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October 7, 2021
The art of gift giving. from QUilting By-You

I suppose it’s is starting to be on our minds more these days. The holidays are rapidly approaching and we are starting to gear up for holiday shopping. Some of us may be thinking about it a little earlier this year as shipping and finding items in stock has been an issue these days. Well okay, I am…or at least I’m trying to get everything organized.

However, there are quite a few of us who do homemade gifts. Afghans, quilts, scarves, or whatever our minds can conceive. Some take a lot of care and research favorite colors ...

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July 9, 2021
From Wedding Dress to Teddy Bear from Joy of Quilting

 I recently transformed a Wedding Dress into a Memory Bear.

When I was ask to do this I did think long and hard about it for a couple of months.

In the end I decided I quite fancied the Challenge.

I've made plenty of Teddy Bears over the years. BUT never one in Silk.

Here is the rather beautiful and elegant Wedding Dress. Classy and understated I'd say.

The Pattern

It took a while for me to choose a Teddy Pattern. I wanted one that reflected the personality of the Dress. Which in turn I hoped would reflect ...

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January 18, 2021
Serendipity Charity Quilt 2021 from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

A happy chance. That is one of the definitions for the word serendipity and perfect for the title of the 2021 Make-A-Wish charity quilt from the Fatquartershop. Starting 1st March 2021, I will be quilting along with the FQS and a line-up of selected quilters using the fabric Quotation by Zen Chic. Corey Yoder, Coriander Quilts, […]

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January 6, 2021
Peep Toes and Eye Heels from Nina Paley

In these dark days of Winter, boredom has driven me to craft:

A year or two ago I had a dream about a high-heeled shoe with an eye on the heel, much like the re-creation above. The heel itself was a unicorn horn. I sketched it upon awakening, and while I no longer remember the dream, I remember the drawing. I recently obtained polymer clay, a glue gun, and plastic eyes, to make these:

I didn’t make the shoes themselves; they are dance shoes I bought used for $5 at the local theater’s annual sale a few years ...

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November 20, 2020
Who do we thank this year? from QUilting By-You

It is the week of Thanksgiving. Many families have a tradition of going around the table to say why they are thankful. Since this year is so different we may have a harder time finding reasons to be thankful.

Sometimes it seems hard to find good reasons and we say the same things we said years prior; family, job, this table full of food. This year you might be thankful that your family is able to gather over zoom or for our health care workers or even just thankful that you have your health.

This year I would like to ...

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November 2, 2020
Hidden Snowflake Block – FREE from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. I can hardly wait to put up the tree, decorate the house and bake. I know festive etiquette rules state that Christmas decorating is not allowed before December 1st but being the rebel I am, Christmassy things start appearing in my house from Nov 1....

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November 1, 2020
The Pink Quilt from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Introducing my new pattern – The Pink Quilt. Well, it’s not really new but I always wanted to make my Crashing waves quilt in solids, especially pink grunge. Crashing waves was designed in 2015 and made into a kit for Frances Newcombe and my first collection, Manderley with Moda United Notions. I love this pattern...

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September 24, 2020
Hello Fall Blog Hop from Quiltifications

Hello Fall!  Hello bloghoppers!  Welcome to the Hello Fall Blog Hop!  You can go to the main page by clicking the button below:

Much as I love summer in Texas, I do enjoy the beginnings of a cool breeze come autumn.  Sadly that doesn't really kick in around here until next month.  September is usually a pretty darned warm month, full of very bright sunshine with all the neighborhood lawn sprinklers still in full flow.  So when Carla of Create in the Sticks announced her Hello Fall blog hop a month or so ago, I leaped on it with ...

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September 13, 2020
weekend busy happies . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I'm going to tell you a true story . . .

I read a quote that caught my attention: "The secret to having everything, is believing you already do." 

Immediately I thought of my current fabric stash and felt a little convicted. Then this verse of scripture popped into my head:  "Lord I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24)

Then I ordered this . . .
To go with this . . .
Which it does, and very nicely, I might add.  The end.  No names were changed to protect the not-so-innocent.  

Where do I go from that? It's been a very busy weekend! Of course ...

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National Jelly Roll Day – FREE pattern from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Grab a Jelly Roll and get ready for the National Jelly Roll Day on Saturday, 19th September 2020. Jelly rolls are a scrumptious swirl of 2.5″ strips of your favourite Moda collections. A very versatile pre-cut to use in so many projects such as,quilts, table runners, placemats, mats and bags. Over the years I have...

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July 1, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

This lily (I think it is a lily) was blooming in my front garden recently. Right there next to the weeds. We like all the plants here, even the dandelions.
I carried my latest crochet project (that I have yet to share) around in this awesome tote I made using an embroidery design from Urban Threads and too many Sharpies.
I made fococcia bread for dinner one night using this recipe.
It came out great! We added it to the list of things to make when we host dinner and games with friends. 
I finished this fun pair of stripy ...

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June 29, 2020
Snuffle Mat from Becca's Crazy Projects

Somewhere I saw someone had made a snuffle mat, or mentioned one, and had to see what it was about. I found a tutorial by The Honest Kitchen so I decided to make one for my dog. First, I ordered this dish mat from Amazon. It cost about $6. The edges are a little curled because we put it through the dishwasher before I added the strips. It had a smell when it arrived.
I reached into my fleece scraps bin and cut a bunch of pieces roughly 1" wide by 6-7" long and sat down to make the snuffle ...

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June 25, 2020
Hand Sewing a Mask from Nina Paley

Yes, you can sew a mask with no iron, no pins, and no sewing machine. Just a needle and thread, scissors, mask kit, and a lot of time. My trial run (photographed below) took a couple hours, giving me plenty of time to catch up on podcasts. I could probably learn to do it faster, but one was enough for me.

To hand sew, more or less follow the instructions here, but knot your thread every time, and avoid any extra stitching. Remember that screen printing stretches and distorts the fabric a little, so the pieces won’t line up ...

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June 1, 2020
Embroidered Tote from Becca's Crazy Projects

This has been the view of my embroidery table for weeks. So much clutter and so little room for new ideas. The first step in the project was finding my table. 
After a little while, sorting things, storing things, and admitting somethings would never get done, I could again find my desk. I hooped up some stabilizer and a tote bag
This design is from Urban Threads. 
The design is called Cattery Border
Aren't they cute!

This is great medium-size tote to carry books, groceries, or some yarn and your current project. 

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May 6, 2020
Finished Objects from Becca's Crazy Projects

In the crafting world there are many UFOs. Un-Finished Objects. This photo from a couple weeks ago shows some of mine. I finished the mesh tote and shared it on the blog last week. I'm going to keep wandering around my creative space, finding some of those UFOs and trying to finish a few. 
These hats are from a machine embroidery design I picked up from Urban Threads Embroidery. I had the applique pieces and even some silly horns and ears cut out for I don't know how long. I decided it was time for those to be ...

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May 1, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

In advance of my circular sock machine arriving I purchased a big box of yarn from Knit Picks. If it was sock weight and on sale it was a candidate. I've been interested in their gradients since they came out. Then they offer 100 grams made up into two similarly colored cakes for socks.
I didn't pick my favorite, I picked the one with the best sale price.
It was fun to watch the colors shift with this yarn.

I think I will try to dye some gradients like this when the weather is nicer. I already have ...

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March 27, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I was in the mood to crank out some socks. This is a shot of the cast-on bonnet loaded up and starting with the waste yarn. 
This is another fun hand dyed from Into the Whirled that I picked up at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last year. 
The colorway (on the right) is "Radioactive" and I couldn't leave it there because I love purple and green together. 
Here is the turned toe with the waste yarn started for the cast-off. 
The stripes on this yarn are just delightful! I still have to finish the Kitchener on one ...

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March 11, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last Saturday I wasn't in the mood for quilting. I was in the mood to crank some socks. I grabbed some Knit Picks Felici and Stroll and got cranking.
I didn't get far before I found this knot. There may have been some choice words at that point. I cut the yarn, switched back to scrap yarn, and started another hung hem. This is often what I do when I make a mistake. I just skip past it. I can wind that yarn back up later. I wanted to make socks!
There was a small miscalculation when I ...

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March 6, 2020
» Bayou Quilts

Yesterday, I sat on the back porch reading and watching the birds feeding in the rain. All of a sudden there was a whoosh and mourning doves, finches, and sparrows  all took off at once.  I looked around to see what had startled them and saw this Cooper's (?) hawk settle on the fence.

I waited for him to fly away, but after about five minutes, I realized the rain didn't bother him and he was in no hurry to leave.  I looked at the time and decided to wait and see what happened next.  I kept reading and ...

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March 5, 2020
A New Zippered Pouch PDF from Where Art & Life Meet

With all my free time (insert eyeroll and a sigh here), I designed another zippered pouch! This time an abstract design – Playing with Shapes and it’s a little bigger than my Rhino Pouch. This one is 14″ x 12″. It is also fully lined, has a zipper and the wool front is perfect for… Continue reading A New Zippered Pouch PDF

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