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December 15, 2017
Royally Striped Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still making slow progress on my Royally Striped sweater. I finished the bottom edge in this fun orange.
Then I picked up to knit about a million stitches across the top edge for the collar.
I'll be working on this section for a while.
After that, I just need to bind off with an i-cord edging. I don't know that I'll get it done by the end of the year. I'm sure I'll finish before spring, though. It looks a little lumpy with the live stitches on a cable to wait for the ...

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December 13, 2017
Sparkle - A Scrap Quilt Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last month I shared a scrappy quilt I made during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild annual retreat.

I got back to work on it. I loaded up my backing, batting and quilt top. Basted it on the frame and got quilting.
I had planned on using several quilting motifs, but mostly it ended up just being a bunch of swirls. I like swirls.
I also planned on using several colors of thread. I ended up using only two colors. A somewhat mustard color that blended with the borders and white for the big white section.
Some feathers made there way ...

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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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Mystery Quilt: On Ringo Lake from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for part 3!

I've participated in the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt a few years now. Check out my posts for clue #1 and clue #2. You'll also find links to the link party Bonnie hosts each week at the bottom of each post. Even if I am a little behind with the sewing I'm trying to keep up with the blog posts so I can link up with the weekly link party. 
This week we're making something different. Head over to Bonnie's blog for all the details on how to cut, sew and press ...

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December 7, 2017
Use It or Destash That Fabric Stash from Carol Lyles Shaw


I love fabric as much as the next quilter!  But, I’ve resolved that I will NOT just hold on to that precious, precious, wonderful, absolutely special fabric anymore.  We call it collecting, but really it’s hoarding.

I Resolve to Use It or Destash the Fabric Stash!

And, here’s why I will no longer hoard, ummm, collect fabric:

  1. I bought the fabric because I loved it and I had a glimmer of an idea about using it to make an even more wonderful quilt.
  2. Fabric has a soul–it’s made from cotton which is a living thing ...

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Winter Wonderland in Coburg from The Quilt Quine

I worked on a piece of blank, cream pleather for almost 3 days and finished quilting it before I packed my bags for my German trip. There is still a little stitching to add before I send it off to my collaboration partner, Christine Escanes.

I did not anticipate the blizzard conditions on the way to the airport, early on Thursday,  before any other cars were on the road. The road was white with ice and snow and it took twice as long as normal with some scary junction approaches. Amazingly, the airport was clear and the journey to Nuremberg ...

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December 6, 2017
So Many Strips from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I get to the end of a piece of fabric I try to cut it to usable sizes. I cut my binding at 2.5" and use a double-fold binding so I often cut my scraps to 2.5" wide and save them away for a rainy day. I've been meaning to use some of these to make something for a while. Instead of spending more money on more fabric, I decided it was time to pull out these strips and make some blocks. I was inspired by Bonnie Hunter's Hourglass Leader Ender challenge from 2016 for ...

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Mystery Quilt: On Ringo Lake from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for part 2!

This year I have changed up the colors for the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. Check out last week's post where I shared my colors

This week, we're making tiny flying geese units. Head over to Bonnie's On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt page to see all the steps and the link-up information. 

Saturday morning I used the Wrights 4.5" Easy Angle and the Wrights Companion Angle to cut my pieces. I don't have as much diversity in the prints for this color, but I think the scrappiness of the rest of the ...

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Christmas Table Topper from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

Table Top

The Island Batik Ambassador project for December is a scrappy table topper. Oh good – I have been wanting to do a Christmas table runner – perfect opportunity! I wanted something festive yet peaceful. Not the usual red, whites and greens. I pulled out all the blue Island Batiks, mostly from the Blue Moon collection and was taken in with how pretty they all were! And doesn’t the touch of purple compliment it all so well?

This was going to be a project to be sewn at retreat, so it couldn’t be very complicated. A string ...

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December 3, 2017
Alison Glass Mini Quilt #2 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Looking thru my blog draft posts, I realized that I never posted another piece of my Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap story.  So here it is….

I was in an Instagram Alison Glass Swap. My Swap Mama asked me to be an Angel and make a mini for one of the team because their original partner unfortunately had to drop out at the last minute.  I had about a week to make and ship it.   OK…I said to myself, I can do this! 

I wanted to make this the second in the series so that the design would relate ...

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December 1, 2017
Felted Slippers: Felfs! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I received a bunch of yarn from Aunt Betty that is suitable for felting.

I tried to knit up some slippers and they turned out okay. This was my own design, but there are similar patterns available on Ravelry.
Even better after felting, which was the idea.

I decided I wanted to try something new so I poked around Ravelry until I discovered Felfs. If you want to try knitting for felting, but are a beginning knitter, these are a great way to start out. The Art of Felfs by Cat Bordhi is a great introduction to felting.
You don ...

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November 29, 2017
Royally Striped Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

We drove up to New England to have Thanksgiving dinner with family.

On that trip I managed to make some great progress on the Royally Striped sweater (pattern by Stephen West). I finished the second sleeve.
And moved on to the bottom border. Pick up and knit about a million stitches! Okay, not that many, but many more than you would think.
I didn't get the bottom border finished yet, but here it is in its lumpy glory. If you're on Ravelry, I have a project page that has the progress photos. I'll add some notes when ...

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Mystery Quilt: On Ringo Lake from Becca's Crazy Projects

Every year Bonnie Hunter shares a mystery quilt with the quilting world. She is generous with her inspiration and her time. She provides the mystery quilt as a wonderful teaching tool that also lets thousands of her followers try one of her patterns for free.

This year will be my fourth mystery quilt with Bonnie. I'm really looking forward to it. This year it is called On Ringo Lake. You can learn about the quilt on Bonnie's blog Quiltville. This is my first post about the mystery.

As happens every year, I break with the provided colors and ...

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November 27, 2017
Lucky Thirteen from Heart Desire Creations


That’s how many quilts will be making it out the door for Hospice next week! Add that to the works of other quilters in our little group, and we are donating 24 quilts this year! A week ago they were dedicated at a church service.

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Blurry pic, but does show how great they all looked together for dedication!

Making quilts for Hospice has been a passion of mine for several years now, but I certainly don’t do it alone. I have incorporated sewing blocks into my quilting retreats.  All attending have the option of making blocks from “kits ...

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November 26, 2017
Denim Countdown from The Quilt Quine


It felt like I was playing a giant version of “Countdown” when I laid out all of my denim wordsearch letters to check that they were all there. I realised that I had completely forgotten about 13 letter I’s, and had a surplus of O’s. It took a while to sort, cut and stitch the missing letters by which time the whole lot was all in a muddle again. All I know is that there are some more than the required 121 or 11 x 11 squares. I masked off a slot ruler and cut them all into ...

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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 21, 2017
Sashiko Subscription Box Beta coming soon! from The Ardent Thread

What is the Sashiko Subscription Box (beta), you ask? The beta part refers to the first box being a limited release which will also come with a feedback questionnaire so you can tell me what you think needs to be improved or what works well. The goal is to have a presentable subscription box that will launch in January with a seasonally appropriate project and/or set of nifty items every month. Prototypes are in the works right now.

Over the past year a few magazines approached me to design projects for them, and I couldn’t do it. I ...

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November 20, 2017
Royally Striped Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still working on my Royally Striped sweater. I've made it to the addition of the first sleeve. 
Knitting goes well with coffee. Or it is the other way round? Only a couple more sections and this will be done!

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November 19, 2017
Marmalade and Jeans from The Quilt Quine

The kids had two days off school for teacher training days so I took Nell to see “Paddington2” at the cinema. We laughed and cried at the small bear’s antics and wished we had taken marmalade sandwiches as our movie snack.

I chopped up a pile of old jeans into squares and raided my stash for any additional fabric that could pass as denim. My arithmetic skills failed me when trying to work out how many blocks would be needed if cutting out a positive and negative letter for the giant wordsearch quilt that I have in mind. Despite ...

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