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February 23, 2021
SHOW YOUR STRIPES BLOG HOP from That's Sew Kerry

 Stripy String Quilt




A little while ago Carla from Creatin in the Sticks put a call out to those of us that love stripes - any size any way, striped fabric, striped binding, strips of fabric to make stripes (here's where I come in) literally anything goes! 

There are so many fantastic bloggers taking part over the week(schedule at the bottom) and a whole host of different projects, ideas and inspirations that you can read about and try out - I hope you will join in and show me your stripes!




If you have read by blog for a while ...

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February 22, 2021
Join The Quilt Conversation!LIVE!  Weekly conversations about... from Living Water Quilter



Join The Quilt Conversation!

LIVE!  Weekly conversations about quilting are happening on Living Water Quilter’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The first Quilt Conversation Episode 1 was a couple of week ago. Now, it’s available  to watch on YouTube. 

Each conversation includes machine quilting tips, Q&A, and fun surprises.

Join us EVERY Friday at 7pm (EST)

Watch Quilt Conversations Episode 2   and learn about an easy smartphone app to help with sewing machine needles.

SUBSCRIBE to the Living Water YouTube channel and get notifications so you don’t miss out on machine  quilting tutorials and Quilt Conversations ...

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December 28, 2020
Sunshine Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

 
Remember this little quilt top
I loaded it up and got quilting. 
As a cuddle quilt I didn't want to do any fancy quilting. I used a small meander that should make this little quilt super cuddly after washing.
Machine-finished binding for a quick finish! Don't forget the label.  

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December 14, 2020
Sunshine Half-Square Triangles from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this fabric sitting around for ages. I made a quilt for a workmate several years ago when he and his wife had their little girl. That little girl is now at least eight years old. Time flies. 
I decided to make a bunch of half-square triangle blocks using the 5" charms. This idea came from a talk by Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild virtual meeting in November. 
I worked on the units during my last quilt as a leader & ender. The units then spent a bunch of time on the ...

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December 9, 2020
IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! from That's Sew Kerry

Especially when you get Great Presents!

It's no secret I have an addiction to fabric - so this is always a sure win when buying a present for me, but as a quilter I quite often get asked what 'good presents' to buy are. So I thought I'd put together a little list of things that have caught my eye recently or that I generally can't do with out in case anyone was struggling with what to buy for the quilter/sewer/crafter in their life.

This is not sponsored or affiliated in any way, simply my opinions ...

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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 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 20, 2020
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 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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September 14, 2020
Florid Bloom from Becca's Crazy Projects

I just want to say upfront that I really, really, really dislike the new Blogger interface. They made it easier for mobile users, which I support, but the changes pretty much make working with the tool on a desktop a complete pain in the ass. I'm not sure why they didn't stick with what works for desktop users and let the new stuff be used by mobile users. It's like they assumed everyone was using mobile for blogging and they could ignore the world of desktop users. I'm not averse to change, just change that seems ...

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September 10, 2020
Quilting in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Picking thread for a quilt is just as important, and fun, as picking the fabrics. In this case, I went with the lightest gray to coordinate with the white-on-white backing.
The quilting I planned and the quilting I got didn't match but I really like the result. 
Here is a view of the back of the quilt so you can see the texture. The wood grain ended up a little more organic than I planned but I really like the texture. 
Ready to box up and send by to the top maker for her to finish. 

And for anyone ...

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September 2, 2020
Florid Bloom from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 1

I wanted to try out the Florid Bloom template set and Double Wedding Ring Quilts book from Victoria Findlay Wolfe. I pulled out my stack of 1930s reproduction prints and cut out some pieces.
This is where the Fiskars Rotating Cutting Mat came in handy. I don't use it often but sometimes I find the project that really needs a rotating cutting mat.
See how nice and neat!
I had a pretty good collection of prints but this project will likely get me to end of the 1930s prints.
Here is the first layout I did once ...

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August 26, 2020
Scrappy Quarter Cabin from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 4: the scrappy finish.

I planned on trimming this quilt last week but didn't get around to it until Saturday. I cut my borders at 2.5" then trimmed them down after quilting. This helps me keep the border consistent all the way around after quilting.
I pulled out a bunch of 2.5" strips to make a scrappy binding. Scrappy bindings are generally my favorite and this was no different.
Such a happy scrappy binding! I even added a few more pieces before I was done.
I do love some swirls!
I finished the binding by machine ...

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August 19, 2020
Scrappy Quarter Cabin from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

Some projects take longer than others. This was part of the cost of creating this quilt. Little scraps and strips all over my sewing side-table. Once I had all my blocks I put these scraps back in the bins for another day. 
Another cost was the leftovers. These are the pieces too small to sew into larger pieces. My trimmings are always small like this. These will be added to my pet bed donation trash-bag for the next time I get to give those snips away to the gentle souls who make pet beds for local shelters.
The ...

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August 5, 2020
Scrappy Quarter Cabin from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2
I sat down to this mess on Saturday morning to make some more blocks for my Scrappy Quarter Cabin quilt.
I also stitched up some binding for my quilt Star Struck. You can't see the binding in this photo but I can assure you it is attached. I wanted to share another closeup look at the quilting on this one. 
The pile of trimmings for this one is getting quite large.
I played with block placement and flipped some around a little. I really like how this one is working up. Still so much to do. I ...

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August 3, 2020
Jolly Bar Row Along Week 6The fourth row for the Fat Quarter... from Living Water Quilter



Jolly Bar Row Along Week 6

The fourth row for the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar Row along includes two Blissful Kisses blocks.  

I selected a Jolly Bar of Harvest Road fabric collection, which was provided by Fat Quarter Shop.

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Two Blissful Kisses blocks are flanked by Due North Blocks in the fourth row. To learn more about the Jolly Bar Row along and how to sew this block visit Fat Quarter Shop blog.

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July 27, 2020
Scrappy Quarter Cabin from Becca's Crazy Projects

Friday I pulled this stack of fabric from the shelves of my fabric collection. These will be the the beginning of my Scrappy Quarter Cabin using the free and fun tutorial by Christina Cameli. You should check it out.
The first step was to cut some of those fabrics into 5" squares. I also grabbed some from my ridiculously tall stack of 5" squares to add some more variety. Pull in the three bins full of scraps and I was off and running on Saturday morning. 
I started sewing strips and crumb strips to the blocks and by lunch on ...

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