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January 19, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I made a big push to get a handful of charity quilts quilted before the January Annapolis Quilts for Kids workshop. 
There were so many great quilts from 2017 that didn't get quilted before December so they were waiting for the beginning of the year. 

It was nice to get them quilted up.
In January I passed nine quilts to other members of the group to get the binding done. I have more pieced tops ready for quilting so I have plenty to keep me busy in 2018.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 5

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

Sometimes I have to pull out all the thread. Okay, not all the thread, but several different threads and then decide which color, or colors, I want to use. I narrowed it down to four colors for this quilt.
This is the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt. The blocks were made by the members of the guild. I volunteered to do the quilting.
I decided to quilt with swirls, waves and whatever else struck my fancy.
There are areas where the quilting is specific to the block.
And others where it is more like a background filler.
I ...

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January 10, 2018
Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 Edition from Becca's Crazy Projects

I decided to join in the fun for another UFO Challenge. Again, I had a little trouble coming up with twelve quilts for the year. This is not because I don't have enough ideas. Just that I don't have a dozen half-done projects hanging around at the end of the year. If you want to see how Spring Water Designs does their challenge, check it out on their blog.

I put together my list and sent it over to SWD. I wanted to share it on my blog because I referred to the 2017 list at least once ...

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

I squeezed in a couple more charity quilts before the end of the year.

This one.
And this one. They've been put in the stack to drop off with Annapolis Quilts for Kids at the January meeting.

2017 Charity Quilt Count: 49

Not quite as many as last year, but still met the goal for 48. 

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January 1, 2018
2017 Year in Review from Becca's Crazy Projects

2017 Year in Review

About a year ago I shared my 2016 year in review. It's time to do that again. First, let's go over the goals from 2017 and see how I did.

Goals for 2017:  
  • quilt 4 charity quilts a month - I managed to squeeze in a couple more over the last weekend. 
  • 2017 Charity Quilt Count: 49
  • finish at least 6 unfinished objects during the year. I joined in the Spring Water Design Finish It Up Challenge. I managed to complete 10 of the 12 projects I submitted. You can see the full list in ...

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December 29, 2017
2017 Quilt Finishes from Becca's Crazy Projects

I wanted to collect my finished objects for the year. I have included only quilt finishes in this post. I've only included projects I pieced and quilted.


In January I finished this quilt for a friend. It was a long trek to get it finished, but it was finished. You can learn more about this quilt in a post from January.

Hocus Pocus was a quilt I designed, pieced, and quilted in February. It was challenging but I think it turned out great. If I design another medallion quilt I will do things differently but that ...

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December 11, 2017
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been busier than I want to be with work and travel and other boring things And I haven't gotten as much done as I would like. I did manage to squeeze in a couple charity quilts, though.
These humble strip quilts were made using leftover strips and squares from other Quilts for Kids projects. I love using these leftover bits to make something fun. There won't be a meeting for Annapolis Quilts for Kids this month so these will wait until the new year to be dropped off.

I used Bonnie Hunter's directions to make ...

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November 24, 2017
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I managed to piece this kit from Annapolis Quilts for Kids and get it quilted before the last meeting of the year.
I still have kits and tops to finish.
I love this scrappy one!
I dropped off three for binding.

2017 Charity Quilt Count: 45

I'm behind on quilts heading into December. I think I can catch 48 by the end of the year.

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November 22, 2017
Kawaii Kitties from Becca's Crazy Projects

In case you don't know, there is a great designer that regularly releases free patterns to make all sorts of wonderful and fun things. If you have a minute, or more, please go check out the great stuff from Choly Knight at Sew Desu Ne.
This little cutie is the Kitty Bean Plush which appeared recently as a free pattern. I made two of them using some scrap fleece I had leftover from other projects.
I am too impatient to hand-finish the tiny faces, so I resized the embroidery designs from Urban Threads collection Kawaii Factory and let the ...

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November 17, 2017
Make Modern from Becca's Crazy Projects

I made these blocks for a group project.

You can find instructions to make your own Cross-cut Blocks in this post from A Quilter's Table.

My blocks measure at 12.5" by 12.5" (finish at 12") but the idea is the same.

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October 27, 2017
Open Wide Pouches from Becca's Crazy Projects

I was asked to lead a group project during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild retreat. I've never done such a thing, but I decided to take the leap. We'll be making a pouch using the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial designed by Anna of Noodlehead. The above is a closeup of the quilting on a fun Dr. Who print.
To give everyone the best look at the steps, I needed to make a bunch of bags. That means I cut or pieced enough outer bag panels to make several bags and loaded up the long arm. This is ...

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October 25, 2017
Giving Up: A Knitting Story from Becca's Crazy Projects

It isn't often I give up on a project. Often, I would rather finish a project than rip out mistakes and try again. Sadly, this time I just didn't have it in me to keep working on a shawl project.

Why? Mostly because I have a real problem following directions blindly. I know, why am I fooling around with mystery projects if I'm not willing to follow directions blindly? Because I like to challenge myself. This time, it didn't work out.
I jumped on the bandwagon when Stephen West put out his latest mystery knit along ...

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October 23, 2017
Close to You Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

I always have a couple projects going on. This was my portable project for about a month.

I started it in late September when I went on a business trip to Portland, OR. Casting on while waiting for the first flight is how I like to start any trip.
I finished the bind off this past weekend.
And got it blocked. I did not use the picot bind off as written in the pattern. I'm not a fan of the picot bind off.

Pattern: Close To You, free pattern available on Ravelry
Yarn: Snallygaster Fibers

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October 20, 2017
Steelers from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Eleanor Balaban is asking for help locating this Steelers quilt made by Susan Madden. It was last seen on October 13, 2017 when it was taken from a show in Kensington, Maryland.

This quilt is 32″ by 32″. The main colors are black and yellow. The quilt is made in a butterfly pattern. It is labeled on a lower corner with Susan’s name.

If you find this quilt, please contact Eleanor at

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Jelly roll race quilt. 
This disappearing nine-patch looks so much more complicated than it is. 
 Quilted and ready to go to Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
I love being able to drop off a stack of quilts!

2017 Charity Quilt Count: 42

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October 13, 2017
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

This past week I managed to finish up two more charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for kids.

2017 Charity Quilt Count: 40

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October 11, 2017
Zombie Jamboree from Becca's Crazy Projects

The September 2017 UFO Challenge was number 2. Spring Water Designs is trying to keep me on-track to finish so many things this year. 

I got lucky and managed to squeak this one in before October 1st. I call this one Zombie Jamboree. I wanted a quilt design that didn't hide the many fun zombie prints in the bundle, so I went with large blocks and coordinating solids. It isn't a big quilt. It is just big enough to put on the back of the couch for some spooky fun for October. 

I attached and finished the binding ...

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October 3, 2017
Charlotte Helton Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Ben Hope is searching for a quilt owned by Nancy Helton. The quilt was made by Grover Helton for Charlotte Helton. This quilt was last seen in Maryland in 1998. It may have been stolen and taken to California or Arizona.

This quilt is queen size. The main colors are pink, blue, and red. It is hand pieced and hand quilted. Charlotte Helton’s name appears on the front of the quilt along with the year, 1971, which is embroidered.

If you have seen a quilt that fits this description, please contact Ben at

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October 2, 2017
Travel Knitting from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I go on a trip, I plan to take a brand new knitting project with me. I usually pick a shawl pattern, mostly because I really enjoy knitting them. Last week I traveled for work and this time I picked Close To You (follow the link to this free pattern on Ravelry). Clearly written and perfect for one skein of yarn. The yarn is from Snallygaster Fibers.

I cast on at the first gate while waiting for the boarding call.
I knit from Baltimore to Chicago. I had no idea this flight was going to Chicago, so flying with ...

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September 29, 2017
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple more quilt tops constructed by other members of the Annapolis Quilts for Kids got quilted last week. I like the coins quilt.
This beginner quilt was a breeze using a large flower motif.

2017 Charity Quilt Count: 37

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