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July 24, 2019
Scrappy Triple Irish Chain with a Twist from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Greetings from all of us in my backyard!!
When I said on June 13, I'd organize cutting instructions, I didn't mean to take so long to share the them.  Either I've had too many oars out of the boat this past month or I've lost my sense of urgency as I enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer?
I finished piecing the top yesterday, organized the backing and I'm ready to hand it off for quilting. 
I've checked the math several times and am pretty sure I've got my counts correct.
If I ...

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July 3, 2019
Lucky Wallet from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up this cute little wallet pattern from Michelle Patterns a couple weeks ago. Yesterday I grabbed some fabric, designed a simple embroidery and got cutting. 
This was a quick project and a great use of scraps, even all the pieces of interfacing were leftovers from some other project. I see a scrappy version of this wallet using the quilt-as-you-go method. So many options. 
I used coordinating Kam Snaps to close the flap.

PatternTwo Pocket Wallet from Michelle Patterns.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle

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June 24, 2019
Idea Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been looking at this pattern from Michelle Patterns for a while. I don't know that I need a pouch to hold a composition book and pens but I wanted to make the Idea Pouch.
Michelle Patterns are easy to follow and this one includes templates for all the pattern pieces. I prefer a cutting list to pattern templates but I know there are many people out there that prefer pattern templates. I really liked that the pattern included directions for cutting the excess interfacing in seams. I always trim the interfacing 1/4" smaller than the pattern ...

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June 21, 2019
Project Bag Testing from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've seen several different project bags for knitters and crocheters and wanted to try something new. Like any design, the first one is always the hardest. I made some notes and got busy.

I cut out my bag panels and interfacing. 
Then, I fused the interfacing and pressed all the various bits. 
I almost failed to attach the bag handle before sewing the bag outer to the bag lining pieces and the drawstring channel. 
I used some inspiration from the It's a Cinch Bag pattern from Patterns for Pirates. I liked how the drawstring channel was attached making ...

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June 17, 2019
Scrappy Triple Irish Chain with a Twist from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

At the end of May, I shared the beginning of this new scrap quilt with you.
I'm making very good progress for gardening season (it's been raining quite a bit).
I will donate it to a local "recovery" home for women that will be opening at the end of 2019.
Wait until you see what I'm doing with the alternate blocks!!
The prospect of quilting the big alternate (14") mostly white blocks with a lovely design is intimidates me.  I worry I'll "ruin" the quilt.  So I started to think about using a 6" "fussy cut ...

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June 12, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

This is going to be so many parts. I'm still working through my collection of batik fabrics. I didn't expect the hair to read as red as it does in this image but I really like it.
Building up the layers from the bottom.
I finished up the hair. 
I don't know if I would have picked these fabrics at the fabric store, but when you shop your collection of fabric you make do. 
The applique is finished. Next up will be the quilting. I'm going to let her hang so I can think ...

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June 3, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

It's been a month since I first shared this project with you. You can read the May 1st post here. I finally decided it was time trace the design onto my background fabric and start gluing pieces in place. I use Elmer's Liquid School Glue to attache the applique pieces. Full list of supplies at the bottom of the post. 
I wanted to break up the tail into several sections and work through several colors. 
Here is the tail cut and laid out before gluing. 
I would pick the one pieces I wanted to be in ...

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June 1, 2019
And I Finished a Quilt!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

What did you do today?
I watched my neighbor attempt to spread a huge pile of mulch around his yard . . . . 
. . . . . and I drank a lot of tea . . . .  
. . . . . . and I finished this quilt!
Finishing it was my #onemonthlygoal for May's Elm Street Quilts linkup and today is the last day to share the results for this month.
I layered it on May 1 and quickly stitched this first pattern row down the length of the quilt.
And then I got distracted or bored or disappointed with the design???
I don't know but there it sat until May 29 -- that ...

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May 28, 2019
I Might Have Started a New Project?!? from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Yep, there is something taking over the design wall in my studio!
Inspired by Jessie Fincham's (aka @messyjessy1 on Instagram) tutorial on piecing a Scrappy Irish Chain (HERE) and . . . . . . 
. . . . . . my bulging basket of 2 1/2" squares, I launched a modified version a couple weeks ago.
My modification is that my blocks are 7 by 7 squares (her's are 9 by 9) and
I'm setting scrappy dark greens squares to criss-cross each block on the diagonals.
There are white squares (the background fabric) in the #4 position around the outside edges and everything else is scrappy, scrappy ...

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May 6, 2019
It's a Cinch Bag from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been meaning to make the It's a Cinch Bag from Patterns for Pirates since it was released. It is a free pattern and there is even a video tutorial if you're more of a visual learner. I pulled three fabrics from my stash and got cutting.
I made the strap using a bias binding tool instead of sewing then turning that much tubing. I did use my favorite bodkin to get it threaded into the channel.
I added some lightweight fusible interfacing to the outer bag panels to give the bag a little more structure. The ...

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May 1, 2019
Where's Mary?? from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

"I think she's out chasing a bird!!"
My mother was the first person to say that, but not the last!?!
With new arrivals nearly every day during April, it's important to go birding as often as possible.
I live on the south shore of Lake Erie and spring bird migration is a big deal!!
This beauty (Rose-breasted Grosbeak) just arrived for the summer nesting season!
I don't just walk and gawk at birds though -- I try to be useful to the woodlands as well!
Every spring walk finds me pulling as much garlic mustard as I can ...

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The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this idea for a while now. A somewhat crazy idea.

I printed this hand embroidery design from Urban Threads poster-size because I want to use applique to make a mermaid quilt. I went to YouTube to find a tutorial for raw edge applique. I found this one from Nancy, which was great, but with these big pieces I really wanted something that didn't mean I'd have to go shopping.
YouTube was kind enough to let me know that I might be interested in another video called: Raw Edge Applique using Freezer Paper & Elmer's Glue ...

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April 12, 2019
Quilting Love from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared this fun paper pieced mini love quilt with you last week. I quilted it up but it isn't quite finished. Pattern is paper pieced Love Stamp Quilt by Sam Hunter.
I used one of my rulers to help me quilt the background with a coordinating gray thread. 
The square meander in the letters was done free-hand. so were some of the straight lines in the background, but most were done with a ruler. I trimmed it up and all it needs now is binding and a label.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars Rotary Cutter ...

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April 1, 2019
Paper Piecing Love from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sam Hunter is a quilt designer and a great advocate for knowing your worth. I have had a copy of one of her patterns in my collection for a while now. In truth, I have several of her patterns. I decided to do some paper piecing and make up a version of her paper pieced Love Stamp Quilt.

I basically learned to paper piece using her book Quilt Talk. If you want to make your quilts speak, and aren't afraid to learn something new, I recommend her book. If you buy it directly from her, she makes a little ...

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March 27, 2019
Scooter Minibag by Bucklebee from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I was looking at what the vendors at the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild quilt show I came across a fun little bag pattern that I wanted to try. This is the Bucklebee Scooter Minibag. You can find your own copy of this pattern (non-affiliated link) on the Bucklebee website.
I poked around in my collection of fabric and found a fun print and some coordinating solids.
I didn't used the recommended hardware, or strap directions because I have so many little bits of hardware from Strapworks.com. I made up the right size for my hardware and got ...

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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 8, 2019
Auditioning for a New Project from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

March begins and since I finished that huge quilt last week, I feel comfortable starting a new project which has been on my "bucket" list since the first moment I saw it on Instagram -- Marge Sampson-George's Mrs. Peach.  I've had the paper templates for this EPP project since August -- such self-control to wait for six months!?!
(HERE'S a link to my Pinterest board to see some examples.)

Do you follow any Australian quiltmakers via Instagram or Pinterest?
I find their use of print and color so different from my own and I've studied these photos intensively ...

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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 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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January 30, 2019
Rainbow Nundle Dilly Bag Finish!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

I'm so pleased with my finished bag that I've already filled it with the next knitting project!!
I just have to finish the toe of the final Christmas sock and I can cast on this new cardigan for me!!
I showed you these rainbow bands of hexies last week on my way out the door to a weekend stitching retreat.  Many of the hexies were basted during the fall session of #100hexies100days2018 on Instagram with the intention of making myself Brigitte Giblin's Nundle Dilly Bag.
I made one for my knitting daughter and loved it so much ...

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