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April 17, 2019
Crochet Faster! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up this fun yarn last year at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. We're quickly approaching the next Sheep and Wool Festival, so I figured I should get hooking. This is a free pattern on Ravelry (linked below). You can read about what I picked up during the 2018 Sheep and Wool Festival.
They yarn is from yarnhygge. It is a very nice fingering with such fun color. 
I don't know if I'll finish in time for the Sheep and Wool Festival (first weekend in May) but I'm going to give it a go ...

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April 2, 2019
SEWING IN CIRCLES! from The Proficient Needle

Our time in our southern home is coming to an end.  Our final visitors have departed, and the guest room has become a space for staging all things that need to be packed for the trek north.

While we had visitors, we stashed items in every nook and cranny, to make their visit more enjoyable.  Now, we are getting everything out of hiding, and checking our lists of things that we need to take along.   There has been some shopping for small items, and even a couple of parcels shipped to us to bring home for family and friends.

I ...

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March 27, 2019
Crazy at Walmart from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Our local Walmart is making some changes. Well, apparently lots of changes. One of the many is that they are closing down the fabric department. Bad news, good news. 

The bad news is long-term: some of the elderly who sew won't have easy access to fabric. The closest is about a hour away and few drive through Alexandria to get there.

The good news is short-term: fabric is on clearance. For $1 a yard. Yes indeed, you read that right. $1. Per. Yard.

Now I'd heard that there was a big clearance. But I wasn't impressed when ...

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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 I made up the right size for my hardware and got ...

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March 25, 2019
Quilt Show: Southern Comforters Quilt Guild from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since discovering the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild, and their annual show, I try to get to it every year. It's only a short drive (about two miles) from my house to the show. Here is a summary of last year. This year was another great year.
This year they had a fun vendor hop that seemed like a great idea to me. I try to stop in at each of the vendors to see what they've brought. Working a show is so much work. I decided to join in and visit the different shops. I met some great ...

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March 9, 2019
Shopping local from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day as far as classes go. 

I have some pictures to share with you this morning and the rest will come in the next day or so. I love when the students jump outside the box. 

Now the first class was a mystery so there was no opportunity to jump out of that box. 

If you remember, I goofed when cutting one of my fabrics or I would have had the top done - or almost. I had tried to find which stores bought the fabric by using the manufacturer's product finder on their website ...

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January 9, 2019
Pattern Hack Pokemon from Becca's Crazy Projects

I wanted to make a Jigglypuff for a friend. Because everyone loves Jigglypuff!

I bought the Chubby Dragon plush pattern by Sew Desu Ne as a jumping off point. Their patterns are excellent! So many great tips for sewing with fleece and minky fabrics. I highly recommend their patterns. If you're saving your pennies, you can still get started because there are so many free patterns available. I used an online image to help me design the machine embroidery for the eyes. It isn't perfect, but there was a limit to how many times I was willing to ...

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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
Second Thanksgiving from Mama Spark's World

I know things have been a bit quiet around here of late.  I seem to have been doing a lot of traveling in the most recent few weeks.   Last week we traveled to NC to visit our daughter and celebrate second Thanksgiving with them.   We arrived on Wednesday and left for home very early on Sunday morning.   It was a great trip and we had so much fun!   This was our welcoming committee.

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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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December 2, 2018
NEW Favorite LQS and NEW Project! Modern Baby Clam Shell Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, so the advice I got from you all from my last post was pretty evenly split down the middle between quilting another charity quilt for more practice versus attempting to custom quilt my Paint Me a Story bear paw quilt with my current skill set.  So last week I quilted nothing in real life and designed a compromise project in EQ8 software instead.  

The new project will be more interesting to piece than what I'd choose for a charity outreach project, but not nearly as complex as any of my WIPs that are anywhere near quilting stage.  This ...

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November 30, 2018
Black + Decker Classic Steam Iron from Becca's Crazy Projects

I often recommend products I use but don't always tell you about my experience. My recent iron purchase is something I want to share. I've never owned a fancy, quilting-specific iron. There are fancy irons that cost more than $100 and steam pressed that cost more than twice that. I don't need an iron that does tricks. Well, not many. I do have a Panasonic Cordless Iron (less than $100) because I had used a friend's and sometimes even I need a cordless iron. I also have the Steamfast Mini Travel Steam Iron for travel. 

I ...

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November 23, 2018
Thrifting Scores for November from From My Carolina Home

Checking out my favorite thrift store, the Blue Ridge Humane Society store, I found these beautiful Japanese rice bowls at one of my recent visits.  I loved the designs on the side.  It is so much fun to find six of a pretty plate or bowl so I can use them on the big table.  And I have to admit that my friend Carin is still right, I am not done with my Japanese phase yet, LOL!!

Thrifting Scores at

While we were in Daytona, one day was spent with my dear friend who is just as much of a thrift store junkie ...

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Black Friday Sales | Quilter’s Edition from A Quilting Life

Christmas pillow

Hello again!  I’m stopping back in to share my Black Friday Sales | Quilter’s Edition post!  Here are some fun sales for tomorrow and the weekend that you won’t want to miss out on!  And since I’m spending this evening doing some decorating, I’m sharing pictures of my new Christmas version  Four-Square quilt along with […]

The post Black Friday Sales | Quilter’s Edition appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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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 18, 2018
What I Found from Canadian Needle Nana

I spent three hours in the sewing room and had very little stitching to show for that time.  I wound up sorting my cardboard collection (yes, I have one) and throwing a bunch of it in recycling.  I collect those little stiff cards you get in the mail from realtors and the like and use them for templates.  We get quite a few and some of the cards are thicker stock than others.  All the flimsier stuff went out.

This spree was prompted by a particularly horrible episode of Hoarders I had on the laptop.  Who knows how this hoarding ...

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November 14, 2018
Snap Tab Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been stitching up more than a few snap tab designs. This fun little floppy disk design is from Designs by Little Bee. See those little curved craft scissors? I bought those to make applique easier and I'm so glad I did. Each of those little labels is a piece of felt appliqued onto the tab. I am really pleased with the finish.
I made a couple more large hand sanitizer holders with the baseball design. I like how this one finishes up. The one with the teal outline is what happens when you trust your embroidery machine ...

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