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February 18, 2019
Embroidered Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have a few machine embroidery designs from Disorderly Threads. Occasionally, they announce a discount on new designs through their Disorderly Threads Facebook page. The Octopus design was one I couldn't resist.
This design is an in-the-hoop machine embroidery design. These are great for people that want to do machine embroidery and sew small projects but aren't so great at the sewing part. All the steps, including adding the lining is done completely on the embroidery machine. My bag-making skills are fine, but it is nice to use the embroidery machine to work on something while I'm ...

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February 15, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Another fun charity quilt! Both of these were constructed by other members of Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
And a panel. Both quilted and headed to Annapolis Quilts for Kids.

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 10

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February 11, 2019
Crochet: Dragon Scale Gloves from Becca's Crazy Projects

A crafty friend of mine shared a desire to make a pair of Dragon Scale Fingerless Mitts. I decided to try my hand at a pair as well. I grabbed a some fun self-striping yarn. This is Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. It is a light worsted, so it worked up great! 
There are loads of tutorials on YouTube to make some version of these mitts. I used this tutorial to learn the stitch. I thought it was a clever way to use simple double crochet stitches to make something different. 
I had just enough of this colorway of yarn to ...

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February 8, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Here is another string pieced quilt top I assembled and quilted for Annapolis Quilts for Kids
Another member pieced this fun flannel quilt. I quilted it up and trimmed it. It will head to another member for binding.

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 8

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February 1, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working through the charity quilts at a good pace. I'm hoping to finish up all the tops I have before the next meeting. This is one of the string quilts I pieced. These are fun to make. 
This cute panel quilt is quilted and ready to go to another member of binding.

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 6

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January 25, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I dropped off this tote full of quilted charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids. I've been working with Annapolis Quilts for kids for several years now. Sometimes I piece the tops, sometimes I only quilt tops made by other members. Every year my goal is to quilt at least one chairty quilt per week throughout the year.
While I was there, I picked up a big stack of quilt tops to finish. This is just a sample of what I picked up.
One of those tops was this fun Tinkerbell panel quilt that I quilted last ...

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January 18, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

After I finished up my Good Fortune quilt I grabbed some charity tops to get them quilted. I pieced this one. 
And this one made up of leftover 4-patch blocks.

These are headed to Annapolis Quilts for Kids tomorrow along with a stack of others I finished over the holidays.

This year I'm aiming to quilt at least 50 charity quilts. Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 2

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January 4, 2019
Close to You Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is not my first go at the Close to You shawl. I made one last year, too.

I've been working on this shawl for what seems like forever. I decided I wanted to repeat the edge as the bind-off, so it has been slow going. I miscalculated the amount of yarn I would need to finish the edging, so I had to add in another yarn to finish it up. I even ended up playing yarn chicken a second time. I had about two yards of the black leftover, so I was cutting it pretty close.
Bound off ...

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January 2, 2019
Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 Wrap Up from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the last installment of the Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018.

In January I shared the list of my UFO projects for the Spring Water Designs challenge. This year I can proudly say I finished every single project on the list. If you want to see how Spring Water Designs does their challenge, check it out on their blog.

I wanted to start off the new year with the list so you can see how much can be accomplished in a year if you set some goals. 

Green Hourglass COMPLETED March 2018 - finish constructing blocks, trim, assemble into ...

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December 28, 2018
Charity Strings from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my progress on some string blocks for Annapolis Quilts for Kids. As we near the end of the year, it is time for me to round up the last of my charity quilt finishes. 
I had made a collection of string blocks using primarily greens, too. I paired the string blocks with some fun 6.5" squares and sewed up a top. 
I did the same with the blue string blocks. I like to pair the string-pieced blocks with a plain block. This helps stabilize the string blocks since they are pieced on the bias. 
No ...

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December 26, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this quilt for several months. It's nice to have another finish for the year. You can read more about this quilt in my first or second post about the project.

When I loaded this quilt I didn't have a quilting plan. This happens more often than I care to admit.
I manage this problem by finding inspiration within the pages of a couple of Angela Walter's quilting books. Shape by Shape and Shape by Shape Collection 2 are great for finding the perfect quilting design to finish a quilt.
My favorite part ...

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December 21, 2018
String Piecing Charity from Becca's Crazy Projects

After I made some of the units for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt Good Fortune, I decided to pull out some of the strings for charity quilts. These are leftover bits that I've collected from many of the charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.

I grabbed the blues, the phone book pages, and got stitching. String piecing is a chaotic process. It makes quite a mess but is totally worth it.
After a couple hours of work, I had pieced enough to pair with alternate blocks. Want to learn how to make some of these yourself? I recommend ...

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December 19, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finished up the piecing on my Jewel Box Stars quilt.

This is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter. You can find the block directions in the free patterns section of her blog. I've been working on this quilt for a few months. It just looks like a bunch of progress because once you get all the units done things seem to pick up speed. Sort of like that snowball rolling downhill.
I pieced the smaller blocks into these huge 16" by 16" blocks and put them up on the design wall. I didn't spend too much time ...

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December 14, 2018
White Elephant Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

At my workplace, we do a white elephant gift exchange every year during the December holiday party. We do a big potluck, eat lots of shared food, exchange gifts, and have a great time outside work. I really enjoy the white elephant gift exchange. It's competitive good fun. We set the limit at $20 but you can really stretch that if you are crafty and use fabric you got for free (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty to learn how that happens).

Making things often goes quickly if you're making more than one of ...

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December 12, 2018
Travel Knitting Kit from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I travel, I usually take along a simple kitting project to keep my hands busy during flights or long drives. This means I may need a few knitting tools. I want to share my kit so you can see what I have and carry regularly. I've never had a problem flying with this kit in my carry-on bag. I only fly domestically in the United States, so your mileage may vary. 

I always have a project bag dedicated to my travel project. It helps me keep the yarn, needles and kit separate from the other things in my ...

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December 5, 2018
Cherry Christmas from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the last installment of the Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018.

Way back in September the Get It Done UFO Challenge was number 11. What is number 11? That would be Cherry Christmas. A tumbler quilt top constructed as number 3 for 2017 UFO challenge. It still needed to be quilted and bound. Crazy how some of these projects just seem to hang around. 
I needed the project box that was holding the completed top so I pulled it out and loaded it up. That's a fair reason to finish a project.
These quilts go together quickly ...

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November 28, 2018
Home Ownership from Becca's Crazy Projects

Home ownership comes with joy and challenges. A couple weeks ago was a challenge. The dryer (that came with the house) decided it didn't want to dry clothes any more. I could go into a long discussion about the basics of dryers and how a thermal fuse works, but if you really want to know, there is great information on Appliance Seriously, if you can follow directions and use a screwdriver you can fix quite a few things.

I even found this video that helped me test the operation of the dryer before I went out to ...

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November 23, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last weekend I dropped off quilted charity quilts with the Annapolis Quilts for Kids and picked up some kits to piece.

These simple quilts are perfect when you need something to do but don't want do too much thinking. Lay out the squares and get sewing. This one is super fun with tossed minions. 
These buzzy little bees are pretty fun, too. Both quilted and ready to be trimmed.

According to EpochConverter I'm ahead for finishing one charity quilt per week for 2018.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 52

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November 21, 2018
Machine Embroidery Disasters from Becca's Crazy Projects

To be clear, these are not disasters. These are just little moments when crafting goes slightly sideways. You should expect them, and not let them bother you too much.

Even the best tools you can afford sometimes don't work out the way you want. This is the back of one of the many snap tab projects I've been working on. This is what happens when the machine decides the proper thread path isn't the way to go. This was a simple fix, once I realized I had a problem. Remember, if you every have this sort of ...

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November 19, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

Bonnie Hunter's 2018 leader/ender project is called Jewel Box Stars. This is a free pattern on her website. I've been working on this project for a few months now. If you want to learn about leader/ender projects, I highly recommend Bonnie's post about why you should add this to your toolbox. 
I thought I had enough 4-patch and half-square triangle units to make my blocks. I found I was mistaken. 
I was short about 14 half-square triangle units. I looked through one of my boxes (yes I have more than one) labeled 'batiks' to see ...

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