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November 24, 2020
Sun on the new fallen snow from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 It was a beautiful morning to walk. The snow was heavy on the trees, and as I walked through the forest, it was silent! The snow deadened all the city sounds, and it was glorious!

As I was prepping to leave the house, I noticed the sun shining on the treetops, so I snapped a couple of pictures. I put my sunglasses on for the walk, only to find that it was a sliver of open sky that allowed the sun to peek through the clouds. It was a cloudy day, but that's OK. I had my rain boots ...

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November 23, 2020
Winter Wonderland from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What a difference 24 hours can make. I snapped this photo when I was returning from our morning walk. I think there's a bit of a mixed message here. 

Let's get both meanings of Christmas in the same scene! 

The meaning of Christmas

It's a bizarre display, but if it makes the owners happy, then it's their right to put this on their lawn. Just wait for the "after" pictures of outside at the end of the blog. But notice how green the grass is in this picture.  

As I searched for something the other day ...

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November 21, 2020
Marching along............ from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Can you believe that it's November 21 today? Where do the days go? Where has the year gone?  I know that most of you want the year to end and hope that 2021 will bring some good news. While my life has changed, it really hasn't changed a whole lot. I'm not thrilled that our region is moving into another lockdown. I'm not sure this is the answer, but I don't have a better solution. 

And well - you know me - my glass is perpetually half full. It's my darn Dad who did that to ...

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November 10, 2020
Social media - good or evil? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Have you ever wondered how our brains can retain all those little details that we need in a day? And how do we retain all the steps to make something? It's totally amazing! 

I do like to make lists as backups! My list of things isn't that long at the moment, but I know if I think hard enough or be honest enough to write everything down, that - well, the list will be lengthy. I do owe a few e-mails and homework assignments. I'm working on them! I'm working on the last of the urgent paperwork ...

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November 7, 2020
The finish line from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I did it! I crossed the finish line shortly after 9 PM last night! That was a marathon with 22 presentations in two weeks, plus eight classes of my own and some Monday sewing with my group! Am I Zoomed out? No - but I was happy to shut the lights down last night! I love all the chatter with the various groups - we're having so much fun and getting to see some amazing show and tell! I love the show and tell because it means that people are using their sewing and embroidery machines. 

I love it even better ...

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November 5, 2020
The home stretch from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh my - if you live near me, I hope you were out yesterday. The weather was GLORIOUS. It was 18 degrees and sunny. I went for a long, long walk. I hit the mall, the library, the grocery store, and the bank! Now I have no errands for today when it's also going to be a glorious day. Oh well, one doesn't need a destination to go for a walk. 

Oh - and I saw a fellow quilter who lives not far from me. She was out for a walk with a friend, but I have to say that ...

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November 3, 2020
It was a good news, bad news kind of day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Some days are only good news days, and some are only bad news days, and some have a wee bit of both mixed in. 

Two things happened yesterday, and OK - so I'm a drama queen here. My radio station started to play Christmas music. Not the occasion song - oh no - it's Christmas music all day, every day from now until Christmas. I'm not against Christmas music. I like Christmas music, but it's November 3rd! I changed radio stations - I'm not ready for that. 

They do this every year, so it's not a surprise; I ...

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November 2, 2020
Makers are going make! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's going to be a glorious day! I'm making great progress in Studio B in getting some of those silly little things tidied up. I'm going to be making a list of the additional samples that I want to make. Nothing that'll take a long time, but it would be nice to get some of those basics out of the way. The cutting table is not completely clean; however, it's looking great. 

The cutting table in better shape

Oh, it's Monday sewing today, and I've got a pile of projects cut and ready ...

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November 1, 2020
The aftermath from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Have you noticed that we spend a LOT of time doing quilting stuff that has nothing to do with the sewing of the project? 

This is the scraps from PRISM Squared. I took apart all the seams for the pieced sections - remember, this is the scraps. Now I need to cut out the center for the next project, which uses the scraps from cutting the first set of wedges. YES - there is a bonus project with this one. I'm trying to get everything organized, and it might go in my retreat bag! 

Sorting through the scraps

Then I'm ...

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October 31, 2020
Putter, putter, putter from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I finished my last two presentations for the week yesterday. It's so much fun to chat with the ladies from across the country. I get to hear what's happening, and it sounds like Winnipeg is going to shut down starting Monday - similar rules to what we have in the Ontario hot spots. 

I just won't go there as I'm so frustrated with the entire picture. We went out to dinner last night. We were so far apart from other people, plexiglass between the booths, people wearing masks and handwashing - that it's crazy to think that ...

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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 28, 2020
A little help from my friends from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Have you ever noticed how some days in your house are calm, and others are totally chaotic? Yesterday was a chaotic day. I had two people picking up stuff, so I had to make sure that it was ready for them. The crew was here to close the pond, and that required some conversations with them. Then I had two presentations which weren't chaotic as I was the one in control of that. But all those little time commitments, well, it makes for a chaotic day!

Today, I have two more presentations, but nothing else. It's going to ...

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October 27, 2020
Summer Moon Show and Tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


This past weekend, I taught a beginner class on the EQ8 software. Many of the students had just purchased their EQ8, some have dabbled in it for a bit, others hadn't touched it in a long time. It's one thing to take a class (most followed me as I went through the software), but quite another to design your own quilt. As I brought the class to a close, I gave them a homework assignment - design a block or a quilt. 

Well, this class has NOT disappointed me. I've been getting pictures of the homework since Sunday ...

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October 24, 2020
Can life get any better? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


The air in our house is much calmer! Why? I was on Zoom for about 5 hours yesterday, and I had no issues. Again, the lag time for my slides was ZERO. Could it have been our original crappy line that caused some lag and some instability? And now the new line is PERFECT? I almost feel let down (NOT!) that the presentations go so smoothly! My Logitech camera works amazingly well for live demos on the sewing machine or close-ups. I wish that I had a second Logitech camera, but the price has gone up significantly, and I'm ...

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October 20, 2020
Catching up! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Another great day! Even when I went for my walk in the rain. It wasn't raining much, and I needed to get out. I wore my raincoat, and I was fine. 

I'm almost finished with the latest writing assignment. That will go out this morning after our walk, and then it's time to start all over again! But the end is in sight! And that warms my heart! I haven't been sewing as much as I'd like to and the next two weeks will be very busy with presentations, so I'll do what I ...

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October 11, 2020
With a little help from my friends from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I was busy all day and don't seem to have a lot to show for it! That darn pattern!! I got an offer from Patti, a pattern designer and writer extraordinaire, to check over my pattern. How could I refuse that offer? And sadly, she found some errors. I swear that we get so close to the details that you can no longer see what is right and wrong. 

I've made some changes and will proofread the darn pattern ONE MORE TIME this morning. Good grief. I'm so tired of it. 

A HUGE THANKYOU to Patti for ...

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October 1, 2020
In the neighbourhood from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm almost out of the woods on the writing assignments. OK - who am I kidding? I'm not. Just because I've almost finished one commitment, doesn't mean that I'm done. NO - hardly, there are still eight more things that need to be addressed on the computer. Thankfully, none of them will take as long as the one I'm completing this morning. Phew! 

So, if you're waiting on a class list or class homework - please be patient for just a while longer. I hope to have a lot of that cleared up by the end ...

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September 17, 2020
Make do with what you have from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Another successful Zoom presentation last night. It was all about finishing off quilts, and one of the things I wanted to showcase was the Binding Attachment. Do I actually do a live demo? Why not - let's do it. 

The binding attachment on the PFAFF creative icon

Actually, the demo went very well. It's hard to do a live demo. Not only do you want to do it reasonably quickly when you might take a little more time if you're on your own. You have the pressure of people watching you. Let's not forget the camera in ...

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August 28, 2020
Brown Tomatoes from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It wasn't the most productive day of my life, but then it was my birthday, and it wasn't supposed to be productive. I do feel a wee bit guilty, OK - I'm over it! I read in the morning, so I could finish that book. Usually, I wait until the afternoon to read, so it's more like a reward for working in the morning. It's OK to change things up. Then I started another one that takes place on the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in Spain. OK - I WANT to walk that. In ...

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August 19, 2020
It's a good day! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OK -- I know that I sound a wee bit repetitive here. But it was a good day. Except for the fact that someone called me on the weekend and I promised to get in touch with them this week and do you think I can't find the phone number? Yep - I wrote it on a slip of paper, and well, I can't find that paper. I could go back to my phone calls, but there are several unknowns on that list. Oh, shoot - well, I must look harder today. Sigh............. 

I'll just have to put my thinking ...

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