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May 31, 2021
Multipass from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I saw this recent embroidery design release by Off With Their Threads I raced to the website to buy my copy. This is such a great geek project. After trimming some slivers off my card, it holds my vaccine card perfectly.  
I was so glad I found this gray vinyl in my collection. Perfect for this project. This design fits in the 5" by 7" hoop and stitches out pretty quickly. 
I backed mine with coordinating gray felt. I think I'll use vinyl as backing on the next one. 

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April 23, 2021
Get Rolling from Becca's Crazy Projects

I want to share the many things I've been doing. However, it seems I haven't been doing many things. I did get some roller skating in last week. I bought these great wheels from Roller Skate Nation. Let me tell you, they are fast!
Don't forget your safety gear!

Skate accessories I bought to support this crazy new hobby (affiliate links):
Zeato All-in-One Skate Tool
Triple Eight Saver Series Pad Set
Triple Eight The Certified Helmet

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March 19, 2021
Luminous Wheels from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week this smashed box showed up on my doorstep. 
Inside, and unharmed, were these wheels, new bearings, and laces for my skates. Because skating is all about the accessories. I bought these from Roller Skate Nation. I don't blame them for the smashed box. I'm sure the box didn't look like that when it left them. 
Here are my skates before the change. I was using the dirty Moxi wheels from my Beach Bunnies on my Moonlight Rollers. 
Here is the after. That's right, I decided to get Luminous wheels. Because I wanted light up ...

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February 17, 2021
Skating Sugar Skulls from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week my new skates showed up, these are Sapphire from Moonlight Rollers. I hadn't seen a comparable blue in other skates and these spoke to me. I'm super happy I decided to give them a try. These are at a higher price-point than my Moxi Beach Bunnies but less than a pair of Moxi Lollies. Unlike my Beach Bunnies these didn't come with toe caps. That got my crafty mind churning.
I used the Moxi toe cap to create a template and cut out some marine vinyl I had on hand. There are loads of tutorials ...

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February 4, 2021
Our 5 BEST Binding Tips Everyone Should Know! from Quilted Joy

You’ve made your quilt. You’ve quilted your quilt. Now, you have one final step – binding! Since quilting binds us together I thought I’d bundle up my 5 BEST binding tips for you. 

1) Use a Binding Chart

Polka Dot Binding on a Sunshine Quilt, by Angela Huffman of Quilted Joy

Grabbing a calculator to make sure you have enough strips to make the right amount of binding is hard. Get your free downloadable binding chart you can print out. I like to keep mine under my cutting mat so I know right where to find it when it is time. This makes it so EASY

2) Trim the Secret Triangles ...

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February 3, 2021
Dayna Pack from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this amazing embroidery for a while now. I stitched it out on my embroidery machine a while back. The design is from Urban Threads Embroidery. I really like their designs and I've stitched them out successfully on two different brands of embroidery machines. They also offer their designs as hand embroidery designs for about $1. This was the perfect project to use that stitched out design. 
The Dayna Pack is a simple design that works up quickly with good results. I made mine with an adjustable strap that did not include the hardware called for in ...

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December 7, 2020
Yarn Basket Bag from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been eyeing the Basket Bag pattern by Michelle Patterns for a while.
When I saw it on sale for 25% off (still on sale as I write this blog post) I grabbed it. The cutting and sewing directions are clear and easy to follow. I cut in the morning and had a finished bag by lunch time. 
This was my test sew of the largest size and it is perfect for holding yarn and bunches of yarn at that. This would be a great little bag as a base for a gift basket. A small one with a ...

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August 24, 2020
Sunshine Crossbody Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

A friend mentioned the Sunshine Crossbody Pouch pattern from Bagstock Designs and I decided to give it a go. This is a free pattern with detailed instructions with color photos. You can also find a handful of step-by-step video tutorials on YouTube if you search for "sunshine crossbody pouch". I looked through my collection of vinyl, fat quarters from Spoonflower, and zips to come up with the perfect combination. This fabric Cephalopods world is still available on Spoonflower. 
On Friday I cut out all the pieces. Fabric, interfacing, vinyl, all ready to go. I buy my zippers from Zipit Zippers ...

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July 10, 2020
Sewing Machine Gifting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A coworker asked for a recommendation on a sewing machine. I said I could give him a sewing machine. All I had to do was dig around and find one.

I dug around in the attic and pulled out this winner. Winner because it works, and has most of the parts. I did some sample sewing to make sure all the stitches worked.
I couldn't find the spool pin cap (this one is from my Juki). But it isn't strictly speaking a requirement. He should be able to get one aftermarket, or 3D printed. In a pinch you ...

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July 8, 2020
In The Hoop from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to get hooping! My cutting table prior to the real mess. I discovered Off With Their Threads last week. They were having a sale and I couldn't resist picking some fun in the hoop (ITH) projects. I grabbed my tear-away stabilizer and hooped it up.
I decided to use this lime green vinyl I picked up at one of the big box fabric stores a while back. The strap for the claw clasp was a leftover from another project. This is the step in the project I realized I had taped it onto the work the wrong way ...

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July 1, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

This lily (I think it is a lily) was blooming in my front garden recently. Right there next to the weeds. We like all the plants here, even the dandelions.
I carried my latest crochet project (that I have yet to share) around in this awesome tote I made using an embroidery design from Urban Threads and too many Sharpies.
I made fococcia bread for dinner one night using this recipe.
It came out great! We added it to the list of things to make when we host dinner and games with friends. 
I finished this fun pair of stripy ...

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June 26, 2020
Dreams Mini-Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Several years ago I used an embroidered alphabet from Urban Threads Embroidery to create a min-quilt for a friend. We share a dark view of the world and joke that now that we are old ladies (neither claims to be a lady, to be sure) all our dreams are dead. I wanted to make sure she remembered me always so I made her a mini-quilt similar to what you see above.
She asked me to make another one for another friend of hers and I said yes. I used the alphabet to recreate the design because I didn't know ...

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May 1, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

In advance of my circular sock machine arriving I purchased a big box of yarn from Knit Picks. If it was sock weight and on sale it was a candidate. I've been interested in their gradients since they came out. Then they offer 100 grams made up into two similarly colored cakes for socks.
I didn't pick my favorite, I picked the one with the best sale price.
It was fun to watch the colors shift with this yarn.

I think I will try to dye some gradients like this when the weather is nicer. I already have ...

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March 27, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I was in the mood to crank out some socks. This is a shot of the cast-on bonnet loaded up and starting with the waste yarn. 
This is another fun hand dyed from Into the Whirled that I picked up at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last year. 
The colorway (on the right) is "Radioactive" and I couldn't leave it there because I love purple and green together. 
Here is the turned toe with the waste yarn started for the cast-off. 
The stripes on this yarn are just delightful! I still have to finish the Kitchener on one ...

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March 25, 2020
Call Me Badge Holder from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my first Call Me badge holder. Saturday I grabbed some fabrics to make a couple more. This time, I used this fun tentacle print from Spoonflower. 
Darling Husband wanted something bright and difficult to miss. I think this hit the mark. 
This one is a little wider than the first one I made and I'm super pleased with how it turned out. 
Now he will be ready the next time we get to attend a convention. 
I made myself a slightly larger one, too. I love the happy crab and jellyfish!

Tools and supplies (af ...

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March 18, 2020
Call Me Badge Holder from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last year when we went to Relaxicon they handed out these badge holders with registration. I liked the idea of a badge holder that holds more than your badge, but this one really didn't hold all the things I want to carry, or not conveniently, in one place. If I had to pick one reason I didn't like it is the cord. Sure, it is adjustable, but once you put your cell phone inside that cord will cut into your neck more than you would think. 
I found a great pattern called Call Me from By Annie that ...

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March 11, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last Saturday I wasn't in the mood for quilting. I was in the mood to crank some socks. I grabbed some Knit Picks Felici and Stroll and got cranking.
I didn't get far before I found this knot. There may have been some choice words at that point. I cut the yarn, switched back to scrap yarn, and started another hung hem. This is often what I do when I make a mistake. I just skip past it. I can wind that yarn back up later. I wanted to make socks!
There was a small miscalculation when I ...

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February 12, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I grabbed this blue and green Felici by Knit Picks to make a pair of socks for a friend (this color has been discontinued). I realized the colors match my Frolic Mystery Quilt.
This is the first pair of socks I made on my circular sock knitting machine. 
See how well they match! Well, they don't match each other but they match the quilt. I think perfectly matching socks are terribly overrated.
I even made a label for the socks. Because sometimes labels matter.

If you are interested in having sock yarn knit into a tube to knit hybrid ...

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January 13, 2020
Machine Matters ~ A Bernina 770 QE Review from Liz Makes Crafts

One week after I began quilting, I got a Pfaff Expression 3.5. I had bought it intending to trade it in within a year (and get all my money back towards a trade-in as my dealer promised), but when I was ready to make the upgrade, my dealer reneged and I was left stuck with a machine that worked, but I was dissatisfied with.

I sewed on that machine for another two years, sometimes with a lot of frustration, but I decided it was time to make the ultimate upgrade. I had been drooling over Bernina for a few ...

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January 1, 2020
Hello 2020! from Becca's Crazy Projects

How does a quilter start the new year? With a fresh rotary blade and a new needle for the sewing machine. These are some of the happiest things!
I have had a few yards of Pellon Flex Foam in my studio for a while. I finally decided to give a go. This is the backside of a quilted piece for a project.
This is the front side of the resulting piece. I rediscovered By Annie patterns and decided to give one of the free patterns a try. I chose the Easy Does It bag because I knew I had all ...

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