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December 9, 2019
Star Storm Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up the pattern to make the Star Storm Quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe at the Annapolis Quilt Guild show Quilts by the Bay earlier this year. It has been sitting on my cutting table just waiting.

This past weekend I pulled out the stack of 1930s reproduction prints, some coordinating solids, and got cutting. First I cut and taped the paper pattern, then the fabrics.
The pattern is clearly written and states exactly what you should cut. Since I pulled fabric from my collection, I was short the yardage required to get the exact cuts, but I managed ...

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December 8, 2019
All I Want for Christmas from The Quilt Quine

Freya asked what I would like for Christmas and I could think of absolutely nothing that I “need” or even want – except that I would love to have my life back! I cannot make any bookings to teach quilting away from home or even schedule classes here, I have no foreign trips or holidays planned and some days that simply gets to me. (Don’t feel sorry for me – I just have to sulk occasionally) I am grateful that I have been able to support Nella in long battle with Anorexia and things have improved but there are really no ...

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A Few Finishes! from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I like to say “finished!”  Two of these are little, one bigger, but all make me happy.

First, for a couple of little Christmas time gifts, I embellished these towels.  From my stash, I made prairie points and cut strips.  These make great hostess gifts and guild gift exchanges.  They’re also pretty quick!

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These next are, as my hubby declared, “Cute, Cute, Cute!”  I found these little dishes at our local Habitat Store.  Buttons added around the rim and magnets on the bottom and voila! Pin dishes.  I am struggling though, I want to keep one.  I ...

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December 6, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Another scrappy charity quilt for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
Isn't this one fun!

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I don't add affiliate links to my charity quit posts on purpose. I donate my time, my machine, my thread, and my skill to the cause. 

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019. 

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 68

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December 4, 2019
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have been in a sort of creative slump. I'm having difficulty getting motivated to embark on some new sewing adventure. That doesn't mean I'm not creating, I don't think that is possible. I just haven't found a new project I'm really excited about. 

I did finish my Helix Hat. It isn't shaped like the pattern because I wasn't paying attention when I read the pattern. It was a good project, though, and I will likely make another.
Sometimes I think my motivational block is caused by some of the clutter in ...

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December 2, 2019
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

When we went to New England a few weeks ago I saw this yarn in a discount shop.
With that price tag, how could I refuse?
This past weekend I wound it into cakes.
There were three pieces tied with knots. which made the caking a little easier. I did a burn test, and the majority of the fiber is natural, though I'm not sure what it is. It ended up being over 500 grams of fiber. I have no idea how much yardage that is, but it should be enough for a shawl.
I decided to make a ...

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December 1, 2019
Some Project Time from The Quilt Quine

I can’t tell you how long it took me to browse images of clothes peg bag images before choosing the first one I found. I made my Mother a smart, new peg bag for Christmas since that is what she asked for. I could probably make more of those or cosmetics bags or some other complicated projects or actually nothing at all;)

I completed 3 blissfully straightforward customer quilts in short order, even though one had a back that was slightly too small. I simply advised the customer to apply extra wide binding. That left me the rest of ...

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The Geese are Flying! from Heart Desire Creations

thumbnail_img_1702.jpgBusy week – blowing leaves, Thanksgiving, decorating the house and family.  I did manage, however, to work on the flying geese for my Tula Strings quilt.  I sewed two cutoffs together and from that made the flying geese using a paper piece pattern I drew on EQ.  What I love about this is the accuracy.

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I narrowed the inner border and the geese borders are on three sides.  One more to go – yippee! Then, unfortunately, it will go to the land of unquilted flimsies until next year. This will make five flimsies and there are 3 Hospice flimsies.  There’s also ...

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November 29, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple more quilts made by other members of Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
I really like this one. 

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I don't add affiliate links to my charity quit posts on purpose. I donate my time, my machine, my thread, and my skill to the cause. 

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count ...

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November 25, 2019
Knitting Up Leftovers from Becca's Crazy Projects

I learned about the Helix Hat pattern on Instagram. Someone had made one and I was intrigued. I needed an easy to take along project and hats always fit the bill. I cast on and got stitching. 
I grabbed some of my leftovers and just kept going. This is a very scrappy project. Perfect for using up those worsted weight leftovers. I failed to follow the instructions so my hat is going to be much pointier than the pattern intended, but I'm going to keep going with it. As my son would say "One's head can never be ...

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November 24, 2019
Tula & Shot Cotton Strips from Heart Desire Creations

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Progress! Yeah! I first brought this project to a retreat in SC and got a number of blocks completed.  It then it made its way to the Fall Quilt & Sew-In and I completed all but about 4 blocks.  At last they are all complete, sewn together, and the first border is on.  This solid border, however, is probably going to be reduced. Unfortunately, there was gobs of rain today and could only get this inside picture – pretty dull.

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The border is my next step.  There are a ton of the cuts from the strip sets that will be stitched in ...

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November 22, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week my car had to go in the shop for some unforeseen repairs. Because it was easier to take a couple days off, than it was to coordinate a ride, I took a couple (yes, that means two) vacation days. Without going into details, it was a frustrating couple days. Yesterday, I got busy with some charity quilting so my time wouldn't be wasted. 
Both of these were pieced by other members of Annapolis Quilts for Kids. I quilted them up and after trimming I'll hand them back to Quilts for Kids for binding. 

If you want ...

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November 20, 2019
Machine Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had my eye on this machine embroidery design for a while now. I have plenty of gamer friends that would use one of these fun and easy to take along dice trays. 
Two layers of durable vinyl and some fun embroidery make this a quick and durable project, perfect for gift giving. The design is from String Theory Fabric Art. Direct link.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
Fiskars 4-inch Curved Craft Scissors
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Magna-Glide bobbins (absolutely the best for my embroidery machine)
KAM snaps
Pellon Stitch-N-Tear

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November 18, 2019
Geeky Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been thinking about adding an applique Gengar (you can do a Google search for Gengar Pokemon to learn more) to a small project bag for a while. Over the last few weeks I've been working on the machine embroidery design. Creating your own applique designs can be both rewarding and frustrating. 
It took four tries for me to get to a point I thought it worthwhile to stitch one of these onto anything beyond muslin. It still isn't perfect, but I was going to end up throwing it all in the trash if I didn't ...

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November 17, 2019
Bumbling Along from The Quilt Quine

Life is just bumbling along at present which is kind of fine in that it could be far worse. Nella is not in hospital and the feeding regime is slightly easier now that there is a pattern. She hates having to admit that she looks forward to porridge since Anorexics do not allow themselves to gain any pleasure from food. It is a very slow recovery, and I am definitely hopeful that it is a recovery, although she is still desperate to lose an extreme amount of weight and over exercise so the surveillance level is still high. I keep ...

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November 15, 2019
Handmade Charity Project Ideas & Giveaway from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

We are well into November, a month that is perfect for making grand gestures of thankfulness. This month I am challenging myself to make things for others. As I was racking my brain, I asked myself, what should I make this year? So I did some poking around on the web. Here is a list of charity project ideas that I hope to make. These items would be perfect to give to a number of different charities nationwide. I have included a link to each project, why they can be useful, and ideas on where you can donate them. Different ...

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Stitch It And Gift It …. It’s a Snow Day…. from Seams To Be Sew

It would be perfect if it were snowing outside today, making my project perfect for the weather. As many of you know I LOVE snow. Winter is my favorite season of the year and I look forward to it from the moment Summer hits every year.

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week in charity quilting I have two panel quilts made by Mary for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
Both of these were quick to finish. 
Since I didn't drop off quilts last month due to other obligations I have quite the stack to drop of tomorrow. Here are twelve quilts ready to go.

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I ...

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November 13, 2019
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

We took a short trip up to New England to visit with family and friends in advance of the holiday season. We got to catch up and share food with our friends and family. I say short trip, because we were only gone four days, but it meant hours and hours of driving. I worked on this crochet shawl along the way. 
There was also coffee.
This shawl is based on the  Cakes Two to Tango shawl. But, when you get to about 30 repeats (60 rows) you begin to work back and forth on the bias. It results in ...

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November 11, 2019
So Many Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

After getting the 72 slot cylinder for my circular sock knitting machine I have been working on holiday gifts. The 64 slot is perfect for socks for my small, narrow feet, but I know so many people with human-sized feet. This is the pair of monster socks I knit up. It's nice to use up those little odds and ends leftover from making matching socks. 
There was some coffee along the way, too. 
I even finished up this tiny sock knit on the machine. This sock is worked bck and forth on about 24 stitches and is seamed up ...

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