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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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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 5, 2018
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 3, 2018
Springtime Small Fan Crochet Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the Small Fans Shawl, a free chart available on Ravelry. This is the second time (at least) I've made this pattern. It's easy to memorize and a good travel project if you can sit quietly to count. Not so great if you're looking for mindless crochet because you do need to keep track of what you're doing.

This is the pre-blocked shawl. I wanted to capture the difference between before and after blocking. While is it perfectly acceptable not to block your work, it can change how the work looks. It depends on what ...

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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 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 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 19, 2018
Not all Sewing is Glamorous from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know many a maker that will deny they mend or hem pants. I won't say that. What I will say is that I only mend for two people. The two people who live in my house. If you don't live here, don't even ask.

I'm sharing this project more to give you a quick review of the Juki TL-2010Q which I used for this project. Anyone that has tried to hem jeans on a cheap, plastic, domestic machine can tell you it is no simple task.

I only needed to shorten my jeans by about ...

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September 17, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my version of my latest mystery quilt.

I finished up the center of the top with black setting triangles cut from some leftover quilt backing. 
I used some more leftover quilt backing to make a narrow (1.5" finished) inner border and a wider (4" finished) outer border. It measures about 56" by 68" which isn't a big quilt, but as big as I intend to go with it. This one will get set aside until I can either piece a backing or buy some. I might have something suitable around here somewhere. I haven ...

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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 12, 2018
The Best Tools: Brother 10-Needle from Becca's Crazy Projects

A fellow member of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild wanted to sell her Brother 10-Needle embroidery machine. I've wanted a multi-needle embroidery machine since I started using my Pfaff Creative Performance more often. A single needle machine is fine if you do designs with few colors, but if you want to make more than one of a thing, or designs with several colors, changing threads can be a full-time job. There are tricks you can use when creating, or combining designs, but you still have to change the thread for every color change. This was a deal I couldn ...

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September 10, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Due to conflicting schedules, this is how my mystery quilt project has been languishing. This past weekend, I finally managed to get the rest of the clues. In truth, this project has been taking up two project boxes and I have new projects that want some of that project box real estate. I use the Iris 12" by 12" clear boxes for quilts, bags, and even yarn.
That meant I managed to get to work on this quilt. The directions for these blocks are written with the stitch and flip method of adding those corners. This is, in my opinion ...

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September 7, 2018
2018 Leader and Ender Project from Becca's Crazy Projects

Every year Bonnie Hunter adds a new pattern to her growing collection of free patterns. If you want to get a look at her quilt patterns I highly recommend you check it out. I must admit that I'm still cutting tumblers for the 2015 Leaders and Enders challenge. This year it's Jewel Box Stars!

I decided I should pull out my collection of batik fabrics. This quilt block is a collection of light and dark fabrics and I'm sure I can make that work with this jumble of fabrics.
I will admit I got a little carried ...

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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 3, 2018
The Best Tools: Juki from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been looking at a few of the straight stitch only machines for a while now. There are a couple that were very similar and I thought I might like for piecing and bag making. One was the Brother 1500 (series). The other was the Juki TL-2010Q.

In the end it came down to which one popped up on social media with a good sale. Another maker in a group on social media shared a Massdrop link to the Juki. It was a good price (about $120 less than Amazon) so I decided to go for it.
There was ...

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August 31, 2018
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 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 27, 2018
Tiny Monster from Becca's Crazy Projects

Friends of our recently welcomed their first child into the world. Darling Husband wanted something with dragons. Sadly, the big box fabric store wasn't very helpful. They did have some fun, tiny monster fabric that we decided would be perfect. I decided to make another disappearing 9-patch. Because it is an easy pattern and you can do some fun things with it.
The tiny monster fabric and three solids became eleven 9-patch blocks. Then, they got cut down into 42 blocks. That odd-ball block ended up being only two blocks, the other half of that unit got put in ...

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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 22, 2018
Disappearing 9-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

Remember the disappearing 9-patch I made last week? Well I got it all quilted up.
Swirls and waves and loads of echos. This might be my new favorite.
I even found time to get it bound. This quilt was made entirely with fabrics, including the backing, I already had in my collection. It's nice to create without heading to the store.
My most recent Superior Threads So Fine order even matches!

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