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November 26, 2022
I am NOT a thief from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OK -- so this happened yesterday, and it's not about Murphy!


I went to the mall - OK -- so I went to check out the flip phones, and I thought I'd also buy some yarn. I know -- I do not need more yarn, but this gorgeous chenille yarn is so fun to use with the embellishment attachment for my embroidery machines. The day before, I had seen white, which I didn't have. 

As I entered Walmart, I noticed someone had called me and thought I'd call them back. I did NOT have earbuds with me, so I had ...

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November 25, 2022
Progress in Studio B from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OH MY GOODNESS - Tammy --- you're the best! Tammy just saved me a trip to IKEA and money! Instead of buying a desk with drawers, did you know you can buy a drawer unit that fits under your table? I just Googled them, and there are MANY options, so that looks like an excellent idea for ALL of my worktables. I might buy one to test it out and then see how that goes! Thank you, Tammy!!! It looks like I'm only going to find them at my favorite online store. So be it! 

And the item that I ...

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November 23, 2022
Squeak, squeak, gone! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I feel like I'm behind, and I've only got up! Actually, everything is on time! I want to do so much, but I can't quite yet. 

The writing is almost at an end. The last assignment was a struggle because I was doing something new or something I don't often do, and I didn't want to do either. My brain hurts! So much learning to do and then communicate in words. I just want it done so I can get downstairs and tidy up! After the writing is done, I might take the rest of ...

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November 22, 2022
The BEST friends ever! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm almost done with the writing, and I hope to have it wrapped up by tomorrow morning! That will be a relief, and I MUST NOT let the deadline creep up on me in the future. I say this every time, and every time it happens again, and that is NOT responsible of me as it affects other people. I'm always yakking about respect, and I need to follow my own guidelines!

OK -- can I just stop here a second and brag about my friends? I have the BEST friends in the world. They are smart, they are ...

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November 21, 2022
Shopping for fabric! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

We have heat again! We had heat in the house, but it wouldn't go above a certain temperature. The technician was shortly after eight and made several adjustments, and YES - I needed to clean the filter. It amazes me that since we now lease the furnace, the company is NOT pushing down our throats to have it serviced. When we owned the furnace, they were on us like a dirty shirt to have it serviced twice a year. I'll be making some notes in my calendar to get that done. 

Furnace repair in action

And it's probably ...

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November 20, 2022
Hot and cold from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So many Advent Calendars -- so little time! Is it next year so I can order one? OK --- so that's pushing time limits a wee bit. But now that I've investigated advent calendars and found out how inexpensive some of them are, compared to the quilting ones -- I want a different one. Maybe I could "cheat" and buy one for myself this year!! No one will know! 

Had great presentations yesterday, and OH - boy -- I should learn to read the instructions. I seem to make things up when I'm sewing, and well -- if it works and it's ...

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November 19, 2022
There is NOTHING new! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Oh my --- I love Tammy's comment about advent calendars! This is my FIRST-ever advent calendar, and it's a quilting one. They are pretty pricey compared to other advent calendars. I'm sure I'll get lots of stuff I don't want or need, but it's the fun of having something to open. 

However, after some research, I've already decided that this will be my first and last quilting advent calendar. There are MANY other options, and they cost a fraction of the price. You'll have to wait until next year to see! I may ...

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November 18, 2022
Advent Calendar FEVER!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get on the bandwagon with what everyone else is doing? Advent calendars have been around forever (as has almost everything in this world -- more on that another day!). When M was home, we had MANY advent calendars, and it was fun to watch her open each one -- some had chocolate in them, some had other goodies, and one was to build a Santa's workshop that we lovingly put away each year so she could reopen it the next. 

Since she moved, there have been no advent calendars. Well, that's ...

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November 17, 2022
The world has gone to the dogs! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Have you noticed that if you type dog backward that it spells god? Yes -- sometimes, I think that is their attitude! At least at my house. 

I saw a host of funny dog pictures yesterday as the dogs got out in the snow, and for some of them, it was their first time! Hilarious! 

My girls? They've seen snow before, but they have fun on the first day. 

I swear these girls hate having their picture taken. I plop them in the snow and ask them to look at me; this is what I get! They can't even ...

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November 15, 2022
Cutting it close! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

You do not want to see my house at the moment. A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks, and there hasn't really been time to keep things under control. I swear as the day went on yesterday that it got worse!

Here's that heap of quilts that need to be bound. I was hoping to tackle that this morning, but that's not going to happen. 

Quilts to be bound


The cutting table is buried, and I need to cut stuff this morning. I doubt there'll be time to deal with it, so all ...

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November 11, 2022
Done and DONE!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OK --- so the lawn furniture got put away. Phew -- we can all rest easy now. It wasn't so much the furniture; it was shutting off the tap to the backyard that was the critical thing here. I noticed that DH put one piece in the shed, but it was the largest piece, making it a challenge to get the rest in there. But I managed. And I drained 200 feet of garden hose, and it's all stored away. The deck is mostly swept -- I would have used the leaf blower, but it was at the back of the ...

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November 9, 2022
A humbling day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I've been humbled! Someone thought I was getting along too well, and I was brought to my knees. Personally, I think someone has a voodoo doll of me and stuck pins in my head! My sinuses just had a field day with me yesterday, and I was brought down! 

That and the damn phone, which I'll mention in a minute. 

During Monday's sewing, we had been chatting about sleeping. Yes -- I have my bad nights, just like everyone else. For the most part, I have zero trouble sleeping. On Monday night, I went to bed and fell ...

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November 8, 2022
Sun up to sun down from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Thanks, Carolyn, for the offer to bind quilts!!! I will start working on the binding as soon as those quilt backs are DONE! Only three more to make! 

I never get too much done on a Monday, as I seem to chat more than I sew! But I got the next quilt loaded on the long arm, and the next piece of machine embroidery prepped and ready to go. Plus, I cleared up a few things, and those worktables are almost clear! So it was a good day!


Worktables are almost clear!

Oh my -- I have serious allergy issues these ...

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November 7, 2022
Automation saves time! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 You had better sit down for this one. Even I was exhausted when I went to bed! 

I'll start with the quilt report. Yes --- more quilts are done for Quilts of Valour, making numbers 5 and 6 of eleven. Can I get five more done by Thursday evening? 

Quilts of Valour quilt Number 5


Quilts of Valour quilt Number 6


I know I will - - I'll make it a priority. Even with automation, quilting two quilts in one day is time-consuming! 


Four of the remaining five quilts 


And I played bobbin chicken, and I won! I was getting close ...

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November 6, 2022
Let it go!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Thanks for all your comments! Yes -- we are all obsessed (I'm good with that!), and we all have some tidying to do! I did a bit, but not nearly enough. But that's OK. It's happening - just a bit slower than I would like. The laundry is in the front hall, so I will remember to do it. That's how obsessed I get -- I don't even think about things like laundry. I completely forget. The furniture in the backyard? Yes -- I must remember to bring that in today when the weather is still so warm! 

But ...

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November 3, 2022
Pet Friendly from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I'm at the Quality Inn for the night. Well, the night is gone, and I'm getting ready to start the day. I had to laugh as they asked me when I checked in if I had pets. Can you imagine Murphy and Lexi in a hotel? There's a white duvet on the bed! Nope -- it's not going to happen. 

I laughed at the event as Heather mentioned that she was off to the vet as she has a 7-month-old Golden/lab mix. He's a boy, and she needs him fixed to calm him down. AH ...

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November 2, 2022
Work smarter not harder! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

This has definitely been a transition year for all of us. Some of us are comfortable being out and about, while others are not. Then new outbreaks occur, and we move back to our bubbles. It's crazy trying to organize something, especially with the demographic we find in quilters. And we have become comfortable in our Zoom worlds!!

I'm writing this at night because I'll be on the road early on my way to Kingston! And I owe you some e-mails and some comments on the blog, so be patient! 

I don't have much to share ...

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October 31, 2022
Cutting it close! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Oh my --- we seem to be having some PASSIONATE discussions on our Zoom calls lately. Yes -- I am pretty opinionated, and well, some of those discussions come onto the blog, as in the cost of those fabric kits. I have another issue about that, but no time this morning. 

I will say that we are all still friends and have no hard feelings. We did have a great time at the Virtual Retreat, and we met Debbie again, who has walked a Camino! That was exciting, but I didn't want to bore the rest of the group to death ...

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October 29, 2022
There's always homework! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I took MANY pictures yesterday, and I have nothing to share with you today! OK -- that's a lie because I always have something to share. But while I spent the entire day immersed in quilting stuff, I have NO quilting pictures to share. 

However, if you are part of my Pre-Cut or Scrap class today, you'll see TONS of stuff. I have a lot to say about pre-cuts and scraps and how we have a love/hate relationship with both. But I LOVE putting it down on paper. Finding just the right picture to show what I'm ...

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October 28, 2022
You know you're in trouble when................ from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I admit that my grammar is not my strong point, and I hated English in school. All those rules about dangling participles or whatever they are called and what verb tense to use, and let's not confuse worse and worst! I admit that my grammar (hopefully) has improved somewhat with all the writing I've done over the years, and I have to thank Grammarly for that. 



I would say the most significant error for me is being too verbose! I add words like "do" and "that" and others that do not add value to the sentence and make ...

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