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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 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 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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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 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 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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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 Repair.net. 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 16, 2018
Embroidering the Holidays from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Monday I shared my post about embroidering these felt place mats.

I got busy with the machine embroidery and stitched out a couple more. 
I think this one is going to work with me.
I'll hang it on my office door so everyone knows my opinion on the holidays. 
Here is the full set. Two red and two green. I think we'll hang them in the windows after Thanksgiving.

Machine embroidery designs by Urban Threads Embroidery.

Tools (affiliate links):
Magna-Glide bobbins
Fiskars Curved Craft Scissors

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November 12, 2018
Embroidering the Holidays from Becca's Crazy Projects

The last time we were at Target we saw these felt place mats. Darling Husband thought they would make great holiday decorations with the addition of some seasonal embroidery. I pulled up my collection of designs from Urban Threads Embroidery and got stitching.
I will be stitching out several designs, with no two being the same. When you collect designs you want to use them all.
These designs are big and take what seems like forever to stitch out. The results are great, though. I have two more to embroider.

Tools (affiliate links):
Magna-Glide bobbins
Fiskars Curved Craft Scissors

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November 9, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

The latest charity quilt is this great scrappy hashtag quilt. This one was pieced by another member of Annapolis Quilts for Kids. If you would like to make one of these, there are loads of tutorials out there on the internet.
 I loaded it up and quilted it using a meander.
This is the stack that will be headed to the next meeting of the Annapolis Quilts for Kids.

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

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 50

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November 7, 2018
MQG Pouch Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

The DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bag swap at the next Baltimore MQG meeting.

As one would expect, partner assignments went out weeks ago and I just got around to constructing my swap bag. The recommended pattern was the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. It's a free pattern with a great tutorial. I dug around in my stash for the appropriate colors. At least I hope they are the appropriate colors.
Then I fiddled with Electric Quilt 8 until I had design I liked. The block finishes at 12" by 12 ...

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November 5, 2018
Spooky Embroidery Continued from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know I keep sharing this project, but I'm not stopping until it is done and it still isn't done.

This past weekend I managed to get a couple steps closer to done. The collar was a real challenge. This is the first time I've made a collar like this and I learned a thing or two along the way. Mostly, I learned that the directions for this coat aren't really intended for "advanced sewists". They are intended for people that have made this style of coat before. So many steps, or images, are just not ...

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November 2, 2018
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Quilted a couple more charity quilt. First was this fun one with aliens. 
The second was this one with puppies. Both of these were pieced by Mary, another member of Annapolis Quilts for Kids. The humble meander is such a great way to quilt these fun quilts.

According to EpochConverter I'm still on track for finishing one charity quilt per week for 2018.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 49

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