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June 29, 2022
It's all about the dogs! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I have no idea why my e-mail sometimes doesn't want to sync, so it will download new e-mails containing the pictures for today's blog! Sigh................

Again -- thanks for the comments. Someone commented that extroverts are done with Zoom and want to be in person. Do not get me wrong -- I would die without personal contact with people; as a matter of fact, I was in an all-day class yesterday in an actual store! I learned a lot. I just don't want to do my weekly sewing in person. It's too much work and time and gas ...

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June 13, 2022
Switching bricks from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 So -- it's exciting to be able to go somewhere, but I don't think I've ever gone somewhere and not been in a flap the day before. And I know people who travel every week -- well, they used to. I would have died long ago!

I had to make sure that all my travel docs were in order. And it seems you have to resubmit your vaccine papers for each trip. So far, there's no one beside me on the plane. Then I still have to change some previous arrangements - hotels, cars, etc. And seriously - trying to ...

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June 10, 2022
Letting go of the clutter from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


WOW --- each day at my house brings something new. No two days are alike, as I'm sure is the case at your house. But when the totally unexpected happens, and it's a good thing, the world needs to know about it. 

Like most new quilters (or even the more experienced), you buy fabric because you like it and it's precious. So precious that you can't even cut into it, but then you get to a point when you realize that it's OK to cut into that precious stuff. And how many of you have said ...

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June 9, 2022
Flowers in BLOOM from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 If you were an early reader of my blog yesterday, you stumbled upon a MESS. When I left for the gym, I didn't realize that the completed file did NOT get uploaded. It was a rough draft full of spelling errors and terrible grammar. Sigh...   When I returned and realized what had happened, I had to edit it and finish writing it. Oh well --- I need to be more careful next time. 

Yep, even though I started the customer quilt earlier, it was almost bedtime by the time I finished it. I never even made it to the garden ...

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June 8, 2022
Harvesting stones from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OH, SHOOT -- it was only when I got home from the gym that I realized the blog post had saved a VERY ROUGH draft, not the final one, and I had to rewrite part of it. OOOPS. 

I seem to be getting my main work done starting at 4 PM, which is wild for someone who gets up early. Why is that? I started quilting the customer quilt at 4, and I tackled my box of crap after dinner, and I must change that because I fell into bed exhausted. 

However, I'm thrilled to report that things are looking ...

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June 7, 2022
I will CONQUER the paper, one box at a time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

WOW --- I'm so excited that I'm not alone in this "fight" against junk! Well, I'm not excited that you all have junk to get rid of, but I'm excited that I'm not alone and that we are all supporting each other. The job is so large that we all need each other's support. Until your brain can reach the tipping point where you are committed to making it happen, we need the help of others to get there. 

Once there, we need the drive to keep going. In the past, I've been bad ...

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June 5, 2022
Empty that box! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Another box of crap bites the dust! And I was done by NOON. I was actually excited about the prospect of getting rid of the stuff. And before I knew it, the box was full again. I was tempted to keep working, but I had other things on the agenda, and I didn't want to exhaust myself with this task. But now I'm eyeing the table in the office and guestimating the number of boxes it'll take to clear it! I'm not out of the woods yet, but let's see what we can do. 

Here ...

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May 31, 2022
Hanging by a thread from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

For once, that (title of the blog) does NOT refer to me and some crazy deadline. I'm so relaxed that - well, it's gazebo time!

Even in the heat, I was in the gazebo (with a sweatshirt on) and happy as a clam. It was glorious with the trees and the breeze until the sun came around the roofline and shone into the gazebo. 

I was supposed to be reading, but I had a nap instead. The scent of the lilacs and the tingle of the windchimes put me to sleep. 

Lilacs are in bloom

Of course, the girls ...

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May 13, 2022
It's all about control from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I was busy prepping my presentation yesterday and some other urgent work, so there was no time to listen to that remaining bit of the page-turner audiobook. So this morning, as I loaded the next customer quilt, I got back to it. But then it's time to get the day started, and I have 17 minutes left. How is that for control? 

I'll probably finish while walking the girls this morning. All I can say is the author has a twisted mind. The plot keeps twisting at every page (or so it seems), and I almost feel like ...

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May 12, 2022
Me and my machines from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What a whirlwind day! I got so much done, and I had three machines going simultaneously! I actually worked later than I had planned, and I HATE when I do that because if I don't get my 8 hours of sleep, I'm tired, and it takes me a while to get moving. Note to self: DO NOT miss that bedtime hour - it's bad news for the next day!

The day didn't get off to a productive start, as I was on the phone until lunchtime! That was NOT in the plan, but it was all good ...

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May 11, 2022
Progress in the sewing room from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 The pandemic and Zoom have really changed our lives! I taught an in-person class yesterday, which still took time to prep (collect all the stuff), then it took several hours of travel time, then to teach the course and drive back home. The day was gone! If the class had been on Zoom, it wouldn't have taken HALF of the time! Just something to think about as we go forward. And look at this. 

The gas price is almost $2.00 a liter

Yep -- we are on the verge of $2.00 per liter of regular gas. The gas ...

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May 3, 2022
It's all about the LEGO from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm happy to report that one more writing assignment went out the door! Bye-bye! I made good progress on one homework assignment last night and hope to get that out the door this morning. Then one more to do later today. Then all the urgent stuff is gone. Although I have another major writing assignment to start next week. 

I did have a pretty free day today, but now I have meetings all afternoon, so I may have to work into the evening again! Sigh............

Then I have 6 articles that need to be written, and I NEED to ...

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April 30, 2022
A mad scramble from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 OK -- so I got the sewing part of the homework done, but then I didn't get to work on making the presentations! Oops! 

Two of three are completely done and ready to go. The Zoom links are sent -- just one more to finish off. I had a couple of other things on my mind yesterday. One of them being that darn Cherrywood Challenge -- I NEED to get that done. The deadline for entry is TOMORROW. 

I'm happy to report that it's done! All that remains is to take pictures, which I'll do later today, and complete ...

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April 21, 2022
A thief amongst us from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I love when I have a deadline but it's not knocking on my door. I was able to get a lot done yesterday and worked towards the two projects with imminent deadlines, but I was relaxed, and it was a great day! 

Almost all the embellishments for the Cherrywood Challenge are done. I still have some work on the two final pieces, and both will be a bit fiddly, but I'm putting that on the back burner because I have something else that needs to be done first. I also made significant progress on that, and the first ...

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April 20, 2022
A GOOD news day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Have you ever had one of those days when the stars are aligned, and everything works out exactly as you want? 

That seemed to be the case yesterday. And I have to say that nothing was earth-shattering -- it was just good news all around. 

It started when I got this e-mail. 

While I knew this update was coming, I can now download and install the new software. The last time a new upgrade happened, I had to wait months for my turn. They don't want to overload the support team, so they stagger the updates. We paid a high ...

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April 19, 2022
A winter wonderland from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So what happened yesterday? This is April -- the Easter Bunny has already come and gone, and we get this? 

A winter wonderland

Thankfully, the roads and sidewalks are dry this morning, but we do NOT need this snow. The landscapers are supposed to come and open my pond this morning, and I was going to clean up the backyard (from the dogs), and well, I was out when it started to snow. So the yard didn't get cleared. Sigh..................

I'm happy to report that I was able to finish all the quilting on my Cherrywood Challenge with the ...

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April 15, 2022
Slow and steady wins the race from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

We had an excellent serger class at K&A Quilt Studio! Some people were new to serging or relatively new, and others wanted some inspiration or confirmation that what they were doing was the "right" way. Or should I say the best way? That's the thing with sewing and quilting; there is NO right way to do anything. You have to try various things and find the one that works for you! There will be another serger class sometime soon, so watch for that. 

Then I was home and trying to get some work done, but either I was ...

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April 13, 2022
The warm weather is back! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm pretty excited as I accomplished a lot yesterday, although there were times when I seemed to be going backward rather than forward. I can't share anything with you, but those darn blocks mixed up last month caused me much angst yesterday. But no worries, all is resolved. 

Then I put a block together and wasn't happy with the color. I contemplated ripping it out and decided it was best to simply make another one. 

And the best news of all is that I'm quilting my Cherrywood Challenge. It's going to take days to quilt ...

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March 28, 2022
We are NOT alone! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Thanks for all the comments from yesterday. I'm rushed this morning, and my priority is to get the blog written before I leave! Someone suggested I do it last night, but after I finished packing up everything, there just wasn't time. 

I'm taking five machines. All of them but one will come home with me, and I hope to juggle the machines so I will always have one available to me for sewing at the retreat. I have to work three days that I'm at the retreat. Anyway -- you'll see this week. 

But here's ...

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March 21, 2022
On a treadmill going nowhere FAST from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Gosh  -- I'm so glad to hear I'm not alone -- well, sensing someone close by and needing clothing coverage! I don't know what it is, but sleeveless tops make me feel naked. And don't get me started on what some people wear to the gym! Skimpy little bra tops, with full coverage leggings, while I wear a t-shirt and shorts! It is what it is, and thankfully we can all wear what makes us feel comfortable! 

OK -- here's a somber topic to be discussing today. We are victims of our own success, and we are running ...

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