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June 19, 2017
Motivational Monday - Progress report from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Oh gosh!  I feel like I ran five ultra (50K) marathons yesterday.  BUT the quilt is done - except for the binding which I'm going to do before lunch today and get in a FedEx box before the end of the day.

I had to make 16 more flying geese units, assemble the 18 blocks, sew the sashing between the blocks (the quilt is on-point) and then the borders. Oh yes, the borders.  I said there were three borders, but NO - there were FOUR borders and two of them were mitered!!!!   Good grief, I'm my own worst enemy to ...

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June 12, 2017
Motivational Monday progress report from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I scared myself yesterday. I actually ran out of gas!  But not before I had already done a pretty decent days work and taught a class in the afternoon. When I got home, I put one border on a quilt and that was it. I was hoping to do a lot more, but it just didn't happen!

I lay on the floor flat on my back to rest my neck (I have a spiky ball that I use between my shoulder blades to work out the kinks). The two dogs joined me and we had fun taking pictures! They ...

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June 5, 2017
Motivational Monday on a MONDAY from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

My Task Master and I are at odds these days.  I'm madly sewing things, just not my personal stuff and the Task Master is not happy!  I have one last trade show before a lull this summer and I'm taking a break. Can't wait! So for the next couple of weeks, the Task Master will be grumbling!

However, I thought I would share with you what I have been working on. 

This is a brand new quilt. So brand new that the fabric was cut on Friday. This is the FIRST project made with this fabric in ...

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May 29, 2017
Motivational Monday - on MONDAY! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I figure it's better to get the blog post up even if there aren't pictures!

I'm sorry that I missed last week's Motivational Monday. Just a tad too much excitement going on!

My status update?  Loads being worked on, loads being completed. Is any of that my 12 projects for the year?  Nope - none!  Most of what I'm accomplishing isn't technically my own stuff. However, it's either a free download that I designed and want to get put together or it's something for my upcoming lecture on panels or it's something ...

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May 16, 2017
Motivational Monday (on Tuesday again!) from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Hmmm - there seems to be a trend happening here. I should have thought twice about posting a motivational blog on Monday. Monday morning is not a good morning for me to blog and well sometimes, it gets missed!  I was at the gym, pumping 25 KM out on the bike in one hour.

There is NOTHING like a deadline to get one moving!  As I mentioned, my magazine quilt was finished last week (just in time to get into a FedEx box).  It arrived yesterday and they love it!  Are they just saying that? or do they really like it ...

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May 9, 2017
Motivation Monday (yes - I know it's Tuesday) and PUBLISHED!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm sure we've all been in this position. Loads of work and we all look calm on the outside, yet on the inside, the wheels are spinning, the thoughts are processing. Yep - we've all been there and for some reason, I can't seem to slow down! Just when I say, "just one more quilt and I'll be caught up", something else pops up!  

Nothing new on the radar (at least not last week - but maybe this week!).  I'm getting loads of stuff done, just not necessarily on my own stuff. But I've got ...

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May 1, 2017
Motivational Monday - and fun times with Victoria Findlay Wolfe from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'll start off this morning with a little fun!  If you followed my blog last week, you know that we were in Paducah. Northcott had a booth in the Dome. In front of our booth was this giant quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  It measures 9 feet by 30 feet.  Here's a picture of ME (two of ME) in front of the quilt. 

Two of me with Victoria's quilt
It was actually because of a group of ladies that I got the idea for the above photo. Three of them had done something similar thing the day ...

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April 24, 2017
Motivational Monday - That was a marathon! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Whew - who knew you could get so much done in ONE day when you're super focused?

I started off with completed the remaining 7 sections of flying geese.  I had some of the units done while I was on the retreat, but I had to change some of the colors so those had to be remade.  I even had to change one more color when the pieces were together as I found it was a tad too dark!

In the back of my mind was a niggling thought that I might not have enough fabric.  OH MY GOD - that ...

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April 17, 2017
Motivational Monday - I'm making progress!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

After my SECOND 5-day sewing retreat in 4 weeks, I would certainly hope I could report that I'm making progress. It's amazing how much time everything takes.  A simple task of making flying geese takes hours, cutting and trimming -  several more hours and before you know it - the day is over!

I did get most of my stuff unpacked last night, simply because I need to continue to work on it. The disappointing thing was I was certain that I had tidied up the studio before I left, but alas I had not!

But I'll worry about ...

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April 12, 2017
Motivational Monday (on a Wednesday) from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I think I need help!  Anyone else out there struggling a little bit?

Here is what's happening for me.  I have the Task Master and she is keeping me on track more or less. I try to prioritize the tasks and then break them down into little bits so I can check them off and it looks like I'm getting stuff done.

Now don't get me wrong - I'm getting stuff done, but I'm NOT good at respecting my own deadlines. I'm behind on the February project, although I have to realize that it's ...

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April 4, 2017
Motivational Monday (on a Tuesday!) from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I was on my way to work yesterday and WAIT A MINUTE - it's Monday!  I wrote the blog post the previous evening not once giving a thought to the fact that the next day was Monday. Hence - NO Motivational Monday post.

However - here we are - Tuesday and we're going to talk about Motivation.

I did get lots done at the retreat and will be posting my accomplishments and those of my fellow retreaters as the week goes on. I had a look at the Task Master this morning and while she isn't happy because I wasn't ...

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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!

I ...

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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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