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January 22, 2021
How I Mask from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've noticed more views on my mask posts so I wanted to share how I make them. This is nothing new, you can find this design in many places, including YouTube, and on other blogs, by using the search "3D mask". The main difference here is that I am a quilter so I will show you how to do it using quilter's tools. Referenced tools included at the bottom of the post with links to buy your own (these are affiliate links and I may receive a small - think pennies - compensation for pointing you to the listings on ...

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January 21, 2021
hand embroidery, sampling with net [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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hand embroidery, sampling with net

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January 20, 2021
More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I had to order some more ear-bands to keep making masks. 
I cut a bunch of panels and stitched them up. 
In the end, and this isn't the end, I ended up with so many masks. I'm sure I'll be able to find them good homes. A friend pointed out I have one for every mood. I would say so!

If you want to see how I make these I'm drafting a photo tutorial for Friday's post. This isn't a new design and if you don't want to wait you can check out ...

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January 12, 2021
Fiber Talk, Music, German Humor & Ice Sculptures from Where Art & Life Meet

As this post’s title suggests, there’s a little something for everyone, but let’s start things off with Fiber Talk! In December I was interviewed by Gary Parr and Beth Ellicott for their podcast Fiber Talk, also available on their Youtube channel, Flosstalk. We had such a great time covering a whole variety of different topics… Continue reading Fiber Talk, Music, German Humor & Ice Sculptures

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January 11, 2021
More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

After trying the 3D style masks my Darling Husband asked for a few more. 
I pulled out some fun novelty prints and got cutting. 
Cut, sew, turn, press, sew, press, sew, sew. 
I cut out more than I needed and only finished these five. I'll likely sew up some more through the week. Little successes are a great way to build yourself up. And your collection of masks. 

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You're Capable from Charm About You

I'm excited to share a new pattern with you because sometimes you just have to make things that make you feel good! I made this cushion after a period of self doubt, it's a bright happy cushion and a note to self that I am capable. Inspired by the lyrics of Gwen Stefani, "Life is short, you're capable". Hearing her song lifted my spirits, motivated me to take chances and I do ask myself 'What you waiting for?'! 

So here's my note to you - a 13 page PDF pattern to make a 'You're Capable' cushion ...

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January 9, 2021
design for embroidery [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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design for embroidery

I have plans to reinvent the design work in this ledger. This was created sixteen years ago. How much different will it look if I do it now?

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renewing the ledger from Karen Ann Ruane

reworking an embroidery design ledger

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January 7, 2021
rescued! [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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these samples, this work was hosted in a different sketchbook initially. But....there was a mishap...oops...a disaster of epic proportions actually. These images are my attempts at rescuing what was rescuable!

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salvage from Karen Ann Ruane

rescuing damaged embroidery

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January 6, 2021
embroidered notebook [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidered notebook

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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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January 2, 2021
First New-FO of 2021: Kaleidoscope Grad Quilt for Anders from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Alright you guys, I know you've heard me sing this song before, but THIS time I mean it.  THIS is the quilt I'm making for Son-the-Younger's upcoming high school graduation:

77 x 99 Kaleidoscope Quilt in Blues, Greens, and Purple

Some of you are raising your eyebrows at this, recalling my previous announcement about a year ago that I would be making Anders a version of Karen Kay Stone's spectacular Cinco de Mayo quilt for his graduation, but that idea has been abandoned for the following reasons:

  1. Graduation is only 5 months away, and I have ...

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December 31, 2020
2020: A Year in Photographs from Where Art & Life Meet

Happy New Year!

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December 29, 2020
The Joy of Obsession from Where Art & Life Meet

Often referred to as a negative, I’ve always thought of obsessions as a lifeline to exploration, creativity, joy and boundless energy. Being obsessed with something (rather than someone) results in any number of truly awe-inspiring things, such as these artists who carve thread spools into amazing miniature works of art. Or Andrea Love whose website… Continue reading The Joy of Obsession

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hand stiched notebook [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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hand stiched notebook

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December 28, 2020
Sunshine Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Remember this little quilt top
I loaded it up and got quilting. 
As a cuddle quilt I didn't want to do any fancy quilting. I used a small meander that should make this little quilt super cuddly after washing.
Machine-finished binding for a quick finish! Don't forget the label.  

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December 23, 2020
More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since this has become our favorite style of mask I decided it was time to make some more. I even experimented by making a larger version (the beer bottles one is supersized). 
This pup peeking from the edge is so much fun! This mask is cut completely with rotary cutting tools (rotary cutter, rulers, mat) and is all straight-line sewing. Super simple construction, too. 

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December 18, 2020
Let's Talk Composition on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Symmentry, Framing, Rules of Thirds, Balance, Negative Space!!

 Recently I decided to catch up on my episodes of Quilting Arts and started watching Episode 2 of season 26, Natural Elements.  In it, Denise Oyama Miller and Nancy Ryan, showed their methods on how to make a confetti quilt or snippet quilt.  They started with their example and I thought, "WoW, how did they do THAT?"  Then they took 15 min and proceeded to show how easy it is.  Well, it is and
Focal Point, Rule of Thirds, Balance,NegSpace

it isn't.  

I've been intrigued by this technique ever ...

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December 14, 2020
Sunshine Half-Square Triangles from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this fabric sitting around for ages. I made a quilt for a workmate several years ago when he and his wife had their little girl. That little girl is now at least eight years old. Time flies. 
I decided to make a bunch of half-square triangle blocks using the 5" charms. This idea came from a talk by Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild virtual meeting in November. 
I worked on the units during my last quilt as a leader & ender. The units then spent a bunch of time on the ...

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