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December 12, 2018
2018 - The Year of the Blur from Through My Hands

Mama loves you Dilly boy
2018 began with a bang. I came down with a horrible flu that knocked me for a loop. I was in bed for a week and it kept hanging around for what seemed like months. By the time I recovered, it was tax time which takes mounds of time to finish.

Our boy, Dilly, was just getting ready to celebrate his 12th birthday when our lives took a turn for the worse and he unexpectedly passed on. He so wanted to stay with us but his little body just gave out on him. We were ...

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Travel Knitting Kit from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I travel, I usually take along a simple kitting project to keep my hands busy during flights or long drives. This means I may need a few knitting tools. I want to share my kit so you can see what I have and carry regularly. I've never had a problem flying with this kit in my carry-on bag. I only fly domestically in the United States, so your mileage may vary. 

I always have a project bag dedicated to my travel project. It helps me keep the yarn, needles and kit separate from the other things in my ...

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December 10, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time again to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number three!

This time we're making chevron units. I've learned over the last few mystery quilts that I can cut and piece these the most accurately if I make a template of the chevron piece. How do I do that? I cut a piece of paper the size required for the finished unit. Then I use the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler to trim that piece to the correct parallelogram shape. I tape that template to the back of my 6.5" Easy Angle Ruler so I ...

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December 8, 2018

I have some older favorite quilts that I like to pull out for the Christmas season.
Tartan Quilt, 1986

Holly Wool Appliqued Pillow, 2012

 Betsey's Block #3, 2018

This Santa does get to rest his head on a new quilt.  He has had a hard life starting with a tantrum-throwing kid 47 years ago -- I'll leave it at that as it was not one of my best parental moments!
Wrapped around the Christmas tree ---
1904 Revisited, 1984
1904 Star quilt made to honor the year my grandparents were married.

                                      MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!                                    


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December 7, 2018
Vintage Christmas by Lori Holt Week 7 from In the Boondocks

The Fat Quarter Shop invited me to join their new Vintage Christmas Sew Along, which is based around the new Christmas book by  Lori Holt. I couldn't resist! I love all her patterns and every book Lori has written you can find then at the  Fat Quarter Shop (click and see her other books)! Don’t forget to order your Alphabitties when you order your book.

Lori Holt - Bee in my bonnet - see what she has going on!

Vintage Christmas  is a great book for beginners to experts alike who love to sew!  So many great blocks to sew ...

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Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since I picked up backing during the after Thanksgiving shopping craze, I decided I should load up my 2018 Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild mystery quilt. I've been trying very hard to keep working on finishing things instead of starting things. I think it is a challenge for every creative person.
I quilted this one with a wavy hand-guided design with a few swirls to fill in some of the arcs. More wave than swirl overall.
I had some time this week to finish the binding. A finished quilt is a happy quilt.

As part of my quest to buy ...

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'tis the season from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

It's the season for Christmas gift making and for Christmas quilts, so I thought I'd share the only Christmas quilt that I have, called Welcome Wreath. It's been hanging around for a couple of years now, but I never did post about it here. I drew it up and made it for the Riley Blake market booth out of their Comfort & Joy fabrics. It made a detour after quilt market to hang in a

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December 6, 2018
Savio the Memory Bear from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Since I got out of the habit of blogging, there is so much that I haven't documented here. So today, I'm sharing Savio the Bear. If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember him. Have you ever made a memory bear? Or a memory stuffie? Or quilt? A little over a year ago, I made my first memory anything really. I had decided that I'd like to make memory stuffies for my nieces/

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Don't Be Bamboozled.. from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Bamboozle this quilt instead! ;) Sharing another quilt today that I never did blog about.  It kind of screamed that it wanted to be called Bamboozle to me since pandas love bamboo, and it's a pretty easy and quick make. I drew it up when Riley Blake requested a panda quilt for an upcoming fabric line (Last year! That's how behind on blogging I am!), called Panda Love by Kelly Panacci.

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December 5, 2018
Cherry Christmas from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the last installment of the Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018.

Way back in September the Get It Done UFO Challenge was number 11. What is number 11? That would be Cherry Christmas. A tumbler quilt top constructed as number 3 for 2017 UFO challenge. It still needed to be quilted and bound. Crazy how some of these projects just seem to hang around. 
I needed the project box that was holding the completed top so I pulled it out and loaded it up. That's a fair reason to finish a project.
These quilts go together quickly ...

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December 4, 2018
Jack the Ripper from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Busy day! But since I'm committed to the blog challenge, and don't want to skip a day, I thought I'd do a quick post about: The time I drew a comic. You know how sometimes you can't sleep at night?  Who needs to count sheep when you can draw comics.

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Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for the sharing of my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress.

I pulled out my fuchsia fabrics (my substitution for Bonnie's blue) and got cutting. I absolutely love the speed and accuracy I get when cutting strip sets with the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler . (If you want a more versatile ruler, the 6.5" Easy Angle Ruler may suit you better. I think I got a deal with a coupon at one of the big box stores when I bought mine. I'm a big ruler fan and have rulers I haven't even used yet.) I stack ...

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December 3, 2018
Sew Big or Go Home! from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Yesterday I shared the story of Stitch Happens, so today I thought I would keep the sewing machine theme going and share the story of its big sister, Sew Big or Go Home.  Photo Credit: @rileyblakedesigns This quilt came about just a couple of months after Stitch Happens, when Riley Blake asked me to come up with another sewing machine quilt, this one for their 2018 QuiltCon booth but with

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In life.. Stitch Happens from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Wow! This is how neglected my blog is--I first drafted this post on Nov. 9, 2017! Over a year ago. I just found it in my draft folder. It never got finished. November 9, 2017 Hi there! I'm so happy it's almost Friday! It's been a busy week, and tomorrow is Pokemon Friday, too! But first, I wanted to share a new pattern that I just published! I'm super excited about this one. It's called

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December 1, 2018
The 31 Day Blogging Challenge from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

..becauase fabric photos are awesome! Hi, bloggiverse!

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November 30, 2018
Black + Decker Classic Steam Iron from Becca's Crazy Projects

I often recommend products I use but don't always tell you about my experience. My recent iron purchase is something I want to share. I've never owned a fancy, quilting-specific iron. There are fancy irons that cost more than $100 and steam pressed that cost more than twice that. I don't need an iron that does tricks. Well, not many. I do have a Panasonic Cordless Iron (less than $100) because I had used a friend's and sometimes even I need a cordless iron. I also have the Steamfast Mini Travel Steam Iron for travel. 

I ...

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November 28, 2018
Home Ownership from Becca's Crazy Projects

Home ownership comes with joy and challenges. A couple weeks ago was a challenge. The dryer (that came with the house) decided it didn't want to dry clothes any more. I could go into a long discussion about the basics of dryers and how a thermal fuse works, but if you really want to know, there is great information on Appliance Seriously, if you can follow directions and use a screwdriver you can fix quite a few things.

I even found this video that helped me test the operation of the dryer before I went out to ...

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November 26, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

It's that time of year again! When Bonnie Hunter releases her yearly mystery quilt and the internet goes crazy with crazy quilters. Today I'm sharing my color choices (show below) and the progress I've made on the first clue.

This year, the quilt is Good Fortune. Head over to Bonnie Hunter's blog to check out the Good Fortune Mystery Quilt. There you will find all the details, such as the fabric requirements and the first clue. Don't dawdle, if you want to join in. The mystery quilt is only available for free for a short ...

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November 23, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last weekend I dropped off quilted charity quilts with the Annapolis Quilts for Kids and picked up some kits to piece.

These simple quilts are perfect when you need something to do but don't want do too much thinking. Lay out the squares and get sewing. This one is super fun with tossed minions. 
These buzzy little bees are pretty fun, too. Both quilted and ready to be trimmed.

According to EpochConverter I'm ahead for finishing one charity quilt per week for 2018.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 52

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November 21, 2018
Machine Embroidery Disasters from Becca's Crazy Projects

To be clear, these are not disasters. These are just little moments when crafting goes slightly sideways. You should expect them, and not let them bother you too much.

Even the best tools you can afford sometimes don't work out the way you want. This is the back of one of the many snap tab projects I've been working on. This is what happens when the machine decides the proper thread path isn't the way to go. This was a simple fix, once I realized I had a problem. Remember, if you every have this sort of ...

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