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June 1, 2017
Kaleidoscope - Losing Control? from Elaine Adair Pieces

Whew - this is a HUGE project for a DSM, MQ'ed, in free form designs.  I am putting on the last 2 borders using Quilt as you Go, technique (thank you Georgia Bonesteel), to reduce the bulk  - this  quilt is abut 88" x 107".

As I was working, I had the feeling it was "getting away from me".  I don't know what that means, perhaps self doubt?  The border quilting keeps it all straight and true, flat, but I think the center quilting might need more.  Kinda late now for more quilting in the blocks, but I've been ...

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May 14, 2017
Kaleidoscope woes from Art In Search

     In April, I took a kaleidoscope class with Sujata Shah called Organized Chaos. I made all the blocks with some extra for a bigger quilt than the pattern. I put them on the wall. I tried to make the flower blooms, every other block. I realized that I did not cut enough big triangles to make these. I don't have any more fabric on most of these to cut the bigger triangles. I did not realize I needed  at least twelve of the color when making the bloom. I am sort of stuck. Maybe I can find fabric close ...

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May 7, 2017
A tool for MQ designing from Elaine Adair Pieces

I'm ready to start machine quilting my blue/purple/turquoise kaleidoscope, partially finished.  Long sweepy watery lines seemed to be called for, as it is supposed to appear ocean-y, or underwater fronds, not easy on a DSM due to limited hand space.  I needed to practice ... something ... so I bought a 12 inch piece of plexiglass, covered the edges with masking tape, indicated which side was "UP" on the tape, and put the detailing quarter inch tape on the back as quidelines, whethee they were used or not.  Then I placed the plexiglass over the quilt block, and used ...

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April 18, 2017
Kaleidoscopes - watch those values! from Elaine Adair Pieces

Above - Some of these blocks are not playing well.  And corners are not on the block making the circles harder to see. 

Below is a lovely block with no corners, but made with dark and medium values. It's a perfectly lovely block but does not work with what I want.  I've made about 75 in the dark/medium values, but I've also made about 75 in the medium to dark and light.  Uh oh, which way shall I go? 
OK, now I'm cooking!  I'm planning for a quilt 11 x 13.  Adding the light corners ...

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April 14, 2017
Workshop of wonders from Art In Search

     Last Friday, I set off in wet snow in a three hour drive to Ithaca, NY where the Tompkins County Quilt Guild was sponsoring 2 workshops with Sujata Shah. Two years ago, I took one there also and was fortunate beyond belief she came in from San Francisco and I got a spot. My friend, Elizabeth, and I drove down and found an Airbnb to stay in. We took all our food and cooked our own meals and packed lunches, which made it a bit more affordable. The first two days was Organized Chaos, a kaleidoscope quilt. The last day ...

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March 20, 2017
Motivational Monday - what was lost is now found! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's MONDAY!!!!!   Only very weird people get excited about Monday, especially those that go to the gym at 6 AM.  One quick second as I digress from quilting but I decided to get myself back to spin class at 6 AM on Monday. I think I was so excited that I had trouble sleeping!  Go figure- but there is nothing like a 25 KM ride on an indoor bike to get your blood pumping and a good start to the day!

So on with the progress report for this week.  I was prepping for a guild talk last week ...

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March 13, 2017
Motivational Monday - January - DONE! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yes - you read that right!  I'm finished my January UFO. Well, as finished as I wanted to get it. The backing is done, the top is complete and the binding is made.  It's in the stack of "to be quilted" and I'm OK with that. I thought it would be fun to throw it on the long arm, but I have other things to do so it will just have to wait.

The important thing - the January UFO is DONE!

The backing for the January UFO - DONE
 Here's the reason that things take so long. I ...

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March 10, 2017
Dogteeth Border from Elaine Adair Pieces

I LOVE making borders - even if the border overwhelms the center, I LIKE when viewers look at the border and make comments, "Look what she did!" - whether it be positive or negative, that's the reaction I'm hoping for.  My quilty friend's husband has frequently commented on my borders, so now, I have to carry on!  Here's my plan for recent Kaleidoscope Quilt (laying on beigey carpeting).

These dogteeth are not as difficult as I had imagined, but require accuracy with cutting and sewing - there is little room for easing.  Another border option was a quarter square ...

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February 26, 2017
Kaleidoscope, 3 rows, and 22 inches of snow! from Elaine Adair Pieces

The optical illusion of circles begins to appear when corners are added.  I am short on both the medium blue and the pale turquoise blue fabrics for corners, so used both.  They are both a bit darker than the pale lavendar in the light corners.   I have three rows done with blocks sewn together, but not yet rows.  It's beginning to look like I had envisioned!  I complicated things with the many colors, and each wedge was 4 colors.  I believe it would be MUCH easier if each wedge was just LIGHT or just DARK.  (Another project...).  The blocks ...

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February 22, 2017
Kaleidoscope Beginnings, and New Kitchen Floor from Elaine Adair Pieces

I have always loved the Kaleidoscope design, especially the optical illusions that appear when corners are added.  Some friends were at the quilt shop when I  bought fabric to blend with what I had, and they were teasing me, wanting to know if I would have it done by next week.  Well, this is a week later, and this is what I have.  While the blocks look complex, they really are not.   I'm aiming for 35 blocks, 5 x 7.   Kaleidoscopes need an uneven number of blocks for best optical illusion.  These strips are cut 2 inches and blocks ...

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February 1, 2017
Bella Skill Builder…Block 1 from The Sassy Quilter

Today starts the beginning of an awesome quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Bella Skill Builder

I am super pumped to make this quilt. It will be a 10 month process, with a new block posted the 1st of the month for 9 months and then a finishing post for the last month.

Some months you will make multiples…. just in case you were like….HEY? There is more than 10 blocks in there!

Oh…. and did I mention it’s a FREE PATTERN! Happy face:)

Here is an up close look at this gorgeous quilt…..

Bella Skill Builder

This quilt will ...

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Bella Solids Sew Along from Pieced Brain

Welcome to the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. I am so excited to learn new cutting and sewing skills, which is what I like the most about quilting - there is no end to learning. I would love for you to join us!

Mark your calendars: the Sew Along begins today and every 1st of the month until November another block will be presented. After November we will all have acquired new skills, will be acquainted with different rulers (more gadgets, yeah!), and will have all the blocks we need to put together this beautiful quilt ...

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January 29, 2017
Pattern writing from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It was so exciting to be back in the class room. Saw some faces that I haven't seen in a long long time - welcome back.  Just great to see that energy level as we start our new projects.  Scheduled ones - not just on a whim!  Going to be interesting to see what people's quilts look like as they come together.  I know that I owe a LOT of pictures from the finishes of 2016 and I hope to get them done this week.  I must also commit some computer time as there is a lot of crazy computer ...

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January 25, 2017
Finding homes! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I think tonight might be the first free night in a long time to just putter in that studio of mine. It won't exactly be idle puttering as I have a couple of classes this weekend and samples need to be prepped. 

If you haven't signed up and live locally, perhaps you would be interested.  One of the classes is from Edyta Sitar's book called Quilter's Patch. 

Quilter's Patch by Edyta Sitar
The quilt is absolutely adorable.   I've got some of my fabrics chosen and I'm pulling all of the m from my ...

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December 18, 2016
my last pillow from easypatchwork

As the year comes to a close so does the Pillow Swap Four Seasons. This swap started two years ago as an idea shared by Sandra at Hohenbrunnquilterin (Munich, Germany) and myself to bring a little bit of seasonal cheer into our homes and the quilting/swapping community. We envisioned the group as a forum to share creativity and help with the sewing/pillow-making process. We met a lot of really

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December 1, 2016
Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 12 from A Quilting Jewel

Well, this is it! We've reached the final month in our Kaleidoscope BOM. It's bittersweet for me. I've really enjoyed designing and making all of these blocks, but I'm also excited to complete this quilt and think about another project.

I like to call this block the "pinwheel trifecta." I love how the lime, teal and orange color combos create three fun pinwheels. I'd love to see this block repeated in a quilt. Imagine the movement!

This block has such a fun circular feel to it. Can you imagine a quilt with, say, four or ...

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November 27, 2016
Classes for 2017 from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

As this year winds down, I'm gearing up for 2017!

In trying to keep things under control and to some circumstances beyond my control, my teaching schedule will be somewhat limited in 2017.  I'm OK with that - it will hopefully give me time to get caught up on a few things and to actually keep up with my homework!

Without further ado, here are the on-going monthly classes for 2017.   These first two classes will be held at The Hobby Horse Quilt Shoppe in Georgetown.  Please contact the shop (905-877-9292) to sign up, pay for your class, order ...

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October 2, 2016
Spiderweb Quilt Finished and Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Oct 2016 Linkup from Fret Not Yourself

It's time for another Kaleidoscope of Butterflies linkup. What have you done or seen?

I finished Suhavi's Stars, a Welcome to the World gift for a precious baby. {It would have been a baby shower present if I hadn't been out of town all summer.} While it's not a kaleidoscope, I used that ruler to draft the triangles for the strips.

Suhavi's Stars - a spiderweb quilt
With only one yard of orange solid {which is not as bright as these photos} I needed some scraps to widen the back. These make me very happy. The ...

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September 1, 2016
A Finish & Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Link Up 09/2016 from Fret Not Yourself

Masses of butterflies are called kaleidoscopes. Cathy and I recognized in this word a wonderful conjunction of quilting and butterfly habitat preservation. Many species live in limited areas while others, like monarch butterflies, feed on limited diets. Monarch larvae feed solely on milkweed. Eradication of this weed/native plant severely impacts their reproduction which is seen in the decline of their population. On this linkup we share kaleidoscope and butter quilts and fabrics, information of butterfly releases as well as habitat restoration projects. What have you seen lately?

I just bound my latest kaleidoscope. After sharing at my guild meeting ...

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