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April 15, 2019
A scrap of fabric saves the day! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What a fabulous day! Yes - even though we had rain. Who cares when you've got a couple of sewing machines? And you get to spend part of the day with friends.

I'm incredibly inspired by all the work that is getting accomplished in our UFO class. It was our monthly meeting yesterday and boy - the work is amazing. I'll try to edit those pictures and get them up for tomorrow. It's so exciting to see people fulfill their commitment and even work beyond what they said they would do. And there are speed bumps along the ...

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March 15, 2019
Fashion Talk from Road Home Quilting

There's fashion....and there is art......and there is news happening on both accounts...…
...and then there is this.


An inspiring fashion article, preserved as art :)
Just a rare vintage treasure that makes me smile, so I wanted to share it with you. LUV words in quilting and other arts. And I kept this picture file giant so you should be able to read the article too.

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Remember, you are welcome to advertise your shop here too, in an ...

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March 1, 2019
Important lessons from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

There's great news today! Actually lots of great news!

First up - the demolition crew came back to check the moisture levels in the basement. Despite the fact that they pulled up into my neighbor's drive (I can see everything from my new sewing room!). Her house is identical to mine on the outside and we are both Elaine. It's happened only once before that I know of. Anyway - they seemed to be there a long time for arriving at the wrong address. No worries - they finally arrived at my house and YEAH - the basement is dry. So ...

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February 18, 2019
The missing keys from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


The day is a bit topsy turvy. I'm getting ready for a road trip so while I'll be blogging, there won't be too many pictures if any. Can you imagine I'm going to spend the next 14 hours (over two days) with three other people in a car? It's actually going to be pretty exciting - we all get along pretty well (I think) and I would hope that we're all mature enough to deal with each other. If not - I have an audiobook and quilts to rip apart.

Of course, I'm with the ...

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February 9, 2019
On sorting out from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's a tough job and most of us leave it until it's a huge mess. Yep - I'm guilty of that. But it's not that huge.

Years ago a colleague at work - well she wasn't so much my colleague - she was a manager and I was a worker bee. She had had a meeting at her house day for something and there wasn't a piece of paper or knick-knack in sight. Her house was like her personality. A clean slate! Or maybe that made her better at firing people?  I never worked for her, but ...

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February 8, 2019
Storing quilts from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I often get asked where I store all my quilts. Hm - that's a good question. Where do I store them?

I guess I don't really store them since they're all over the darn house! The ones that we use on a regular basis are on the sofas or chairs. A couple of them are rolled up in baskets for a decorative touch in a couple of spots. A few hang on the walls. NONE are on beds! Oh wait - there is one on a bed.

The rest - well, sadly they are in heaps and piles. Have a ...

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February 1, 2019
A Little Crochet plus Welcome Sponsors from Road Home Quilting



This is "Shells and V Stitch" (p.60, The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert).  It is one skein, but turned out longer than I imagined. IDK where this yarn came from (you know how that happens right?), but I loved the color and so I made it as an exercise in learning straight sides. BTW I only made 6 posts per shell, instead of the pattern's 7.


And now, a word about Sponsors. Affiliate posts take a lot of time, so I have been pondering if I should give them up for the new year. And ...

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January 25, 2019
There is no such thing as a coincidence from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

We had a great sit n sew yesterday. I'm going to get to that in a minute.

Two things happened yesterday that are NOT coincidences. First, I went to the Brampton Quilters' Guild meeting last night. Something I haven't done in a long time. It was great to see so many familiar faces. The speakers were the Downsizing Divas - a franchise that offers help to those who need to be downsized, specifically seniors. One of the guild members had the Downsizing Divas come into her sewing space and they helped her get organized. I left the meeting charged ...

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January 22, 2019
Best Time-Saving Tips for Quilters from A Quilting Life

Best Time-Saving Tips for Quilters

Hello! We woke up to a power outage that ended up lasting over eight hours, so the day didn’t exactly go as planned. I was grateful it happened on a day we had mild temperatures, though. And while I wasn’t able to sew, I did get my floor mopped and took a nice walk. Today […]

The post Best Time-Saving Tips for Quilters appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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January 5, 2019
More progress on Day 4 from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

Today we made major strides on the homeschool side of the room. The grandkids are so excited about this. And they are sure to get plenty of art supplies from grandma. And the grandgirls are plenty interested in my side of the room. This is going to be fun!

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January 4, 2019
Day 3 of the New Year from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

The third day of the New Year. Another day spent helping my mom, although I did get home a little earlier today. Still, very tired from some heavy duty work. I spent the rest of the day blowing my nose due to dust allergies. Well, I wasn’t going to let that hold me back. I got in the studio to work on emptying a few more boxes. Granted, I’m still working on the easy boxes! But I did empty and organize fabric from quite a few more boxes, so I’m making headway.

The next cabinet will be ...

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January 2, 2019
Day 2 of the New Year from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

2nd day of moving into the new studio

Day two of the New Year. Day two of my new studio!

I spent yesterday evening unpacking my main quilting fabric (prints and batiks) and putting it into the microscope cabinet. It has 30 cubbyholes. I had packed away two cubbyholes of fabric into each small size U-Haul boxes (which I numbered so I would know where to put them back), so it was a simple matter of filling the cabinet back up. In a very short time I had 15 boxes unpacked and that cabinet was filled! All on Day 1!!!

On Day 2, I was gone all day ...

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December 31, 2018
2018 Final Countdown, Task Three from Prairie Moon Quilts

Time for the final task of this year’s Final Countdown — that went fast!

You have all been working hard! I can tell from the comments, the blog post links, the photos I’ve seen, and the emails I’ve been getting — and just let me say right now, I’m sooo comforted to know that I’m not alone on any of this! Whew! You are all my kindred spirits in the quilting world — haha!

For our last task, I like to take the physical labor out, since the first two are generally hard work — at least for me ...

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December 30, 2018
2018 Final Countdown, Task Two from Prairie Moon Quilts

So did you make any progress yesterday? If you’re a morning person, I apologize. I screwed up the scheduling time of the post, and it was nearly noon when it came out. So I’m a little earlier today! And never fear, you have until January 7th to complete all the tasks. Lord knows it’s for sure gonna take me that long to get them done, if I can even manage it by then!

So here we go with today’s task:

Deal with a pile

I realize this may feel somewhat similar to yesterday’s task, but ...

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December 29, 2018
2018 Final Countdown, Task One from Prairie Moon Quilts

I hope you’re ready for our first task of this year’s Final Countdown!

If you’ve been reading along or following me on Instagram this year, you can probably guess what our first task is:

Clean off your main work surface

Here’s the current state of mine:

I’ve been working on this one ALL year, and I haven’t gotten it completely clean even one time. In fact, here’s a photo of it from January 1, 2018:

A few months ago, I got out a notepad, and made a list of exactly how many projects ...

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December 28, 2018
The 10th Annual Final Countdown from Prairie Moon Quilts

My, my, 2018 went by in a flash! And I can hardly believe that this is the 10th year we’ve been doing The Final Countdown!

But I still NEED to do it. As usual, I still have many things to deal with and organize. How about you?

These last few days of the year are always my last chance to wrap up as many loose ends as possible so I can start the new year off fresh. I’m never as organized as I’d like to be at the beginning of a year, but each year, I think ...

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It's time to get organized! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's that time of the year. Everyone (except DH) makes resolutions. OK - not everyone. I don't really make resolutions either. But I make goals. Goals are way easier to reach because there's a definite end to them. I was digging through some paperwork and found some resolutions (goals) from a while back and I'll share them with you another day. Very interesting!

But one of my challenges is that I have a lot of stuff. Is it too much? Probably, but my mindset is that if I have the room to store it, then I have ...

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How to Stay Organized while you SEW from A Few Loose Threads

The problem is… there’s a pattern you want to make. It looks complicated. It has A LOT of pieces.

How do you keep it all organized?

Here are 5 ways I have found that work like a charm…

  1. Ziplock Bags

    Most of us have a ready supply of ziplock bags. Write on the front with a sharpie pen ~ erase with nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol and recycle for the next project. Or mark contents with a scrap of paper tucked inside.ziplock bag organization

  2. Address Labels

    I like to use the small labels that measure about 1/2″ x 2″, but ...

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November 18, 2018
Has this ever happened to you? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Another amazing day yesterday! I'm such an optimist that it's hard to have a truly bad day.

Yesterday I took a workshop. I'm not good at workshops as I'm a bad student, but this workshop was very interesting. It was learning to draw on the iPad. I can't draw very well. I could if I practiced a wee bit more. My doodling has certainly improved since I started doodling years ago. Same goes for my free motion quilting - the more you do, the better you become and the more accepting of yourself you become.

The ...

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October 29, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: pegboards from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Since last week's organization ideas were so popular, I thought I'd add a few more. This one is all about pegboards. Here's hoping your craft studio finds a peg board or two.


Creative storage inspiration is anything but in short supply with this collection of 21 Ways to Easily Organize your Craft Room or Workshop. Not only will you have a place for all your supplies, it’ll look great too!When I was planning my new sewing room I spent rather a lot of time browsing the internet looking for ideas, particularly for storage. I came across a post on Honeybear Lane about how to make a lar…


Stephanie's Sewing Set-up, Pegboard to the rescue!

 Pegboard Sewing Supply Storage | $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | DIY Home Decor | Budget Decorating | $100 Room Challenge


Extra large pegboard for sewing tools.  Make it easier by buying frames instead of building but either way a great idea for organizing tools and making them handy!

My Sewing Room - Pegboard from Block Designs; Clock and frame from Habitat; Thread rack from Amazon

Gueessss what? Peg board wall is done and on the blog!!!! I love it so much. Like LOVE. Like kind of mad I didn't do it like 3 years ago! And while you are there-- check out the 25 other awesome craft rooms! I'm sharing a few of my favorites in my Instagram stories!



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