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July 24, 2020
Christmas in July - Sparkling Gold Table Mat from Creatin' in the Sticks

This month the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge
is a little different but such fun.

teamed with the
Island Batik Ambassadors
to
bring
Christmas in July
to a lot of special someones.


Each Ambassador received a
to create a small project with Island Batik fabrics
and
then gift both the project made and the



Today, I'm thrilled to share my
Sparkling Gold Table Mat story.



My daughter, Trista, has always enjoyed sewing and has shared her time with me on
several occasions to have ...

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July 3, 2020
Mini Masterpieces QAL: Half-Rectangle Triangles from Blossom Heart Quilts

Welcome to June – congratulations folks, we are nearly halfway through this year… never did I think I would find such solace in creating and stitching this year. How about you? The desire to simply stitch, and forget about the world for an hour or two…

BACK IN STOCK

If you’re wanting to get your hands on a copy of Mini Masterpieces for yourself, I have signed copies of Mini Masterpieces available in store.

Mini Masterpieces book by Alyce Blyth

JUNE – HALF-RECTANGLE TRIANGLES

This month is our final look at triangles! This month, it’s time to practise your half-rectangle triangles.

Half rectangle triangle quilt block

Just as the name suggests ...

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June 15, 2020
The Virtual Retreat - Day Two from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh my gosh -- I don't remember when I had so much fun at home in isolation! We had another fantastic day with the Virtual Retreat via Zoom. People were coming and going all day, and I know I missed chatting with a couple of them. Sorry for that - it's just that at times, the conversation was super busy and others where I had to babysit the long arm! So I didn't get to visit with everyone.

Did I learn stuff? Oh, yes - you bet. The most exciting thing I learned was how to override the shut-off on ...

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

bout
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 13, 2020
Moroccan Mini Quilt: New Pattern Launch! from Cut Stitch and Piece

I used to do mosaic art years ago and still appreciate this beautiful art form. Moroccan mosaic tilework is my favourite type of mosaic art because it reminds me of elaborate quilts. I've always wanted to replicate this art style in fabric and this year I finally did. The result is my newest pattern, Moroccan Tile Mini Quilt. This pattern may look a bit complicated but it is all straight cuts

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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 29, 2020
Celebrating Sunshine with Placemats from Creatin' in the Sticks

We are celebrating the sunshine over on the
today.

I have a free tutorial and pattern to share.



These will brighten any table and bring lots of sunshine too.
In fact, I may just hang them on the wall for sunshine every day.


I made these with yellow Island Batik fabrics which are perfect for sunshine.
Little mini quilts of sunshine!



I used a couple of my favorite HeatnBond products,

HEATnBOND® FUSIBLE Medium Weight Interfacing
and
HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

plus Aurifil 50 wt. thread (#1135).

I just love to dress up a table
and
what's ...

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May 17, 2020
Floating Stars from Heart Desire Creations

Stars

My quilt guild makes patriotic quilts for returning vets. Much like Quilts of Valor, they are done in red, white and blue and many feature star blocks. With what fabric I had left of those colors, I made 15 floating star blocks that will be given to the guild member in charge of the patriotic quilts. At some point, at a workshop, these blocks will be incorporated into a quilt for a vet.

cut offs

When making these blocks, there are leftover cuts. After some playing, I put them together to make this cute mini.  I don’t have a red, white ...

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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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May 4, 2020
Giving quilts from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Yesterday was a glorious day - well almost. I took the girls for their walk and had already decided that it was the perfect day to go for a bike ride. After the walk, I got changed and headed out. The big question is always how far to go? I have a route that I can cut short at any time and work my way back, but I decided to go for it and go for a longer distance.

There was just one slight problem. There appeared to be a headwind. Not strong, but still a headwind. And I knew that ...

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May 2, 2020
The Domestic Goddess from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

For those of you who know me or you may have picked up the vibe from reading the blog, I'm NOT into housekeeping. It's just not my thing - I know - I'm a princess. I'll blame it all on my mother. She was the queen of knickknacks. OK - so I bet that all households in the 60 and 70s were chock-a-block filled with bric-a-brac. All those cutesy ornaments and whatever else could be collected. Our house was filled to capacity!

Not only was it filled with that kind of stuff but with limited storage options, a lot ...

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May 1, 2020
Mini Double Nine-Patch Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Mini Double Nine-Patch Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

The Double Nine Patch was all the rage during the Civil War. Fabric was scarce—so scarce that every precious scrap was saved for quilts. Patterns like the Double Nine Patch transformed all those scraps into true works of art!

The Mini Double Nine-Patch Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Back then, these quilts were hand stitched one itty-bitty scrap at a time, but now there’s an easier way! Click HERE to watch Jenny whip up a Mini Double Nine Patch quilt with quick and easy strip sets!

The Mini Double Nine-Patch Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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April 29, 2020
It was meant to be from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What's on my reading list at the moment? I'm reading The Missing Millionaire by Katie Daubs. It's a book about a Toronto businessman who owned theatres at the beginning of the 20th century. He sold one of his theatres for $1 million in December 1919 and then disappeared. They never found him or his body. Because there was money involved, the story just never died. Family members fighting over money, shysters trying to get money through the family and well - it just never seemed to end.

It's an interesting read as you get some insight into ...

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April 28, 2020
Let it go......................... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm probably the most accommodating and flexible person I know. You may think I'm a bit rigid at times, with my lists and my baskets, but seriously - if something doesn't get done as I planned - I'm perfectly OK with that. Provided there isn't an urgent deadline. Then I do care!

But right now? Believe it or not, everything is UNDER CONTROL. How the heck did that happen? OH - I still have quilts to design (just one) and instructions to write (just one) and other quilts to make (a couple), and a few e-mails to take ...

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Thinking outside the box from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It was nice to get an e-mail yesterday from an online store that had to shut down their ordering process while they caught up on the backlog of orders! That's amazing! I know that some quilt stores are still "open" and doing a thriving business by taking web or phone orders and arranging for shipping or curbside pick-up.

Some have gotten very creative in that process - either by sending out daily or weekly e-mails with the latest offerings or a tip or a video. Others are posting new products or ideas on Facebook and IG daily. It seems to ...

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April 27, 2020
How to Hang Small Quilts from A Quilting Life

How to Hang Small Quilts featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life: image of quilts

Hello, friends! Happy Monday! Today I’m going to discuss all things small quilts! I’m especially going to focus on how to hang small quilts, and I have a short video to show my preferred method. But I also have some tips to share for mini quilts in general! How to Hang Small Quilts One of […]

The post How to Hang Small Quilts appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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April 24, 2020
Do you do small? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I see my computer rebooted last night. I had scheduled it to do so. So all my Google windows got closed down. Oh well......   None of them were important and most were just for fun reading or whatever. I'm sure it won't take me long to open more. But I really should at the end of the day or every two days close everything down.

Now I see there are "new" features coming in Outlook and other programs. Oh, goodie - something new to learn. There's also a new format for Blogger which I've looked at but ...

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April 23, 2020
Hidden in plain sight! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


My head is exploding and I don't have a headache. So much exciting stuff going on and well - I can barely handle it all. Technology is my friend when it works and lately (knock on wood) things have been going very well.

It appears that everyone is ZOOMING these days and I need to be a part of that. So I had a test ZOOM chat with Elaine yesterday. It went very well, except for ONE THING. Look at the picture and see if you can tell me what that is.

Picture from my Zoom chat

Yep - look at ...

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April 22, 2020
That's a wrap! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What's with the weather? Not only have we almost been blown out of this country by the constant winds which, with the lower temperatures, makes for some chilly walks but this morning? The cars are dusted with snow! I suppose we should be happy that we don't have to shovel, but really? I'd like one nice WARM morning for a walk. At least there is no wind this morning and the sun is out.

Another crazy, wild day around my house! OK - so not crazy at all, but still, lots of stuff got done. I'm happy ...

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April 20, 2020
Is this a coincidence? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I know - you want to know what miracle happened at 5 AM yesterday. I won't make you wait.

On my schedule for yesterday was to quilt a small quilt - or should I say to finish quilting the quilt. Actually, the quilt is done, but I don't think there's enough quilting on it so I wanted to do more. But where or where are the threads that I used to make the quilt? I know a box or some kind of container exists. I had NOT started to look for it.

Yesterday morning at 5 AM when I ...

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