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September 5, 2018
Travel Knitting Holey Chevrons from Becca's Crazy Projects

I like to start a project at the beginning of any trip. This time I decided to make Stephen West's Holey Chevrons. I didn't want serious knitting and this qualifies. Simple garter stitch is perfect for travel knitting. No (or little) counting and you don't have to focus too much.
I grabbed two cakes of striping yarn I dyed in June. I just went with whatever color I wanted to use next.
I made good progress by the time we had boarded for the outbound flight. 
Once we reached our destination, I had make excellent progress. 
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September 4, 2018
Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Nine from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Nine Today brings a fantastic pattern for block 9 in the Fall Into A QAL. Gobble, Gobble! Today’s block is the Turkey and is designed by Karen Thurn of Tuna Quilts. https://tunaquilts.com/ I thought I was being so careful in choosing my colors for the turkey, but it turned out to be a rainbow turkey. And I love her, yes it is a her. Tinkerbell the Turkey. Here she is. Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download. You can download the pattern here. As I am planning to ...

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September 3, 2018
My Happy Place Row Along Start Tomorrow from Quilt in Piece

My Happy Place Row Along Start Tomorrow! Northcott Fabrics has kindly given fabric to the designers participating to help them create their rows. The Designers For My Happy Place RAL 2018 A Quilting Chick Adventurous Applique and Quilting Any Pattern Barbara Dieges Be A Quilter BobbininQuilts Cheryl LaPlante Clever Chameleon Creatin’ in the Sticks Creativeblonde Cynthia’s Creating Ark Daydreams of Quilts Duck Creek Mountain Quilting Elizabeth Coughlin Designs Freemotion by the River Happy Sewing Room Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design Jaded Spade Creations Just Let Me Quilt Kissed Quilts Made By Marney Masterpiece Quilting Meanderings Along Lizard Creek Miss Loreen ...

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August 29, 2018
Travel Knitting: Holey Chevrons from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I did some traveling for work.

Like usual, I prepared a project to start at the airport while waiting for my departure flight. I paired some fingering yarn I dyed a couple months ago with Stephen West's Holey Chevrons pattern.
From such humble beginnings. This is how many shawls begin, just a simple garter tab. The pattern is designed to be done in alternating stripes, but I wanted to use my long color-change yarn. Easy enough change. 
I made pretty good progress waiting for my departure flight. 
By the time I had reached my destination I was ...

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August 20, 2018
New Ball Winder from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this plastic ball winder from Knit Picks (affiliate link) for a few years now. I wanted one (along with the beautiful swift from Knit Picks (affiliate link)) since I borrowed the tools from a friend to wind up some hanks of yarn. The plastic ball winder had started to give me some issues and I was frustrated by it more often than not.
It seems it had slipped some internal gear and wasn't winding correctly. Here is one of the resulting winding sessions. I even took it apart a time or two and just couldn't ...

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August 17, 2018
Ocean City Maryland from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since our last trip to Ocean City Maryland was rained out, we decided to take a day during the week to go and people watch. I grabbed my current crochet project for the drive. This is a free design on Ravelry called Small Fans Shawl. It is really just a chart, not a pattern. If you are comfortable with charts, then you should check it out. Easy to memorize and quick to work with a great finish. 
Last time we were there we discovered that if you park at the Park and Ride near the outlet mall in Ocean City ...

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August 13, 2018
Marled Dotted Rays Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this shawl for what seems like forever (it wasn't forever). On Sunday morning I made it to the bind-off. The pattern is Dotted Rays from Stephen West. I knit it using two strands of fingering held together (more info on the yarn at the bottom of the post). This meant it knit up pretty quickly on size 8 needles. I also blended the colors together like in the Marled Magic Shawl
During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild meeting I continued working on the bind off. I was pretty pleased when I made it to ...

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August 8, 2018
Applique Snap Tabs from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared this fun fabric earlier in the week. Those round motifs begged to be put onto a snap tab. I sat down with my embroidery software and got to work. I already had the round snap tab design from my previous project with the D20 so I all I had to do was sort out the applique portion of the design. 
First I measured the outline of the motif and tried to add the applique portion. It turned out too small so I tried a couple more times. 
I did manage to get it to this point, which is ...

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August 7, 2018
Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Seven from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Six Today brings a fantastic pattern for block 7 in the Fall Into A QAL. Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowy Days Quilting, has designed the Pumpkins Aplenty block, it is a traditionally pieced bock and super easy and quick to make. I absolutely loved choosing oranges for this wonderful block. Here is my pumpkins. Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download. You can download the pattern here. As I am planning to quilt as you go for this quilt. The same as I did last year. The Hosts for the Quilt Along ...

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August 6, 2018
Bravo Zulu, Coast Guard! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been continuing to work through the tutorials for my embroidery design software. It's slow going and I'm sure I'm only using part of what the software is capable of. I am learning, though.

I've had this design on my mind for a while now. If you aren't a sailor, or you don't know one, this might not make any sense. The two flags are Bravo and Zulu.
Bravo Zulu indicates a job well done. I wanted to tell a fellow sailor I thought they had done a good job on a recent ...

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August 4, 2018
New “Prehistoric Goddess/Female Figures” Quilts from Nina Paley

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July 27, 2018
Big Damn Heroes from Becca's Crazy Projects

I bought some great Browncoat fabric from Spoonflower about a year ago. It has been waiting, patiently, to become a new bag. The pieces have even been cut for what seems like ages.
I fussy-cut the panels but still had to decide which one I was going to chop for the back zipper pocket.
I ended up cutting this piece for the back. I think it still looks great!
I fussy-cut the zipper tab for the zipper end. Not too shabby.
Big Damn Heroes on the front. My Teflon foot and I had a difference of opinion on the stitch ...

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July 25, 2018
The Random Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

It seems I haven't managed to finish much in the last few weeks, so this post is just a mash up of a bunch of stuff I have been working on.

I received my order of goodies from Strapworks.com. I made a small error when placing my order, so now I have 1/2" strapping and 3/4" hardware. It won't slow me down one bit, but it did teach me something about checking the cart twice before checking out.
My Rise of Tribes (Amazon affiliate link) game from Breaking Games came in. It is a fun ...

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July 24, 2018
Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Six from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Six Today brings a delicious pattern for block 6 in the Fall Into A QAL. Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting, has designed the Pie block, it is a mix of pieced and applique, with a little bit of embroidery. I absolutely loved making this block, and took forever deciding on my fabric choices. Here is my cranberry pie. I haven’t appliqued my pieced yet and will do the embroidery last. Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download. You can download the pattern here. As I am planning to quilt ...

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July 20, 2018
Dead Inside from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple years ago I was at a local yarn & fiber party and watched a fellow knitter go bonkers over a knitting bag made with The Walking Dead fabric. At the time, I hadn't seen but a couple episodes of the first season, so I shrugged it off. Later, while doing some online shopping, I found the same fabric and added a yard of it to my virtual shopping cart. I finally got around to watching several seasons of The Walking Dead and using some of that fabric.

I paired the print with with some black marine vinyl I ...

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July 18, 2018
All the Thread from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple weeks ago I told you about my thread problem. I've been working on getting my upgraded thread rack built and installed in my thread closet (yes, I need a closet to hold it all, I'm not even sure all of it is in there).

Here is a look at what my thread storage looked like before I started.
This woodworking project took two people and more hours than I cared to count. We cut a bucket-full of pegs. Mostly because my planning was more than a little off. Not that that work will be wasted.
We ...

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July 16, 2018
In The Hoop: Roberta Cross Body from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on several in the hoop projects over the last couple weeks. I'm intrigued by the steps and how to incorporate them into an embroidery design. Basically, I'm learning the whys of stitch order and how that relates to bag construction.

I picked up a the Roberta Crossbody Zipper Bag from Designs by Little Bee. The design includes three sizes: 5" x 7", 6" x 10", and 8" x 12". This one is the 8" by 12" bag, which means it is big enough to hold an iPad Mini. The directions are very clear and ...

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July 13, 2018
Road Trip Crochet from Becca's Crazy Projects

We recently had an unexpected road trip to help out family. I grabbed more than a small amount of yarn for the trip. I finished two projects and started a third.

I've been working on this shawl made with Red Heart It's a Wrap for what seems like ages. It was the first project I finished on the trip. 
I blocked it to open up the lace and I think it payed off. 
This one came out as a really big shawl.
I had another ball of It's a Wrap but I decided I didn't have ...

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July 11, 2018
Star Trek Row Along News Flash from Quilt in Piece

Star Trek Row Along News Flash I am super excited to announce the Star Trek Row Along starting January 2019 and will last until March 2019. The Row Along will be hosted by Fandom In Stitches Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked and myself will be designers of all the rows, and the patterns will include paper pieced patterns and embroidery. Plus full layout ideas will be shared. Save the date and please join us for this Row Along. Happy Sewing! VandaRead More →

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July 10, 2018
Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Five from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Five Welcome everyone to Block 5 for the Fall Into A QAL. Kathleen from kathleenmcmusing.com, has designed the Acorn block, and have us spoilt for choice with 2 techniques. Split applique and a pieced version. In the end, I decided on the pieced version of the acorn block. Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download. You can download the pattern here. As I am planning to quilt as you go for this quilt. The same as I did last year. Remember to come back and visit next week Tuesday, where ...

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