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February 18, 2019
Embroidered Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have a few machine embroidery designs from Disorderly Threads. Occasionally, they announce a discount on new designs through their Disorderly Threads Facebook page. The Octopus design was one I couldn't resist.
This design is an in-the-hoop machine embroidery design. These are great for people that want to do machine embroidery and sew small projects but aren't so great at the sewing part. All the steps, including adding the lining is done completely on the embroidery machine. My bag-making skills are fine, but it is nice to use the embroidery machine to work on something while I'm ...

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January 30, 2019
Rising to Unexpected Challenges, Quilting Podcast #92 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s been a challenging week, but also wonderful in many ways. In this podcast, I’m loading a new quilt on my frame while I share about our unexpected trip to Florida over the weekend:

You can also listen to the show using this player:

Block 3 of the Friendship Quilt Along will be out on Friday! This Tree of Life pattern will include the block pattern for the Friendship Sampler Quilt, plus an extra bonus supersized quilt pattern for you to make as well. I’ve already pieced my Tree of Life Quilt and I’m loading it ...

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January 28, 2019
Making an Impact with Aurifil and Dream Green from From My Carolina Home

Making An Impact, something we can all do. While having lunch last month with a group of friends, I was once again appalled at the server who set down our water glasses, then haphazardly tossed eight straws on the table for five people.  I immediately grabbed the one closest to me, and said loudly to get her attention “PLEASE don’t just drop these on the table, ask if the customer wants one.”  Whereupon one of my friends said behind her hand to the server in a stage whisper loud enough for the whole restaurant to hear “just ignore her ...

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January 25, 2019
Lark Tee from Espritpatch

My second finish from the weekend is the Lark Tee by Grainline studio. Another pattern that I had in my stash but never tried yet. I picked the boat neck style and cut it straight from the pattern.

I had left over jersey from one of my first ever dressmaking project. There wasn't quite enough for the T- shirt so I cut the front and short sleeves in my leftovers and bought a lovely soft yellow/ mustard jersey (NOT my usual choice of colour at all!) from my local shop for the back.
The t-shirt is rather easy to ...

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Path Interrupted - PQ 10.2 from Sew Sunshine

"Path Interrupted"
 is my Project Quilting 10.2 for the 
red, white and blue theme.
20" x 27"
improv pieced
improv walking foot quilting in a woven pattern of organic lines
made in Ne.
I have to admit that red, white and blue are not my favorite combination of colors. I thought about just using 2 colors but I could not think of what I wanted to make for this challenge. In the mean time I was getting the email updates from Amy's creative Side on getting started with Improv. I adore improv and while I have not been ...

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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 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 19, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finished up the piecing on my Jewel Box Stars quilt.

This is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter. You can find the block directions in the free patterns section of her blog. I've been working on this quilt for a few months. It just looks like a bunch of progress because once you get all the units done things seem to pick up speed. Sort of like that snowball rolling downhill.
I pieced the smaller blocks into these huge 16" by 16" blocks and put them up on the design wall. I didn't spend too much time ...

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December 14, 2018
White Elephant Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

At my workplace, we do a white elephant gift exchange every year during the December holiday party. We do a big potluck, eat lots of shared food, exchange gifts, and have a great time outside work. I really enjoy the white elephant gift exchange. It's competitive good fun. We set the limit at $20 but you can really stretch that if you are crafty and use fabric you got for free (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty to learn how that happens).

Making things often goes quickly if you're making more than one of ...

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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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Annual Material Girl Challenge Quilts and some Good Fortune from Pointless Quilter

My friendship group has an annual challenge.  It's not a requirement to participate.  This year the people who signed up exchanged 20 Flying Geese blocks to each person who signed up.  There were 10 of us.  We had to have the geese done in the Spring when we met and then we have until our Christmas party to put the quilt together.  We had our Christmas party this past Saturday.  Here is my quilt.   

See all those 2" squares in the border (finished at 1.5")?  I thought for sure my shoebox filled with those squares would be empty ...

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November 29, 2018
Trying lingerie! from Espritpatch

This month challenge on #sewmystyle2018 was to make some lingerie. While I had tried to make panties before when I made some acacia knickers and I had never tried to make a bra before. 

I bought a kit from Evie La Luve which contained a lovely yellow scuba. It wouldn't have been my first choice but I love the colours and design actually.

So I started with the panties first which was pretty easy and similar to the acacia to make.  They're quite low waist but comfortable to wear.

I then moved onto making the Darcey bra. I ...

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Juniper cardigan from Espritpatch

November has definitely be a sewslowvember for me. I'm not sure whether I burnt myself out in October or whether the darkness has sapped out am my energy but I definitely don't have much to show at the end of the month... anyway one thing I have finished is my Juniper cardigan from a pattern by Jennifer Lauren Handmade.

I cut the pieces in October (!) from this gorgeous berry knitted fabric I bought last winter from Fabworks. It is so soft and fine that cutting it as straight as possible was a challenge in itself!

Constructing the cardigan ...

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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 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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November 20, 2018
Mickey Mouse Quilt - much later and a friend lost.... from living, quilting and stuff

Funky old washing machine - surprisingly there are newer models of this

Another gap - my last blog post was Wednesday, 28 June 2017. I was looking forward to finishing a special quilt - all about  Mickey Mouse for my friend Paula. We have been friends since we were about 4 years old. You will have to read the other post to see how this quilt actually came together. This post is about Paula. 

She always loved Mickey Mouse - just Mickey, not "that slut Minnie". Mickey was everywhere in her world. 

Paula and I grew up together in Coney Isand, West 29th Street- ...

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November 19, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

Bonnie Hunter's 2018 leader/ender project is called Jewel Box Stars. This is a free pattern on her website. I've been working on this project for a few months now. If you want to learn about leader/ender projects, I highly recommend Bonnie's post about why you should add this to your toolbox. 
I thought I had enough 4-patch and half-square triangle units to make my blocks. I found I was mistaken. 
I was short about 14 half-square triangle units. I looked through one of my boxes (yes I have more than one) labeled 'batiks' to see ...

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November 16, 2018
Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project Update from From My Carolina Home

The support for this quilt drive continues, and it seems to be building.  Even if you do not sew or quilt, there is a way for you to contribute, and I’ll get to that in a minute.  Just to define the scope of our efforts, the latest reports are that over 4500 homes have been totally destroyed and more than 700,000 homes have sustained damage mainly by flooding.  So, as you might guess, we need a lot of quilts.

I finished quilting the first full size flimsy that I was sent using my own backing and batting. So ...

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Embroidering the Holidays from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Monday I shared my post about embroidering these felt place mats.

I got busy with the machine embroidery and stitched out a couple more. 
I think this one is going to work with me.
I'll hang it on my office door so everyone knows my opinion on the holidays. 
Here is the full set. Two red and two green. I think we'll hang them in the windows after Thanksgiving.

Machine embroidery designs by Urban Threads Embroidery.

Tools (affiliate links):
Magna-Glide bobbins
Fiskars Curved Craft Scissors

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November 12, 2018
Embroidering the Holidays from Becca's Crazy Projects

The last time we were at Target we saw these felt place mats. Darling Husband thought they would make great holiday decorations with the addition of some seasonal embroidery. I pulled up my collection of designs from Urban Threads Embroidery and got stitching.
I will be stitching out several designs, with no two being the same. When you collect designs you want to use them all.
These designs are big and take what seems like forever to stitch out. The results are great, though. I have two more to embroider.

Tools (affiliate links):
Magna-Glide bobbins
Fiskars Curved Craft Scissors

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