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September 8, 2021
Am I Blue from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this quilt for a long time. This past weekend I finally attached the binding. 
I accordion fold my binding to keep it from getting twisted while I work with it. I know there are loads of tricks people use when winding their binding but this has always worked for me. 
Many years ago I switched from attaching binding by machine and finishing by hand to machine-finished binding. You can check out my binding tips and tricks. I work with 2.5" binding. This results in a wider finished binding (3/8") that I would get ...

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June 28, 2021
Diabolical Jane from Becca's Crazy Projects

I think it was a couple months ago that I saw several people posting their Diabolical Jane quilt tops. Jesse Aller posted a free tutorial for this quick and striking quilt on her blog in 2016. I had that tab open in my browser for what seemed a long time. It was time to start cutting and planning. 
I started with this one little square. Granted, that's the idea, but it's so small! This isn't even the center square that found its way into the final quilt. Because that's how design works. 
I've been trying ...

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May 17, 2021
Make Do and Mend from Becca's Crazy Projects

I bought a simple tote at one of the big box stores several years ago. One of the handles decided it was giving up. Of course, it did this while it was full of charity quilts. 
That failed strap became this tangled mess. That's okay, I have all the tools needed to fix this bag so it can get several more years of use carrying charity quilts around. 
Step one: measure the width of the strap. We will multiply this by four to determine how wide to cut our fabric strap. 
Step two: use this amazing tool from Bucklebee ...

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April 30, 2021
Assemble! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I bought this Marvel Avenger's panel several years ago. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with it but I knew I had to have it. Recently, Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio released a pattern for making panels into bigger, throw-size quilts with paper pieced borders. I rushed to Hunter's Design Studio to buy my pdf copy. 
I was too impatient to use the included paper piecing patterns so I made a bunch of flying geese. I promise you I'm going to use those paper piecing patterns. Just not in this ...

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April 12, 2021
A Third of the Way!!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

 Spring is progressing here and so is my drive to #quilt21in2021!!   I just finished binding the 7th quilt and that puts me one third of the way to achieving my ambitious goal!  Its in the washing machine now for a final tidy-up as the top has been sitting on a shelf for at least fifteen years.

I think it's the best job I've done so far using the Baptist fan quilting -- it's very consistent -- not like a computer version, but good for a human guidance system!  I used one of my plexiglass tools to make the first ...

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More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

A friend asked for some more masks so I grabbed some fabrics and got cutting. Lining and outer pieces cut and ready to go. Now, where did I leave those adjustable ear bands? 
I searched and searched and couldn't find them. I ended up having to do some tidying to find them. They were somewhat buried in the piles of creativity I have on my cutting table. I didn't have to dig very deep after all. That cutting table is still a mess.
These masks are really easy to cut with quilting rulers and your rotary cutter. You ...

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February 15, 2021
Plaid-ish Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still working on my Plaid-ish quilt. This quilt took all week to cut and lay out. I'm sure it will all come out in the end. 
Once I had it all cut I made a few changes. 
At this point I'm not changing anything. A block put wrong will just be part of the finished quilt. I didn't assemble individual blocks. I webbed the entire quilt. It took most of Saturday. Bonnie Hunter has a blog post on webbing a quilt if you want to learn more about it. It's great! I used the ...

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February 8, 2021
Plaid-ish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have so many batik fabrics. I keep making quilts and I still have so many. I decided to grab them and get to work on a new quilt. This time I'm going to use the free pattern Plaid-ish from Kitchen Table Quilting. I've had it on my list for a while. I sorted my fabrics into dark, medium, and light. 
How do you know if you have good separation between those darks, mediums, and lights? use the filter on your camera to see them in black and white. This makes it easier to see the differences without ...

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February 3, 2021
Dayna Pack from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this amazing embroidery for a while now. I stitched it out on my embroidery machine a while back. The design is from Urban Threads Embroidery. I really like their designs and I've stitched them out successfully on two different brands of embroidery machines. They also offer their designs as hand embroidery designs for about $1. This was the perfect project to use that stitched out design. 
The Dayna Pack is a simple design that works up quickly with good results. I made mine with an adjustable strap that did not include the hardware called for in ...

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January 29, 2021
Border the Blues from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week I managed to squeeze in a little sewing time. I finished sewing the blocks together. 
I also managed to attach one border. I have one more border to attach. Evening photos have such poor lighting. Sorry about the quality.  

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January 25, 2021
The Blues from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this one for a while but picked it back up this month. 
I'm almost ready to join the rows and add a couple borders. This part of the quilt is about 72" by 72". Stay tuned to see how this one finishes up. 

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January 22, 2021
How I Mask from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've noticed more views on my mask posts so I wanted to share how I make them. This is nothing new, you can find this design in many places, including YouTube, and on other blogs, by using the search "3D mask". The main difference here is that I am a quilter so I will show you how to do it using quilter's tools. Referenced tools included at the bottom of the post with links to buy your own (these are affiliate links and I may receive a small - think pennies - compensation for pointing you to the listings on ...

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January 20, 2021
More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I had to order some more ear-bands to keep making masks. 
I cut a bunch of panels and stitched them up. 
In the end, and this isn't the end, I ended up with so many masks. I'm sure I'll be able to find them good homes. A friend pointed out I have one for every mood. I would say so!

If you want to see how I make these I'm drafting a photo tutorial for Friday's post. This isn't a new design and if you don't want to wait you can check out ...

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January 11, 2021
More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

After trying the 3D style masks my Darling Husband asked for a few more. 
I pulled out some fun novelty prints and got cutting. 
Cut, sew, turn, press, sew, press, sew, sew. 
I cut out more than I needed and only finished these five. I'll likely sew up some more through the week. Little successes are a great way to build yourself up. And your collection of masks. 

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January 6, 2021
Picking Up the Pieces from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes a project will get set aside. 
I'm not even sure when I stopped working on this quilt. It must have been at least a year ago. It was time to pull it out and make some more blocks. 
So much fabric and so many more blocks to go. I don't know if I'll finish it this time around but it is nice to pick up the pieces and keep moving. 

Like batiks? Want to see another of my quilts made with batik fabrics? Check out this post from 2018. My Jewel Box Stars was made using ...

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January 1, 2021
Notorious from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finally took the plunge and started quilting this little piece. This was inspired by a cross stitch design created by Prudence Kitch. If you are a cross-stitcher you should check out their snarky little darlings. Get your own copy of Prudence Kitch - Notorious on Etsy. If you want to see some of my progress shots check out this post
The background is quilted with this flower motif. 
The dress is quilted with a variegated thread to make these swirls. 
I added some detail to the lily.
The swirls make their way up the bodice.
Nothing fancy for the gavel ...

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December 28, 2020
Sunshine Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Remember this little quilt top
I loaded it up and got quilting. 
As a cuddle quilt I didn't want to do any fancy quilting. I used a small meander that should make this little quilt super cuddly after washing.
Machine-finished binding for a quick finish! Don't forget the label.  

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December 23, 2020
More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since this has become our favorite style of mask I decided it was time to make some more. I even experimented by making a larger version (the beer bottles one is supersized). 
This pup peeking from the edge is so much fun! This mask is cut completely with rotary cutting tools (rotary cutter, rulers, mat) and is all straight-line sewing. Super simple construction, too. 

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December 14, 2020
Show Us Your Fabric Stash from Carol Lyles Shaw

Today’s prompt is Show Us Your Fabric! I’m not super organized but I have a basic plan.  And I try to keep it up — although this means a general clear up about every few months. So this is another honest craft room post, my dear friends! I keep my grunge, ombres, some solids and …

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Sunshine Half-Square Triangles from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this fabric sitting around for ages. I made a quilt for a workmate several years ago when he and his wife had their little girl. That little girl is now at least eight years old. Time flies. 
I decided to make a bunch of half-square triangle blocks using the 5" charms. This idea came from a talk by Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild virtual meeting in November. 
I worked on the units during my last quilt as a leader & ender. The units then spent a bunch of time on the ...

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