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January 17, 2018
Green Hour from Becca's Crazy Projects

This was my mashup of Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Leaders and Enders project. I wanted to use up a bunch of my 2.5" strips but I didn't want to make a bunch of tiny hourglass blocks. I decided to use the same fabric for the center strip of my strip unit and made hourglass blocks that way.
The result is an interesting effect. I pieced until I had used up most of my green 2.5" strips (almost all of those width of fabric) and had enough for a top.
The layout is 6 blocks by 7 blocks ...

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January 15, 2018
Geese in Flight from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I join in block bees at guild I seem to have trouble picking a block. This year I decided to ask for flying geese blocks. In 2017 I joined in the stash bee. Meaning you were supposed to pull fabrics from your collection and not buy new fabrics. You can read the directions for my bee blocks in this post from April 2017. A paper piecing pattern is available if you want to make big flying geese.

During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild retreat I pulled out a bunch of geese and decided to use up some of my ...

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January 14, 2018
Hello 2018! Episode #83 from Hobbies Up To Here

Hello to 2018! Here at Hobbies Up To Here we hope your new year has started on a positive note and that you enjoy this new episode! For all pictures mentioned in this episode, check out our Instagram account! Will you be at Road to California? How about QuiltCon? Let us know in the comments! … Continue reading Hello 2018! Episode #83

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January 13, 2018
Quiltville's En Provence Quilt and the 2018 Update from caledonia quilter

Several times during the year I work on quilts that I hope never go home to their owner.  This was one of them.  It's the Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville) mystery quilt from 2017 - En Provence.

The maker used a beautiful selection of greys to offset the golds, greens and purples.

She's also a very exacting piecer.

Beautiful show of the quilting on the back side.

An update on the painting:

  • The hallways from the front door, leading down the stairs to my workroom and also up the stairs to the bedrooms are all finished.  Because I KNOW you are ...

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January 12, 2018
Block Update for California Fire Quilts from From My Carolina Home

Blocks continue to stream in, and I am so excited with the response!  You are all amazing, and I thank each and every person who has sent blocks, some with donations for shipping and other costs, along with large pieces of fabric yardage for backing or binding.  I mentioned the first four packages from readers on the 3rd, from envelopes arriving just the day after the long holiday weekend! Then a few days later, I had a full bag of packages, 17 at once!

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

I opened all the envelopes, emailed everyone that I could to let them know their blocks ...

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January 10, 2018
Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 Edition from Becca's Crazy Projects

I decided to join in the fun for another UFO Challenge. Again, I had a little trouble coming up with twelve quilts for the year. This is not because I don't have enough ideas. Just that I don't have a dozen half-done projects hanging around at the end of the year. If you want to see how Spring Water Designs does their challenge, check it out on their blog.

I put together my list and sent it over to SWD. I wanted to share it on my blog because I referred to the 2017 list at least once ...

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January 5, 2018
Scrap Attack 2018 January Goal from Quilt Paint Create

For the first month of the challenge my project is what I call “the woven technique”.
It’s basically making projects out of strips using rug canvas as the stabilizer. Here’s the book with all the great ideas.
fabric leftoversNot only can I use strips that are too thin for sewing projects, but I can use non-quilting fabric, yarn, trims, etc. This could be a good way to use up a lot of little bits I’ve had for a long time.
You can see what everyone else is working on this month at Confessions Of A Fabric Addict.


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January 3, 2018
What I Did On My Christmas Holiday, and Happy New Year from caledonia quilter

If I was a slightly more normal person, I'd be posting photos of myself on a beach.  However...taking two weeks off gives me the time to attend to some slightly more practical chores.

This was the neighbour's barn.  I painted it many years ago when I was still working for RBC and going through a great deal of stress.  I'd come home from work, open a bottle of wine and get rather snockered while I painted the evening away.  Maybe not the best way to handle stress, but it worked for me.

Going.

Going.

Gone.

Since ...

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December 31, 2017
Hue Shift Afghan from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Every year, in conjunction with the Yarnathan, Eat, Sleep, Knit has a huge, year long project. I can only remember the last two projects. I bought the kit for the one year before last and this past year, I thought about doing it but didn’t. It was LOTS of colorwork . . beautiful but too...

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December 29, 2017
Scrap Attack 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

I probably shouldn’t because I have so many projects planned already, but I had too much fun participating in the 2016 scrap challenge. I organized my scraps and started using them. It truly changed the way I make quilts.
So how could I pass up the Scrap Attack Challenge?
Here’s how it goes. You pick twelve scrap goals for 2018 and every month work on one. Sarah is picking hers randomly, but I will choose my monthly goals intentionally, based on what else I’m working on that month. That way I keep it fun and don’t ...

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California Thomas Fire Quilts from From My Carolina Home

I hope that everyone will read this post, even those that are not quilters, because I need your help. Most readers will be aware of the devastating fires that have swept across California destroying everything in their wake. Like many, I am grateful for my home and family, especially with the holiday season, and cannot imagine the loss that has been suffered by those in the fire zone. I had read on some blogs in early December about the effort to make some quilts for some of the people that have lost everything, and thought it was a wonderful idea ...

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2017 Quilt Finishes from Becca's Crazy Projects

I wanted to collect my finished objects for the year. I have included only quilt finishes in this post. I've only included projects I pieced and quilted.

January

In January I finished this quilt for a friend. It was a long trek to get it finished, but it was finished. You can learn more about this quilt in a post from January.

February
Hocus Pocus was a quilt I designed, pieced, and quilted in February. It was challenging but I think it turned out great. If I design another medallion quilt I will do things differently but that ...

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December 28, 2017
That Balance Thing from Quilt Paint Create

After much thought, I’ve come up with a framework for what 2018 will look like creatively. It will be fun at the end of next year to see if anything happened the way I planned.
For the question of UFOs or new projects, the answer is both. My goal is to finish one UFO a quarter. That doesn’t sound like much, but my UFOs are mostly original designs and orphan projects. There are no patterns and design decisions have to be made. They are all still in the construction stage. No quick finishes here.
I also plan to ...

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December 17, 2017
Where Oh Where Are My ZZZZZZZs? and a Quilt Guild Challenge from caledonia quilter

4 a.m. is an indecent time to wake up.  In case you were wondering. 
I stayed in bed until 5, then gave up on getting back to sleep.  Even the dog wouldn't get up with me.
My mind was wandering about many things, but one of them was the Challenge for the Binbrook Guild.  So, when I got up...
1) take pills
2) start coffee
3) start fire in sewing room


4) make a batch of yogurt and keep it nice and warm using the light of the oven

5) put the Challenge Plan into action
If your ...

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December 13, 2017
Bountiful Minis from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, makers!

 How’s everything? It’s insane how it’s already the ending of the year. Before 2017 comes to a close, I’m here to showcase three wonderful makers from a long overdue recap. At AGF we love partnering with quilt guilds and makers for different activities. So, from May to September we paired up with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and our designer Sharon Holland to host the Bountiful Mini Quilt Challenge.

The participants were asked to create a “modern mini quilt” inspired by rustic elementsthat complement the homey and earthy feel of Bountiful fabrics ...

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Sparkle - A Scrap Quilt Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last month I shared a scrappy quilt I made during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild annual retreat.

I got back to work on it. I loaded up my backing, batting and quilt top. Basted it on the frame and got quilting.
I had planned on using several quilting motifs, but mostly it ended up just being a bunch of swirls. I like swirls.
I also planned on using several colors of thread. I ended up using only two colors. A somewhat mustard color that blended with the borders and white for the big white section.
Some feathers made there way ...

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December 8, 2017
Toasty Teal Palettes from Goer

Earlier this week, I ran across a contest hosted by Rachel at Stitched in Color. She is hosting a fabric mosaic contest. I've admired these in the past, but I think this is the first  time I'm participating. Rachel has given us a theme and some inspirational photographs to get us started and we create fabric bundles from the fabrics at Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory. The fabric pull is one of my favorite parts quilting, so this is lots of fun!

The theme this time was Toasty Teal.

For my first bundle, the Bejeweled Seal at the ...

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December 6, 2017
So Many Strips from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I get to the end of a piece of fabric I try to cut it to usable sizes. I cut my binding at 2.5" and use a double-fold binding so I often cut my scraps to 2.5" wide and save them away for a rainy day. I've been meaning to use some of these to make something for a while. Instead of spending more money on more fabric, I decided it was time to pull out these strips and make some blocks. I was inspired by Bonnie Hunter's Hourglass Leader Ender challenge from 2016 for ...

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December 2, 2017
Splash of colors...Collision de couleurs... from Accroquilt

Still going with  the 2018 Courtepointe Quebec's challenge, Splash of colors.
Quilting is done.  Everything went well on my domestic sewing machine .  I'm very proud how it look and I'm ready to square that piece and to add the bias all around it and a sleeve  on the back.

Je poursuis mon travail sur la murale pour le défi de Courtepointe Québec, Collision de couleurs.  Le piquage sur ma machine à coudre domestique est terminé à mon grand plaisir et j'en suis très fière.  Tout allait si bien côté  tension du fil, longueur des points, vitesse ...

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November 28, 2017
Another Learning Curve from Cheryl Lynch Quilts


Learning Curve.   As I try to become social media relevant, I encounter those two words many times.  I shudder when I  hear those words.  What do they mean to me?  They mean many hours of frustration.  Times when I want to throw my computer across the room.  Times when I want to rip every hair out of my head or just sit and cry.  My husband shakes his head as I mutter every curse word that I know.

Unfortunately, using the computer to share my quilting via the Internet has cause me many,many, many hours of frustration.  Over the ...

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