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November 30, 2020
A humbling day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I've NO ONE to blame but myself. But I just made TWO very costly mistakes. The first one is that I was writing this morning and totally forgot to save the file, and then when I went to save it - WORD froze, and I lost all the work. Someone sent me an article which I still need to read about technology woes. Perhaps I should read it now. But here's the thing - the Autosave in Word no longer works the same way that it used to. 

If I want to use Autosave, it will save my document on ...

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November 15, 2020
A stormy night from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I can't believe how quickly the last four days have flown by. It's been so much fun, and a MUCH needed mental break. I can't thank the ladies enough for venturing out (safely) to enjoy this mini-vacation. 

But - it's not over yet. We still have today, although most of us will venture home shortly after lunch. And that's OK. I have a wee fire going this morning to take the chill out of the air of the sewing room. I've done well with the fire all week. It seems a bit reluctant this morning ...

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November 8, 2020
Feeling like a fraud. from Pointless Quilter

 My blog name is Pointless Quilter but I haven't been quilting a lot lately.  I have been working on Orca Bay for a while now.  And while I have most of the inner quilt finished (well by the end of today I hope) I did have 1/2 of it done about two weeks ago.

All those red triangle units with the black pieced corners kill me.  The border is full of them too and if I didn't already have the black pieced parts done for the border, I'd change it.  It's a super scrappy quilt ...

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October 30, 2020
You too can write a book! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

Two more presentations under my belt for this week, and that leaves two for today. I'll stop talking about the internet connection since everything seems to be good! Yeah! 

I listened to a webinar last night from a library (Wheaton Public Library)somewhere in the US. How cool is that? Normally, I wouldn't have been able to attend this author event, but because of the wonderful world of COVID, I could. Boy - when things go back to normal, whatever that is, we are going to miss a whole lot of these kinds of events. The author was Mary ...

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October 22, 2020
So far, so good................. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm almost afraid to say this out loud, but we have had no internet issues since the new wires were installed. Could it have been as easy as that to fix the problem? A lot of frustration happened before that fix. I'm still wary as we had one solid week of no issues before, and then it started again. So we're in a holding pattern!

A much better day in terms of getting things done. I don't think we realize how much time is "wasted" as we go from errand to errand. Especially when we're ...

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October 15, 2020
The good, the bad, and the why did I keep this? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

The writing assignments are up-to-date. However, I owe a few people some e-mails confirming classes. I'm working on it. I need to get some invoices put together. I'm working on that too. Well, those will be tasks for today, and I'm working on the next group of presentations! The fun never ends!

But that doesn't mean that I'm slacking off in other areas. I'm still walking over 10 K a day. I think it's the only way I'm surviving! The fresh air, the exercise, and just getting out of the house are ...

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October 13, 2020
Tuesday's To-Do List: Still Slogging Along With Butterflies and Clam Shells from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Might as well just get to the meat and potatoes this week!  Last week's goals turned out to be overly ambitious:

✅ finish quilting Modern Baby Clam Shells, AND 

get it labeled and   

❌ bound, AND  

❌ get my Letter Home baby quilt top and ready to load on my frame.  

After quilting the pantograph design over most of my Modern Baby Clam Shells quilt and stitching in the ditch around my butterfly appliqués  a quilter who was more goal oriented and focused than I am would have finished up the quilting with some monofilament or color matched thread to machine quilt ...

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October 8, 2020
Never Give Up from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

The spin class was interesting yesterday. There's a maximum of 10 people per class. It's a large room that can hold 70 bikes plus the front part where the instructor sits. Only the back two rows were being used, with half of the room empty. AH - it appears that they are also doing yoga in this room. Yep - they have a massive yoga room, but only 10 people are allowed in the room. It's very frustrating. But I'm not letting it get me down. The gym and the instructors have been very accommodating by adding extra ...

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October 7, 2020
Surrounded by love from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I'm making great progress on getting stuff done. Yeah - last week, I just felt like I was going backward all the time. This week is going much smoother. 

Three hours of Zoom yesterday and no drops. Can I dare say that the connection is stabilized? I'm knocking very hard on wood as I say that! 

I'm in the process of writing a pattern that is taking a bit longer than I had planned, but it's like writing THREE patterns in one. I've got all the paperwork laid out to finish that off. It's now ...

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September 5, 2020
Of Butterflies for Modern Baby Clam Shells, a Veteran's Quilt, + Pantograph Patterns from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Good morning and happy Labor Day weekend to readers in the United States!  I am DELIGHTED to share that I finally finished piecing the body of my Modern Baby Clam Shells quilt top!  

I'll be adding 2" borders in the same Grunge Sky background fabric later today.  For the moment, I'm just reveling in my smooth curves and the fact that this top came out so flat and so square.  

[Note to self: Machine piecing a clam shell quilt combines Y-seams with curved seams.  Definitely doable, but it was fiddly and tedious and it took me a week ...

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September 2, 2020
Did You Know from BedofRosesMQ

As some of you may know I have been selling Accuquilt Products since 2010. I have been using the cutters and dies so long that if I can't make a quilt using the dies I have (and they are many) I don't want to make that pattern. I know that sounds silly but after using them for so long it is really faster to cut lots of different pieces using the cutter and dies. Depending on which cutter you are using you can cut 6 or 10 layers at a time. If you have an Accuquilt system but ...

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September 1, 2020
LAL#5: Giant Clam Shells in My UFO Pipeline, Planning, and Goals for a Shiny New September from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Hello, my lovelies, and welcome to the 5th installment of the Long Arm Linky party!  Also, welcome to September.  I think we're all hoping September will be better than August, July, June, May, April, or March...

I do not have machine quilting content to share with you of my own because I've been focused on getting a LONG overdue baby quilt pieced.  Hopefully I will be able to get that on my frame for quilting soon, because this is my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for September.  

September's One Monthly Goal: 

  • Piece, Quilt, & Bind My Modern Baby Clam ...

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August 31, 2020
UFO Club from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I want to thank everyone who has stopped by to pick up stuff that I no longer need or want. I had a quick visit with France yesterday as she stopped by to pick up some stuff. There'll be more, in bits and pieces as I unearth the unwanted things. And knowing that I can make quilts tops for Quilts of Valour or Project Linus from the fabrics that I don't need or want is so freeing. The more that goes in those piles, the more I want to get rid of - OK - within reason! HUGE thanks to ...

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August 18, 2020
Monday's Strength: John 14:1-4. Machine Embroidery: You're as Sweet as Can Bee! Book Date Reads! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

 Monday’s Strength:  Psalm 27 and Isaiah 40

Lynn Austin continued with her them of finding a home in Until We Reach HomeThis verse has always brought me comfort in times of trouble.

The next two verses are encouraging reminders that we are never alone.  He will guide us and show us the way.
  
Let's make every attempt 
to walk in the Way He shows us, yes?  

Machine Embroidery:  You're Sweet As Can Bee!

The next project I chose to finish from the Spring 2020 Kimberbell Bella Box was the second dish towel.  They kept the bee ...

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August 17, 2020
Six Pillows Completed from Pointless Quilter

 Last year I made some children's reading pillows for my sister-in-law's sister in law.  She consigned me this year to make some pillows (not reading pillows) for her 4 sisters and a sister-like friend.  She helped me pick the embroidery designs based on their likes.  Here are the finished pillows.






Then I finished the Spring Fling Cross stitch and decided to make it into a pillow too.  Luckily I was able to make all these using my lovely stash of fabrics.  


The cross stitch pattern is called Spring Fling by With Thy Needle and Thread.  I'm thinking ...

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August 13, 2020
Monday's Strength. Machine Embroidery: Let's Get Ready to Rumble! Book Date Reads! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday’s Strength:  Psalm 27 and Isaiah 40
Psalm 27:14 and Isaiah 40: 27 and 30 are the next verses presented in Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin.  

My Dear Reader, what are you waiting for?
Test results?
A healing from abuse? from grief? from a physical ailment?
A loved one to come to know Jesus?
A court date?
A Word from God?
What are you waiting on the LORD for?

Be strong, precious child,
take heart and
wait for the LORD!

There is no safer place to be than waiting on the LORD. 
As we wait, we ...

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July 22, 2020
Playing thread chicken from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I made excellent progress yesterday! The magazine project is almost finished, and it looks AMAZING. I'm thrilled to death with the end result, considering that I had no idea what I was getting into when I started. All that was required was trial and error, a leap of faith, and some base knowledge, and I'm golden. We do NOT spend enough time playing with our machines - the more you play, the better you'll get. PLAY EACH DAY with your sewing machine. You'll both be happier.

As I was looking at the project this morning, I know ...

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Monday's Strength: Psalm 143:8. Machine Embroidery: Xmas! Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday's Strength

Yesterday I visited  Peabea’s link up party at Sunday Scripture Blessings @ Peabea's Scribble Pad.  This verse at Cut Off in the Kenweenawspoke to my heart.  What a lovely daily morning prayer!  The King James Version is even more beautiful!
8Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning;
for in Thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto Thee.
Ps.. 143:8 KVJ
Blessings to you! 

Machine Embroidery:  Xmas!
After a long hiatus, I set up my embroidery machine so ...

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July 15, 2020
Monday's Strength. My Bella Box. Book Date. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday's Strength
This week’s post will be a bit different. Mary from Hill Country Quilter I had a question about the Box of Hope I mentioned in last week’s post, so here’s a mini tutorial on how to make one along with my verse of the week.
A dear friend gave me the box numerous years ago. She decorated it with yellow (my favorite color) origami paper and painted it with a clear coat. I love the little yellow handle as evidenced by the wear on it! 
To make your own, you will need
  • your favorite ...

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May 11, 2020
Scrap Happy from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm late this morning! My routine is all tossed around. For some reason, I was wide awake in the middle of the night. Well, one can only lie in bed for so long, and then I had to get up and do something. I accomplished a LOT. But now that I've slept in, I don't have time to show you what happens in the middle of the night at my house.

I'm going to have to change up my routine a bit. I like routine, but even I'm getting bored with my routine. GASP!!  Did ...

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