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March 13, 2019
Glam Clam Farmer's Market from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared the assembly of this fun quilt last week. All the details for construction tools are at the bottom of the post.
I decided to quilt it with swirls and waves.
This was a quilt to use up a bunch of fabrics I collected over several years. For the binding, I used leftover strips from the backing from another quilt. When I added the binding, I realized I was short by several inches. I grabbed some of the leftovers from the scrap pile leftover from this quilt and spliced in some orange slices. 
This was a great project to ...

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March 6, 2019
Glam Clam Farmer's Market from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had The Clammy 12" for a while now. It has been on my shelf waiting to be used to make something awesome. Check out Latifah Saafir Studios for more information about this great tool.
I also have this ridiculous stack of fruit and vegetable fat quarters. I decided it was time to put these two things together and make something. This will be another project taken primarily from my stash of fabrics.
Latifah Saafir Studios has some excellent YouTube videos on cutting, marking, assembling, and pressing the clam shapes. If you're nervous about those curves, I recommend ...

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February 28, 2019
Turning 30 - Digital Story from Happy Turtle



I attended a Digital Story workshop at North York Community House
This is my story. 

For more on Digital Stories go here: Digital Stories


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Turning 30 - Digital Story from Happy Turtle



I attended a Digital Story workshop at North York Community House
This is my story. 

For more on Digital Stories go here: Digital Stories


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February 20, 2019
The Not Blue Ridge Beauty from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared a little about my take on Bonnie Hunter's Blue Ridge Beauty in early February. I didn't have a bunch of blues, so I decided to make it with a bunch of reds I had on hand.

The block design is Blue Ridge Beauty from Bonnie Hunter's book Adventures in Leaders and Enders.
I decided to play with the layout in Electric Quilt (I use EQ8). I liked this layout so I rearranged the blocks until I had it on the design wall.
I used a technique called webbing to get the blocks all sewn up ...

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February 19, 2019
Our Newest AGF Sewcialite - Carolina Moore from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

An award-winning quilter, author of a quilt book and a craft book...just a few things that make her extra special...and now she's our newest AGF Sewcialite! Please give a warm welcome to the talented, Carolina Moore!

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Born in Holland and currently living in sunny San Diego, California with her husband, two sons, a dog and a cat, Carolina's been quilting for 25 years! Using her expertise and amazing precision with each make, we first noticed her back in 2012, when she became part of an AGF sewing challenge. After falling in love with ...

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February 6, 2019
#AGFMakerMonday - February Feature! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

Last year, we started a new way to feature your inspiring work that also gives you the opportunity to win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! By encouraging makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday,  we get to see how talented you are and all the amazing work you all do! Once we decide on the winner for the month, the maker receives a feature here on our AGF Blog AND of course...they win A ...

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Leftovers from Becca's Crazy Projects

I decided not to use the small half-square triangle units in a border for my Good Fortune mystery quilt. That meant I had to find a home for them.
I did some quilt math, and discovered I had enough to get half way to a crib quilt. I pulled out some coordinating prints and got stitching.
I also used the narrow string pieces to make the inner border on the quilt. A fun print of numbers and I had a complete crib-sized quilt top. I have some snuggly flannel in a coordinating color around here somewhere, I'm sure. Not ...

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February 4, 2019
The Not Blue Ridge Beauty from Becca's Crazy Projects

In an attempt to work through my ridiculous amount of fabric, I decided I should add one of Bonnie Hunter's projects to my list for the year. This year, I did not make a Get It Done UFO Challenge list. I finished all the quilts last year, and didn't have a stack to put on the list. I didn't even have an unfinished quilt beyond Good Fortune.

I'm not excited about putting completely nascent projects on the list. That doesn't mean I don't have plans for the year. Just that I don't have ...

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January 16, 2019
Long Arm Quilting Details from Becca's Crazy Projects

One of the quilting groups I belong to on Facebook shared this awesome post by Kimmyquilt on how to straighten and square up the leaders on the long arm frame. I wish I had this information a few years ago when I replaced the leaders.

In the end, I made some very minor adjustments to my leaders. It isn't 100% perfect, but I don't think a difference of 1/4" from one end of my 10 foot frame to the other is something I'm going to fret over. The difference in a pieced backing, or the piecing ...

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January 14, 2019
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. I decided to pull the backing fabric from my collection of fabrics, too. 

I was only a little surprised I found enough pieces in the right colors. I grabbed all the coordinating colors, laid them out, measured and was fairly certain I could come up with enough backing.
While I assembled the other pieces of the backing, I stitched out the label onto one section. 
Due to a cutting error, I needed to make the pink section a little wider. I pulled out those two leftover blocks and added them in ...

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January 7, 2019
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number: the reveal! That's right, no more clues.

The bin was overflowing with bits from the last clue.
There was a sneaky clue number seven. It was joining some of the smaller units into larger units. Nothing fancy, but it was nice to do some intermediate piecing.
First part of the reveal was the primary block. Other than piecing one of these incorrectly (I'm sure that block appears in this post) this was a very straightforward clue. Those parallelogram units really shine here.
The alternate blocks used up ...

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December 31, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number six!

This is the stack of strings I pulled out of my string bin. It was almost enough to complete the clue. 
I only had to cut a few strips from my other fabric to complete this clue. I still have to pull the paper off the back, but I'm ready for whatever comes next!
The rest of the units are ready. 

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 ...

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December 24, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time again to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number five!

This week made me question my color choices. Only for a little while, though. I cut my pieces using the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler and the Companion Angle Ruler. These tools make cutting units like these a breeze.
Once I had pieced a couple of the units, I liked the colors just fine. The combination of these colors reminds me of my On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt from last winter.
You can read all about my On Ringo Lake finish in this post ...

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December 18, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number four!

This week we did a little string piecing. At first I wasn't very excited about this prospect, but I dug out some of my strings and made up a couple. I decided I really liked the effect and they went together pretty quickly.
So quickly that I reached my goal, plus a couple extra, rather quickly. I might add string piecing back into my after work routine because it is so satisfying to put together fun blocks and units with what would otherwise be thrown in the ...

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December 10, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time again to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. Clue number three!

This time we're making chevron units. I've learned over the last few mystery quilts that I can cut and piece these the most accurately if I make a template of the chevron piece. How do I do that? I cut a piece of paper the size required for the finished unit. Then I use the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler to trim that piece to the correct parallelogram shape. I tape that template to the back of my 6.5" Easy Angle Ruler so I ...

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December 7, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since I picked up backing during the after Thanksgiving shopping craze, I decided I should load up my 2018 Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild mystery quilt. I've been trying very hard to keep working on finishing things instead of starting things. I think it is a challenge for every creative person.
I quilted this one with a wavy hand-guided design with a few swirls to fill in some of the arcs. More wave than swirl overall.
I had some time this week to finish the binding. A finished quilt is a happy quilt.

As part of my quest to buy ...

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December 4, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for the sharing of my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress.

I pulled out my fuchsia fabrics (my substitution for Bonnie's blue) and got cutting. I absolutely love the speed and accuracy I get when cutting strip sets with the 4.5" Easy Angle Ruler . (If you want a more versatile ruler, the 6.5" Easy Angle Ruler may suit you better. I think I got a deal with a coupon at one of the big box stores when I bought mine. I'm a big ruler fan and have rulers I haven't even used yet.) I stack ...

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November 26, 2018
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

It's that time of year again! When Bonnie Hunter releases her yearly mystery quilt and the internet goes crazy with crazy quilters. Today I'm sharing my color choices (show below) and the progress I've made on the first clue.

This year, the quilt is Good Fortune. Head over to Bonnie Hunter's blog to check out the Good Fortune Mystery Quilt. There you will find all the details, such as the fabric requirements and the first clue. Don't dawdle, if you want to join in. The mystery quilt is only available for free for a short ...

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Practical and Easy Project PouchWe always need something to... from Living Water Quilter



Practical and Easy Project Pouch

We always need something to carry our “stuff”.  Recently, a fellow Fredericksburg Modern Guild member posted a cute vinyl project pouch. She used the free pattern by Kristina Brinkerhoff.  Find the pattern here.

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I had fun making the pouch with some modifications in size and design. Instead of the 2-inch pieced fabric grid in her pattern, I choose to add ruler quilting to a 15-inches square piece of fabric.

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Several Spin an Echo templates were used to create the above designs. The designs are surrounded by free hand free-motion quilting.

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This was also an opportunity ...

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