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August 4, 2019
What was lost is now found! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

There are days when we're super productive and there are days when we're not. But even one small thing accomplished in a day can be HUGE. It's all on how you look at it.

The Quilts of Valour quilts were photographed (pictures needed so I could finish writing the patterns) and they were delivered. Yeah - SIX quilts out the door. A HUGE shout out to Virginia, Shirley and Lil who run our local chapter of Quilts of Valour. They have quite a team of people working for them - piecers, quilters, and whoever else they need. So far ...

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July 27, 2019
What you get for free from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Don't forget that this weekend is Quilts at the Creek at Black Creek Pioneer Village. This is the LAST time this show will be held (unless someone comes forward to organize it!).  There'll be loads of gorgeous quilts to see and some of them are for sale! There's the Prince challenge (Cherrywood) to view which is going to be stunning and if you see no other show, this exhibit one is worth a visit. It's indoors I believe so if you need to cool down, this is the place to go.

There's going to be ...

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July 22, 2019
Sit n Sew Day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Fun Fun FUN!!!!!!  That's what a Sit n Sew day is!!!

There were 6 of us and we had a blast. Before I show you what some of us worked on, here's a snapshot of last week when I was trying to get ready for the sew days. I'm not sure how I'm going to make this happen, but NOTHING is to go into the stash room or the storage room unless it's sorted and organized and obviously has a home. I look at the pile of boxes that remain to be unpacked and wonder ...

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July 10, 2019
Can You Find Your Art Supplies? from Professional Quilter


I have been in a “cleaning out” mode lately.

We have talked about downsizing in the next year or so. I always joke that I am on a five-year plan for decluttering, and the time just keeps getting shorter.

Looking around at my studio, I realized that it could use a healthy cleaning. So I started sorting through books, fabrics, and art supplies.

Gosh, we quilters, sewists and artists certainly do accumulate a lot. I know I will appreciate the open space in which to create.

Here are some tips if you are facing that increasing pile, or piles, of ...

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The clean-up continues from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I spent a good part of the day sewing in Studio U. It was a glorious day. I had the windows open and there was a beautiful breeze. It did get slighter hotter in the afternoon when the sun moved around but it wasn't bad. I ended up putting up a small fan, but that was only because I had had a cool beverage and I was flushed because of that!  Thankfully, the sun is high in the sky at this time of year and there is very little direct sunlight comes in that room. I love the space ...

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July 9, 2019
The final clean up begins from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

While it's nice to have lots of stuff - it can sure suck up a lot of time as one attempts to manage it all.

When I got back from the retreat, I had several bags of stuff that had to be unpacked and then put away. I've managed to get all but one unpacked. There's a pile of stuff in the hallway upstairs that needs attention. In some case, I have to find a backing for a project, or I need a matching fabric for a border. Or it's something that needs to be put away ...

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June 30, 2019
North Stars - Willa Walrus from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Today is the last day for the North Stars show and tell. Until September when we have our next class.

It's all about Willa the Walrus. These blocks are just cute!!!  There's no way to get around it. They're adorable. Matter of fact, I have a couple of favorite designers and Elizabeth Hartman is one of them. I love pretty much anything that she puts out. But wait until the end of the blog - there's something very cute!!!

Here's a walrus block - got a couple of missing bits, but it's mostly completed. Love the ...

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June 27, 2019
The life stages of a quilter from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I love all the comments and e-mails I get from all of you! Makes my day and gives me things to think about. And then I also find enablers! Susan is going to try and find me some pattern boxes at one of those Fabriclands that are closing.

I was reading an e-mail from someone yesterday who recently moved and had to downsize.

I'm going to quote from her e-mail because I think it's quite interesting. And she called me my mother's daughter!!!  ACK!!!  I can't disagree with her, but I'm not as bad as ...

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June 21, 2019
One thing leads to another............. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Let's all pray real hard that those PODs are WATERPROOF. It's just a roll-up door on the back. I didn't check the contents yet, but I might go out later today to make sure everything is OK.

I'm feeling better today. The last couple of days, it's been a slog to just stay upright! OK - so I'm exaggerating a wee bit, but I got this stupid sinus thing and it just sapped the energy out of me. I woke up feeling a whole lot better even though my sinus is still having fun with ...

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April 2, 2019
Starting over from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

While I love being at sewing retreat, it was good to get home. The weather was perfect yesterday - the sun was out, it was warm and OH MY - is spring far behind??

The girls, of course, were very excited to see me and Murphy even decided to help me unload the car. Once she got in, I had a devil of a time getting her out!

I was going to quilt a quilt yesterday afternoon but decided to take advantage of the sun in Studio U. I'll tackle the quilt this morning because I have another one that has ...

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March 27, 2019
It's tidy up time! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

In an ideal world, I'd do paperwork in the morning and then I'd get to sew all afternoon. Preferably on my own stuff. Alas - that's a pipe dream! Yesterday, I spent the ENTIRE day in front of the computer. Now, how the heck did that happen? And me who is trying to improve my posture and fix the locked neck!

I needed to use EQ8, but for some reason, it wasn't working. That's the first time that's ever happened. So I had to uninstall and then reinstall. Not a big deal, but it took ...

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March 24, 2019
Time to purge from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I warned DH last night that I was going to start bringing stuff up from the basement that we no longer need/want and that it would sit in the living room/family room until I could get rid of it.

First I need to book a pickup by the Diabetes Society to get rid of the stuff that's already sitting in the family room.

I'm sure that you can all relate to some of the stuff that I'm about to post. Hey - it all seemed like a good idea at the time!  FYI - some of the ...

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March 19, 2019
A home for everything from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

One of the tips that I provided to the local guild members the other day was that everything in your house should have a home. While this is important in your house, it's even more important in your sewing room where you probably have a whole lot more stuff and less room.

So two wise words of wisdom this morning. And I'm terribly sorry, but I don't have pictures today - there's just no time. I'm off to an all-day event today and tomorrow and well since I'm a little behind, I'm having to ...

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March 14, 2019
Tidy up time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yes - I had another day scheduled in the calendar for tidying up! Again - a HUGE note to myself to not reschedule the date.

I had been speaking with someone the previous day and they're also in the process of tidying up - sorting, purging, whatever you want to call it. Their goal is one hour a day.

I think that's a great idea as I would find an entire day too stressing. Half a day - a couple of hours is about all I can handle. Then I get bored. But what a feeling to actually make that happen.

So ...

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March 7, 2019
This is the way we tidy up! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What an absolutely freeing experience yesterday was. As you know, I've been struggling with the tidy up thing for a while. I keep saying that I'm going to get it done and then I don't really get much accomplished. I putter for a few minutes, but my heart isn't in it.

What did I do different yesterday? I scheduled a time slot to tidy up! Yes - I booked it in the calendar like it was a class. I've been thinking about this tidy up day for the last week, so I had time to get ...

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January 21, 2019
Sit n Sew day!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What a crazy day! We had a Sit n Sew day scheduled, but was the weather going to cooperate? Well, it did and it didn't. We didn't get nearly the amount of snow that was forecast but it was cold. I left it up to the ladies to decide. Three die-hards showed up! Lynn, Linda, and Ronda and we had a blast. We almost (but didn't) say that we should have small groups for future sit n sew days!  NO - that's not going to happen, but it was a calm day, to say the least.

Took ...

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January 10, 2019
Mark these dates!!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

A couple of dates that I forgot to mention or I want to mention again.

Tomorrow is the first class for the modern block quilt called Lilla. The class takes place at Oh Look Fabric in Milton. There are 25 different "modern" blocks in the quilt. We're going to walk through the process of choosing fabrics, lots of sewing, cutting, and pressing tips. And design - we're going to design our own quilts. If you want a fun evening out - sign up for the class by calling the store.

Lilla quilt pattern

If you're in the market to ...

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September 7, 2018
Routine! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

As much as I like to shake things up, there's something to be said for getting back to the routine!

My early mornings are VERY regimented unless there's some crisis that needs attending to and you know what? I like that. The rest of the day can go crazy, but I like the calm, quiet early morning routine. 

And I was thinking about the blog. I hear so often from bloggers who struggle to think of things to write. I don't think I've ever had a problem with that. I have way too many ideas! But ...

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July 13, 2018
I can DO THIS! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

The weather here is PERFECT. I'm afraid to say anything in case I jinx it. But it's not overly hot (I know others would disagree), there's a nice breeze (which we enjoy with our windows wide open), and it's great for sleeping. And with all the money we save on A/C, I can buy something - NOT fabric. I've been taking long walks in the afternoon - no girls, it's too hot for their unruliness. Most things are within walking distance from me - the bank, the grocery store, the mall, the library, the bookstore. We ...

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July 1, 2018
China from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

That would be china as in the dishes, not in the country! Although Grammarly wants me to capitalize the word china! Good grief.

So let's chat about the china that you own or your mother owns or your aunt owns and you have no idea what to do with it.

The bottom line is that china is NOT a desired item by your children or grandchildren. The world is NOT as formal as it used to be. In fact, one of the downfalls about china is that you can't use it in the microwave due to the gold ...

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