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January 16, 2019
Long Arm Quilting Details from Becca's Crazy Projects

One of the quilting groups I belong to on Facebook shared this awesome post by Kimmyquilt on how to straighten and square up the leaders on the long arm frame. I wish I had this information a few years ago when I replaced the leaders.

In the end, I made some very minor adjustments to my leaders. It isn't 100% perfect, but I don't think a difference of 1/4" from one end of my 10 foot frame to the other is something I'm going to fret over. The difference in a pieced backing, or the piecing ...

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January 11, 2019
Stepping Off the Roller Coaster, Trying Not to Puke: The Saga of Why Spring Quilt Week in Paducah for 2019 is a No-Go from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So I got this email on Tuesday  announcing that class registration for Spring Quilt Week in Paducah was open for AQS members.  I've never attended any of the major quilt shows before, but I'd love to go -- and thought it might be a great opportunity to take some longarm quilting classes, if I could only get into the classes before they were full.  I clicked the link to the class descriptions and was EUPHORIC when I saw that both Judi Madsen and Lisa Calle will be teaching at this year's show!  With butterflies in my stomach, I ...

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January 8, 2019
New-to-Me Handi Quilter 16 from Lotus Cove Quilting

Yes, I have finally acquired my own long arm!


Handi Quilter 16 with 10′ Rollers

After renting time on the great long arm quilting machines at Jackie Lynn’s in Irondequoit for several quilts, I wanted to have my own machine but really couldn’t justify the price of a new one. So when a friend at Genesee Valley Quilt Club posted this older HQ16, I jumped at the chance. Turns out, another member had purchased a new Nolting, so sold his Gammill to the HQ owner, who sold the HQ to me. Rather like falling dominoes!


Handi Quilter 16 ...

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Cowboy Christmas... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Just a quick little post this morning so that I can get my day started.  Here is a customer quilt that I did a few days ago.  She didn't have the piecing finished before Christmas but it will be ready to use for next Christmas now.  :) 
 Such fun western themed Christmas fabric. 
 I quilted it with gold stars. 
 Here is another one that I can't show the whole quilt but I had to deal with this wavy border.  :(  I will never say anything bad about anyone's quilt but there are some that really make me work for ...

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January 3, 2019
Crackers and Customer Quilts.... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

Yesterday I spent most of the day piddling instead of sewing.  I did get a customer quilt loaded on the longarm.  It's a small one with a few issues but I will get it quilted sometime today.  

I did piece 5 more Cracker blocks.  Nothing major but just added a few more to the stack.  I did a little cleaning and organizing up in my sewing room too.  
Here is another random customer quilt that I quilted recently.  Just to add another pic to this blog post.  LOL!  A classic looking quilt that I really enjoyed quilting.  If I ...

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January 2, 2019
Crackers from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I'm a little late posting this morning but I will tell you all about that after I show you some quilty stuff.  :)

I was digging around yesterday and ran on to a plastic shoebox of come Cracker blocks that I had started several years back.  I know that I had a few pieced but they were not in the box.  I played around and pieced a few of them. 
 These little 4" blocks are paper pieced.  Not sure if this is a project that I will continue to work on or if I will just play around with them ...

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January 1, 2019
Let's try this again! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

So let's try this again!  :)  I really used to love posting on my blog but for the past couple of years it has been hard for me to concentrate on posting regularly.  So my New Year's resolution is to post regularly on my blog.

Here is a random pic of a custom T-Shirt quilt that I made for a customer and dear friend.  This was a birthday gift for her daughter.  I absolutely love making these T-shirt quilts for people.  
I have a ton of other customer quilt pics that I have quilted lately and I will probably ...

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December 30, 2018
Pinetree Village - Finally Finished! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Pinetree Village is Finally Finished and residing on a bed this Christmas season next this Christmas.

I got a wild hair earlier this year early last year almost four years ago to make a Christmas quilt for every bed in our home--this is not my first Christmas quilt, but it's the first one for a bed. I love Jan Patek's designs and this one is from Up on the Rooftop.

I started this quilt during my Winter Retreat for One in February 2015. My version is an adaptation; the blocks are designed to finish at 8". I didn ...

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November 26, 2018
Mariner’s Compass from Georgia Girl Quilter

I gifted this quilt in late October to my sister-in-law Carolyn’s husband, Monty. Several years ago Monty and I discussed a Mariner’s Compass quilt for him and this summer I finally made that happen!

I started creating and drawing out the pattern in the Spring, gathered fabric and finally completed the quilt this fall. It became my summer sewing project. The fabrics used were Batiks and Stonehenge,  my two most favorite fabrics. The compass was paper pieced and the entire quilt was pieced on my 1952  Singer 301. It was quilted on my longarm using a wave pattern ...

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September 11, 2018
Pappy, The Quilting Cat from Just Sayin' Sew

So you saw him at the machine in my last post.  He was up to more shenanigans and I thought he might need a post all his own.  He really is a sweetheart.  Really.  No really!

He looks so in charge sitting on my quilt behind the machine, doesn’t he?  He thinks he’s in charge of the whole house.  Wait a minute.  I think maybe he is!

He loves to lay on the table by the machine.  And I can’t tell you how many times he’s climbed right through the throat area.  Thankfully, not while I ...

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My Amara/Angela Adventure Day – Oh, My! from Just Sayin' Sew

It’s impossible to describe such a fabulous day.  Thus it’s taken me several days to write about it!  I hardly know where to begin….. maybe the beginning?

Angela Walters came to my house.  I just need to pause here for a minute.  Like wow.  She’s a quilting celebrity to me and I’m one of her, no wait, I’m her biggest fan.  And she came to my house.  Sigh.  I’m still pinching myself.  And she’s wonderful and amazing and so fun and full of laughter.  She made the day the most special it could ...

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August 16, 2018
The Fastest Moda Trip from Quilting with Care

At the start of this week we went on a road trip.  Cindy (mom), Tracy, Misty and myself piled in a Honda Pilot and set off towards Dallas.  We drove late Sunday night after the shop closed. We laughed more than humanly possible, ate yummy food, and arrived at the hotel without any limbs lost. There… Continue reading The Fastest Moda Trip

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August 8, 2018
ONE DAY AWAY from Quilting with Care

We are updating our Point of Sale system at my quilt shop, Quilter's Hideaway. This has been a crazy week, but we have also managed to quilt several customer quilt's.

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July 24, 2018
Bingo Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is having a bingo event again this year. What is Quilt Bingo? Well, it is an event where you play bingo and the big prizes are quilts made by the guild. For a list of the kinds of prizes one might win at Quilt Bingo you should check out this great post, complete with links to free quilt blocks, bag patterns, and other quilty goodness.

I volunteered to quilt one of the quilts. I didn't make any of the blocks. They were made by members of the guild.
I quilted it with swirls and ...

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One of my old ones and a customer quilt from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I finished this customer quilt up around 12:30am last night.  It measures 90x90.  With only 5 blocks across, the blocks are big.  She loves her quilts quilted "loosely" so I just quilted a big meander. 
 I have made several quilts using this block in the past and have always loved them.  Seeing hers really makes me want to make another one for myself.  :)
 I love quilting her quilts because everything is so precise.  That sure makes me job easier. 
 The other day while at my mom's I saw that she had this quilt that I had made years ...

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July 23, 2018
Quilting Eye Candy! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

A little eye candy!  Here are a few customer quilts that I have quilted the past few days.  

First up, is this adorable sheep quilt!  They are just too cute!  This was a big quilt...queen size if I remember correctly.   
 Here is a close up of one of the sheep.  As you can see they are all fuzzy.  They have beads for eyes and nose.  Just too cute!
 A beautiful hand pieced applecore quilt!  Lovely!  I am in the process of doing the binding on the scalloped edges. 
 Then this beautiful umbrella girl!  Sorry it's sideways.  LOL!  For ...

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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 10, 2018
Beautifully Hand Pieced.... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday I finished up this beautiful quilt that my SIL, Kellie made.  I love this quilt!  :)
 I forgot the exact measurements but it is a queen size.  It is just lovely!  Completely hand pieced using the English Paper Piecing (EPP) technique. 
 I quilted it with the "Mint Julep" design.  I love this design.
 A close up of the quilting and the minke back.  The back is a dark brown minke and oh so soft.  I love quilting with minke.
 I tried to get her to just let me keep it for myself but she will not agree!  LOL! 
 I trimmed ...

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June 29, 2018
Sneaking back in.... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I'm just going to sneak back in...  It has been so long since I posted and I missed it but life has just been so busy and crazy that it seemed like I never had a chance.  :)  It would be too hard for me to catch you up on everything and show a bunch of quilts so I will just start off from here.  :)

Here is a pic of a fun summer quilt that I pieced for myself!  :)  I actually have it quilted now but it's still on the longarm as there are a couple of places that ...

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June 11, 2018
Churning Fourteen Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I started this quilt over a year ago. Check out this post about my Churning Fourteen quilt.

Sometimes people think I get a bunch of stuff done and that I get that stuff done quickly. I'm not a fast quilter or crafter, even if it seems like it. I do work a full-time job, complete with a 1-hour commute each way (that DC traffic is terrible and I do not recommend it). I don't have kids at home. I don't cook. I don't clean. I don't mow the lawn. Those things are done by other ...

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