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December 20, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

We're approaching the end of the year. This has been a great year for charity quilting. I'm not calling the year in charity quilting done, but it is close.

Sometimes even a charity quilt demands something more than the humble meander. 
I let the piecing help me decide what to do. Here is a close up. Custom quilting isn't my specialty, but I like doing it once in a while. 
Sometimes panels are just as fun as great piecing or custom quilting. 
Here is the stack headed to Annapolis Quilts for Kids tomorrow. This is the last ...

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December 18, 2019
Star Storm Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

The piecing on this quilt is rather quick once you have all the pieces cut and labeled. Trust me, labels are included. Use them. 
I assembled all the units before trimming them according to the pattern directions. 
I was super pleased with how precisely the units went together. Just amazing! I think there is only one somewhat wonky point and that is a really big accomplishment. I still need to cut and attach the border. I haven't quite decided what color to use. Then I'll need to buy some backing to finish it up. I'll have to ...

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December 16, 2019
Nine More Days! from Heart Desire Creations

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It’s been a fun and busy week.  A friend has a family farm and invited two of us for a 3 day sew-in.  All that time concentrated on sewing and friends (and food) was such a treat! I put the main body of this batik and black & white quilt together.  I cut the squares after I reorganized my batiks a while back.  Now I’m working on the borders.  I need to cut a little more and look forward to a finish before the end of the year.

Yard/house chores have taken some of my time.  We mainly ...

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Fabric Shopping from Becca's Crazy Projects

Disclaimer: This post was prepared for publication on Friday the 13th. It seems I failed to actually set it to post. Therefore, this year I'm short a post and this one is a little late. Hopefully I'll do better in the new year.

Every year I vow to buy less fabric than I use. This might be the first year I accomplished that lofty goal.

The day after Thanksgiving, I ventured out to Spring Water Designs to shop their sale. I picked up some great fabrics. A couple were in the holiday prints (on sale) and the others ...

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December 15, 2019
On the Edge from The Quilt Quine

Ever since I first became a Quilter I have been active on social media – first it was for information or advice on quilting forums then Facebook and Instagram came along. I posted something or made comments almost every day and for a while I did my 30 seconds max daily vlog, either about a project, my travels or something daft that I had done. My laptop tells me I have written over 11 000 emails since I got it in 2012! My weekly blog is really just an electronic journal for myself which some people happen to see sometimes. Recently ...

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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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