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July 31, 2021
Singing in the choir from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

While I loved being away at the quilt retreat, it's always nice to get back home! And yes - I switched pillows last night. It's too early to tell, but my neck does feel a bit better this morning. It's also that lunatic dog of mine that doesn't help! Walking Murphy is like getting mini-whiplash! She's so much better, but I bet that hasn't helped the situation. 

I couldn't help myself; I contacted Paula's daughter to tell her the quilt top was done! She LOVES it. And so she should - her Mom chose ...

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July 30, 2021
Butterfly House Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Butterfly House Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

A butterfly is the pickiest of guests. 
Invite her for brunch, and she won’t eat a bite—unless you serve her favorite food. (Milkweed for monarchs; white cedar for hairstreaks.)

The Butterfly House Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

On evening strolls, the weather must be perfect. If it’s too chilly, your fluttery friend will simply stop, drop, and nap. 

And no matter how lovely the guest room, it won’t tempt Miss Butterfly. Oh, she may request a posh butterfly house. But rest assured she’ll never step inside.

This week Jenny is stitching up a layer cake butterfly quilt fit for a queen. She’s ...

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July 9, 2021
Day Two -- Seams Appropriate in Muskoka from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Wow -- day two is already gone! Nooooooooooooo -- the time is going too quickly! But that's OK - I'm getting lots done. I'm actually puttering on some small projects. I don't have access to e-mail on my laptop yet - that isn't going to happen until I get home and get my passwords. 

So I'll pull some pictures from Facebook again! And we had a major power outage last night, but thankfully there's a generator here, so we were fine. I was in bed anyway. But the router needs to be rebooted, and we don't ...

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May 31, 2021
Get to know FIGO Fabrics Designer Sarah Gordon from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We have got a real treat for you today! FIGO Fabric designer Sarah Gordon is on talking about her latest fabric collection Forage, a beautiful mix of teals and magentas with modern florals, fruits and some sophisticated bugs.

And she answers the question of what type of fruit is featured in the collection. I know you all have been dying to know by your comments!

Sarah started her career working in the fashion industry, first coloring fabrics for the new seasons taking her inspiration from the catwalks. Then she moved onto designing prints and later working with partners to found ...

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April 23, 2021
Handy Dandy Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Handy Dandy quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Handy Andy is a traditional 19th century quilt block. It’s sometimes called Footstool or Mrs. Jones’ Favorite. And, truth be told, it’s ALWAYS made with bajillions of tiny pieces. (Bajillions!) 

But don’t worry! You can count on Jenny to make it easy!

The Handy Dandy quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Using 2.5 inch precut strips and our beloved Clearly Slotted Trimmers, Jenny whips up scores of little half-square triangles and hourglass blocks without breaking a sweat. Best of all, the leftover scraps become a piano-key border! 

We’re calling this charming jelly roll quilt Handy Dandy, but whatever the name, this pattern is an ...

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April 19, 2021
HST Zanthia Pillow from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Zanthia copy

Welcome back, fabric friends! 

Today we are featuring one of my favorite and easiest way to create a patchwork pillow, I like to call this one "Zanthia" and if you know about basic half-square triangles, then you'll especially love making this pillow. Once you create the HSTs, all it takes is some cutting and rearranging to complete this look! 

Have fun with your fabric choices too, as for this tutorial I kept it simple by using AGF Pure Solids, but play around with some movement by including some prints. 

Let's get started!


Fabric A PE-421 1 ...

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April 13, 2021
Snail's Trails from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Another great day! Although, I was so keyed up that I couldn't fall asleep last night! Grrr!!

I know you're all wondering if I got that quilt quilted. Don't forget that I was still piecing the darn thing in the morning. Let's see what else I have to share with you first. 

Thank goodness for rain gear. I didn't think it was raining very hard when I left the house to walk the girls, but when I was finished, I was wet. My pants were wet, so it was a PJ pant day! Yeah!! I ...

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April 9, 2021
Mother’s Choice Remake Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Mother's Choice Remake quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Jenny is a rescuer of old, antique blocks. 

She sifts through stacks of orphan blocks at yard sales and antique shops, imagining the quilters who started – but never finished – so many years ago.

When Jenny spotted a long-forgotten Mother’s Choice block, she fell in love! And then…she used a sprinkling of Missouri Star magic to make that pattern new again!

The Mother's Choice Remake quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Mother’s Choice Remake is a beautiful, simplified version of the old-fashioned Mother’s Choice. This pretty jelly roll quilt is made easy with half-square triangles, flying geese, snowballed corners, and – best of all – zero Y-seams! 

You may ...

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March 27, 2021
Playing is good for the soul! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Wow-what a marathon day! I'm happy to report that some writing got done - not as much as I would have liked, but enough to keep the class happy and get them started on the homework. Three of four presentations are done, and one was presented last night - I'll post the show and tell tomorrow. One more still needs a bit of work - I have until 1 PM today to get that done. WAIT - I have two presentations between now and then! Oh well - I can make it work. 

I have to say that it's going to be ...

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March 26, 2021
Cherrywood Challenge revealed from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 A REST day!!! Could yesterday qualify as a rest day? I did take a couple of breaks - sat outside in the gazebo, had a scheduled Zoom call with friends. But that doesn't qualify as a rest day. I had a LOT of sewing to get done, and it's done, but I can't share with you - not yet. You'll see it next week, and I'm so excited, I could burst! 

I also finished quilting the Trend-tex challenge, which took way longer than I thought, but I'm happy with the results. It's trimmed and ready ...

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March 21, 2021
Dizzy!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Oh my -- something bad has happened. I'm in total denial, but even I can't ignore this. 

I woke up yesterday with a bit of dizziness, but it quickly disappeared. I woke up several times in the night, and I knew that something wasn't right. And I feel worse this morning. I NEVER feel like this. I'm always ready to go the minute I get up, and well, I'm lagging this morning. 

I say that in case the blog post sounds off. I can think of two things that be at the root of this - blood ...

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March 17, 2021
Half-square triangles from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm notorious for saying that everything will settle down in TWO weeks, and life won't be so crazy. Now people are actually asking - did it settle down? And the answer is YES!! I'm still busy - I'll always be busy. That's just in my blood and will never go away. I'll blame my parents for that one. Honestly, I'm OK with being busy. I just don't want to be insanely busy with tons of deadlines all day, every day. 

So, I'm happy to report that I had a somewhat relaxed day yesterday ...

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March 14, 2021
The woes of technology from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Don't panic - my technology seems to be behaving itself lately. There are NO issues with the internet, and the computers are working fine. The Zoom Share screen worked fine, although I didn't stay in that mode for long. Yikes - they can literally see EVERYTHING on my screen. So I need to play around with that and minimize everything that doesn't need to be open. That's a positive! 

Nope - it's something different on the technology side. I have some DVDs that I haven't watched, and as part of my clean-up, I'd like to get ...

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March 13, 2021
Pandora's box from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Life is one big learning curve. It never fails that each and every day, I learn something. It could be a small tidbit, it could be monumental, but there's always something. And sometimes, you don't even know what you don't know! 

So I've been on Zoom for a while - gosh - I think it's close to one year! That's incredible. This time last year, I had no idea what Zoom even was. I've been able to share my screen for PowerPoint presentations, and all is good. However, there are times when I want to ...

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March 12, 2021
DH saves the day! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Wow -- this crazy week is almost over—lots of presentations and lots of prep. 

Without getting too complicated about the process, I've been replicating slides or parts of slides in Powerpoint as part of the prep for the next one. The other day, I accidentally opened up a FINAL presentation and started to add and delete slides for another one. I FORGOT to give it a new name, and the next thing I knew, the file was being autosaved, and my FINAL presentation got wiped out. GRRRR

Well, it appears that even though I tell people to do that ...

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March 1, 2021
The best quilting tip EVER from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Happy Birthday, M!!!!  It's hard to believe that my little kiddo is 25 today!!! I have to say that I'm quite proud of her. She's fiercely independent, although she's still just a kid - at least to me. She'll always be a kid! That way, I never age! 

She was born around 2:30 AM, and it's bizarre because I woke up at 2:30 last night. I NEVER do that. Perhaps I was reliving the moment 25 years ago. Have a great day today!!!! Love you lots!!! 

Yesterday was our Virtual Retreat, and oh ...

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February 13, 2021
Download Free Quilt Pattern - Shaded Nine Patch Scrap Quilt from Quiltnotes All Blogs

The Shaded Nine Patch block consists of three light squares, three dark squares and three half square triangles made from both light and dark fabrics. When you look at the completed block it resembles a half square triangle. This means you can set these blocks in a multitude of ways. All the log cabin settings will work, all the pinwheel settings work and any setting that uses half square triangles works. In this download there are seven example layouts. What I like most about this block is that you can piece lots of them and decide later how to set ...

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February 12, 2021
2 Print More Modern HST quilt from Sew Sunshine

More Modern HST from 2020 in 2 prints. This was a QAL by lqg member Steph Jacobson over at Steph Jacobsons designs blog. 

My quilt is made from the 12 main months of the qal. It measures approx. 60" x 60" I flipped the placement around to put my small print in the main blocks and the big black and white in the background. It was a fun experiment and the reason I did it was I had those two in my stash. I thought I had enough to do the extra bonus blocks but I did not. ha A ...

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February 11, 2021
Churn Dash Block Using Fat Quarters from Quiltnotes All Blogs

The churn dash quilt block is an old favorite. It's a 9-patch block, meaning there are 9 units of construction. There are four half square triangle units, four rail fence units and one plain block unit. In this article you will learn how to piece a 12" finished churn dash quilt block. Look at the end of this article for other finished block sizes. There is a link to instructions to make a Churn Dash Quilt approximately 66" x 80" finished. For these instructions you can use scraps or two fat quarters of contrasting fabrics. Two fat quarters will ...

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February 7, 2021
Just keep walking from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I'm feeling pretty accomplished these days. I still have a lot to do, but I'm making progress in all areas, which feels good. I have the time to work on things that are not urgent, and well, things are under control. However, I did forget that I had a meeting yesterday. Oh - it was in my calendar, and well, I was so focused sewing in the afternoon that POOF - the thought never occurred to me. 

I must get better about reviewing the day's events in the morning so that the items stick in my head!!

The good ...

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