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November 30, 2020
Quilt Kit Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

Each block got set on point. These blocks measure 17.5" by 17.5". 
Then the block sashing. 
Then this happened. I'm not going to point it out. I'm just going to say it went into a quilt time out for about a day before I got back to work on it. 
Internal borders done. Those little setting blocks are really nice. 
Finished top with the wide outer border. I need more borders in my quilt life. I'm pretty pleased with how this one turned out. It's folded up and in the shop bag ...

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November 29, 2020
Chicken Quilt – Check! from The Quilt Quine

While the Q24 quilted 2 large customer quilts, I completed the blue and white chicken quilt, adding a lot of random blue and white squares as sashing and borders. It was pleasantly mindless but took a surprisingly long time. I dyed a cotton sheet blue for the backing and selected an all over hexagon quilt pattern that looks like chicken wire. It is now on one of my house sofas next to the Cornish-ware dresser but I have no doubt that it will stay pristine for long if cats and Scottie dogs sit on it. That does not bother me ...

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On to December! from Heart Desire Creations

This year seemed to drag on, but now – Oh My! The end of November already? It was such a pretty day today so we put up the outdoor Christmas lights just in time for the beginning of Advent tomorrow. A few things are up in the house, but not the tree or mantel adornments. Tomorrow – maybe.

Above is a sneak peak of a Christmas quilt I’ve been working on the past week. All the blocks are pieced, the circles hand appliqued and putting the blocks and rows together should be completed tomorrow. Borders will follow.

It’s been a ...

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November 25, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week has been a week of things but not so much doing things. My Kickstarter copy of Dwellings of Eldervale came. It isn't like I'll be having any friends over soon so I have plenty of time to learn the rules. 
I put the twelve blocks for my kit on the design wall. There will be so much piecing of sashing and cornerstones, and so on for this one. Full update next Monday. 
And my copy of Escape Pod's year fifteen anthology(affiliate link) arrived. I actually bought two copies of this one so someone might ...

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November 23, 2020
Quilt Kit Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

Block Seven
Block Eight
Block Nine
Block Ten
Block Eleven
Block Twelve

Twelve blocks. Time for setting and sashing. The easy part was the blocks.  

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November 22, 2020
Poof – Another Week Gone! from The Quilt Quine

Here we are again – another week has gone by! I got a few customer quilts done, mostly small ones and one very large one. Just when it seems I have caught up, a few more come in which keep me occupied.

I have been putting my hen blocks together, sort of inspired by an 1980s checkered plate from Habitat. I could not figure out the maths required to get a certain number of squares to go onto two different sized blocks. Illogically and randomly I came up with squares cut out at 2.25”. After quite some time it dawned ...

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November 20, 2020
Retreating and More from From the Strawberry Patch...

I haven't retreated from blogging~ although it probably seems that way. I don't know how I get so busy with things that time slips away, but I do. The weekend before last I was lucky enough to spend some of that ever-elusive time retreating with a few friends, we commandeered the craft room at a local camp, set up our sewing machines and got to work. The first flimsy finish is this three block

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Retreating and More from From the Strawberry Patch...

I haven't retreated from blogging~ although it probably seems that way. I don't know how I get so busy with things that time slips away, but I do. The weekend before last I was lucky enough to spend some of that ever-elusive time retreating with a few friends, we commandeered the craft room at a local camp, set up our sewing machines and got to work. The first flimsy finish is this three block

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Deconstruction - Finished! from Becca's Crazy Projects

Super quick today as I don't have anything new to share. I did finish my deconstruction quilt. Now it is bound and ready for washing and gifting.  

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November 18, 2020
Deconstruction - Part 3 from Becca's Crazy Projects

I measured the somewhat wonky quilt top and added a border. If you have many bias edges a border can stabilize the overall piece and ensure you have sides that match and aren't wavy. Trust me, it is worth the extra time. 
I pulled this fun coordinating pink from my collection and made up the binding before I even loaded it onto the frame. 
Ready to quilt!
I went with a teal thread on top and bobbin. Swirls, waves, and some wavy lines for an allover design.
These waves are one of my favorites. 
The lighting on this is ...

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November 16, 2020
Quilt Kit Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

Many years ago I bought a quilt kit offered by Joanne Fabrics. It was a block of the month and I picked up the almost the entire kit at sale prices. I pulled it out of its hiding place and spend the next six days piecing a new block each day. 

Block One
Block Two
Block Three
Block Four
Block Five
Block Six

I'll continue working through these until I have finished the quilt. It is nice to have something ready to piece on hand. Perhaps I should kit up some for myself using a couple favorite blocks. I ...

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November 15, 2020
Give Yourself Permission from The Quilt Quine

It has taken a long time for me to realise that I can give myself permission to take time out on occasion. I doubt that I will ever give up my obsession with lists or even just jottings but since Nella has been in hospital, I realise that I don’t always have to be productive. Obviously, when she is eventually discharged our days will be rigidly timetabled according to scheduled meals and snacks. In the meantime, before that happens, I should appreciate that I am not obliged to fulfil a certain amount of tasks each day. I was brought ...

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November 13, 2020
Deconstruction - Part 2 from Becca's Crazy Projects

 Monday I shared the beginnings of this quilt. 

It isn't done yet but I did make progress. I pieced several more blocks for a total of 35 blocks. My goal is to make this a quilt suitable for a twin bed or as a throw quilt. 

I played with the blocks and got them pieced together. I still need to add a border to stabilize those outer edges and unify the top. I'm really pleased with how it has turned out so far. So much movement!
Now all I have to do is sort out this mess of ...

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November 9, 2020
Deconstruction from Becca's Crazy Projects

Several years ago another quilter gave me this quilt top. You can't tell from this distance but since the half-square triangle blocks were made with nothing but bias edges it is something of a mess. Points don't line up, stitching missed in more than a few places. Overall, not a good piecing method for beginning quilters. I'm not even going to tell you how to do it because it usually ends in disaster even for seasoned piecers. After pressing I grabbed my Tucker Trimmer III and started cutting 10.5" squares. 
Here are the first few. I ...

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November 8, 2020
Counting My Chickens from The Quilt Quine

I suppose I could say that this has been a week of fits and starts where I feel that I have either been very busy or very indolent but I was actually more productive than I first thought. I have produced two alternative advent calendars which I have to keep secret from my girls and I ordered Fergus a Lego Starwars calendar from Ebay, the only place that does not already appear to have sold out. 

I rustled up the hedgehog cushion in time to take to Nella midweek, quilted a customer’s dragonfly quilt to look like ripples on ...

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November 2, 2020
Fiber Projects from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still making progress on my mosaic crochet blanket. It isn't fast but I really like how it is working up. I learned this design by watching a YouTube by Tinna. You can find her on Ravelry. From there you will find her patterns and links to her videos. Totally worth your time if you want to learn about mosaic crochet. 
I finished a row on my Tunisian crochet shawl. Pattern is Ard-Ri, available on Ravelry. 
This is a project that has been set aside and I think I'll try to get back to it this week ...

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October 29, 2020
From The Heart – My Day… Was… Yesterday… from Seams To Be Sew

Oh, Dear!! I’ve done the one thing I have myself written to other bloggers about when they are no shows. For some reason, I just...

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October 28, 2020
Halloween Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

 And you thought the mask sewing was over with. 

Darling Husband has said more than once he wanted a mask that had more coverage than the fitted masks I made a couple months ago. I made a sample last month and he has already lost it. It was time to make some more. I pulled out some fun Halloween prints and got cutting. These are made using one of the 3D patterns out there. I used the adult size from this Martelli Notions YouTube. I don't use the Martelli system but they include the sizes on the video. I ...

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October 26, 2020
Creative Clutter from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since Aunt Betty dropped off al this fabric I have been a little stressed about my creative space. Too much fabric and not enough room for creativity. 
Bags of yarn, stacks of fabric everywhere!
This little bookshelf wasn't doing anything so I brought it upstairs and made room for it. 
I filled that little shelf rather quickly with fabrics I really like and think I will use. Other fabric was stacked up and put back into the trash bags in which it came. I can see when there is more fabric than I can possibly ever use. I really ...

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October 21, 2020
Wardrobe Wednesday from Becca's Crazy Projects

Welcome to another Wardrobe Wednesday! Another wearable sewing project brought to you by Aunt Betty. 
My goal on Saturday was to make this pile of cut knit fabric into a finished garment. 
It seems I am limited when it comes to green thread. I often mix and match with the looper thread, considering the leading needle (left-most needle) as the most important when it comes to colors. 
Sadly, by the end of the day on Saturday this is how far I managed to get. Any time I have to switch my serger from overlock to coverstitch I slow down. It ...

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