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March 27, 2017
Motivational Monday - check in... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Good morning!  It's Monday morning and while you're reading this, I'm probably at the gym in spin class!

Mondays are such a great day!  A new week and lots of plans to get things done!  I'm going on a retreat this week and so have been busy getting things prepped for 5 days of sewing. I don't think I even turned my sewing machine on. Not that I need to prep, I think I still have a couple of bags of projects packed from when I was in PEI for one month in 2015!

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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 6, 2017
Motivational Monday - the March UFO from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

How quickly time marches on!  I had a tuffet class yesterday and today was spent getting blog posts ready for QUILTsocial. There wasn't a minute of time to work on my own projects. But next weekend looks very promising!

I have this calendar with a daily inspiration quote and there are some great ones so I'm saving them to put in my Task Master for inspiration. I'm not stock piling them or hoarding them. I'm using them.

Inspirational quote

It doesn't matter that you didn't get all the things done on your Task master ...

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March 1, 2017
Candy is an essential food group from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's raining this morning. I knew traffic was going to be a hassle and I wanted to leave early. I'm zipping down the highway and hadn't had breakfast yet so I was getting hungry. Then I remembered that I had a package of licorice in my backpack.  Could I reach it from the driver's seat? Then I realized that I had NOT loaded the backpack into the car this morning. So what did that mean? My laptop was at home!!!!   It took a bit to backtrack, but went home, got the backpack and the laptop and ...

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February 28, 2017
Motivational Monday - practise makes perfect from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I see from the Facebook page that many of you are up to date. Got your February project done and moving onto March.  I'm so excited for everyone. I'm excited for myself as well as even though I'm technically NOT quite finished with the January project, because of this group, those projects are up front and I'm getting them done.  I have half the backing to complete for that One Block Wonder and that project will be done and perhaps will get in the line to get machine quilted.  

The good news is that my next ...

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February 20, 2017
Motivational Monday MIRACLE! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's Motivational Monday again. A very exciting day. Many people are not that fond of Monday - it's the end of the weekend, it's back to work. For me, Monday has been a very exciting day for many years as that is my sewing day. Well now that I work full time, it's not technically a full sewing day, but it's all about sewing as I do get to spend a bit of time first thing in the morning with the sewing group and then off to work which is always exciting.

Today is even more ...

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February 6, 2017
Motivational Monday - what's up? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

After a couple of totally insane weeks, I actually had a calm and quiet weekend. Imagine that - I almost didn't know what to do with myself as there was NO strict deadline. I still had loads to do and I got a lot acomplished thanks to The Task Master. 

I will confess that I'm a tad behind in some of the tasks because things pop up that are not planned and YES, I need to say NO, but sometimes, it difficult. Like one of the charities supported by our guild needed a quilt and I was asked to ...

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January 31, 2017
Motivational Monday - progress report from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So how is everyone doing with their Task Master?  I have to say that mine is yelling at me. I'm getting loads done, but I seem to be in a bit of a crisis mode and so a couple of things that I wrote down are not getting done. And every weekend I say, NEXT weekend I'll have nothing urgent and I can catch up. Hmmm - doesn't always work like that.

I did make good progress this past week. What did I accomplish???  Well, I finished off the five blog posts for QUILTsocial. If you didn't ...

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January 23, 2017
Motivational Monday - let's go shopping from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Good morning everyone!!!  Hopefully, we're all still on track to get our January project completed?  I see from some of the postings that people have finished their January projects and had to find something else to do for the remainder of the month. Doesn't that feel good to get those projects off our plate and guilt free move to something else?

I haven't had a chance to monitor the Facebook page much this week, but I did see that many projects were accomplished. I'm back home tonight so will have a bit more time to get ...

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January 17, 2017
Motivational Monday - A very important lesson! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yes, I was missing in action yesterday. I literally got up, went to work and was tied to the sewing machine until very late last night, but I got loads done!  Before I get into those details and the very important lesson, I have to tell you about my surfing escapade. 

There is freezing rain in the area this morning. So sidewalks and streets and driveways are slippery. I very carefully walked the dogs and while there was a bit of ice, I didn't slip once. Like I said - I was very careful. Before leaving, I decided to wheel ...

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January 9, 2017
Motivational Monday - The visual Task Master from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

This quote is from the Christmas present I bought for myself.  A calendar with a BOLD monthly quote. It's hanging up in the studio. I love this quote and I think this explains where my energy comes from!!!  Notice how big the word FOCUSING is!!!

Powerful statement!!!
Hmmm - I edited a whole bunch of pictures for the blog and then realized that there were already pictures sitting in the blog for Monday. I guess the pictures from today will have to wait until next week.  Just too much stuff going on!  I will however post the pictures of my ...

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December 27, 2016
2017 Plans from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Yvonne is having a Linky Party over at her blog (just follow the link on her name) for those of us that have plans for 2017 that we want to make public.  Oh my. . . .that means people can hold me accountable!!

I've mentioned before that I am pretty terrible about keeping up with quilt-a-longs and such, but I am hoping that I can get better with than in 2017.  So that is Goal #1.

Goal #2 is to keep up with the "Motivational Monday" exercises from Crazy Quilter on a Bike (I wrote about her on my last post ...

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Motivational Monday - The numbers are STAGGERING from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

If you're going to be appalled by sheer numbers of UFOs, then I advise you to NOT read this post.

This is a bonus post for the Motivational Monday group.  In light of trying to get things done, one must take stock of what needs to be done and that makes it easier to prioritize. Basically, it's a super organizing tool.  Put "like" things together, then find storage, catalague, priortize and get the stuff done!

Here's the deal, I'm a prolific piecer. I've taught quilting for almost 20 years and as a result, made MANY ...

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December 26, 2016
Motivational Monday - I did that? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Can you believe it's almost 2017?  That means we're about to step our quilting into high gear and get motivated and get things done!  I've been at it for a month now and I'm so happy and learning lots. And getting lots done!

To recap, we have created a list of 12 UFOs that, in addition to our day to day quilting, we would LOVE to get off our plate. You have chosen ONE of those UFOs for January. And you have been careful to pick a project that will fit your January schedule. Choosing to ...

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December 22, 2016
My creative plan for 2017 from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Have you started thinking about your creative plan for the new year yet?

Lately I have taken a good look around at all the stuff and supplies that I have and said "no more"!

Just about that time I found the Crazy Quilter on a Bike blog and her "motivational Monday" posts. (The link goes to her latest entry.)

Now, I will be the first to admit that I do not have a great track record of posting on quilt-alongs, weekly round-ups, link-ups, this blog, etc., etc.

BUT, her process seems to be striking a chord with me. . . .and it ...

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December 19, 2016
Motivational Monday - The Task Master! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I recently had a conversation with someone who said they would love to have a secretary. Yes, while that would be nice, I would rather have a wife!  Someone to keep track of my life and do the nasty jobs for me. WAIT - I don't do nasty jobs (I'm very spoiled).  So what I truly need is a secretary. While that isn't going to happen, I'm trying something new this year and I've nicknamed it The Task Master.

Before I get to that, I want to recap where we are. The intent of the Motivational ...

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December 5, 2016
Motivational Monday - choosing the dirty dozen! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Good morning - today is the day!  We're all going to take a pledge that we WILL get our sewing areas under control, we WILL complete UFOs in 2017.  How much we're going to complete depends on our level of motivation.  I'm VERY motivated.  Hopefully you are too and together we're going to get a lot done this year.

Today, it's all about choosing that dirty dozen. Those 12 projects that you WILL get completed in 2017. Now, here's where you're allowed to bend the rules.  Perhaps you only have three projects, perhaps you ...

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November 28, 2016
Motivational Mondays from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Good morning!

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  In my case, my life seems to revolve around quilting and so today is the first day of an improved quilting life. I'm ready to stand up and shout to the world - "My name is Elaine. I'm addicted to quilting and I have an obsession that needs to be contained."

I'll start with a bit of background. If you've been following my blog, you know that I have so MANY UFOs that need to be completed. I won't embarrass myself by posting ...

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November 20, 2016
On your mark, get set........................... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What happened to the weather? It's a tad chilly out there and I'm grateful that I don't have children who want to see the Santa Claus parade today. Miss Lexi and I were at the dog park for 45 minutes and let's just say there's a bit of wind chill in the air this morning. She couldn't have cared less. Me? I was cold!

I'm dead serious about this completing 12 projects for next year.  I'm going to do what I can to make that happen - even if they are the only ...

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