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September 2, 2022
Summer Travels from Becca's Crazy Projects

We stopped at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho. 
I didn't take many photos. This is the Harpy Eagle. You don't get the size of this amazing raptor in photos. We also got to see the American Kestrel up close as part of their regular presentation. 
This art piece was too great to not capture. This piece used the sculpted rattlesnake to support the bird.

The facility is expanding to house more raptors and provide more conservation and education about these amazing creatures at the top of their food chain. 

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August 26, 2022
Summer Travels from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is my "what I did on summer vacation". We took a week and traveled to Idaho to visit family. This is a view of the Snake River near Twin Falls in Idaho. We usually do our traveling in spring and fall just to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. The high desert wasn't my first choice but that's where family is. 
We visited Shoshone Falls Park to see the waterfall. 
I was pleased I captured this view with the rainbow.
The following day we hiked around Dierkes Lake. 
The markers were plentiful. 
We took our time. It ...

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August 11, 2022
An EPIC adventure from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I was checking out some adventure quotes last night and came across these two, which I think are great ones, to sum up, my philosophy about life. 

Both spoke to me as I searched the internet while watering my trees in the front yard. 

I've not traveled a lot in my life, but I've traveled across Canada several times in several different modes of transport - train, plane, car, and from coast to coast by bicycle. 

Years ago, I practically begged the organizers of Katimavik to accept me into the program's first year. Something I would not have ...

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August 8, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

I started cutting out this quilt in May 2022. I've been working on it pretty steadily for a couple weeks now. 
I've been sharing little snippets on Instagram when I finish a ring. 
Each is unique. 
Then I hit the tipping point where each seam creates a larger and larger piece and you just know the top will be finished soon. 
I finished the top. As with many of my quilt projects, this one will get set aside until I can buy some appropriate backing fabric. This quilt begs for quilting designed specifically for the Double Wedding Ring ...

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July 11, 2022
Scrap Crazy Templates from Becca's Crazy Projects

I also have the Creative Grids Scrap Crazy Templates to make an 8" block. I pulled out the leftover blues from charity quilt backings. 
I made some selections. 
I modified those selections before I finished cutting. 
I made sixteen 8" blocks and sewed them into four 16" blocks. 
This is the result. 
I added a 3.5" border to bring the size up to 38" by 38", perfect for a charity quilt. This was actually the second quilt I made with these templates. 
I also made this one, which has a different feel because of the fabrics used. I'm ...

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July 6, 2022
Scrap Crazy Templates from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this set of Creative Grids templates for years and years. I think I experimented with a single block but hadn't used them to make a quilt. This is the Scrap Crazy 6" set that lets you make a 6" finished block using some fun shapes. I grabbed this stack of fabrics and got cutting. 
I narrowed my selections to four prints. These fabrics were left over from quilt backings from charity quilts. I carefully selected my colors so the B piece would be the darkest. 
The blocks make up quickly. 
I placed them to get this ...

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June 8, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finally reached the point where I wanted to start sewing some of the melons together. Don't expect the final quilt to look like this. I move pieces around every time I look at it. 
I think I have all the pieces cut. Big, involved quilts like this always take way longer than I think and I was pretty sure this one would take a while. 

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June 1, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still making slow progress on my double wedding ring quilt. I love how these fabrics will become a wonderful, scrappy quilt someday. Those pieced arcs are just so great. I'm still cutting and rearranging as I go. I'm sure I will settle on a layout when I start sewing the pieces together. Even then, I may adjust as I start sewing. 

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May 25, 2022
Florid Bloom Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I quilted this quilt back in January. Where has the year gone? I finally got around to attaching the binding. 
It's stripy and wonderful! A great finish even if it took a long time. 

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May 18, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

I continue to cut and layout pieces for my double wedding ring quilt. I've only made a couple pieced arcs. They aren't perfect but that is the sewist, not the templates. I will get it sorted out before assembly. Overall, this is a great project. Slow and great. 
I pieced a bunch of arcs. These are potato chip sewing. The kind of thing you can't have just one of. 
I will keep cutting and hanging these pieces on my design wall. I'm not sure how big the finished quilt will be but I love where it ...

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Graffiti from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So I took a drive downtown Toronto the other day. I choose to go on Sunday when the traffic wouldn't be so bad, and I'd be able to find decent (and cheap) parking. The parking was cheap -- $10 for the entire day, and I could even locate my car at the end of the day. I don't know downtown that well, so I take special care to note where I parked. I have visions of wandering the city to find my car, and since I parked in an underground parking lot, it would have been impossible to ...

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May 11, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

Like many quilters I aspire to make wonderful quilts. Also, I like quilt rulers and templates. I picked up the double wedding ring and large melon templates to go with my copy of Double Wedding Ring Quilts book from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
I pulled a stack of fabrics I think will work and started cutting. 
I don't have a grand plan right now. This will be long-term project where I cut some pieces, sew some pieces, and look at the design wall to see how it is coming together. One of the exciting parts is that the little wedges ...

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May 9, 2022
Promness from Becca's Crazy Projects

Eighteen embroidered, organza butterflies. 
Two rose motifs. 
One layer of navy chiffon behind one layer of butterfly tulle. 
I placed the flower motifs but repositioned over the shoulder seams. 
The cape from the back. 
The vest from the front. 

None of this is as important as how it made the prom-goer feel. The report from Friday night was that they positively glowed. Which is the goal of prom. A night to make you feel special and ethereal. I'm glad I was part of this journey. It was a pleasure to take a hand drawn design and create a final ...

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May 2, 2022
What Makes Prom from Becca's Crazy Projects

I had to break out another sewing machine to make the button holes. If you can, go for the machine that does a one-step buttonhole (my Pfaff makes a nice one). It is so much easier to do than a four-step. 
I ordered some organza butterflies from Amazon to add to the butterfly tulle. 
I added them to the bottom third of the tulle fabric. I like the added density. I don't think one can have too many butterflies. I'm not adding them, either. 

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April 27, 2022
What Makes Prom from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part Two

I always forget how much there is to garment sewing. The interfacing. 
The darts. 
The top-stitching. 
The pockets (these aren't real pockets). I love this fabric. It is subtle and amazing at the same time. 
The standing back and admiring an almost finished vest. At this point it still needs button holes, buttons, some lining finishing stitches. You know, little details. 

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April 20, 2022
What Makes Prom from Becca's Crazy Projects

What does one do when asked to help out with the prom project? One goes with it. I grabbed some fabrics from my collection and a pattern and got busy with a simple wearable muslin. This is the only simple part of this project. 
Embroider some butterflies on organza (which I had in a box for some reason). This design is Whimsical Butterfly from Urban Threads
And do some shopping for suitable fabrics. This wonderful rose embossed fabric for the vest. 
Add some chiffon and butterflies on fine tulle and I was ready to go. Bringing a fashion vision to ...

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March 28, 2022
100 Blocks 100 Days Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I grabbed my scrappy binding and got stitching. 
I love all the little details in this quilt. Look at that little skeleton!
I used almost 30 feet of binding and I didn't even make a dent in that bin of leftover binding. 
This was my all-time favorite sampler quilt. Just a great project. 

Check out the great images folks are sharing on Instagram under #100days100blocks2021. Newly finished quilts are showing up so you can see how people are putting these blocks together. 

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March 23, 2022
Crazy Week from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week has been a little crazy. Not bad. Just not as productive as I wanted it to be. 

As a demonstration, here is what my cutting table looked like at bedtime on Tuesday. Hopefully I will have something more substantial to share on Friday. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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March 21, 2022
100 Blocks 100 Days from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finished my blocks in October 2021
I managed to get the blocks arranged and sewn up in March 2022. These things don't happen quickly. I added a 3" border to frame those 100 blocks. 
I even pieced the backing, because that's how scrappy quilts can be. 
For binding, I dug into my bin of leftover binding. Yes, this is a thing some quilters have. Mine never gets enough love. There are so many leftover pieces. I need to come up with another good scrappy idea to use some more of it up. 
I spend a bunch of ...

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March 18, 2022
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 4: Quilting

It has been ages since I finished my version of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt Frolic. This was the Quiltville Winter Mystery for the 2019/2020 season. I played with colors so I could use some fabrics I had on hand. I went with constant fabrics throughout and most of them read as solids. There are solids, but not as many as it seems upon first glance. 
I added my embroidered label directly onto the backing fabric prior to quilting. I really like this as it makes sure that label stays with the quilt.  
I chose the ...

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