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October 17, 2021
One Block Wonder - construction tips from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 New protective cover on the phone - Check!

Fitbit app is back syncing - Check! I had to uninstall that app and reinstall it. Then it asks me something about running the apps in the background. I have to figure that out since it affects Libby, which I use for listening to audiobooks. It has something to do with saving battery, but what or how? But at least that app is now working. 

That leaves ONE left - the calendar. DH tested it with his phone, and it works, so it must be some setting that I've changed? I don't CHANGE ...

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October 15, 2021
Mitered corners from Wendy's Quilts and More

Mitered corners - they look so good, but they're not always easy.  

My first mitered corners were on my la Passacaglia quilt above, and they worked out well. 

My second attempt was on my Fireworks quilt (Ballet with Kaffe), and although the pattern didn't match perfectly, it wasn't too noticeable because the border is mainly black.

I also used mitered corners on my Trans-Tasman Bubble quilt (Aussies and Kiwis - remember the Trans-Tasman Bubble??). 

The navy and white striped border needed to be mitered in the corners to allow the pattern to flow. 

Now I'm ready to attach ...

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July 23, 2021
wonky stars from Making A Lather

 Last year I made tiny wonky stars along with the color for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I had no idea what I was going to do with them. I just knew they were cute and fun. And, when I made the roofs for tiny houses, I had 2 little triangles left from trimming that needed a purpose. I made 60 0f them, but that isn't enough for anything.

Well, as I was trying to figure out how to lengthen my ode to Joey quilt, I realized I could use them to make a border or two ...

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July 22, 2021
crayon quilt from Making A Lather

 It's time to pull out the crayon quilt I have ready for borders. I worked on it until december 2019 and I had everything ready to do for borders. I needed to add the white inner borders first. Before I could add the outer borders.

I made the crayons as part of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy in 2019 from 2 1/2 inch strips and scraps.
Once the inner borders were done, I could start adding the outer borders. I have just the top border sewn. Since I don't have a pattern for the borders ...

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July 16, 2021
on the go top from Making A Lather

 this past week I started working on an older ufo - on the go. It was a kit I bought in 2014 for a donation quilt. It is bright and colorful and easy. I added the outside borders this morning. It was raining or I would have a better picture. I have fabric for the binding, but, I will need to find a suitable backing in my stash. Then, it will live with the other quilts waiting to be quilted.

My radishes are ready for harvesting. I picked a mild radish, and, it is too hot for me. Good thing the ...

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July 14, 2021
on the go from Making A Lather

 The mint has really done well this year. I have had several versions of mint for years, and, have not done anything with them, except munch on a leaf every now and then. This year, I have started drying them, and making tea with them. I am really enjoying them cold. By now, I don't remember what the names are, I do know, I like the taste of the ones by the rose bush more than the ones in the wash tub. 

I cut them back 2xs a week.

these are the best taste.

I found my on the ...

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June 29, 2021
Urbanologie Show and Tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I'm not even sure where to start with the show and tell. I seem to have problems remembering if I posted the homework or if I didn't. I checked the blog, and I see that April was the last time I posted homework for this group. Sigh..................

Well, that's the bad news. The good news - you get two months' worth today. It's a small group, so there's not a ton of photos. 

These are the dreaded feathers! They were a lot of work, and I'm still working on mine. However, I LOVE this block ...

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April 20, 2021
Oh dear, borders! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I seem to always get stuck on borders.  Nothing seems to satisfy me these days.

Take this top for example.  The centre is all together.  I love it!

Then, the 'what if' game started.  What if those stars get extended into the borders?  Yes, that works for me.   Now, what to do with the rest of the border fabric?  There is not much fabric left of the blue strips, so that can't be used.  There is lots of the neutral fabric that was used in making the stars and lots of navy blue.  It's ok ..... but ..... all that ...

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April 2, 2021
Getting borders on! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

The centre of this top is now complete .... time for the borders!

There will be red gingham inner border and then blocks of different dark red fabrics for the outer border.

Then, you are probably wondering what is going on with this dark beige piece in the side setting triangles?    I wanted to continue the look of the dark beige seams into the setting triangles.  These will be appliqued in place.  But why?  I did consider cutting smaller triangles and squares and sewing strips but nixed that idea because I did not want to see white seams in those triangles ...

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March 23, 2021
Status: DONE from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

The plaid stars quilt top is finished and it’s a source of both pride and relief.

An exercise in patience and perseverance, this top was completed in four to four and a half years, discounting three and a half years for an interstate move, a return to the work force and building a home, plus one additional year of sitting in the closet because I didn’t feel like working on it.

If memory serves, the first patches (background fabrics) were cut sometime in 2012. Still, not bad, considering the fabric, the top’s size and the way the ...

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March 11, 2021
Tackling a scrappy border from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

I’ve been making productive use of my quilting and sewing time since the vintage tree block for March was completed early in the month. I’m working on the pieced outer border for the plaid stars quilt, (which you can see here) although it has been a bit slow going.

Starting with the ¼-yard cuts of the homespuns used to create the star centers and points, I whacked a chunk off the end which had already been cut into to create those patches. The satisfaction of taming all those loose, floppy, uneven edges felt good.

Homespun count = 115, excluding ...

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February 24, 2021
florabunda borders from Making A Lather

I had a sew day Saturday for working on my florabunda quilt. I wasn't sure the last time I worked on it, that I would like it. But, I decided to press forward and make a simplified version of Bonnie Hunter's  borders on her quilt. I calculated that I needed 5 1/2 inch, 2 1/2 inch, 3 inch strips, to strip piece what I wanted to do. I had a leftover collection of florals to use.

5 1/2 floral plus 2 1/2 yellow strips

I sewed the second unit with a 2 1/2 ...

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February 10, 2021
New Cross Stitch Borders for Spring from Kitty and Me Designs

 I've released some new Cross Stitch Border designs for Spring.  

Designed to repeat for towel borders, these patterns can easily be stitched as a single motif for pretty little ornaments!

Ask for my patterns at your favorite needlework shops or find them in my Etsy Store.

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February 8, 2021
Machine Quilting a Faux Lace Border from Piece N Quilt

I love quilting borders. 
Today over on YouTube I'm walking you through my process of custom machine quilting a fun little border.

Still looking for more border inspiration? Well, look no further. 

The sky is the limit when it comes to machine quilting, and borders should be no different. In this fun online class Natalia Bonner will teach you step-by-step how to machine quilt 10 new border designs with 9 bonus variations. Natalia will teach you ruler quilting and free-motion quilting. So grab a few rulers, get your companion workbooks and register now because this class is going to ...

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February 6, 2021
Diamond Star from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

The last time this project was worked on was April 2011.  A long time ago!  It was probably pinned on the wall for me to think about the borders and what to do and then promptly shelved.  

Fast forward to February 2021 and out came the bin.  It was time!  Up on the design wall it went.  What to do with borders?

When it was pinned onto the design wall last week, I could see there were a few areas on the outside sides that needed completion before working on borders.  So, rummaging through my scraps, fabric was found and ...

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January 6, 2021
Quilt News! Color of the Month, White, Finished Red and Blue 4 Medallion Quilt Top, Thread Catcher Finish, Joseph Grant Park Hike from Crazy Victoriana


Lick Mill Observatory seen from Joseph Grant Park.

Joseph Grant Park trail meanders around historical buildings.

Oak tree in the park, a thing of wonder.

Red and Blue 4 Medallion quilt top finished, 60" x 60".

My Amaryllis, still blooming, a beautiful example of the color white.

Closer view of 4 Medallion top, the solid blues are Kona Cotton solids.

Yet another view, The black and white striped border by Cotton & Steel sets it off great.

January color of the month white!

My latest thread catcher finish, pieced with scraps/leftovers.

Quilt News! and Happy New Year!

My color calendar ...

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September 23, 2020
Mosaic Mystery Quilt {Quilt Top} from Little Bunny Quilts

It's been a LONG time since I posted about this project -- last year in fact! The construction directions were released in January, I printed them out, and only now finally managed to finish the quilt top. 

Because my burgundy fabrics were cut from three different fabrics and not from one fabric, I arranged the units so that a single fabric was used for an entire star. I ended up needing to make a few extra units as I put the rows together, but I had plenty of extra fabric. I didn't end up doing that with the pink ...

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September 17, 2020
Make do with what you have from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Another successful Zoom presentation last night. It was all about finishing off quilts, and one of the things I wanted to showcase was the Binding Attachment. Do I actually do a live demo? Why not - let's do it. 

The binding attachment on the PFAFF creative icon

Actually, the demo went very well. It's hard to do a live demo. Not only do you want to do it reasonably quickly when you might take a little more time if you're on your own. You have the pressure of people watching you. Let's not forget the camera in ...

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August 17, 2020
Another top .... another UFO from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

When my sister is feeling better after her chemo IV treatment, we go to the cottage. Fresh air, no stress, limited connection to the outside world .... what better place to be than at the cottage during our hot sunny days, especially when there is a lovely breeze off the lake!  That is where I've been a lot lately. Total bliss. 

Since we are in the middle of nowhere with no urban lighting, the stars at night are unbelievable.  We got to see the 2020 Perseid meteor shower two nights.  That was awesome!  Some of the meteors were quite short ...

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July 21, 2020
DISAPPEARING ACT from That's Sew Kerry

Disappearing Nine Patch 

Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial

These blocks work really well if there is a contrast in the colours and fabrics you choose, ideally you want to have light, medium and dark fabrics. It's ok if you don't though as it's perfect for scrap busting.


Square size can vary depending on the size of block and/or finished quilt you want - as long as all squares are the same size it doesn't matter. For the purpose of this tutorial, I used a couple of charm packs so my squares are 5 inches.

Cut 9 ...

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