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September 19, 2018
Not all Sewing is Glamorous from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know many a maker that will deny they mend or hem pants. I won't say that. What I will say is that I only mend for two people. The two people who live in my house. If you don't live here, don't even ask.

I'm sharing this project more to give you a quick review of the Juki TL-2010Q which I used for this project. Anyone that has tried to hem jeans on a cheap, plastic, domestic machine can tell you it is no simple task.

I only needed to shorten my jeans by about ...

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September 14, 2018
happy mail kawaii case from Charm About You


Autumn is here, the kids are back at school and I have time to make a little something just for me! I saw the Happy Mail Kawaii Pencil Case designed by Mollie Johanson and immediately wanted to make one. This sweet case is simple to sew and easy to personalise. I'm actually going to use mine as a catch all in my handbag, for my glasses when I occasionally don't need them (the hard case I made houses my sunglasses) and any extra bits that I don't want floating around the bottom of my bag! 

Choosing fabric ...

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August 17, 2018
basics from Karen Ann Ruane

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August 10, 2018
World Cross Stitch Day with FQS from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Get ready, get set, cross stitch! August 10 holds a lot of significance for us here at Fat Quarter Shop because it’s World Cross Stitch Day! We have many cross stitch items available, such as patterns, threads, linings, hoops and patterns for you to get in the spirit of this awesome day!

 

Our quilty friend Lori Holt worked with It’s Sew Emma to create her very first cross stitch pattern, the Happy Farm Girl Cross Stitch Pattern! This pattern is accompanied with her AuriFloss cross stitch thread and DMC cross stitch thread, specially curated to match her pattern ...

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Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 5 – Organizing my Thread from Christa Quilts

Are you having a fun time getting organized with your creative space? Even if you are only virtually following along, that can be tons of fun, too! Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for links to all 16 creatives on the Creative Spaces Blog Hop. I’m getting inspired, and hope you are, too!

Creative Spaces Blog Hop

This week we are discussing ways to organize our embellishments: buttons, trims, thread, and what have you. Here’s a not-so-secret truth about my work: I’m a minimalist and I don’t really embellish my quilts. (FYI, that’s why I ...

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August 2, 2018
Quilting This Week from Terificreations's Weblog

A Name and a Purpose is taking shape and form.  Meet “Lenny” in process. The overall look will change over time as the overall idea takes shape. Thread spools sit next to the machine excitedly waving for attention at each thread change. Sometimes they get picked, sometimes I head to the drawer for another color. They’ll… Continue reading Quilting This Week

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July 25, 2018
The Random Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

It seems I haven't managed to finish much in the last few weeks, so this post is just a mash up of a bunch of stuff I have been working on.

I received my order of goodies from Strapworks.com. I made a small error when placing my order, so now I have 1/2" strapping and 3/4" hardware. It won't slow me down one bit, but it did teach me something about checking the cart twice before checking out.
My Rise of Tribes (Amazon affiliate link) game from Breaking Games came in. It is a fun ...

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July 23, 2018
Lupines: the quilting begins! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Ever so slightly ahead of schedule, I have begun quilting on the Lupines. Luckily (and one reason I chose this imagery) this will be easy quilting.  And yes, once again, I LOVE MY BERNINA Q20.  Crazy expensive and worth Every. Single. Penny.   Lots and LOTS of pennies.

This morning I finished basting the Lupines quilt.  I decided to try something I haven’t done before:  a double batt.   I definitely wanted to use wool, but I haven’t been able to find a source for my favorite Matilda’s Own Wool-poly blend batt in the US recently, and I’m ...

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July 18, 2018
All the Thread from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple weeks ago I told you about my thread problem. I've been working on getting my upgraded thread rack built and installed in my thread closet (yes, I need a closet to hold it all, I'm not even sure all of it is in there).

Here is a look at what my thread storage looked like before I started.
This woodworking project took two people and more hours than I cared to count. We cut a bucket-full of pegs. Mostly because my planning was more than a little off. Not that that work will be wasted.
We ...

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July 10, 2018
Island Batik Box 2 Arrived from Carol Lyles Shaw

Island Batik Box #2 has arrived!

I love being an Island Batik Ambassador because we receive 2 boxes a year full of fun stuff. And, Island Batik also gives us challenges each month to stimulate our creative thinking.

My 2nd Island Batik box was sent to me from the generous people at Island Batik with a super selection of  quilting materials to work with over the next few months.  I’m sending a big Thank You to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting and Aurifil Thread.

I’m looking forward to making many more modern and modern traditional quilts with all these ...

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AGF MYSTERY MONDAY - Can You Guess What's in The Bag? from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 

Hi Makers, 

Ever since I can remember I love "mysteries." From reading Nancy Drew books to playing the board game "Clue" to watching that 90's tv show "Unsolved Mysteries" and Alfred Hitchcock films, I was always obsessed with trying to "solve a puzzle." I loved the challenge of trying to use hints to solve what really happened while being in suspense, and often creeping myself out! 

Luckily, this is a different kind of suspense and I hope you'll enjoy trying to figuring the clues as well. In case you missed our last "AGF Mystery Monday" giveaway, this is ...

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July 9, 2018
Miriam Coffey, Janome Educator, at the Janome Education Summit 2018 Post #5 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Several years back I had the great good fortune to have Miriam as the educator in one of the classes I taught in Houston.  It was fun to see her again at the Summit, and a jaw-dropping experience when we got to see some of the goodies she has made.  As she put it, she’s not a bows and teddy bears sort, but she DOES to machine embroidery on her Janome embroidery machine. I don’t do hearts and bows either, so I love how her entire approach–totally in keeping with her personality–is fresh and fun and ...

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July 8, 2018
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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July 3, 2018
Monday Blog Oops! from Becca's Crazy Projects

It seems I wrote a bunch of blog posts on Sunday and didn't bother to post a single one for today. Here is my oops post with some random stuff so you know I am still madly making.

I went a little crazy making things with vinyl. Hand sanitizer holders were a big part of my week.
I'm nearing the end of this crochet project made with Red Heart It's a Wrap.
I'm still working on my upgraded thread rack. I don't expect this one to be a quick finish.
I cleaned off my cutting ...

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June 29, 2018
Thread Drawing - Line ThicknessWhat are we weighting for?  Did... from Living Water Quilter



Thread Drawing - Line Thickness

What are we weighting for?  Did you know that line weight or thickness can add shape and dimension to a drawing? 

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Above the ladybug is drawn with one stitched line. It’s recognizable, but something is missing.  She is just laying there and is flat and boring.

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To add dimension and shape we must consider line weight or thickness.  Below several layers of thread are added to increase the line weight.

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When the line weight increases a flat two dimensional object takes on a three-dimensional quality. What a difference it makes! 

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These are individual progressive and ...

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Thread Problem from Becca's Crazy Projects

If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog regularly you know I have a subscription to Superior Threads thread of the month club. I belong to the So Fine #50 club and I love getting thread every month. This also means I have a thread problem. Or, maybe just a thread storage problem.

I have several June Tailor Cone Thread Racks that I have picked up over the years. I even used one to have a local carpenter make me a rack to fit this space. Sadly, he thought he was doing me a favor by placing the ...

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June 28, 2018
We Quilt This City! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Every summer we host thousands of visitors from near and far in our happy little town of Hamilton. Many of these visitors come to us as their end destination or as part of a detour on their road trip. No matter how our visitors get to us, we do all we can to make sure that they have the best experience in Hamilton.

If you needed another excuse to come visit Hamilton this Summer, starting June 21st we are participating in the Row by Row Experience again this year!

The Row by Row Experience is a wonderful program started in ...

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June 27, 2018
phew from Terificreations's Weblog

I have this thing where I like to make a friend of mine laugh. It’s a good goal. Seriously. And it’d be great if I could remember how this started, but I can see the big 5-0 approaching and yeah, that’s not going to come to mind. Several months back she told me about an… Continue reading phew

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June 26, 2018
Clover Hollow Bella Solids & Aurifil Thread Colors from A Quilting Life

Clover Hollow Bella Solids and Aurifil Threads

Hello and happy Monday!  I know Clover Hollow isn’t shipping until August, but I thought now would be a good time to share the Clover Hollow Bella Solids and Aurifil Thread color matches. I love to have the solid coordinates for collections I’m sewing with–and of course it’s good to have matching threads on hand as well! So, I ordered half yards of the coordinating solids so I could share some true photos of how well these match up (affiliate links used)!


The Bella solids are pictured in color order following the same lay out as ...

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New goodies acquired from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Since there hasn't been as much sewing going on here in recent months, I've had no reason to buy a lot of fabric or other quilting goodies but I did snag a few things that I'm excited about.

I attended MQX East again this year (I love that the show is only 3 hours from me) and although I was only there for a couple of days it was enough to see all the pretty quilts and to take some great lecture classes.  One of those classes was Margaret Solomon Gunn's Dense and Dainty and I ...

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