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January 30, 2019
Fleece Vest from Becca's Crazy Projects

I ran across a free pattern on Purl Soho for a quilted wool vest. I've been playing with the idea of  quilting one up with some fancy quilting, but then I got the crazy idea to make one using two layers of fleece.

Thankfully, I had enough fleece in my collection I could get one cut and stitched up. I used about 1 yard of the colorful print and the same amount of solid black.
The edges are bound with a narrow strip of fleece held in place with a nice cover stitch finish. It isn't perfect, but ...

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January 28, 2019
The Creative Craft Show ~ giveaway! from Charm About You


It is always fun to be among fellow crafters, take a workshop, get inspiration and shop a little (or a lot!).

At The Creative Craft Show at EventCity you can do just that!
Step into a haven of new supplies, demos, show discounts and exciting features.

"We’ve got so much in store, from a nationwide bee project to life sized felt animals and everything in-between! We also have a range of specially selected 60 and 90 minute workshops for beginners through to advanced" 

The Creative Craft Show offers all the very latest supplies, ideas and innovations ...

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Quest for Warmth from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have stacks and stacks of fleece fabric. Some I purchased, some was gifted to me by Aunt Betty (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty).

A friend said they were making a ruana and I wanted to join in. This seemed a great opportunity to use some of that fleece. I used this pattern from McCall's to get me started. After that, well, I just went my own way.

I had three yards of this fun print in my collection. It was more than enough for this project. The pattern calls for cutting the back ...

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December 12, 2018
Travel Knitting Kit from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I travel, I usually take along a simple kitting project to keep my hands busy during flights or long drives. This means I may need a few knitting tools. I want to share my kit so you can see what I have and carry regularly. I've never had a problem flying with this kit in my carry-on bag. I only fly domestically in the United States, so your mileage may vary. 

I always have a project bag dedicated to my travel project. It helps me keep the yarn, needles and kit separate from the other things in my ...

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November 7, 2018
MQG Pouch Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

The DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bag swap at the next Baltimore MQG meeting.

As one would expect, partner assignments went out weeks ago and I just got around to constructing my swap bag. The recommended pattern was the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. It's a free pattern with a great tutorial. I dug around in my stash for the appropriate colors. At least I hope they are the appropriate colors.
Then I fiddled with Electric Quilt 8 until I had design I liked. The block finishes at 12" by 12 ...

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October 31, 2018
Vertices Unite and Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

The first time I tried to knit Vertices Unite didn't work out very well. I think that was because of my choice of yarn. This time, I grabbed a bunch of superwash worsted (Knit Picks Swish) that Aunt Betty left me. This is great yarn.
I didn't pick the colors before I started. I mostly grabbed what I thought would work for each section. This is the somewhat lumpy shawl before washing. 
While this blocking might look extreme, it isn't. Very minimal pulling and pinning but the shape is still pretty awesome. For the record, I still ...

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October 22, 2018
Open Wide Pouches from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial designed by Anna of Noodlehead is my favorite pouch pattern. It is so easy for me to change the basic measurements to fit the fabric and zippers I have on-hand.

I decided it was time to use this fun trick-or-treat fabric to make something. The Open Wide Zippered Pouch was perfect. This is made using the medium size bag with a minor modificaton to make the perfect knitting project bag. Instead of cutting the fabric panels only 9" tall I cut them to 12" by 12". That way I get a deeper bag. I ...

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October 17, 2018
Fleece Hooded Cowl from Becca's Crazy Projects

The wonderful designer behind sew desu ne? released this fun hooded cowl pattern for free! This is only one of the many free patterns on the site. If you want to try out sewing with fleece I highly recommend the tutorials and some of the great free patterns. Free patterns for both fleece wearables and plush critters are available.
The fleece hooded cowl is a great pattern. I didn't add any of the details to make the design into a unicorn or a dragon, but those are available options. I used KAM snaps instead of the buttons and button ...

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October 16, 2018
Fall Into A Quilt Along Quilt As You Go Layout from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Quilt As You Go Layout And finally and far to quickly, we have finished all 12 blocks and will be sewing them altogether to make a quilt. Now I will be showing you how to put these together. But first, there is the really big prize. The sponsors web pages…

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Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Twelve from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Twelve Today brings a fantastic pattern for block 12 in the Fall Into A QAL. The Owl. Today’s block is designed by me. Here she is. Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download. You can download the pattern here. I have not appliqued the owl pieces yet, as that will be done, when I quilt the block. The Hosts for the Quilt Along Please also visit all the the other hosts and designers, to see how they have made with block one. Each host has their very own unique style ...

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October 8, 2018
Like a Monster from Becca's Crazy Projects

I saw a cute monster themed tote while we were in Miami. That gave me the idea to make up one of my own.

This is the first stitch out of a design I made using a couple images from The colors are questionable because I was trying to figure out a thing or two about my embroidery machine. I used a woven cotton for this test because I wanted to check the stitch-out and the size. Knowing a design measures x number of inches by y number of inches doesn't help when you're trying to ...

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October 4, 2018
My Happy Place Row Along The Great Outdoors from Quilt in Piece

My Happy Place Row Along The Great Outdoors Hi everyone, Today is finally my day to release my pattern for the My Happy Place Row Along. When Marian Pena from Seams To Be Sew announced this years row along, I had to take part. We all have our happy places, some of us even have more than one. Thanks Marian, for hosting another brilliant Row Along. I for one, have more than one happy place. It was hard to choose but I finally decided on The Great Outdoors. I love a good campfire, overlooking the lake (or damn, as we ...

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September 26, 2018
Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is an unnamed shawl. I had an idea of a design I wanted to try. I also had 200 grams of superwash worsted. I decided it was time to test my idea. I worked on this when I didn't have to think too much about the knitting. Stitched in garter stitch, with simple short-row shaping, and a size 8 needle, it was a quick knit.
Here is the shape of the shawl before blocking. A somewhat wing-like shape.
I expected it to grow, but not by as much as it did. Still, a very satisfying finish. I have ...

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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. 
I ...

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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. 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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