Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Upcoming Lecture

FYI, if you live near Portland, Oregon, I will be lecturing for the Northwest Quilters at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Monday, March 12th at 9:00 a.m. The address is:
7810 SE 15th St., Portland, Oregon. I hope you can join us as I will discuss my quilting journey and Tips and Tricks for Quilters.

                                Mt. Rainier Reflecting in Tipsoo Lake

Novel: I am still working on my quilting genre novel,  A Quilter's Journey. I've had two responses recently, one from a very caring editor who gave me wonderful critical advice. I also heard from an agent who loves my idea and is encouraging me to possibly submit on Kindle as cozy mystery quilting novels are not doing well with main-stream publishing right now.....I have two versions - one is a cozy romantic mystery with a quilting slant, the other includes suspense, romance with suggestive language, and of course quilting. I am revising both as we speak trying to determine what direction to go. I am sure the answer will just come to me soon! 

I am working on a "secret" project, which I can't reveal right now as it is a special gift for a special person. After it's complete, I'll post it. Two more quilts in my head include another whimsical collage of my Cocker Spaniel, Blondie, and an ocean scene with pure white sand and aqua waters - simple, but with gorgeous visual impact.  

Follow your dreams and let your creativity flow.........

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Quilting Arts Television on PBS


                Joyce with Quilting Arts Television host, Susan Bruebaker Knapp
Majestic Mountains by Joyce R Becker

As some of you may know, I am going to appear on Quilting Arts Television on PBS, series 2100 this year. Some PBS stations are already broadcasting the 2100 series. I will appear on the following episodes:
Episode 3 - Imaginative Design
Episode 7 - Inspired to Quilt
Episode 12-Embellish with Stitch and Stuff

Each PBS station is different. Some stations are still showing the 2000 series of Quilting Arts Television. My advice is to look up your local PBS station on the internet and find out if they televise Quilting Arts Television. If  they do, see if the listing says 2100 series. The first episode in the 2100 series is called: Shapes. Hopefully, you are able to watch the episodes I am on. Another option is to use your DVR and record the whole series. There are some very talented artists in the 2100 series, you won't be disappointed!

If you would like instructions for the projects on each episode, here is what you do:
Go to Quiltingartstv.com and click on the 2100 series. 
Click on episode 2103, Creating a successful Landscape Quilter and click on the photo of my quilt, Majestic Mountains. It will download the instructions for you.
For episode 2107, Quick Matted and Framed Landscape Quilts, click on the photo of the beach scene. It will download the instructions for you.
For episode 2112, Embellishing Landscape Quilts, click on my quilt Winter Wonderland and it will download the instructions for you. 

I will also have a "Spotlight" magazine article in the upcoming summer issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. 

Happy Quilting - until the next time,

Monday, September 25, 2017

I am finally able to post again after my whirlwind trip to Cleveland, Ohio to tape three episodes for Quilting Arts Television (PBS) with Susan Bruebaker Knapp.

I was kind of a nervous Nellie when we started taping but Susan made me feel soooooo comfortable. It was like I was just chatting with one of my best friends. The three episodes focus on: Tips and Tricks for Creating a  Landscape Quilt, How to create a Quick Little Matted and Framed Landscape Quilts, and Embellishing Your Landscape Quilts.

The series is the 2100 and will be shown during the 2018 episodes. I am featured on Episode2103, 2107, and 2112. 

I am including some photos from the taping for you. 

I met some very talented guests that will also be featured next season so don't miss any of the episodes. 

I am hoping to find an editor or publisher for my quilting novel soon. I went to a writing conference before I went to Cleveland and have one editor interested and a lead on another. Most of the quilting entities that publish quilting novels want novels without a lot of swearing, intense drama, or sex in them. My novel has all of those things!!!! Wish me luck.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


I hope most quilters realize that landscape quilts need to block and square their wall quilts so they lay flat and square! Here are the trimmings from a quilt I just created for Quilting Arts Television airing in 2018. My quilt was fairly square after I blocked it so it wasn't too difficult to square. I use square rulers when I square my quilt and always measure to make sure my quilt is the same width and length. I measure several places across the quilt to make sure the measurement is the same throughout! As you can see above, when I put the binding on another quilt (Melaine's Quilt), I use binding clips to keep my binding in place while I stitch it down by hand!
Happy Quilting

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Creating is messy


So, just to show you that it is impossible for me to create in a clean studio, here's a photo of my studio
during a creative frenzy! When I am done, I clean
everything up but why bother in the middle of a design as it interrupts the flow!


 I am looking forward to hosting my "Thursday
Quilting Group" this week. I know, our name is
uninspired but we have never changed it!

Monday, June 12, 2017



So, what's the secret ingredient I use when cutting small elements

for my landscape quilts? STARCH is my good friend and secret weapon.

Not just any ordinary can of spray starch, that won't do! And sizing? It absolutely won't do! 

There are actually a couple steps that assist me when I cut the elements out for my landscape quilts. 

#1. I mix my own concentrated liquid starch in a spray bottle. Here's the trick: Mix one third water and two thirds starch and shake well.

#2. Heat your iron to the highest setting on dry, NOT STEAM. 

#3. Spray the fabric you will be cutting out on both the front and the back with the starch/water mixture. 

#4. Let the starched fabric set for a couple minutes, otherwise, when you put you iron to it, you will get a glaze on the fabric. 

#5. Iron the back side of the fabric first, then repeat on the front. Sometimes, you have to iron it again.

#6. Use very sharp scissors. I like Karen Kay Buckley's scissors pictured below. If I am cutting larger elements, such as mountains, I like Fiskar Razor-sharp spring-loaded scissors.  

#7. Since I have starched the fabric so much that it almost stands up by itself, I move the fabric while I cut, not the scissors!

#8. I spread a beach towel on my lap and cut out my prestarched fabrics while I watch television at night. That way, I can kill two birds with one stone.


Here are some elements I cut out with my starched fabric and the Karen Kay Buckley Scissors
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Quilting Arts Television Opportunity

I am positively thrilled to announce that I will be a future guest on Quilting Arts Television, hosted by Susan Brubaker Knapp. 
I will fly to Cleveland, Ohio in September and I will tape two or three episodes to be aired sometime throughout series 2100 in 2018.

The episodes will focus on: Quick Little Landscape Quilts, featuring how I build a design in a matted and framed format,
Tips for Creating a Successful Landscape Quilt (focusing on how to select fabrics, building perspective with value and scale, etc) and Beautifully Embellished Landscape Quilts (How I add various mediums of embellishments to quilts to add texture and dimension.) 

 Until next time, happy quilting!