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July 18, 2019
The Living Is Easy...But Hot and Humid from Bayou Quilts

Some summer reading:

 Twisty doesn't begin to cover Sarah Alderson's psychological thriller.  A home invasion goes wrong, leaving Ava's daughter fighting for her life.   Loads of secrets that lead to complication after complication.   Along with Ava, I suspected almost every character.  

The timeline shifts occasionally to the earlier events, filling in a little background, but we are still misled in many cases because some of the information remains missing.

Book 10 in Joy Ellis' Nikki Galena series, which I read like gum drops with each new entry.

Dark Greenborough is a traditional festival celebrated much like Halloween ...

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June 9, 2019
It's all about the shoes... from Pointless Quilter

Our guild has an annual challenge and this year the challenge theme was 'Shoes".  We were also given a piece of chalk and we had to use that color in our quilt.  My chalk was yellow.  There were some size requirements as well.  This is what I came up with.

The machine embroidery design is from Designs by JuJu and it is her Fancy Footwear Filled pack.  The border fabric was something I found on a shop hop and was just the perfect piece for the shoes.  The challenge isn't due until August so I'm ahead of the ...

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May 24, 2019
A Mysterious Quilt! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you have been reading our blog for a while, you will know that Teri and I (Kara) have a obsession, fondness for antique quilts. We have assembled quite a collection between the two of us and we love sharing it in our lecture, The Stories in Our Quilts. Recently, we have picked up a few quilt gems that we will share with you over the coming months. 

When I look at potential quilts to add to my collection, I usually go for the unique ones that could have an interesting story or background. The quilt I just bought was ...

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March 3, 2019
Orange Creamsicle from Pointless Quilter

In April 2018 I took a Bonnie Hunter Class in Bakersfield.   It was a Jamestown Landing quilt - and I finally finished it this week.

I custom quilted it but you really can't tell in the photo.  I like how it turned out and can't wait to put it on my bed in the summer.  It takes a lot of half square triangles which I did a lot of them as leaders-enders.  I'm glad it's done.  I will be taking another Bonnie class this summer so another scrap buster coming up. 

I've also finished these other ...

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February 8, 2019
Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Along from From My Carolina Home

Only a few weeks late this year, it is finally here!  Scrap Dance Minuet is inspired by the delicate florals I wanted to work with for spring.

I got these beautiful soft florals just a couple of months ago on a Blueprint sale.

Laying them out, there wasn’t a single one that I didn’t like.  They spoke of soft spring breezes on a gentle warm day, a barefoot walk in a garden wearing a light summer dress, and the sweet fragrance of flowers in the early morning sunlight.

The soft floral fabrics brought to mind the floral fabrics ...

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February 6, 2019
Leftovers from Becca's Crazy Projects

I decided not to use the small half-square triangle units in a border for my Good Fortune mystery quilt. That meant I had to find a home for them.
I did some quilt math, and discovered I had enough to get half way to a crib quilt. I pulled out some coordinating prints and got stitching.
I also used the narrow string pieces to make the inner border on the quilt. A fun print of numbers and I had a complete crib-sized quilt top. I have some snuggly flannel in a coordinating color around here somewhere, I'm sure. Not ...

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January 15, 2019
2019 Valentine's Day Mystery Stitch-Along Part 3 from Kitty and Me Designs

If you're stitching the 2019 Valentine's Day Mystery Cross Stitch Stitch-Along Project, Part 3 is now available:

The 4th and final part will be released 2 weeks from today on January 29th.

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January 14, 2019
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. I decided to pull the backing fabric from my collection of fabrics, too. 

I was only a little surprised I found enough pieces in the right colors. I grabbed all the coordinating colors, laid them out, measured and was fairly certain I could come up with enough backing.
While I assembled the other pieces of the backing, I stitched out the label onto one section. 
Due to a cutting error, I needed to make the pink section a little wider. I pulled out those two leftover blocks and added them in ...

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January 8, 2019
2019 Valentine's Day Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch Along Part 2 from Kitty and Me Designs

If you've joined the 2019 Valentine's Day Mystery Cross Stitch Stitch-Along, Part 2 has been released:

If you think this is pretty, wait till you see the rest of the design!  Part 3 will be released next Tuesday January 15th.

To order, please visit my Etsy shop.

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January 7, 2019
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number: the reveal! That's right, no more clues.

The bin was overflowing with bits from the last clue.
There was a sneaky clue number seven. It was joining some of the smaller units into larger units. Nothing fancy, but it was nice to do some intermediate piecing.
First part of the reveal was the primary block. Other than piecing one of these incorrectly (I'm sure that block appears in this post) this was a very straightforward clue. Those parallelogram units really shine here.
The alternate blocks used up ...

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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 31, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number six!

This is the stack of strings I pulled out of my string bin. It was almost enough to complete the clue. 
I only had to cut a few strips from my other fabric to complete this clue. I still have to pull the paper off the back, but I'm ready for whatever comes next!
The rest of the units are ready. 

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic ...

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December 24, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time again to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number five!

This week made me question my color choices. Only for a little while, though. I cut my pieces using the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler and the Companion Angle Ruler. These tools make cutting units like these a breeze.
Once I had pieced a couple of the units, I liked the colors just fine. The combination of these colors reminds me of my On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt from last winter.
You can read all about my On Ringo Lake finish in this post ...

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December 18, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number four!

This week we did a little string piecing. At first I wasn't very excited about this prospect, but I dug out some of my strings and made up a couple. I decided I really liked the effect and they went together pretty quickly.
So quickly that I reached my goal, plus a couple extra, rather quickly. I might add string piecing back into my after work routine because it is so satisfying to put together fun blocks and units with what would otherwise be thrown in the ...

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December 10, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time again to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number three!

This time we're making chevron units. I've learned over the last few mystery quilts that I can cut and piece these the most accurately if I make a template of the chevron piece. How do I do that? I cut a piece of paper the size required for the finished unit. Then I use the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler to trim that piece to the correct parallelogram shape. I tape that template to the back of my 6.5" Easy Angle Ruler so I ...

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December 7, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since I picked up backing during the after Thanksgiving shopping craze, I decided I should load up my 2018 Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild mystery quilt. I've been trying very hard to keep working on finishing things instead of starting things. I think it is a challenge for every creative person.
I quilted this one with a wavy hand-guided design with a few swirls to fill in some of the arcs. More wave than swirl overall.
I had some time this week to finish the binding. A finished quilt is a happy quilt.

As part of my quest to buy ...

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December 5, 2018
Annual Material Girl Challenge Quilts and some Good Fortune from Pointless Quilter

My friendship group has an annual challenge.  It's not a requirement to participate.  This year the people who signed up exchanged 20 Flying Geese blocks to each person who signed up.  There were 10 of us.  We had to have the geese done in the Spring when we met and then we have until our Christmas party to put the quilt together.  We had our Christmas party this past Saturday.  Here is my quilt.   

See all those 2" squares in the border (finished at 1.5")?  I thought for sure my shoebox filled with those squares would be empty ...

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December 4, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for the sharing of my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress.

I pulled out my fuchsia fabrics (my substitution for Bonnie's blue) and got cutting. I absolutely love the speed and accuracy I get when cutting strip sets with the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler . (If you want a more versatile ruler, the 6.5" Easy Angle Ruler may suit you better. I think I got a deal with a coupon at one of the big box stores when I bought mine. I'm a big ruler fan and have rulers I haven't even used yet.) I stack ...

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December 1, 2018
Pre-Orders for the 2019 Valentine's Day Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along from Kitty and Me Designs

Pre-orders for the 2019 Valentine's Day Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along are now available!!

©On The Wings Of Love, Valentine's Day 2019 Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch Along by Pamela Kellogg of Kitty And Me Designs.

This Cross Stitch Mystery project is a beautiful Victorian style Valentine design. Suitable for framing, sewing into a wall quilt or finishing as a decorative pillow.
It's worked in my traditional design style.

The project will start on January 1, 2019. It will be a 4 part mystery. The release date schedule is as follows:

Part 1 - January 1
Part 2 - January 8 ...

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November 26, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

It's that time of year again! When Bonnie Hunter releases her yearly mystery quilt and the internet goes crazy with crazy quilters. Today I'm sharing my color choices (show below) and the progress I've made on the first clue.

This year, the quilt is Good Fortune. Head over to Bonnie Hunter's blog to check out the Good Fortune Mystery Quilt. There you will find all the details, such as the fabric requirements and the first clue. Don't dawdle, if you want to join in. The mystery quilt is only available for free for a short ...

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