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November 8, 2020
A happy day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 It was just a happy day yesterday in many ways. The weather was glorious - a short-sleeved T-shirt kind of day. Things got done that had been sitting for a while, and well - it was just a happy day!

A HUGE thanks to Maria, who found the panel that I was looking for. I must get that paid for today. I'll share the store with you tomorrow - after my purchase goes through!

Oh my - when I looked at my FitBit last night, it had been in overdrive all day. 14.99 km. How did that happen? I did go for ...

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November 5, 2020
Journeys Month 2 – Triangle Units from If These Threads Could Talk

Welcome to Stitchin Heaven’s Journeys Month 2. My helper for Month 2 is Amy Lemke, a talented graphic artist for Studio 180 Design. This month you are going to learn to make Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and Combination Units with your Tucker Trimmer I with Prints 1, 2, 5, 10, & 11. Label your fabrics and use your best cutting skills when cutting your starter squares.

Prints 1, 2, 5, 10 & 11.

Tip: I use plain paper plates and write on them what it is I have cut out. For instance, if you are new to using a Tucker Trimmer ...

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November 2, 2020
Half-square triangle tutorial and giveaway winner from Pieced Brain

Half-square triangle tutorial and giveaway winner

Make 8 units at a time with this easy half-square triangle tutorial. Use this formula to figure out the size of the beginning squares. No guesswork!

In a few weeks, I will release a new quilt pattern that features a pieced block (above) and a block with piecing and applique’. Today I will show you how I’ve been making lots of half-square triangles (HST) shown in my recent patterns and published quilts. When I have to create many units at a time, I have a few options.

Half-square triangle methods

1. The traditional method has you cutting squares of ...

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October 31, 2020
Putter, putter, putter from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I finished my last two presentations for the week yesterday. It's so much fun to chat with the ladies from across the country. I get to hear what's happening, and it sounds like Winnipeg is going to shut down starting Monday - similar rules to what we have in the Ontario hot spots. 

I just won't go there as I'm so frustrated with the entire picture. We went out to dinner last night. We were so far apart from other people, plexiglass between the booths, people wearing masks and handwashing - that it's crazy to think that ...

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September 21, 2020
Quilting Tips YouTube Series - Sewing Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers,

Team flying geese or Half Square Triangles? Both choices can create tons of different quilt designs and sewing projects. Today I am excited to talk about my new series on Youtube, dedicated to the beginner quilter. Learn how to choose fabrics from my Sewing with Color video and once you got your fabrics picked out it's time to learn some basic quilting units. In my next two videos I show you how to create Half Square Triangles (HST) in three different ways and Flying Geese in two different ways. 

I love that in quilting there are multiple ...

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August 16, 2020
Productivity is on the rise from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It was a super productive day! I love those kinds of days. If you're like me, you just can't sew fast enough to keep up with the ideas in your head. And these are NOT new ideas. These are just things that I find around the studio that I think will only take a few hours to finish, and well, days later, I'm still working on them. 

I decided it was time to get something finished instead of just thinking about finishing it or advancing the project.

The first thing to deal with was changing that light ...

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July 28, 2020
Kassia's Quilt is finished from Jan's Quilts

When my daughter Sharon asked me to make a quilt for her sons' half-sister, I was happy to do it.  Kassia is a great girl and in addition to my grandson, she has 3 brothers.  She's surrounded by boys!

Sharon says that every time Kassia visits her home, she wraps herself in a quilt.  Of course, since I'm a quilter, there are plenty of quilts, but Sharon wanted her to have one of her own.

This is my 8th finish this year.

Started on May 3, 2020
Finished on July 25, 2020
Measures 48.5" x 57"
May ...

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July 16, 2020
Aztec Dance BOM - Month 2 from Quilting Affection

Welcome back to Month 2 of the Aztec Dance Block of Month.  I hope you enjoyed making your Month 1 block.  If you are new and would like to read all about Month 1, you can read about right here.

You can purchase Block 2 Here.  Remember, you have two options for buying the pattern. First, My website is set up for both Printed and Downloadable PDF versions. For my International customers, I have an Etsy website.

Also, Today 7/16, at 3:30 pm, I will be doing a Live Tutorial on the block and discussing how to make ...

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June 25, 2020
Quilts with stars and over 50 one-block quilt patterns from Pieced Brain

Quilts with stars and over 50 one-block quilt patterns

I love quilts with stars, whether they are pieced, paper pieced, or appliqued. I have made them entirely with stars, such as this Christmas quilt, or mixed with alternating blocks. Here is my latest star quilt block, which is going into a sampler quilt.

Two of my friends and I are making star quilt blocks which will be later turned into a quilt. We were supposed to meet every month and exchange blocks, but life is getting in the way. I did make another block, though, and I think it came out so cool!

I was looking for 12-inch star ...

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June 16, 2020
Aztec Dance BOM - Month 1 - Part 2 from Quilting Affection

Welcome back to Part two of the Month 1 block for the Aztec Dance BOM.  If you missed Part One you can catch up HERE

Today, we are making the four Diamond in Square units for the center of our blocks.  

Gather your Tan squares and Accent #1 Strip.

Right Handed

Left Handed

Position the Center Square Section of the Square Squared tool over the Accent #1 strip.  Placing the Square Squared tool on the trimmed edge of the strip, lining up the corner of the strip with the center for the size of the unit. Cut up the side ...

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June 15, 2020
Aztec Dance BOM - Month 1 - Part 1 from Quilting Affection

Welcome to the Aztec Dance Block of the Month Kick-Off. I'm excited to get this 6-Month Block of Month started.  

Starting today, and every 15th of the month, I will be releasing a new block in the series and posting a tutorial right here in my blog on how to make the specific blocks.  Also, I will be doing Facebook Live tutorials in my Quilting Affection Design Block of the Month Facebook Group.  

You have two options for purchasing the pattern. First, My website is set up for both Printed and Downloadable PDF versions. For my International customers ...

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June 14, 2020
The Virtual Retreat - Day One from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

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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June 9, 2020
It's almost summer! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What's with this crazy weather? One day it's freezing cold, and the next day it's hot! We're fortunate that our house is cool. Even though it can be hot outside unless we've had several days of very hot temperature and humidity, it's cool in the house. I was in Studio B yesterday and almost made a hot chocolate I was so cold. I really must get those sweatpants made!

Part of our yard is shaded as well, and with all those trees, it stays pretty cool. Then I go out the front for a ...

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May 15, 2020
The scraps are going, the scraps are going................... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yesterday was a crazy day. I'm not sure what gets into me sometimes, but I get on a roll and well - watch out!!!!! Let's just say the light at the end of the tunnel is going to be blinding soon. 

I had two one-hour webinars that I wanted to listen to. I didn't have to participate in any way, although I did ask questions in one. But that's two hours of valuable time so how can I get something done at the same time. I did a wee bit of sewing and I'm happy to ...

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May 6, 2020
Multitasking is not a good thing from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I really do need to create a list of lost items. Not that that is going to help me find the missing items, but at least I'll know what I can't find and I can celebrate when I find the darn things. Like those bodkins and the doll patterns and a person's phone number and, and. I might have a stab at creating that list later today.

I actually got excited yesterday. Why? Because I had a couple of errands in the afternoon and another Zoom call. I had THINGS to do! I had three things to ...

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May 5, 2020
Get out the seam ripper from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

The weather is just as out of sorts with the world as everything else. One day, we're sweltering in the heat (well, not quite - but it was warm), and this morning, I turned the heat back on in the house. I won't be sitting outside any time soon which is probably a good thing since I have so much that I want to do and there just aren't enough hours in the day.

I don't think I posted the two blocks that I worked on last week for our Christmas Fig sew-along.

There were a lot ...

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April 9, 2020
It Has Been a While from Needle and Foot

Hi everyone – somehow about two weeks have passed since I have posted. I am unsure if it is because I don’t have much to tell you or I have been busy or what? One would think with the shelter in place rules, I would have tons of time to write blog posts but it hasn’t happened.

So much to pack up and bring back home!

Actually, lots has been going on – a few days ago we drove to Julia’s university to clean out her dorm room. They decided for sure the students will not return to campus ...

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April 8, 2020
My Atmosphere quilt pattern is now available! from Freshly Pieced

IMG_9598Good morning, and happy PATTERN RELEASE DAY! The Atmosphere Quilt Pattern is now available in my shop!

Atmosphere quilt pattern

It’s definitely a time to celebrate small victories, and getting Atmosphere completed and available to you is not even a small victory—I’d say it’s at least medium-sized. LOL. This is one of my favorite designs I’ve ever come up, and I can’t wait to see what you all do with it! Click here to purchase the pattern.

IMG_9669This pattern gives you tons of options and flexibility as you’re making it. Because it’s good to have ...

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April 1, 2020
Announcing the Atmosphere quilt pattern and quilt-along! from Freshly Pieced

IMG_2780You guys! I’m so thrilled to be releasing my Atmosphere quilt pattern on April 8! AND I’ll be running this pattern as a 6-week quilt-along beginning on April 22!I hope you’ll all join me in the quilt-along – we could all use a fun project with some online community right now, don’t you think?


Since I know you all might need a little extra time to get your fabric together, I’ve got lots of resources that you can download right now to help you get ready for the QA! Just sign up for the QA ...

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