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June 21, 2020
Community Quilts from Ronda from Jo's Country Junction

We’ve had LOTS of community quilts pouring in.  I love it.  So many that I’m giving you a double shot today.  Ronda is doing this edition and Karen will be here for the afternoon edition.  Isn’t it awesome to see so much good happening?!

Here are a couple more quilts that I have finished up for donation.  The first one was sent to me from Diane S. of Rosemount, Minnesota.”


She also sent along the backing and binding fabric to use.”


“Diane actually made two identical quilts, so be looking for the twin to this one sometime ...

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June 20, 2020
No one to blame but myself!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I say that with tongue in cheek! When bad things happen, I always try, very hard, to pass the blame onto someone else, but several things happened yesterday that - well, there was only me to blame. I'm good with that. Let's say that I had a few laughs over it and let's move on!

I was back to the dentist yesterday. Three weeks in a row! I hope that's the last of the dentist until my next cleaning in six months. This time, it was to get some work done on two teeth. Not really cavities ...

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June 18, 2020
Community Quilts: Quilting with Ray from Jo's Country Junction

Ray has been busy making his was through the tops that Joann in CA sent.  Here are another two from the Joann/Ray combo team.

Here is the first top I sent to Ray:

Ray writes:
I am still working away on the quilt tops you sent me that Joann in CA sent to you. Today I have a pair of tops that I call brothers. If you recall I sent pics of another pair that I called sisters. The brother tops both have a significant amount of black in them and have a good rugged look to them that ...

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Bloomtopia 2020 from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

My Bloomtopia quilt is finished and I took it on a trip to Maleny hoping to take photographs but alas it turned out to be a a cool, rainy winters day. Fortunately, my friend and I sneaked a few photos in-between showers in the picturesque township of Montville. The Bloomtopia 2020 Charity Quilt a long...

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June 16, 2020
It's a good news day!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Wow -- this month (like all the others) is marching on and waiting for no one. If we don't take advantage of today, well - it won't be there tomorrow! I try to take advantage of every minute, but don't worry - I do get some downtime in there. I actually picked up a REAL book yesterday. I had let three audiobooks expire without reading them. I just couldn't bear the thought of reading. And I certainly had not picked up a physical book to read in weeks.

Why? I bet it's because of all the time I ...

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June 15, 2020
The Virtual Retreat - Day Two from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh my gosh -- I don't remember when I had so much fun at home in isolation! We had another fantastic day with the Virtual Retreat via Zoom. People were coming and going all day, and I know I missed chatting with a couple of them. Sorry for that - it's just that at times, the conversation was super busy and others where I had to babysit the long arm! So I didn't get to visit with everyone.

Did I learn stuff? Oh, yes - you bet. The most exciting thing I learned was how to override the shut-off on ...

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June 14, 2020
Community Quilts from Karen from Jo's Country Junction

I’m late with today’s post.  I had a big dose of family over the last two days and enjoyed time with them rather than updating the blog. I knew they would all head for home this morning so I opted to write once they left rather interrupting time with them.  Onto today’s post:

I found another new longarmer.  I am tickled.  REALLY tickled.   I have gotten so many quilt tops in as of late so it’s always nice to find someone new.

Karen is the longarmer and judging from the pictures, she does an amazing job ...

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The Virtual Retreat - Day One from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

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What a FUN filled day!!! Thanks to EVERYONE who logged in to share the virtual retreat experience. Nina joined us from Germany again - so fun to see what's going on in Europe. And Lucy joined us from Alabama - LOVE that southern accent. And loads from Ontario. A few new faces and lots of existing friends. They popped in and out all day!!

What I love about this is that it doesn't matter where in the world you live, you can join in. And wherever you are in the world, we are all experiencing the same thing with ...

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June 12, 2020
I passed or did I? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I got a lot accomplished yesterday, although it wasn't exactly what I thought I would get done. Funny how that happens! But a few phone calls here and there, a few extra e-mails, a couple of errands, and well the day was totally shot!

I had another visit to the dentist. This was for my regular cleaning, which was initially scheduled for June 9th. The original appointment got canceled and then got rescheduled as the dentist is back in business. They've added plexiglass around the reception area. You still have to wait outside to get the OK to ...

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Laying out a Plan from Quilt Paint Create

Once I bought a new rotary blade, I made faster progress on trimming the HST blocks. I laid them out the other night. I had a rough idea of creating a zigzag pattern and was thrilled to have enough blocks to manage that pattern.
zigzag layoutI apologize for the crappy picture. It clouded over and turned into a gloomy evening, which is always bad light for pictures. Then I realized I needed to add a couple rows at the tops that ended up smooshed into the wall. I was not about to move all the other rows down.
This will be ...

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June 11, 2020
Community Quilts: Ray Edition from Jo's Country Junction

Before I get into today’s post I wanted to let you know that I have a blog reader who is cleaning out her sewing room.

Karen writes:
I have a few finished tops and blocks from swaps I did years ago as well as things that were given to me through the years that I never got around to working with.  Those are mostly UFOs that someone else started and gave up on.  :-D  I have a couple of cross stitch projects for someone to finish if you know of anyone who enjoys that.  They’re not counted cross ...

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June 10, 2020
Why I save scraps from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

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I love it when I have a great day! And yesterday was a great day! I got loads done and was able to check a few small things off the lists.

Remember how I'm always saying that people get out and walk and they don't really notice things? Well - look at what I missed! I mentioned that our house was the only one in our neighborhood that didn't have grass in the front yard. I LIED!! Here's another house that has no grass in the front yard. It looks awesome.

NO grass in the front ...

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June 7, 2020
Community Quilt: Ray’s on a Roll from Jo's Country Junction

My email has been loaded with quilt tops that Ray has finished.  So today is your lucky day blog readers.  I’m giving you a double shot of project from Ray.  One dose tonight and another later in the week.  It’s so awesome that he’s teamed up with us to finish so many amazing quilts for Project Linus.

Here is the top I sent Ray:

Ray writes:
I finished another quilt from Joann. It is such a pretty, fun quilt. Just love it. When I got it, it was 38 x 38. Too small for Project Linus.”


I ...

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June 6, 2020
The June 2020 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Another month, another list.
I finished two projects in May, A Walk in the Woods and the Hope picture. The rain in May kept me inside a lot. We’ll see if creative projects take a backseat to yard work this month.
The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, stitchery, charity and other. I’ve used some form of this system for over 5 years to help keep me focused. I change the categories as my goals and interests change.
UFO – I pulled out a project in the early stages. I believe the pattern is called Birds In ...

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June 5, 2020
Words We Need from Gwen's Quilts

The QuiltCon Charity Challenge is one of the Modern Quilt Guild‘s largest-scale charity projects. Guilds and individual member groups create quilts according to challenge guidelines and after they are displayed at QuiltCon they are donated to the group’s charity of choice. For the 2020 show, groups were challenged to create quilts using text with a palette of grayscale. The vast majority of the quilts incorporated words of encouragement, hope and inspiration. Words we need right now. So I will share these quilts with you in the hopes they will lift you up, bring a smile, and remind you ...

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Words We Need from Essie's Quilts

The QuiltCon Charity Challenge is one of the Modern Quilt Guild‘s largest-scale charity projects. Guilds and individual member groups create quilts according to challenge guidelines and after they are displayed at QuiltCon they are donated to the group’s charity of choice. For the 2020 show, groups were challenged to create quilts using text with a palette of grayscale. The vast majority of the quilts incorporated words of encouragement, hope and inspiration. Words we need right now. So I will share these quilts with you in the hopes they will lift you up, bring a smile, and remind you ...

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Another HAPPY day!!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

H, OH!!!!!  I'm so EXCITED!!!!  Can you guess why? Sometime yesterday afternoon, the ban on short term rentals in Ontario was lifted! Oh, happy day!!!  That means that the next scheduled REAL quilting retreat can take place. We did have one planned for next week, but some of the people coming work during the day and they had to rearrange their vacations. I doubt their bosses would be too happy if we switched around again. Besides - we do NOT know any of the rules and restrictions that come with this development. I can easily wait three more weeks!

Needless ...

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June 4, 2020
Community Quilting: The Ray Edition from Jo's Country Junction

Ray is a busy one and finishing up lots of the quilt tops I had sent.  I first sent  12 thinking it would take a long time…but nope.  Ray is a machine!!  The quilts are being tackled in a speedy manor.  In fact they are getting finished faster than I can get the blog posts written about them.

Ray writes:
Just finished another quilt. This top was part of the original 12 that you sent me but you labeled it as “bonus from Ellie.””

The fabric and the design are spectacular. It was really an eye popper when I ...

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May 28, 2020
Community Quilts from Ronda from Jo's Country Junction

Ronda has been busy working on quilts.  She went above and beyond with these adding borders even.

Ronda writes:
I have two more completed quilts ready for donation.  The first top was sent to me from Ann H. of Winters, California.   She also sent extra fabric that I’m guessing was meant to be backing, but I opted to use it to add a couple more borders to make it a little larger.”  


The original top was about 33″ square, so after adding the extra borders, it is now 44″ square.”

I used backing sent to me from Karen S ...

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May 21, 2020
Charity Quilt from Ray from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve had a wonderful time working with Ray.  She’s the newer longarmer who has volunteered to finish up some of the tops that have been sent my way.

Ray writes:
Here is the second quilt. Today was a wonderful, warm, sunny day so I took advantage of the weather and got some picks outside. This quilt uses a lot of the same as well as similar fabrics that was in the one I sent pics of earlier. I call them sisters because of the similarities. I used the same backing, binding and quilt design on both. Joann does ...

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