easily and is reusable) and then it was less confusing when I was at the machine to do the actual stitching. I could just line it up based on the letters or numbers where I had placed the pieces and it gave me another chance to be sure I had the right one in each place and the right-side down (because some of my fabrics were very close in color on both sides and it was easy to make a mistake – particularly on the yellows).

    I hope this is some help to you.

  20. RaNae Says:

    Becky, a few responses to your questions/comments:

    1) Micki is right about marking your foundation — you should mark each triangle in the foundation with the color of fabric you’re going to sew so you can keep track of the pattern. The more you sew, the more the fabric itself will tell you, but marking is essential when you’re starting and good insurance all the way through.

    2) I disagree about doing the foundation in reverse. The whole reason for using a foundation that you can see through is that it allows you to work on the FRONT of the foundation, so there’s no having to imagine and sew the design in reverse (which I personally find really annoying!).

    3) All triangles are sewn in rings, like you drew them. The difference between drawing and sewing is that you draw from the outside in, and you sew from the inside out.

    4) Go back and review the information on sewing Baravelle & Nesting spirals. With these two types of spirals you can place and sew more than one triangle at a time, AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT ADJACENT. Since you have a 12-sided (I think?) spiral, you can sew triangles 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11 all at once. Press them back into place, then sew do 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12 all at once.

  21. beckyinwv Says:

    Hi RaNae,

    I worked on the front of the foundation…it was what I was familiar with (albeit sparsely) so I was having enough trouble without trying to turn the design around in my mind.

    I have to tell you, I was discouraged last night about the way the beginning looked. I felt so frustrated I just went to bed, hoping rested eyes would see it in a better light. Well…….it didn’t. I went down to look at it again this morning and I don’t like it any better. But Micki said it takes several rounds to see it shaping up, so I will continue. More importantly, while I was pondering it this morning, God told me to “finish it and I will bless it”. So, I will be working at it again this evening after the grandbaby goes home.

    RM: Becky, I have faith that you and God will make a beautiful quilt! Spiral on! 🙂

  22. yogib2 Says:

    Becky…your combo of fabrics really sets off the galaxy effect in your work inspired by the photo you chose. Thank you for including us in the journaling of your design process here on the blog…I can’t wait to give a spiral such as this a try. As RaNae would say, “Spiral On”! Well done


  23. quiltfee Says:

    I love the yellow in your Baravelle, it adds such a sparkle!


  24. beckyinwv Says:

    Becky Bozic
    Morgantown, WV

    Title – Whirlpool Galaxy: A Glorious Creation
    Wallhanging – 33 x 38
    Baravelle Spirals hand appliqued
    Spirals are machine quilted with clear thread
    Background is hand quilted with black cotton thread
    Glitter added for sparkle

  25. yogib2 Says:

    Hi Becky, I think we all felt your pain when reading your story about the mishap with the scissors. It’s thrilling to see that you persevered in spite of the momentary set back. You must be thrilled with the results. Will you ever tell what secrets lie in the cover up? Congratulations, Rhonda

  26. beckyinwv Says:

    Hi Rhonda,

    Thanks for your kind words. Actually it wasn’t a mishap with scissors, it was me trimming the fabric too short to go into the next seam. I wish it had been a mishap instead of my stupidity. The fix is no secret…’s wonder under and another piece of fabric behind! This will never be, nor was intended to be, a show quilt……but it ought to be OK for photographing. Eventually, my older son will receive it……he’s an astronomy nut, and should appreciate it…..warts and all.

    Let’s just say that my first attempt at spiralling came close to “out of control”! I will certainly never forget it. 🙂


  27. yogib2 Says:

    Becky…I love your sense of humor. It’s beautiful, warts and all, truly!

  28. RaNae Says:

    Becky, I’m really proud of you for hanging in there and finishing — mistakes and all!


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