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Free & Eazy Circles, Magic Ballz & Other Foundation Folies by Jan Mullen introduces the process of making magic ballz. This technique refers to piecing wedgez onto a circular foundation in a freeform manner. This method makes appliqueing by hand easier to understand and execute. This book will teach you how to play with fabric, and be creative with color and design. There are patterns for 7 projects.


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Free & Eazy Circles
Magic Ballz & Other Foundation Follies

Author: Jan Mullen
Pages: 96
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: C&T Publishing
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4C30450
Weight: 1.0 lb
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Jan's back with Ballz, Wedgez, & Spotz!
Relax! Creating these whimsical, free-form circles couldn't be simpler
7 projects use fun, free-hand cutting techniques
Stack, slice, and stitch your fabric for fast 1-2-3 results!
Appliqué the circles using any technique you like, including a speedy raw-edge technique
Finish your quilt with Jan's unique "borderz and edgez!"

About the Author

As a youngster, Jan Mullen's major ball interest lay with tennis and netballs. Years of working with fabric have narrowed her interest in balls to simply making representations of them.

Still , there are plenty of balls in her life. Husband Ben likes whacking golf balls. Sons Brodie and Keelan enjoy watching tough Aussie males kick their odd-shaped footballs. Daughter Miffy loves getting dressed up and going out to balls. Older dog Celeste spends much of her time curled up into a ball.

Queen of Balls in the Mullen household, though, is younger dog Rocket, who has a never-ending and varied supply of balls stashed all over the house and yard.

Jan has a ball in her business life, too. As a designer under the business name Stargazey Quilts, she designs free and eazy contemporary quilt blocks. She complements this pattern business by designing fabrics for Marcus Brothers. Traveling the world, teaching others how to relax and be creative with stitch and fabric, completes the current picture of the author...

Table of Contents

Introducing Magic Ballz 6
Essential Equipment and Techniques 8
Basic Equipment 9
The Foundation 10
Wedgez 11
the "ish" Factor 12
Piecing 12
Hand Applique 12
The Basic Magic Ballz Process 14
Making a "Normal" Magic Ballz Block 15
Looking Into the Magic Ballz 20
Ballz Size 21
Wedgez Size 21
Use of Color 23
Hollow Ballz 24
Prepieced Wedgez 26
Slicing Ballz 29
Shaped Wedgez Edges 29
Not a Ball at All 31
Attaching the Magic Ballz 33
Applique by Machine 34
Decorating by Hand 35
Edging With a Trim 36
Backing the Ballz 38
Magic Edgez 39
Hiding the Holez 41
What Shape? What Color? 42
Hand Applique 43
Machine Applique 45
Yo-Yo's 45
Magic Centerz 46
Embellishments 48
Making Your Own Buttons 48
Settings 51
Block Shape and Proportion 52
Pieced Backgrounds 52
Thinking Outside the Blcok 53
Magic Borderz 55
Magic Endingz 57
Backing 58
Sandwiching and Pinning 58
Quilt With No Binding 58
Quilting 58
Binding 59
Magic Endingz and Their Special Back Binding 60
Making Magic 63
Predictions of a Colorful Future 64
Looking for My Prince 68
I See Spotz 72
Woolly Ballz 75
Maximum Magic 78
Yellow Bloomz 81
Grow Daizy Grow 84
The Birdz and the Beez 87
Boudoir Ballz 92
About the Author 94
Index 95

The Birdz and the Beez

Looking for My Prince

I See Spotz

Yellow Bloomz

Woolly Ballz

Maximum Magic

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