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April 6, 2020
Something is Better than Nothing from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been carefully watching the homemade mask discussion over the last few weeks. We went from "they don't do anything" to "you should wrap a bandana around your face" and finally to "wear a mask when you go to the grocery store". It was a social experiment set on overdrive. I collected a few links to tutorials along the way. Everyone had their idea of what a mask should be. By the time the CDC announced people should wear face coverings when going out, the number of tutorials and free patterns was mind numbing. Domesticity, a Baltimore fabric ...

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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 25, 2020
Call Me Badge Holder from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my first Call Me badge holder. Saturday I grabbed some fabrics to make a couple more. This time, I used this fun tentacle print from Spoonflower. 
Darling Husband wanted something bright and difficult to miss. I think this hit the mark. 
This one is a little wider than the first one I made and I'm super pleased with how it turned out. 
Now he will be ready the next time we get to attend a convention. 
I made myself a slightly larger one, too. I love the happy crab and jellyfish!

Tools and supplies (af ...

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March 22, 2020
Project QUILTING 11.6: Vibrant and Vivacious from Goer

When I heard that this week's Project QUILTING challenge was Vibrant and Vivacious I immediately thought rainbow.

Before I forget, this is your official reminder that we're nearing the end of Show Me Something Rainbow! Be sure to link up your finished rainbow projects by the end of March. There's still time to finish something up in the next nine days. :-)

I chose a rainbow of fabric in lighter and more vibrant tones. I realized as I started piecing that my wonky, irregular log cabin wasn't really very wonky, but I went with it. My strips ...

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March 20, 2020
What a Difference a Week Makes!?! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Is your head spinning over every thing that has happened over the past week?
A week ago, we were being "urged" to take precautions here in the USA and now we are being "ordered" to take precautions.  Today, I am suppose to be on the Platte River in Nebraska enjoying a "bucket list" birding experience but I'm home doing laundry, figuring out what to fix for supper, and puttering in my sewing studio.  Thank goodness I have a lifetime supply (really, maybe a couple lifetimes) of stuff!!

I finished and washed this little quilt to donate ...

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March 18, 2020
Call Me Badge Holder from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last year when we went to Relaxicon they handed out these badge holders with registration. I liked the idea of a badge holder that holds more than your badge, but this one really didn't hold all the things I want to carry, or not conveniently, in one place. If I had to pick one reason I didn't like it is the cord. Sure, it is adjustable, but once you put your cell phone inside that cord will cut into your neck more than you would think. 
I found a great pattern called Call Me from By Annie that ...

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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 27, 2020
I'm Retreat Bound Again! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

For the past couple years, I've been confining the retreat projects I haul out of the house to hand stitching only!  It's so much easier to pack and I'm more relaxed while at the retreat which makes it more fun to be away from the studio.
This weekend, I'm working on my 2019 #sharksdinnerBOM blocks.
I went back through my blog photo archive and was surprised to discover how few pictures I've shared on the blog?!?   
I shared lots of pics on my Instagram feed!! 
But these are the only four process pictures I shared ...

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January 13, 2020
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 5, the finale.

I used the trimmings from the backing to make the binding. I did have to add a short strip to make it work. 
I always accordion fold my binding. This makes it easy to store and easy to use without getting twisted like it does if it is coiled. 
Bound and hanging sleeve attached. It might be overly big as a wall hanging but that's what I intend on doing with it.

Read more about this quilt and the techniques used in these previous posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Tools and ...

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January 8, 2020
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 4 - Quilting

It has been a while since I updated you on this fun quilt. This post will have loads of photos as I tried to capture the quilting as I went. I pieced the backing for this quilt. The backing doesn't even really matter since my plan is to hang this quilt once it is done.
I used a matching pale blue for the background quilting. I tried to capture shapes you might see underwater. Waves. 
Seaweed and underwater currents. 
Green to accentuate the tail fin. 
Echoes and echoes. 
Fish scales. 
I try to match my top ...

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January 7, 2020
Fractured Triangles Quilt Pattern Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

One of my 2020 goals is to create more video tutorials showing my process for creating quilts.  So, I created a video tutorial  while I was making a new version of my Fractured Triangle pattern in a very different colorway from my original version. I had testers who made wonderful variations when I published the [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Fractured Triangles Quilt Pattern Tutorial appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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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 1, 2020
Hello 2020! from Becca's Crazy Projects

How does a quilter start the new year? With a fresh rotary blade and a new needle for the sewing machine. These are some of the happiest things!
I have had a few yards of Pellon Flex Foam in my studio for a while. I finally decided to give a go. This is the backside of a quilted piece for a project.
This is the front side of the resulting piece. I rediscovered By Annie patterns and decided to give one of the free patterns a try. I chose the Easy Does It bag because I knew I had all ...

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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 13, 2019
Last Minute Maker from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Are you a last-minute-maker?  I am!!
It's funny how old habits die hard.  For the 26 years I owned a quilt shop, I always did 75% of my Christmas gift making during the month of December.  It was a slow retail month for me and I just relaxed and did lots of stitching at the shop to fill the quiet time.
(I say 75% because it was rare that everything was finished so the other 25% happened after Christmas.)

Here I am, 15 years later in full retirement and I still wait until December to swing into full production ...

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November 13, 2019
Improv Rail Fence Pattern Update from Carol Lyles Shaw

I have published Rail Fence Improv as a stand alone pattern available in my Etsy shop along with my other patterns. (If you own my book, Madly Modern Quilts, be sure to scroll down!) The pattern has four layouts for sizes ranging from small crib to king size.  I also included additional colorways.  This pattern [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Improv Rail Fence Pattern Update appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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Production Line Stitching from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

It turns out that a little production line stitching has been just the thing to perk me up over the past week!
 All those little tea wallets are finished!
It seems just as easy to make a half dozen as it is to make one and the positive vibes that come along with any finish is always good, right? 
(I originally bought this pattern from Kindred Quilters via Craftsy but of course, that is all gone and my internet searches for the designer came up empty.)
Since the energy was building, I tackled a stack of little (potential UFO) blocks ...

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November 4, 2019
A Brilliant Cut Mini Quilt from Goer

This weekend was full of blue!

On my way home from seeing Blue Man Group (and enjoying a tasty blue cocktail) I realized that I needed to start and finish this mini quilt to share with you today for the Fat Quarter Shop Sew Solid Remix. Thankfully I already had a plan and had pulled the fabric above to choose from.


A Brilliant Cut is a mini quilt pattern available from Fat Quarter Shop as part of their Sew Solids series. I opted for a sapphire on a silver band since my engagement ring has a sapphire. The free pattern ...

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October 23, 2019
Modern Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Michael Miller Fabrics donated some fabric to the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild to help with our charitable quilt-making. I picked up a bundle of fabric at the last meeting and I finally pulled it out to come up with a plan.
This border print is super cute and deserved to be highlighted. I did some measuring and decided on a layout. I worked up a design in Electric Quilt, pulled fabrics from my collection to make up the top, and got cutting.
I'm not sure how modern this quilt is. It uses traditional blocks, but modern fabrics.
Here is ...

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