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

I quilted a couple more small quilts for  Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
This one I pieced a few weeks ago. 
The quilting included a little bit of "thread chicken". Less than two yards of thread was on the cone when I was done.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 45

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October 10, 2018
Barely Controlled Chaos from Becca's Crazy Projects

Anyone that has been in my sewing space knows that some parts of the space are neat and tidy. Others, are piles of barely controlled chaos. This is what my cutting table looked like on Saturday morning. No room to get anything done. I had to tidy just so I could get started.
The serger was still set up from my last project. Complete with a pile trimmings.
During the week I made these somewhat lumpy arm warmers using leftover fabric from last week's Halloween project. I haven't given up on arm warmers. I just don't think ...

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

A couple more cute little charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids finished this week. 
These are like potato chips.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 43

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October 3, 2018
Springtime Small Fan Crochet Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the Small Fans Shawl, a free chart available on Ravelry. This is the second time (at least) I've made this pattern. It's easy to memorize and a good travel project if you can sit quietly to count. Not so great if you're looking for mindless crochet because you do need to keep track of what you're doing.

This is the pre-blocked shawl. I wanted to capture the difference between before and after blocking. While is it perfectly acceptable not to block your work, it can change how the work looks. It depends on what ...

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October 1, 2018
Little Bit Halloween from Becca's Crazy Projects

Today is the first day of Halloween.

I picked up the Relaxed Raglan pattern from Patterns for Pirates along with the  Raglan Add-on pack to make some raglan shirts. I picked this pattern because it had several options - sleeves, hemline, and length - and the add-on includes hoods and pockets.

I went to the local big-box store to pick up some knit. These are all from Joann Fabrics. The Halloween prints were on sale for 50% off. Seemed like a good deal. I over-purchased what I needed because this fabric is 100% cotton. I bought a yard of each of them ...

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September 28, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple more charity quilts I picked up at the last Annapolis Quilts for Kids workshop.
I usually quilt them in pairs because a single cut off the roll of batting is enough to do two little quilts. These are already trimmed and read for the next workshop.

According to EpochConverter I'm right on track for finishing one charity quilt per week for 2018.
I found the time to piece a simple quilt top, too.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 41

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September 26, 2018
Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is an unnamed shawl. I had an idea of a design I wanted to try. I also had 200 grams of superwash worsted. I decided it was time to test my idea. I worked on this when I didn't have to think too much about the knitting. Stitched in garter stitch, with simple short-row shaping, and a size 8 needle, it was a quick knit.
Here is the shape of the shawl before blocking. A somewhat wing-like shape.
I expected it to grow, but not by as much as it did. Still, a very satisfying finish. I have ...

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September 21, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I had a couple more charity quilts to quilt before the last meeting of the Annapolis Quilts for Kids. This is one I pieced using a bunch of leftover bits. Scrappy is wonderful in a kid quilt. 
Disappearing 9-patch pieced by another member of the chapter.
I dropped off six quilts last Saturday. I also picked up a stack of finished tops to quilt. I'll have to try to keep up.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 39

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September 19, 2018
Not all Sewing is Glamorous from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know many a maker that will deny they mend or hem pants. I won't say that. What I will say is that I only mend for two people. The two people who live in my house. If you don't live here, don't even ask.

I'm sharing this project more to give you a quick review of the Juki TL-2010Q which I used for this project. Anyone that has tried to hem jeans on a cheap, plastic, domestic machine can tell you it is no simple task.

I only needed to shorten my jeans by about ...

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September 14, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A charity quilt is a great way to sew something quick without having to do too much planning. If you're interested in working with Quilts for Kids but don't know your local chapter, you can order kits (for a small fee) through their online shop. If you want to help out, but aren't a quilter, you can also make a donation to pay for supplies and shipping costs.
I've been slowly piecing charity quilt tops while working on other projects. When I need to accomplish something, but pulling out a big project is just too stressful ...

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September 7, 2018
2018 Leader and Ender Project from Becca's Crazy Projects

Every year Bonnie Hunter adds a new pattern to her growing collection of free patterns. If you want to get a look at her quilt patterns I highly recommend you check it out. I must admit that I'm still cutting tumblers for the 2015 Leaders and Enders challenge. This year it's Jewel Box Stars!

I decided I should pull out my collection of batik fabrics. This quilt block is a collection of light and dark fabrics and I'm sure I can make that work with this jumble of fabrics.
I will admit I got a little carried ...

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September 5, 2018
Travel Knitting Holey Chevrons from Becca's Crazy Projects

I like to start a project at the beginning of any trip. This time I decided to make Stephen West's Holey Chevrons. I didn't want serious knitting and this qualifies. Simple garter stitch is perfect for travel knitting. No (or little) counting and you don't have to focus too much.
I grabbed two cakes of striping yarn I dyed in June. I just went with whatever color I wanted to use next.
I made good progress by the time we had boarded for the outbound flight. 
Once we reached our destination, I had make excellent progress. 
I ...

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August 31, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

This quilt was pieced by another member of Annapolis Quilts for Kids. I loaded it up and quilted it
This is a wonderful scrappy quilt pieced by another member of the group. Quilted and ready for binding!

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 35

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August 27, 2018
Tiny Monster from Becca's Crazy Projects

Friends of our recently welcomed their first child into the world. Darling Husband wanted something with dragons. Sadly, the big box fabric store wasn't very helpful. They did have some fun, tiny monster fabric that we decided would be perfect. I decided to make another disappearing 9-patch. Because it is an easy pattern and you can do some fun things with it.
The tiny monster fabric and three solids became eleven 9-patch blocks. Then, they got cut down into 42 blocks. That odd-ball block ended up being only two blocks, the other half of that unit got put in ...

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August 24, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I realized I missed sharing a couple more charity quilts over the last few weeks. Here is a fun one with puppies. 
This one is really fun, too. 
That flower motif is so much fun to quilt.
And I squeezed in one more before the last Annapolis Quilts for Kids meeting. A fun little rail fence.
Here is the bag of quilts I dropped off. I also picked up a couple more finished tops to quilt and some batting.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 33

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August 22, 2018
Disappearing 9-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

Remember the disappearing 9-patch I made last week? Well I got it all quilted up.
Swirls and waves and loads of echos. This might be my new favorite.
I even found time to get it bound. This quilt was made entirely with fabrics, including the backing, I already had in my collection. It's nice to create without heading to the store.
My most recent Superior Threads So Fine order even matches!

Tools (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic ...

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August 20, 2018
New Ball Winder from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this plastic ball winder from Knit Picks (affiliate link) for a few years now. I wanted one (along with the beautiful swift from Knit Picks (affiliate link)) since I borrowed the tools from a friend to wind up some hanks of yarn. The plastic ball winder had started to give me some issues and I was frustrated by it more often than not.
It seems it had slipped some internal gear and wasn't winding correctly. Here is one of the resulting winding sessions. I even took it apart a time or two and just couldn't ...

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August 15, 2018
Mixed Bag from Becca's Crazy Projects

Saturday morning I was looking for a quick-start project. I had these two charm packs and some coordinating prints on the shelves so I pulled them down and formulated a plan. It's always nice to use some of the fabric I already have. That doesn't seem to keep me from buying fabric, but I do try.
I decided I didn't want to work too hard, so I went with the disappearing 9-patch. It doesn't really disappear, but it does make quick work of making somewhat scrappy blocks into even more scrappy blocks. If you want to ...

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August 13, 2018
Marled Dotted Rays Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this shawl for what seems like forever (it wasn't forever). On Sunday morning I made it to the bind-off. The pattern is Dotted Rays from Stephen West. I knit it using two strands of fingering held together (more info on the yarn at the bottom of the post). This meant it knit up pretty quickly on size 8 needles. I also blended the colors together like in the Marled Magic Shawl
During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild meeting I continued working on the bind off. I was pretty pleased when I made it to ...

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August 10, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been trying to complete small projects during the week. Trying to get much crafting done after the workday is no easy feat. I did manage to piece this charity quilt for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
Then I spent some time last weekend getting it quilted. This one was just a simple meander. 
This one I did a fun flower motif. This one is great for covering a bunch of area relatively quickly and creating some great texture. I had to share the back so you could see the design.
This one was pieced by another member of the ...

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