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October 12, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I quilted a couple more small quilts for  Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
This one I pieced a few weeks ago. 
The quilting included a little bit of "thread chicken". Less than two yards of thread was on the cone when I was done.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 45

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Great Batik Hospice Quilt from Heart Desire Creations

The community of quilters is just so awesome! Jo Kramer, of Jo’s Country Junction, receives amazing mailings from her readers which include fabric, blocks, patterns and quilt tops. She recently shared some of her bounty with me, knowing these quilts go to a great cause – Hospice. It was a thrill to receive not only this beautiful quilt top, but the backing and prepared binding too! The colors are so rich. We’ve had a lot of rain, so the pic was taken indoors and really does not do the colors justice.

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It was such a quick finish – one of ...

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October 10, 2018
Barely Controlled Chaos from Becca's Crazy Projects

Anyone that has been in my sewing space knows that some parts of the space are neat and tidy. Others, are piles of barely controlled chaos. This is what my cutting table looked like on Saturday morning. No room to get anything done. I had to tidy just so I could get started.
The serger was still set up from my last project. Complete with a pile trimmings.
During the week I made these somewhat lumpy arm warmers using leftover fabric from last week's Halloween project. I haven't given up on arm warmers. I just don't think ...

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Quilting teaches me.... Charity from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Introduction
I've been quilting for a lifetime, literally, and have come to the conclusion that we do what we love in part because it challenges us to learn. Anyone who quilts can attest to the idea of learning about fabric and supplies, blocks and backings, sewing and making. 
I'm exploring the other things that quilting teaches.


I should not brag about charitable donations, I know, but I've been writing about what I've learned through quilting and helping others has been a big lesson for me. 

One of the ways that I've learned about charity is ...

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October 5, 2018
Heart Builders: My Farewell Quilts from Liz Makes Crafts

Last week I had the pleasure of quilting 4 quilts for Heart Builders, a charity run by Cotton Cuts. As a longarmer for Heart Builders, I just have to receive the quilt tops pieced lovingly by other members, request materials, and get to work.

First, I received a lovely top pieced by Jan Snyder. I quilted it with swirls because well ... texture, speed, and beauty!

Also, I received 3 quilt tops from Jan Ochterbeck. The first top is a triangle design, and her points are just perfect! I quilted this with a combination design with swirls, feathers, and paisleys ... in ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple more cute little charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids finished this week. 
These are like potato chips.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 43

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October 4, 2018
Falling into Fall from Heart Desire Creations

My goal for 2018 has been to reduce my Works in Progress (projects that have been started.)  These do not include Hospice quilts.  I had about 25 in January and now I have exactly 11 in project boxes.  In addition, there are  2 quilt tops that need a border, another that needs stitching around the appliques and one quilt top that I will quilt. One quilt top is on the way to the longarm this week and another that I am hand stitching the binding.

Then there are the projects – yummy fabrics and a pattern or sketch in a box ...

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September 28, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple more charity quilts I picked up at the last Annapolis Quilts for Kids workshop.
I usually quilt them in pairs because a single cut off the roll of batting is enough to do two little quilts. These are already trimmed and read for the next workshop.

According to EpochConverter I'm right on track for finishing one charity quilt per week for 2018.
I found the time to piece a simple quilt top, too.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 41

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September 21, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I had a couple more charity quilts to quilt before the last meeting of the Annapolis Quilts for Kids. This is one I pieced using a bunch of leftover bits. Scrappy is wonderful in a kid quilt. 
Disappearing 9-patch pieced by another member of the chapter.
I dropped off six quilts last Saturday. I also picked up a stack of finished tops to quilt. I'll have to try to keep up.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 39

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September 14, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A charity quilt is a great way to sew something quick without having to do too much planning. If you're interested in working with Quilts for Kids but don't know your local chapter, you can order kits (for a small fee) through their online shop. If you want to help out, but aren't a quilter, you can also make a donation to pay for supplies and shipping costs.
I've been slowly piecing charity quilt tops while working on other projects. When I need to accomplish something, but pulling out a big project is just too stressful ...

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September 9, 2018
A Finish and A Winner! from Heart Desire Creations

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Yes! Another Hospice finish.  This quilt top was done when I was first quilting. I found it in the bottom of a bin and finished it for a Hospice – perfect lap sized quilt. My hope is that the lavender will bring calm and peace to the recipient. I really, really like the backing fabric.

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Thank you to all of you who participated in The Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway.  Your positive comments were such a great show of support – thank you!

And now…drumroll please…the winner is:  Anna Brown.  I’ve sent you an email Anna and your ...

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September 7, 2018
The Bees Knees from Jean Swenson

The Bees Knees
August – December 2018

This is the first time that I have participated in a Block of the Month (BOM), and so far, it’s a lot of fun! This free BOM project is called Save the Bees and is being hosted by Jacquelynne Steves over at The Art of Home. It is running through December, and there is still time to join – just use the form on the right side of this page.

The first block in this BOM is the one pictured on the left above, and while it called for an appliquéd flower and ...

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August 31, 2018
Yup – It’s September! from Heart Desire Creations

Looking at my August listing, you might wonder – “what have you been doing?” My Island Batik January project is now a flimsy. The quilting won’t be happening right away. It feels so good to be so very close to completing the year! Don’t forget to stop by on Tuesday, September 4, for my Great Outdoor project for the IB Blog Hop and a giveaway!

Two quilts came back from the long arm professional. I so want to trim and bind them but there just hasn’t been a chance to do that. We were in Chincoteague, Virginia for ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

This quilt was pieced by another member of Annapolis Quilts for Kids. I loaded it up and quilted it
This is a wonderful scrappy quilt pieced by another member of the group. Quilted and ready for binding!

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 35

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August 30, 2018
Travel Charity Quilt from Life Sew Crafty


Final Stats
Name: Travel Charity Quilt
Dimensions: 40" x 40"
Pieces: Front - 225
Pattern: 8" Economy Blocks
Technique: Foundation paper piecing
Materials: 100% Quilting Cottons
Quilting: Free motion quilting on my Juki

This quilt started out with a pack of fabric from our charity quilt stash for my guild's 100 Quilts for Kids event. I decided to focus on the travel theme and pulled some additional fabrics from my stash for the centers and some additional green, blue, and black for the frames. I decided on economy blocks to take advantage of the fabrics and I knew the quilt ...

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August 24, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I realized I missed sharing a couple more charity quilts over the last few weeks. Here is a fun one with puppies. 
This one is really fun, too. 
That flower motif is so much fun to quilt.
And I squeezed in one more before the last Annapolis Quilts for Kids meeting. A fun little rail fence.
Here is the bag of quilts I dropped off. I also picked up a couple more finished tops to quilt and some batting.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 33

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August 20, 2018
A WOW Finish! from Heart Desire Creations

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Hooray! Another Hospice finish.  This fabulous quilt top was pieced and donated by Beverly.  Yes, you’ve seen her generosity here before. The fabrics are so cheerful and are sure to bring cheer to a Hospice patient.

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The expert quilting was done by Judy of Goneaway Quilting. She chose the perfect pattern for this quilt!

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To finish it off, I did the binding (didn’t I get off easy?!) This quilt makes eleven ready for donation in November! There are several more flimsies to be quilted and bound – here’s hoping I’ll be showing another soon!

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Linking up with ...

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August 12, 2018
Toppers & Runners from Heart Desire Creations

A friend of mine’s church which was founded in 1765, is having a special breakfast honoring the patriots of the American Revolutionary War. She somehow got volunteered to make 12 table toppers and 3 table runners. Although an amazing seamstress, quilting is not her thing. I was glad to help! We recently got together for about 3 hours. So glad she was all about keeping it simple, simple, simple.  I cut, she sewed.

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As you can see, these table toppers are very simple. I did need to do a few after she left because I just didn’t want ...

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August 10, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been trying to complete small projects during the week. Trying to get much crafting done after the workday is no easy feat. I did manage to piece this charity quilt for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
Then I spent some time last weekend getting it quilted. This one was just a simple meander. 
This one I did a fun flower motif. This one is great for covering a bunch of area relatively quickly and creating some great texture. I had to share the back so you could see the design.
This one was pieced by another member of the ...

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August 6, 2018
Stamping Fun for the Humane Society from From My Carolina Home

I still have a huge stash of stamping supplies, and was looking for another way to use some of it.  When I received the gift of two boxes of papers, I found a number of dog and cat related papers, plus little chipboard and cardboard cutouts, and some other charms and such with animal themes.  Last week we got a postcard from the Blue Ridge Humane Society about their fall fundraiser that will include a Silent Auction.  So I emailed the director and asked if she would like to have some handmade cards.  I stole this idea from my friend ...

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