You may have seen this before, I posted this to the Cyberbees list several years ago, but I thought I’d resurrect it so that you can be ready with your ID badge for the next retreat. (Is there a retreat planned? I don’t remember)
Finished size: 4.25″ x 3.5″
Each square of the checkerboard is 1.25″ unfinished, the white center is 2.75″ x 2″ unfinished with a 1/4″ binding. Add batting and backing and quilt by stitching in the ditch. Write your name with a permanent marker and embellish with a bee button. Attach a jewelry pin to the back and voila!
A tip for the bee button: it will probably have a plastic shank. You can get a handy little shank removal tool at Joann’s I believe, in the button section. I got mine at Walmart back when it had a fabric section but I doubt that they’d carry it now. Once de-shanked, you can glue the button to the badge.
Here’s another option:
For those of you with Electric Quilt 6, this example shows a tip that Andrea Bishop of the Electric Quilt Company demonstrated on episode 103 of Quilting Arts: you can scan or take digital pictures of embellishments (in this case the beehive is a button I scanned), make .gif or .png files out of them in your graphics program (because those file formats allow transparent backgrounds) and set them on layer 3 of your quilt as a photo. I’ve done this before with clip art, like the bee in the first example, but I never thought to apply the technique to ribbon, lace, found objects, etc. If you’re making an art quilt, and if you can digitize it, you can use it in your EQ design. Note, this only applies to EQ6 because earlier versions only allowed bitmaps which don’t utilize transparency. Another great reason to upgrade!