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March 4, 2020
Fabric Acquisition 2020 from Becca's Crazy Projects

As part of my own quilter accountability I've been keeping track of how much fabric I buy during the year. Last year I did a pretty good job and totaled 24 yards.

My first purchase of the year was to buy backing for both of these finished quilt tops. Quilt backing is one thing I almost don't count. I wouldn't be able to finish quilts without it so I consider it a necessary cost. Handy tip: when you finish the quilt top, measure it and write down the measurements. Then, calculate how much backing fabric you need ...

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February 26, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

I'm still working on my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I shared previous progress in Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts. 
I was concerned I wouldn't have enough of the green for sashing, but after I cut a few strips of the black I discovered I had just enough.
I'm always challenged by blocks set on point. Not only is there the problem with keeping things from shifting because everything is on the bias, particularly along the edges, but it just takes longer to piece than blocks in rows and columns ...

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February 24, 2020
Vintage Four-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is what my cutting table looks like most of the time. I move on to the next project and leave a pile of leftovers to put away later. This slows down some of my creativity, but not enough to keep me from doing it again. I had a bunch of strips and squares leftover from my Star Storm Quilt. I decided to trim down some of those leftovers to make some simple four-patch in four-patch blocks.
First, I made a bunch of smaller (4.5" by 4.5") 4-patch units.
Then I joined some to make bigger blocks (8 ...

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February 5, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

A couple weeks ago I shared Part 1 of my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.
I've been making good progress on the many units that make up this quilt. First, I worked through the corner blocks.
Then, the side blocks.
I was finally filling in units and it was starting to look like a quilt.
This past weekend I managed to finish all the blocks. Now, I move on to the sashing. I don't make many quilts with sashing because it always seems like so much work. Great results, though.

Tools and supplies ...

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January 22, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 1
Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville hosts a mystery quilt that begins the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

Frolic began on Black Friday in 2019. I wasn't excited about the mystery quilt this time. I did buy some fabric, but I didn't have the interest to actually play along with the mystery. This isn't the fault of the designer, just a general feeling of not wanting to make a quilt without knowing where I was going. I waited until after the reveal to settle on my colors.
I picked up the black and the gray ...

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January 6, 2020
Fat Quarter Pile Up from Becca's Crazy Projects

Someone on Instagram mentioned how quick this the Fat Quarter Pile Up pattern went together. I was intrigued so I went to Knot and Thread Design to check it out. The pattern is indeed quick to cut and piece. I used the basic design but cut my bricks to suit the fabric I had on hand. 
This monkey fabric is so much fun!
It went together so quickly! I've got the backing and binding ready, so this one will be quick to finish once I get it loaded onto the frame. This is my first quilt top finish of ...

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December 18, 2019
Star Storm Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

The piecing on this quilt is rather quick once you have all the pieces cut and labeled. Trust me, labels are included. Use them. 
I assembled all the units before trimming them according to the pattern directions. 
I was super pleased with how precisely the units went together. Just amazing! I think there is only one somewhat wonky point and that is a really big accomplishment. I still need to cut and attach the border. I haven't quite decided what color to use. Then I'll need to buy some backing to finish it up. I'll have to ...

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December 16, 2019
Fabric Shopping from Becca's Crazy Projects

Disclaimer: This post was prepared for publication on Friday the 13th. It seems I failed to actually set it to post. Therefore, this year I'm short a post and this one is a little late. Hopefully I'll do better in the new year.

Every year I vow to buy less fabric than I use. This might be the first year I accomplished that lofty goal.

The day after Thanksgiving, I ventured out to Spring Water Designs to shop their sale. I picked up some great fabrics. A couple were in the holiday prints (on sale) and the others ...

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December 9, 2019
Star Storm Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up the pattern to make the Star Storm Quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe at the Annapolis Quilt Guild show Quilts by the Bay earlier this year. It has been sitting on my cutting table just waiting.

This past weekend I pulled out the stack of 1930s reproduction prints, some coordinating solids, and got cutting. First I cut and taped the paper pattern, then the fabrics.
The pattern is clearly written and states exactly what you should cut. Since I pulled fabric from my collection, I was short the yardage required to get the exact cuts, but I managed ...

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November 11, 2019
So Many Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

After getting the 72 slot cylinder for my circular sock knitting machine I have been working on holiday gifts. The 64 slot is perfect for socks for my small, narrow feet, but I know so many people with human-sized feet. This is the pair of monster socks I knit up. It's nice to use up those little odds and ends leftover from making matching socks. 
There was some coffee along the way, too. 
I even finished up this tiny sock knit on the machine. This sock is worked bck and forth on about 24 stitches and is seamed up ...

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November 6, 2019
Quilting Up Leftovers from Becca's Crazy Projects

Way back in February I shared this little quilt made using the leftovers from last year's mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I finally got around to quilting it. To keep with the modern theme, I went with a modern all-over quilting design. 
Now I just have to remember if I made binding for this little quilt back in February.

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 Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q
4.5" Easy ...

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October 30, 2019
Flower Garden from Becca's Crazy Projects

This beauty of a quilt was created by a new quilter. This is the second quilt I've quilted for her. You can see the first one in this blog post from April
She chose the fabrics and design.
She also picked out the thread and the quilting motif. 
I quilted this beauty in an afternoon. 
Now I will box it up and send it back to her. I hope she loves the results as much as I do.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary ...

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