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January 16, 2019
Long Arm Quilting Details from Becca's Crazy Projects

One of the quilting groups I belong to on Facebook shared this awesome post by Kimmyquilt on how to straighten and square up the leaders on the long arm frame. I wish I had this information a few years ago when I replaced the leaders.

In the end, I made some very minor adjustments to my leaders. It isn't 100% perfect, but I don't think a difference of 1/4" from one end of my 10 foot frame to the other is something I'm going to fret over. The difference in a pieced backing, or the piecing ...

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September 16, 2018
Don't try this at home..... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yesterday was an exciting day. Time to get back to regular classes at The Hobby Horse. While I've already taught at Oh Look Fabric this September, I got to see the new classroom at The Hobby Horse. New laminate floors and painted walls. It's so much brighter in the classroom. I love it but it took some getting used to. If you haven't signed up for a class, you should! Although lots of them are full or close to being full. Those two stores are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum in view of what product ...

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September 14, 2018
One Month Later... from Butterfly Threads

I announced one month ago that I was going to make some significant changes (see post HERE) to better my health and increase my energy level as well as to 'remake' my daily life with less stress and more joy. Since I think accountability is what keeps us on track, here's what I can report.

1. I'm no longer writing blog posts for Craftsy on a regular basis.

DONE Not only have I done this, but it looks like Craftsy has as well. I've enjoyed the feeling of a weight lifted without this obligation nagging at me ...

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August 10, 2018
You know it's a good day when....... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm back in LOVE with my long arm. I still don't trust it, but I love it.

I started the morning off with a phone call to Bell. All of our services are with the one company so we can save some money. I have to admit that I don't usually check the bill on a regular basis, but I thought I had better and I was feeling like I actually had a few spare minutes to do some paperwork.
Hmm - do we really need all this stuff on the bill???  The MovieNetwork - why are we paying ...

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July 24, 2018
Quilting Kelly Michelle from Butterfly Threads

I had the honor of quilting this beauty this weekend. It's made by a sweet friend who took a worshop when I visited the Cherokee Rose Quilt Guild last year. She increased the size to queen size by adding a row to the side and bottom. Her workmanship was wonderful, so quilting was a joy. 

I chose a digital edge to edge design by Deb Geissler called Daisies. The design mimics the flowers and leaves in many of the fabrics.  You can find the quilt pattern in my shop here.

I have a wonderful video of the quilting in ...

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Bingo Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is having a bingo event again this year. What is Quilt Bingo? Well, it is an event where you play bingo and the big prizes are quilts made by the guild. For a list of the kinds of prizes one might win at Quilt Bingo you should check out this great post, complete with links to free quilt blocks, bag patterns, and other quilty goodness.

I volunteered to quilt one of the quilts. I didn't make any of the blocks. They were made by members of the guild.
I quilted it with swirls and ...

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July 18, 2018
All the Thread from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple weeks ago I told you about my thread problem. I've been working on getting my upgraded thread rack built and installed in my thread closet (yes, I need a closet to hold it all, I'm not even sure all of it is in there).

Here is a look at what my thread storage looked like before I started.
This woodworking project took two people and more hours than I cared to count. We cut a bucket-full of pegs. Mostly because my planning was more than a little off. Not that that work will be wasted.
We ...

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July 5, 2018
Longarm Quilting Services from Butterfly Threads

I never anticipated how much I would LOVE my new HandiQuilter Amara with ProStitcherPremium when I got it. I knew it would help me finish more quilts more quickly, but I never knew how addictive it would be. Now that I've quilted all my (20+) quilt tops and all of my friends', I've decided I want to quilt for everyone else!

What does that mean for you? I can quilt your quilt tops using digital edge-to-edge designs. I am happy to choose thread colors and quilting designs for you, or you can specify exactly what you want.
I ...

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June 26, 2018
Long Arm Quilting from Butterfly Threads

I may have mentioned a time or two hundred that I am now the proud owner of an HQ Amara. I've spent the last few months playing with it and learning so much. I still have a ton more to learn, and I can't wait to try everything!

I've quilted over 20 quilts of my own and now I'm happy to say I'm almost all 'caught up'! I'm ready for "business". If you would like to be first on the list for quilting, here's what I have to offer:

Long Arm Quilting Services ...

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June 11, 2018
Churning Fourteen Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I started this quilt over a year ago. Check out this post about my Churning Fourteen quilt.

Sometimes people think I get a bunch of stuff done and that I get that stuff done quickly. I'm not a fast quilter or crafter, even if it seems like it. I do work a full-time job, complete with a 1-hour commute each way (that DC traffic is terrible and I do not recommend it). I don't have kids at home. I don't cook. I don't clean. I don't mow the lawn. Those things are done by other ...

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May 28, 2018
Scrap Happens 2018 from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have several bins full of fabric scraps, little blocks, and even big blocks. Sometimes the bigger blocks come from testing a new-to-me block or construction method. Sometimes I make more than a couple blocks for a bee and hold back the few that don't make the cut. Other times, I just make too darn many blocks. When the bin has enough blocks, it is time to make another quilt. 
This is another of those quilts. There isn't a real rhyme or reason to layout. I try to match up elements to make interesting things. Like that big ...

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May 25, 2018
Studio Lighting Upgrade from Becca's Crazy Projects

The overhead lighting in my studio was less than optimal. It was a smart bulb, but not a very bright one.
This is about the best it would get. Come evening, it was a struggle.
My Darling Husband bought me a smart fixture. The Haiku Home Premier light has a remote, is compatible with Alexa, has adjustable intensity and color, as well as a motion sensor.
Overall it is a great improvement over the last fixture and lamp.
Here they are side-by-side. Come evening, I'm sure I will appreciate it even more. Installation was super quick and easy. It ...

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May 21, 2018
Batik Curve from Becca's Crazy Projects

The April Get It Done UFO Challenge was my take on improv curved piecing. I managed to finish the top in April, but didn't get a chance to buy backing to finish the quilt until May. I had a random vacation day last week and used it as an opportunity to head over to Spring Water Designs to pick up backing fabric. They have an excellent selection of wide backing fabrics.

I loaded up and got stitching.
The improv piecing didn't lend itself to very specific quilting, so I went with swirls and waves. The texture is going ...

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May 6, 2018
Handi Quilter Training from Butterfly Threads

I've mentioned it a few times that I was signed up to take three full days of Handi Quilter and Pro Stitcher training this weekend at Tiny Stitches. I have just returned from the training and here are my thoughts...

  • Susan Manry is a delightful, patient, kind and articulate teacher.
  • For the first time, I felt like I finally know enough about my longarm and Pro Stitcher that I actually understood 'most ' of what was being explained. It's a whole other lingo and language!
  • I LOVE working with rulers as much on my longarm as I do on ...

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May 5, 2018
Listen and learn from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I promise that today is the last post on the computerized long arm. At least for a bit. I'm like a kid in a candy store and I'm learning and I'm loving that it's not hard. Considering that I watched three videos on YouTube and one 15-minute call, I have to admit the system is pretty easy to use. But there's a lot not explained in the video and I'm learning as I go. Which is fine by me because that way I'm going to remember it.

I know this isn't going ...

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May 4, 2018
Some tweaking required..... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I've so much to tell you, but I don't want the blog posts to be any longer than they already are. Make sure you come back as there is loads of stuff happening at my house and in the quilting industry. I can't keep up!

Our local quilt stores tend to be owned by a person or two, however, there are a few owners who have purchased a second shop. We have that scenario in the Greater Toronto area. I know of two different owners and they have purchased a second shop. Who knows - maybe quilt stores ...

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May 3, 2018
I DID IT!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I have toyed with the idea of adding a computer to my long arm for a long time. I was never serious about it because it's a ton of money and I didn't figure I would do enough with it. The more I saw what other long arm quilters were doing with their computers, I scraped money together to buy the computer. Marilyn and Thomas were the two biggest influencers of this purchase which happened back in November at Quilt Market in Houston. Thanks to Jean for helping with the negotiations.

Much angst over getting the machine to ...

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April 26, 2018
Book Reviews from Butterfly Threads

I always love to share a good thing when I find it and these two books arrived at the quilt shop this week. I can't wait to really put them to use in my quilting room. Both books are published by C&T.

The ALL OVER PATTERNS book is just that. It's a collection of designs from some amazing quilters that will inspire you to try these fun ideas. I like to practice on paper with pencil to get the 'muscle memory' before trying them on the machine. Each double page will give you the up close detail ...

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April 20, 2018
You need an engineering degree for this from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So the long arm was disassembled and sent away for its upgrade and spa treatment. It almost didn't get the upgrade, but all that got worked out. Then it was supposed to be delivered on Friday last week, but arrived on Monday instead right in the aftermath of the ice storm!

Two big boxes arrived. I waited two hours before I had the courage to open them up. I knew that it was going to take some time to get the machine back up and running as I had set it up by myself when I first got the ...

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April 17, 2018
Monday Sewing from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm glad we all stayed home yesterday. It was wet, it was cold and it's just plain ugly out there.

I did shovel the step off in anticipation of the UPS delivery. I knew the box would be big and heavy and didn't want anyone slipping down the steps. It wasn't that bad to shovel but took several attempts before I got all the snow and ice off the step. Didn't bother with the sidewalk or the drive - hopefully, it'll all be melted soon.

I do need to get out today - I have several ...

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