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April 1, 2020
Elvira Quarantine Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I loaded up the finished Elvira Quarantine Quilt Along by GE Designs and got quilting. Yellow thread is one of my favorites for long arm quilting and it was perfect for this quilt. It blends in while lending texture. 
The pieced back worked out perfectly. This will make some little person so happy. Great for tummy-time when tiny and play when older. 
I can imagine little cars driving around those city streets. 
Polka-dot binding might be my favorite. A fun little pop of color. The best part about this project is that purchased no fabric or batting. This entire project ...

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March 30, 2020
Elvira Quarantine Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I stumbled across the Elvira Quarantine Along by GE Designs last weekend. I didn't need another quilt project, but I decided to join in. I've had this collection of fat quarters since 2013 and never settled on a project. This project makes great use of larger scale prints, so I it was the perfect candidate. I bought this bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop during a sale in July 2013. I also had a couple of one-yard coordinating prints and about a half yard in my collection.
These blocks are really easy to cut and piece. I used ...

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March 23, 2020
Right Angles  Some might say, at the right angle it’s hip to be... from Living Water Quilter



Right Angles

 Some might say, at the right angle it’s hip to be square. The latest issue of Quiltmaker Magazine features my newest quilt design, Right Angles.  The 79 x 89 inch quilt is a fast make.

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Right Angles features Grunge and Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics.  Find Moda Grunge and Bella Solids at  Fat Quarter Shop,  an affiliate.

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It’s quilted with a free-motion quilting pattern I call, Boxed In. The “right angles“  fill the light gray background fabric.  Check out my video demo:

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March 4, 2020
Fabric Acquisition 2020 from Becca's Crazy Projects

As part of my own quilter accountability I've been keeping track of how much fabric I buy during the year. Last year I did a pretty good job and totaled 24 yards.

My first purchase of the year was to buy backing for both of these finished quilt tops. Quilt backing is one thing I almost don't count. I wouldn't be able to finish quilts without it so I consider it a necessary cost. Handy tip: when you finish the quilt top, measure it and write down the measurements. Then, calculate how much backing fabric you need ...

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February 26, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

I'm still working on my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I shared previous progress in Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts. 
I was concerned I wouldn't have enough of the green for sashing, but after I cut a few strips of the black I discovered I had just enough.
I'm always challenged by blocks set on point. Not only is there the problem with keeping things from shifting because everything is on the bias, particularly along the edges, but it just takes longer to piece than blocks in rows and columns ...

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February 24, 2020
Vintage Four-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is what my cutting table looks like most of the time. I move on to the next project and leave a pile of leftovers to put away later. This slows down some of my creativity, but not enough to keep me from doing it again. I had a bunch of strips and squares leftover from my Star Storm Quilt. I decided to trim down some of those leftovers to make some simple four-patch in four-patch blocks.
First, I made a bunch of smaller (4.5" by 4.5") 4-patch units.
Then I joined some to make bigger blocks (8 ...

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February 5, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

A couple weeks ago I shared Part 1 of my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.
I've been making good progress on the many units that make up this quilt. First, I worked through the corner blocks.
Then, the side blocks.
I was finally filling in units and it was starting to look like a quilt.
This past weekend I managed to finish all the blocks. Now, I move on to the sashing. I don't make many quilts with sashing because it always seems like so much work. Great results, though.

Tools and supplies ...

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January 22, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 1
Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville hosts a mystery quilt that begins the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

Frolic began on Black Friday in 2019. I wasn't excited about the mystery quilt this time. I did buy some fabric, but I didn't have the interest to actually play along with the mystery. This isn't the fault of the designer, just a general feeling of not wanting to make a quilt without knowing where I was going. I waited until after the reveal to settle on my colors.
I picked up the black and the gray ...

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January 16, 2020
Get to know Shannon from Shannon Fraser Designs from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, my fellow fabric lovers! I’m super thrilled to be guest posting here today. In fact, I’ll be guest posting over the next several weeks with some fun projects, inspiration, and tips to share with you.

But first, let’s get to know one another a little 😊

Hi! I’m Shannon. I’m the modern quilt pattern designer and maker behind Shannon Fraser Designs. I’m based out of Montreal, Canada and you can usually find me stitching away in my home studio with my hair in a top knot, sipping copious amounts of coffee all while hanging ...

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January 6, 2020
Fat Quarter Pile Up from Becca's Crazy Projects

Someone on Instagram mentioned how quick this the Fat Quarter Pile Up pattern went together. I was intrigued so I went to Knot and Thread Design to check it out. The pattern is indeed quick to cut and piece. I used the basic design but cut my bricks to suit the fabric I had on hand. 
This monkey fabric is so much fun!
It went together so quickly! I've got the backing and binding ready, so this one will be quick to finish once I get it loaded onto the frame. This is my first quilt top finish of ...

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January 4, 2020
Looking back, preparing to look forward from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

To See Such Fun

We're in a new year it seems, so it's time to look back. I'll look forward in a day or so, but I need time to process last year. So much has happened, two new babies in the family, the loss of Richard's dad, my hospital stay and surgery. 


Another Red Feather from Red Is a Neutral challenge

Still, as it turns out, I've been quite busy in my little world. 


Dora and Diego 

Busy with what, you might be asking yourself (because I did set myself up for that question ...

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December 31, 2019
Top 9 of the 2019 Quilting Instagram from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I ran the top 2019 over here for my quilting Instagram feed and though I have been a little quiet there as compares to the blog and the newsletters, I think Instagram did catch some of my best make in the year of 2019.
 
So here it is: 
My Quilting Instagram page is Amira_littlemushroomcap
 
Quilting on instagram
There are affiliate links within this post that may earn me little commission to help cover the cost of the blog and other expenses. Please find the disclosure policy here
 
 

From the top nine of my quilting Instagram account,

 

what I first notice is,  

The hotpad ...

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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
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 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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November 6, 2019
Quilting Up Leftovers from Becca's Crazy Projects

Way back in February I shared this little quilt made using the leftovers from last year's mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I finally got around to quilting it. To keep with the modern theme, I went with a modern all-over quilting design. 
Now I just have to remember if I made binding for this little quilt back in February.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q
4.5" Easy ...

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October 30, 2019
Flower Garden from Becca's Crazy Projects

This beauty of a quilt was created by a new quilter. This is the second quilt I've quilted for her. You can see the first one in this blog post from April
She chose the fabrics and design.
She also picked out the thread and the quilting motif. 
I quilted this beauty in an afternoon. 
Now I will box it up and send it back to her. I hope she loves the results as much as I do.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary ...

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October 29, 2019
Sweet! I am thrilled to share a new quilt, Sweet Tooth.  It made... from Living Water Quilter



Sweet!

I am thrilled to share a new quilt, Sweet Tooth.  It made its public debut at the Island Batik booth during fall International Quilt Market. Sweet Tooth is the quilt in the middle. ;-)

Sweet Tooth was designed with the new Island Batik fabric, Colorpop, by designer Kathy Brett Engle. Its one of several new fabric lines in the Island Batik Fall 2019 catalog.

NOTE: Island Batik supplied the fabric.

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The vibrancy of Colorpop reminds  me of the colorful hard candy my mother would buy years ago. Colorpop will be in stores February 2020.

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Sweet Tooth pattern will be available ...

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October 16, 2019
Quilt Batting: How to choose the best one? from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

Ever thought about which quilt batting is best for your quilt? You have a quilt top done, and just before we get to quilt it, we need to make a quilt sandwich, and then the batting comes to mind. Which one should you use? 

How do you choose the correct and best quilt batting? 

In this post we’ll discuss different types of batting and I’ll give you some suggestions to which quilt batting you should use.

How to Choose Quilt Batting

Questions to ask when choosing a batting:

  • What is the style of the quilt
  • What is the ...

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October 15, 2019
Twilight Forest Have you seen the new issue of Quiltmaker... from Living Water Quilter



Twilight Forest

Have you seen the new issue of Quiltmaker Magazine? Twilight Forest, my latest quilt design, is among several beautiful holiday and seasonal patterns featured in the November/December issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

Twilight Forest features Hoffman Fabrics collection Meet Magnolia. 

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Twilight Forest is a combination of traditional and foundation paper-piecing. It’s a good size at 68″ x 88″.

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Whether it’s the digital or print edition, the pattern information and foundation sheets are included. The article also includes quilting inspiration and a color page to help you select colors for your Twilight Forest quilt.

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