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April 10, 2019
Relaxicon 2019 from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last weekend we joined friends old and new in Pennsylvania for Relaxicon 2019. The event is put on by Wilmark Dynasty, a gaming group that has been around for decades. Yes, I said decades. Looking back over the big live action games they hosted over the years, it looks like our first game with them was way back in 1998. We haven't participated every year, as we have moved more than a few times since then, but we do like to go when we can.
There won't be a bunch of pictures, since I spent more time playing ...

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January 22, 2019
In de knoop, Uit de knoop! from Aart's Paradijs

In de knoop, Uit de knoop is de naam van het thema KNOOP van De-Uitdaging.

Dit werk heeft diverse keuzes, de half ronde flappen kunnen om geklapt worden en gesloten worden met een knoop.

Diverse geverfde lappen zijn gebruikt, bestempeld met knopen en prints met behulp van een thermofax-screen. De themofax prints laten een deel van het stratenplan van Londen zien, kruispunten zijn ook knooppunten.

Het stempelen van de knopen gaat het best als je kopspelden door de knoopsgaten steekt, je hebt houvast aan de spelden en de koppen van de kopspelden stempelen gelijk de knoopsgaten.

Door met een aantal ...

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January 21, 2019
Happy Mail from Becca's Crazy Projects

I am a sucker for a great Kickstarter campaign.

A while back I decided to back a fun project from Dog Might Games. The Traveller Dice Tower seemed like fun gaming tool. I have backed a few of their projects and have been very happy with their products and their excellent customer service.
The dice towers arrived last week and I wanted to share them with you. I picked up a second dice tower during the backer-kit stage because it was a great deal. I'm so glad I decided to back this project. These are great! I'll be ...

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Raquette River Oxbow from Seaside Stitches

Blogiversary post 4 of 10

I love this quilt! It depicts the oxbow on the Raquette River in the town of Tupper Lake, NY. My family has been there several times, camping, canoeing, kayaking and visiting the Wild Center. My daughter was an intern there through the summer of 2015. So this spot holds a lot of memories for us.

I couldn't wait to take a class with Timna Tarr to make this map quilt. I used a topographic map from the US Geologic Survey and had it enlarged at my local copy shop. I built my quilt from ...

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January 18, 2019
KKB Road Trip from Seaside Stitches

Blogi-versary Post 1 of 10
To continue the blogi-versary celebration, I'm planning to post 10 quilts in the next 10 days that I have not yet recorded here. You may have seen them on Instagram.

I'm starting with the quilt that I selected as my favorite finish of 2018:
Wildflower Trio.

This project started with a text from my quilty travel buddy, Sharon. She noticed that Karen Kay Buckley would be teaching in Clifton Park, NY in June of 2018. (The original text may have been in 2017!) It said something like, "Doesn't your sister live in ...

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January 16, 2019
2018: A Year of Lessons from Professional Quilter

At the end of a year I like to take a look back at the year and see what I accomplished, what changed in my life, what lessons I learned. I usually do this in a journal. This year I decided to share some of it with you. I’d love to hear what your lessons were.

Don’t be afraid to stop a successful event

In 2010 I stepped out on a limb and decided to create the Creative Arts Business Summit.

I had been to events, knew what supported me, knew what didn’t, and I wanted to ...

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January 14, 2019
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. I decided to pull the backing fabric from my collection of fabrics, too. 

I was only a little surprised I found enough pieces in the right colors. I grabbed all the coordinating colors, laid them out, measured and was fairly certain I could come up with enough backing.
While I assembled the other pieces of the backing, I stitched out the label onto one section. 
Due to a cutting error, I needed to make the pink section a little wider. I pulled out those two leftover blocks and added them in ...

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January 7, 2019
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number: the reveal! That's right, no more clues.

The bin was overflowing with bits from the last clue.
There was a sneaky clue number seven. It was joining some of the smaller units into larger units. Nothing fancy, but it was nice to do some intermediate piecing.
First part of the reveal was the primary block. Other than piecing one of these incorrectly (I'm sure that block appears in this post) this was a very straightforward clue. Those parallelogram units really shine here.
The alternate blocks used up ...

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January 4, 2019
Close to You Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is not my first go at the Close to You shawl. I made one last year, too.

I've been working on this shawl for what seems like forever. I decided I wanted to repeat the edge as the bind-off, so it has been slow going. I miscalculated the amount of yarn I would need to finish the edging, so I had to add in another yarn to finish it up. I even ended up playing yarn chicken a second time. I had about two yards of the black leftover, so I was cutting it pretty close.
Bound off ...

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January 2, 2019
Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 Wrap Up from Becca's Crazy Projects

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

In January I shared the list of my UFO projects for the Spring Water Designs challenge. This year I can proudly say I finished every single project on the list. If you want to see how Spring Water Designs does their challenge, check it out on their blog.

I wanted to start off the new year with the list so you can see how much can be accomplished in a year if you set some goals. 

Green Hourglass COMPLETED March 2018 - finish constructing blocks, trim, assemble into ...

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December 31, 2018
Top 5 Hobbies Up To Here Posts of 2018 from Hobbies Up To Here

Another year, another Top 5 list! We’re about to say goodbye to 2018 and ring in a new year. But that can’t happen until we look back and review what were our most popular posts and projects this past year! So let’s take a look at what we’ve accomplished in 2018! Top Viewed Post for … Continue reading Top 5 Hobbies Up To Here Posts of 2018

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Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

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

This is the stack of strings I pulled out of my string bin. It was almost enough to complete the clue. 
I only had to cut a few strips from my other fabric to complete this clue. I still have to pull the paper off the back, but I'm ready for whatever comes next!
The rest of the units are ready. 

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic ...

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January To December, We Had Moments To Remember! from Quilts + Color

In January I finished this miniature quilt that I had started about 20 years earlier. The quilt is about the size of a piece of notebook paper. Each log is 1/4 inch wide. It was a great way to use color to create a show stopper.
FEBRUARY was a time to dye fabric, design and create quilts while I enjoyed the Winter Olympics. It also was a time to enjoy seeing my Florida friends and family.
MARCH marked the opening of FLORIDA ICE, my solo show at the Ocala City Hall. The opening reception brought guests from Florida, Wisconsin ...

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December 28, 2018
Year of the Fat Quarter at Fat Quarter Shop: December from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Welcome to our final month of the Year of the Fat Quarter Quilt Along! This month, we are featuring the color red in our December 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle! We’re at the end of the Year of the Fat Quarter Quilt Along however we are continuing the color bundle fun with the Sew Colorful Club, which will begin in January 2019.

We are dedicating 2018 to our favorite little pre-cut, the fat quarter! This is to celebrate our 15th anniversary as a company and because a fat quarter has 18″ x 20″ of usable fabric (too ...

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Charity Strings from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my progress on some string blocks for Annapolis Quilts for Kids. As we near the end of the year, it is time for me to round up the last of my charity quilt finishes. 
I had made a collection of string blocks using primarily greens, too. I paired the string blocks with some fun 6.5" squares and sewed up a top. 
I did the same with the blue string blocks. I like to pair the string-pieced blocks with a plain block. This helps stabilize the string blocks since they are pieced on the bias. 
No ...

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December 26, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this quilt for several months. It's nice to have another finish for the year. You can read more about this quilt in my first or second post about the project.

When I loaded this quilt I didn't have a quilting plan. This happens more often than I care to admit.
I manage this problem by finding inspiration within the pages of a couple of Angela Walter's quilting books. Shape by Shape and Shape by Shape Collection 2 are great for finding the perfect quilting design to finish a quilt.
My favorite part ...

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December 24, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

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

This week made me question my color choices. Only for a little while, though. I cut my pieces using the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler and the Companion Angle Ruler. These tools make cutting units like these a breeze.
Once I had pieced a couple of the units, I liked the colors just fine. The combination of these colors reminds me of my On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt from last winter.
You can read all about my On Ringo Lake finish in this post ...

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December 21, 2018
Vintage Christmas Week 8 from In the Boondocks

Last week was Vintage Christmas Week 8 and I posted on Instagram but not here.  
Sorry life has really dealt our family some blows lately.

I really love the patterns in this book! 

Twinkle Lights 
6” block

I hope you find Joy in the holiday season!
Love Lisa

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String Piecing Charity from Becca's Crazy Projects

After I made some of the units for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt Good Fortune, I decided to pull out some of the strings for charity quilts. These are leftover bits that I've collected from many of the charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.

I grabbed the blues, the phone book pages, and got stitching. String piecing is a chaotic process. It makes quite a mess but is totally worth it.
After a couple hours of work, I had pieced enough to pair with alternate blocks. Want to learn how to make some of these yourself? I recommend ...

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December 20, 2018
Blog updates and changes from Quilt in Piece

Hi everyone, After some reflection and contemplation about the past year and where the future is taking me. I have made some decisions about some of my activities. I am expecting some of your leave me after this blog post, and I am OK with that. We are all different people with different views, and I respect that. Sewing Most of you would have started following me, because of Fandom In Stitches and all the Quilt Alongs I designed patterns for. And through the Partners in Design group and my patterns through that group. And a few of you know ...

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