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January 19, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I made a big push to get a handful of charity quilts quilted before the January Annapolis Quilts for Kids workshop. 
There were so many great quilts from 2017 that didn't get quilted before December so they were waiting for the beginning of the year. 

It was nice to get them quilted up.
In January I passed nine quilts to other members of the group to get the binding done. I have more pieced tops ready for quilting so I have plenty to keep me busy in 2018.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 5

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January 17, 2018
Green Hour from Becca's Crazy Projects

This was my mashup of Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Leaders and Enders project. I wanted to use up a bunch of my 2.5" strips but I didn't want to make a bunch of tiny hourglass blocks. I decided to use the same fabric for the center strip of my strip unit and made hourglass blocks that way.
The result is an interesting effect. I pieced until I had used up most of my green 2.5" strips (almost all of those width of fabric) and had enough for a top.
The layout is 6 blocks by 7 blocks ...

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January 15, 2018
Geese in Flight from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I join in block bees at guild I seem to have trouble picking a block. This year I decided to ask for flying geese blocks. In 2017 I joined in the stash bee. Meaning you were supposed to pull fabrics from your collection and not buy new fabrics. You can read the directions for my bee blocks in this post from April 2017. A paper piecing pattern is available if you want to make big flying geese.

During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild retreat I pulled out a bunch of geese and decided to use up some of my ...

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

Sometimes I have to pull out all the thread. Okay, not all the thread, but several different threads and then decide which color, or colors, I want to use. I narrowed it down to four colors for this quilt.
This is the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt. The blocks were made by the members of the guild. I volunteered to do the quilting.
I decided to quilt with swirls, waves and whatever else struck my fancy.
There are areas where the quilting is specific to the block.
And others where it is more like a background filler.
I ...

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January 10, 2018
Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 Edition from Becca's Crazy Projects

I decided to join in the fun for another UFO Challenge. Again, I had a little trouble coming up with twelve quilts for the year. This is not because I don't have enough ideas. Just that I don't have a dozen half-done projects hanging around at the end of the year. If you want to see how Spring Water Designs does their challenge, check it out on their blog.

I put together my list and sent it over to SWD. I wanted to share it on my blog because I referred to the 2017 list at least once ...

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January 8, 2018
Mystery Quilt: On Ringo Lake from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for part 6, 7, 8, and 9! 


I've participated in the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt a few years now. Check out my posts for clue #1clue #2clue #3, clue #4, and clue #5. You'll also find links to the link party Bonnie hosts each week at the bottom of each post. My goal is to post a update every Monday so I can link up with the weekly link party. 
Part 6 was joining the units from clue #4 to half-square triangle to make these units.
Part 7 was joining the geese from clue #2 ...

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January 5, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I squeezed in a couple more charity quilts before the end of the year.

This one.
And this one. They've been put in the stack to drop off with Annapolis Quilts for Kids at the January meeting.

2017 Charity Quilt Count: 49

Not quite as many as last year, but still met the goal for 48. 

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January 3, 2018
Sew My Stash: Carpenter's Star from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been meaning to use more of my fabric collection. Yet I find myself buying more fabric. I decided to pull together some fabrics and make a top completely from my collection. Once I got to pulling fabrics the plan changed slightly. These are not the colors I started with.

These aren't the first fabrics I pulled, but they worked so well I had to use them. I wasn't sure there was enough in this stack to make a big quilt. I got to cutting anyway. I figured I would just pull more from the shelves if ...

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January 1, 2018
2017 Year in Review from Becca's Crazy Projects

2017 Year in Review

About a year ago I shared my 2016 year in review. It's time to do that again. First, let's go over the goals from 2017 and see how I did.

Goals for 2017:  
  • quilt 4 charity quilts a month - I managed to squeeze in a couple more over the last weekend. 
  • 2017 Charity Quilt Count: 49
  • finish at least 6 unfinished objects during the year. I joined in the Spring Water Design Finish It Up Challenge. I managed to complete 10 of the 12 projects I submitted. You can see the full list in ...

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December 29, 2017
2017 Quilt Finishes from Becca's Crazy Projects

I wanted to collect my finished objects for the year. I have included only quilt finishes in this post. I've only included projects I pieced and quilted.

January

In January I finished this quilt for a friend. It was a long trek to get it finished, but it was finished. You can learn more about this quilt in a post from January.

February
Hocus Pocus was a quilt I designed, pieced, and quilted in February. It was challenging but I think it turned out great. If I design another medallion quilt I will do things differently but that ...

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December 27, 2017
Knitting Update: Tilted Cowl from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since we took a trip to Las Vegas to get re-married by Elvis I needed a travel knitting project. I spent entirely too much time going through my Ravelry library trying to find something that would be a good travel project. I finally settled on the Titled Cowl (pattern available on Ravelry). This was originally a mystery knit along, but I didn't find the time to cast on during the mystery. I decided it would be a good use of these two balls of Knit Picks Chroma Twist, fingering weight.
I cast on at the gate waiting for our ...

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Mystery Quilt: On Ringo Lake from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for part 5!


I've participated in the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt a few years now. Check out my posts for clue #1clue #2, clue #3, and clue #4. You'll also find links to the link party Bonnie hosts each week at the bottom of each post. My goal is to post a update every Monday so I can link up with the weekly link party. This week, the link up won't be posted until Tuesday to allow for the holiday. 
This week was a repeat of clue number 2 with different colors. I'm working ...

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December 22, 2017
White Elephant from Becca's Crazy Projects

Every year where I work, they have a holiday gift exchange. It is one of those things where everyone buys a gift for about $20, wraps it up, and then the fun begins. Last year, I brought a Squatty Potty as it was a useful and fun gift. I was a little concerned when someone else brought one, too. Then, I realized how in demand the Squatty Potty really was. Much fun was had by all.

My rule for these things is I bring a gift I wouldn't mind taking home. This means that I'm not buying a ...

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December 20, 2017
Getting Married Again from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm terribly sorry. I won't be able to post about crafty things today. Today is the day I get married the same guy I've been married to for the last 30 years. Again.

Here is my stylish (from 1987) veil from the first day of this adventure. Those fake flowers have held up rather nicely.
So far, the forever part seems to be working out.

I'm sure there will be something crafty for you to look at on Friday.

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December 18, 2017
Mystery Quilt: On Ringo Lake from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for part 4!


I've participated in the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt a few years now. Check out my posts for clue #1clue #2, and clue #3. You'll also find links to the link party Bonnie hosts each week at the bottom of each post. I was a little behind before the weekend but I managed to catch up. This isn't a race, though. There are people still working on Orca Bay (that pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling). My goal is to post a update every Monday so I can ...

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December 15, 2017
Royally Striped Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still making slow progress on my Royally Striped sweater. I finished the bottom edge in this fun orange.
Then I picked up to knit about a million stitches across the top edge for the collar.
I'll be working on this section for a while.
After that, I just need to bind off with an i-cord edging. I don't know that I'll get it done by the end of the year. I'm sure I'll finish before spring, though. It looks a little lumpy with the live stitches on a cable to wait for the ...

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December 13, 2017
Sparkle - A Scrap Quilt Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last month I shared a scrappy quilt I made during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild annual retreat.

I got back to work on it. I loaded up my backing, batting and quilt top. Basted it on the frame and got quilting.
I had planned on using several quilting motifs, but mostly it ended up just being a bunch of swirls. I like swirls.
I also planned on using several colors of thread. I ended up using only two colors. A somewhat mustard color that blended with the borders and white for the big white section.
Some feathers made there way ...

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December 11, 2017
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been busier than I want to be with work and travel and other boring things And I haven't gotten as much done as I would like. I did manage to squeeze in a couple charity quilts, though.
These humble strip quilts were made using leftover strips and squares from other Quilts for Kids projects. I love using these leftover bits to make something fun. There won't be a meeting for Annapolis Quilts for Kids this month so these will wait until the new year to be dropped off.

I used Bonnie Hunter's directions to make ...

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Mystery Quilt: On Ringo Lake from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for part 3!


I've participated in the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt a few years now. Check out my posts for clue #1 and clue #2. You'll also find links to the link party Bonnie hosts each week at the bottom of each post. Even if I am a little behind with the sewing I'm trying to keep up with the blog posts so I can link up with the weekly link party. 
This week we're making something different. Head over to Bonnie's blog for all the details on how to cut, sew and press ...

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December 6, 2017
So Many Strips from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I get to the end of a piece of fabric I try to cut it to usable sizes. I cut my binding at 2.5" and use a double-fold binding so I often cut my scraps to 2.5" wide and save them away for a rainy day. I've been meaning to use some of these to make something for a while. Instead of spending more money on more fabric, I decided it was time to pull out these strips and make some blocks. I was inspired by Bonnie Hunter's Hourglass Leader Ender challenge from 2016 for ...

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