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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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Fleece Vest from Becca's Crazy Projects

I ran across a free pattern on Purl Soho for a quilted wool vest. I've been playing with the idea of  quilting one up with some fancy quilting, but then I got the crazy idea to make one using two layers of fleece.

Thankfully, I had enough fleece in my collection I could get one cut and stitched up. I used about 1 yard of the colorful print and the same amount of solid black.
The edges are bound with a narrow strip of fleece held in place with a nice cover stitch finish. It isn't perfect, but ...

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January 28, 2019
Quest for Warmth from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have stacks and stacks of fleece fabric. Some I purchased, some was gifted to me by Aunt Betty (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty).

A friend said they were making a ruana and I wanted to join in. This seemed a great opportunity to use some of that fleece. I used this pattern from McCall's to get me started. After that, well, I just went my own way.

I had three yards of this fun print in my collection. It was more than enough for this project. The pattern calls for cutting the back ...

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January 2, 2019
Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 Wrap Up from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the last installment of the Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018.

In January I shared the list of my UFO projects for the Spring Water Designs challenge. This year I can proudly say I finished every single project on the list. If you want to see how Spring Water Designs does their challenge, check it out on their blog.

I wanted to start off the new year with the list so you can see how much can be accomplished in a year if you set some goals. 

Green Hourglass COMPLETED March 2018 - finish constructing blocks, trim, assemble into ...

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December 26, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this quilt for several months. It's nice to have another finish for the year. You can read more about this quilt in my first or second post about the project.

When I loaded this quilt I didn't have a quilting plan. This happens more often than I care to admit.
I manage this problem by finding inspiration within the pages of a couple of Angela Walter's quilting books. Shape by Shape and Shape by Shape Collection 2 are great for finding the perfect quilting design to finish a quilt.
My favorite part ...

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December 19, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finished up the piecing on my Jewel Box Stars quilt.

This is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter. You can find the block directions in the free patterns section of her blog. I've been working on this quilt for a few months. It just looks like a bunch of progress because once you get all the units done things seem to pick up speed. Sort of like that snowball rolling downhill.
I pieced the smaller blocks into these huge 16" by 16" blocks and put them up on the design wall. I didn't spend too much time ...

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December 14, 2018
White Elephant Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

At my workplace, we do a white elephant gift exchange every year during the December holiday party. We do a big potluck, eat lots of shared food, exchange gifts, and have a great time outside work. I really enjoy the white elephant gift exchange. It's competitive good fun. We set the limit at $20 but you can really stretch that if you are crafty and use fabric you got for free (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty to learn how that happens).

Making things often goes quickly if you're making more than one of ...

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December 5, 2018
Cherry Christmas from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the last installment of the Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018.

Way back in September the Get It Done UFO Challenge was number 11. What is number 11? That would be Cherry Christmas. A tumbler quilt top constructed as number 3 for 2017 UFO challenge. It still needed to be quilted and bound. Crazy how some of these projects just seem to hang around. 
I needed the project box that was holding the completed top so I pulled it out and loaded it up. That's a fair reason to finish a project.
These quilts go together quickly ...

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November 19, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

Bonnie Hunter's 2018 leader/ender project is called Jewel Box Stars. This is a free pattern on her website. I've been working on this project for a few months now. If you want to learn about leader/ender projects, I highly recommend Bonnie's post about why you should add this to your toolbox. 
I thought I had enough 4-patch and half-square triangle units to make my blocks. I found I was mistaken. 
I was short about 14 half-square triangle units. I looked through one of my boxes (yes I have more than one) labeled 'batiks' to see ...

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November 7, 2018
MQG Pouch Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

The DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bag swap at the next Baltimore MQG meeting.

As one would expect, partner assignments went out weeks ago and I just got around to constructing my swap bag. The recommended pattern was the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. It's a free pattern with a great tutorial. I dug around in my stash for the appropriate colors. At least I hope they are the appropriate colors.
Then I fiddled with Electric Quilt 8 until I had design I liked. The block finishes at 12" by 12 ...

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October 22, 2018
Open Wide Pouches from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial designed by Anna of Noodlehead is my favorite pouch pattern. It is so easy for me to change the basic measurements to fit the fabric and zippers I have on-hand.

I decided it was time to use this fun trick-or-treat fabric to make something. The Open Wide Zippered Pouch was perfect. This is made using the medium size bag with a minor modificaton to make the perfect knitting project bag. Instead of cutting the fabric panels only 9" tall I cut them to 12" by 12". That way I get a deeper bag. I ...

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October 17, 2018
Fleece Hooded Cowl from Becca's Crazy Projects

The wonderful designer behind sew desu ne? released this fun hooded cowl pattern for free! This is only one of the many free patterns on the site. If you want to try out sewing with fleece I highly recommend the tutorials and some of the great free patterns. Free patterns for both fleece wearables and plush critters are available.
The fleece hooded cowl is a great pattern. I didn't add any of the details to make the design into a unicorn or a dragon, but those are available options. I used KAM snaps instead of the buttons and button ...

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October 15, 2018
2018 Leader and Ender Project Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last month I wrote a post about the 2018 Leader and Ender project shared by Bonnie Hunter.

I've been making slow progress, which is the point, with this project. I've been making four-patch and half-square triangle units for a while. I decided to move this to the front of the queue last weekend. I counted up my units and I'm still a little short. Don't worry, I am not likely to finish this anytime soon, so it will continue to be my leader and ender project for a while.
I made a few blocks using the ...

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October 5, 2018
Patriotic Modern Quilt Pattern Update 3 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Everyone!  In this post, I’ll show you the different modern looks you can achieve with the Patriotic Diamonds Modern Quilt pattern  (on page 80) when you use a variety of modern quilt fabrics.  I’ve also added a tutorial on adding an inner border –see the bottom of this post.

And go HERE and HERE for earlier posts showing how to choose fabrics in other colorways for the patterns in this book.

You can purchase the book from local quilt shops and online here.

Here’s the original quilt.

Quilt designed in EQ7 from my book, Patriotic Modern ...

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October 1, 2018
Destash and Declutter from Carol Lyles Shaw

Destash and Declutter!  I decided that it was time to really clear the clutter in my studio and ‘overflow’ fabric storage.  So, starting in late July,   I took some serious steps to clear my sewing space and fabric storage.

Just a glimpse at the piles of fabric sort of in project bins….There’s more of this clutter all over the sewing room!

Destash and Declutter Inspiration

I started by listening to a wonderful series of podcasts by Nadia, who is an organization coach in the UK.  Her blog is called Clear The Decks and it’s a perfect title ...

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September 7, 2018
2018 Leader and Ender Project from Becca's Crazy Projects

Every year Bonnie Hunter adds a new pattern to her growing collection of free patterns. If you want to get a look at her quilt patterns I highly recommend you check it out. I must admit that I'm still cutting tumblers for the 2015 Leaders and Enders challenge. This year it's Jewel Box Stars!

I decided I should pull out my collection of batik fabrics. This quilt block is a collection of light and dark fabrics and I'm sure I can make that work with this jumble of fabrics.
I will admit I got a little carried ...

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August 22, 2018
Disappearing 9-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

Remember the disappearing 9-patch I made last week? Well I got it all quilted up.
Swirls and waves and loads of echos. This might be my new favorite.
I even found time to get it bound. This quilt was made entirely with fabrics, including the backing, I already had in my collection. It's nice to create without heading to the store.
My most recent Superior Threads So Fine order even matches!

Tools (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic ...

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August 15, 2018
Mixed Bag from Becca's Crazy Projects

Saturday morning I was looking for a quick-start project. I had these two charm packs and some coordinating prints on the shelves so I pulled them down and formulated a plan. It's always nice to use some of the fabric I already have. That doesn't seem to keep me from buying fabric, but I do try.
I decided I didn't want to work too hard, so I went with the disappearing 9-patch. It doesn't really disappear, but it does make quick work of making somewhat scrappy blocks into even more scrappy blocks. If you want to ...

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August 1, 2018
Shopping Totes from Becca's Crazy Projects

On a rainy afternoon I dropped by Spring Water Designs to share my Get It Done UFO Challenge Quilt and to do a little shopping. I do try not to buy a bunch of fabric throughout the year because I really do have enough fabric. But... I've been wanting to try out one of the Dream Big panels by Hoffman Fabric. So I picked on out. Then, of course I needed some backing fabric.
And, this fun cat print on black was back with the sale fabrics so I had to buy the almost 2 yards they had left ...

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