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March 13, 2019
Glam Clam Farmer's Market from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared the assembly of this fun quilt last week. All the details for construction tools are at the bottom of the post.
I decided to quilt it with swirls and waves.
This was a quilt to use up a bunch of fabrics I collected over several years. For the binding, I used leftover strips from the backing from another quilt. When I added the binding, I realized I was short by several inches. I grabbed some of the leftovers from the scrap pile leftover from this quilt and spliced in some orange slices. 
This was a great project to ...

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March 6, 2019
Glam Clam Farmer's Market from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had The Clammy 12" for a while now. It has been on my shelf waiting to be used to make something awesome. Check out Latifah Saafir Studios for more information about this great tool.
I also have this ridiculous stack of fruit and vegetable fat quarters. I decided it was time to put these two things together and make something. This will be another project taken primarily from my stash of fabrics.
Latifah Saafir Studios has some excellent YouTube videos on cutting, marking, assembling, and pressing the clam shapes. If you're nervous about those curves, I recommend ...

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December 7, 2018
Nailed It! - another man quilt finish from Sew Fresh Quilts

Nailed It!

This is my most. favourite. make. EVER


This is Nailed It! another quilt geared to guys and all boy - or tomboy - as the case may be. *wink* 

I was mighty tempted to make this quilt using a rainbow line up of hammers. But resisted...

And I am so glad I did because I love these true to life colours of this quilt and the prints I chose just seem to tickle my fancy in just the right way. I want to keep this quilt a while.....

I found this measuring tape fabric in my stash from way ...

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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 27, 2018
Screw This! - a finished man quilt from Sew Fresh Quilts

I have a few finishes to share. But Screw This is up for today's post.

The pattern comes with so many options. I made my blocks using a variety of bright prints.

The backing and binding fabric has been in my stash since FOREVER! They are from Northcott Fabrics. I like the pointy triangles in the binding. 

The "Screw This!" quilt finished at 38" x 48"
and was the 5th use of my 3rd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

You can find the finished quilt listed for sale here in my Etsy Shop.

Want to make your ...

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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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October 31, 2018
Let's Bee Social #248 from Sew Fresh Quilts

LARGE - 27" x 27", 54" x 54" or 108" x 108"

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

As you can see... I am still concentrating on those quilts for guys! 

First there was Screw This
And then there was Nailed It.

This new pattern needs a name!!!!!!

Please head over to my Instagram or Facebook post to enter to win a PDF copy!

I finished testing the pattern for Nailed It and have the batting and backing ready to go.

I have drawn this new Pipe Wrench and Water Faucet pattern using EQ7 and have two different layouts - large ...

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October 24, 2018
Let's Bee Social #247 from Sew Fresh Quilts

NAILED IT quilt pattern
Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

This past week was a whirlwind.

I finished testing the Screw This quilt and also wrote and tested the pattern for Nailed It!

I had a hard time deciding what fabrics to choose. I really wanted to go with the rainbow colourway. But finally decided on fabrics to suit this last mock up.

Quilt finishes at 44” x 55” or 88” x 110” 
Hammer blocks finish at 6” x 10” or 12” x 20”

NAILED IT is available here in my shop!!!!

While I am SCREWING around HAMMERING out ...

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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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September 26, 2018
Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is an unnamed shawl. I had an idea of a design I wanted to try. I also had 200 grams of superwash worsted. I decided it was time to test my idea. I worked on this when I didn't have to think too much about the knitting. Stitched in garter stitch, with simple short-row shaping, and a size 8 needle, it was a quick knit.
Here is the shape of the shawl before blocking. A somewhat wing-like shape.
I expected it to grow, but not by as much as it did. Still, a very satisfying finish. I have ...

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September 12, 2018
The Best Tools: Brother 10-Needle from Becca's Crazy Projects

A fellow member of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild wanted to sell her Brother 10-Needle embroidery machine. I've wanted a multi-needle embroidery machine since I started using my Pfaff Creative Performance more often. A single needle machine is fine if you do designs with few colors, but if you want to make more than one of a thing, or designs with several colors, changing threads can be a full-time job. There are tricks you can use when creating, or combining designs, but you still have to change the thread for every color change. This was a deal I couldn ...

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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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September 3, 2018
The Best Tools: Juki from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been looking at a few of the straight stitch only machines for a while now. There are a couple that were very similar and I thought I might like for piecing and bag making. One was the Brother 1500 (series). The other was the Juki TL-2010Q.

In the end it came down to which one popped up on social media with a good sale. Another maker in a group on social media shared a Massdrop link to the Juki. It was a good price (about $120 less than Amazon) so I decided to go for it.
There was ...

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August 20, 2018
New Ball Winder from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this plastic ball winder from Knit Picks (affiliate link) for a few years now. I wanted one (along with the beautiful swift from Knit Picks (affiliate link)) since I borrowed the tools from a friend to wind up some hanks of yarn. The plastic ball winder had started to give me some issues and I was frustrated by it more often than not.
It seems it had slipped some internal gear and wasn't winding correctly. Here is one of the resulting winding sessions. I even took it apart a time or two and just couldn't ...

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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 9, 2018
Saving the Planet from Becca's Crazy Projects

Saving the planet one straw at a time.

I'm not here to teach you about the damage we're doing to the planet because of single use plastics, including plastic straws. I am here to tell you how to make a cute carrying case for your stainless steel straws so you can be part of the solution. Amazon will sell you a Set of 4 Stainless Steel Straws (with cleaning brush) for a little more than you'll pay for a venti frappuccino.

The question then becomes, how do you carry them until you get to your destination where ...

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June 29, 2018
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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May 7, 2018
Camper Remodel from Becca's Crazy Projects

The forward compartment has these silly little flap doors. The compartment isn't silly, it's really awesome. The problem is that that this space used to be part of the bed base for the queen-size bed. That means any sufficient breeze could sneak in through those doors an under the bed. Not a great design to keep the humans warm. When we boxed in this section, we thought it would be a great time to insulate the sides that face the inside of the camper to try to keep the inside temperature controlled.
We used one 25 foot roll ...

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April 30, 2018
Camper Remodel from Becca's Crazy Projects

Here is another installment of our ongoing project to remodel our travel trailer.

My last post showed the built out bed boxes we created to replace the queen-size bed. Last week, we took an hour after dinner to install the hinges, and covers for each mattress. We opened up one of the mattresses (this is the cheapest foam mattress available from IKEA) to make sure my calculations were close enough. Overall, I'm really pleased with this part of the project. 
Last weekend we moved on to fixing this section of ceiling. The ceiling had been patched in response to ...

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April 23, 2018
Camper Remodel from Becca's Crazy Projects

We've had our travel trailer for a few years. One of the many things we've learned is that we don't particularly care to share a bed while camping. The queen size mattress is short (this is a trailer thing that makes little sense to me), and we seem to roll into the middle of the darn thing and it isn't a very good mattress. We decided to pull out the cabinets, the bed, and make remake the space for two twin mattresses. To call the plan a plan is to use language a little too strong ...

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