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October 21, 2019
More Sewing Room Organization Hacks: Answers to YOUR Questions from A Quilting Life

More Sewing Room Organization Hacks: Answers to YOUR Questions

Hello and happy Wednesday! After last week’s post on Sewing Room Organization Hacks I received a lot of great feedback and also received some great questions. Today I’m providing my best answers to those questions. As always, if you have thoughts or ideas, please feel free to share them in the comment section below. MORE […]

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October 14, 2019
Patty Polar Bear show n tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's another day of show n tell! This is one of the three blocks that were assigned as homework over the summer from our ongoing class at The Hobby Horse. These blocks are from the North Star quilt by Elizabeth Hartman. All the animals are super cute and it never ceases to amaze me how a few well-placed seams and a couple of angles and voila - you have an animal. Not just any animal, but an animal that you can recognize. Isn't that wild?

Let's have a peek at what happened. Some names I remember because of ...

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September 23, 2019
Borders, bindings, and backings from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Yesterday was Sit n Sew day. It was time to buckle down and get some work done! OK - get more work done!

It was a day of super productivity and I'm going to share what the others did tomorrow. Today, it's all about ME.

In the morning before anyone came, I got the backing done for Tonga Rhapsody which I showed you yesterday, but here it is again.

Tonga Rhapsody - ready for quilting


Once everyone was settled, I put the pedal to the metal and this is what happened.

This quilt and the backing were made a while ...

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September 12, 2019
Sewing Room Layout Ideas: 5 Tips to Set up Your Sewing Space from A Quilting Life

Sewing Room Layout Ideas: 5 Tips to Set up Your Sewing Space

Hello, and happy Thursday! Today I’m excited to share some ideas with you on your sewing room layout. I’ve had a little bit of experience in this area just recently (a full post on what I’ve been up to will be coming later) and have found some things that really worked as well as some […]

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August 30, 2019
UFO's 101 on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Paul:  Nina what are you doing?

Me:  Nothing?  Well, playing a game.  Why?


Paul:  Because its 2 o'clock on Saturday and you've been
          laying there since  11.  Weren't you going to sew?

Me:  yawnnnnnnn, yeah but I don't know.
         Maybe I'll take a nap.
Paul:  Maybe you should go sew.


You know, I knew there was a reason I married him (well besides that he's really cute!)  Now that I've woken up from my blue period, I'm really not sure where to pick up on my creative journey.  I mean I have ...

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August 26, 2019
Meet Missouri Star Academy Instructor, Monique Jacobs from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Monique Jacobs of Open Gate Quilts, is also the instructor of one of our Missouri Star Academy Online Classes! She teaches how to color coordinate and piece together beautiful quilts from just picking through the loose ends of your already-made stash. Learn more about Monique and then join her in Stash Busting with Style!

Have you always had an eye for color combinations or was it something you had to teach yourself to do/look for?

I’ll be honest. I had to learn. According to my mom, she had doubts about my sense of color when I was young ...

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August 24, 2019
Let's sleep on it from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


You've heard the expression before - sleep on it. Well, that seems to be working like a charm for me. 

I have a quilt top that's on my list to get completed this year. Can I find the darn quilt top? Nope - I have the pattern and the container with all the extra fabric, but no quilt top. I know I had the top after everything got moved back in, but where did I put it? I searched and searched and nothing. 

Then yesterday morning, I woke up and knew exactly where the quilt top was. I ran downstairs ...

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July 20, 2019
Moving, moving, moving! from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

Packing, moving, cleaning, painting, unpacking. Repeat. This has been my life since last December! First I helped my mom move from a four-bedroom house to a condo. That took about six months. Then, out of the blue, it was my turn! What an unexpected blessing. My daughter and her husband closed on the house on July 10 and we were able to start moving in on the 12th.

My room is called the “Meem Suite.” (My grandkids call me “Mimi” but that is SO long, they shortened it to “Meem” or on special occasions “Meem-da-leem.” Isn’t that great?) The ...

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May 25, 2019
You know you're having a good day when............... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


So there's a lot of paper in this office. Some of it is necessary, most of it is not. My "virtual" coach, Judith suggested that I just toss the catalogs instead of going through them. AHA - what a novel concept that is. That would be blasphemy! How can I see all the pretty things, even though I have no intention of ever buying anything! Yes - I should just toss most of the stuff instead of searching through it. I know that!

My mother is a hoarder. I have twinges of hoarding! I'm at least able to get rid ...

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May 24, 2019
I want a robot!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Yesterday wasn't quite as productive as I would have liked. I was doing great in the morning, but then I had an appointment to get my tires changed. My winter and summer tires are both on their own set of rims. You would think that would speed up the process.

When I arrived at the dealer, I had a wee bit of shock. Half of the building was gone! Now when did that happen? I see they're building a new, bigger, shinier showroom. I guess all the profit they made off my car??? 

Originally, the appointment was to ...

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May 22, 2019
TRYING TO CATCH UP from The Proficient Needle

We've both been busy since our return home.  Medical, dental and eye exams, along with various tests etc.  We've also had 2 extended visits with DS2 & family.  The last was to help them with some extra yard work, and to get their gardens ready for planting.  Our grandson (4) was a great help too!

I've attended a guild meeting, with my extra job of organizing the social group who helps at various jobs during the meeting, as well as providing snacks for the whole group.  I've also attended an executive guild meeting, bringing more snacks, and ...

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Cleaning with intent from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I should say "organizing with intent" since technically that's what I'm doing. I've been hauling bags of projects upstairs to get them out of the basement for the "big move". I need to follow up on the situation today to find out what's happening.

Those big IKEA bags of stuff are now sitting in the upstairs hallway. Not a very neat or orderly situation and I'm just going to end up with a big mess. Which is exactly what I had downstairs. While I love those bags for carrying stuff, they're not very efficient ...

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May 20, 2019
Getting stuff for free or almost from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!



Like all of you (well most of you), I own a lot of quilting stuff. I'd like to say that my stuff is all organized and labeled and I could dig out pretty much anything you ask for. For the most part, that's true, but there's a lot of stuff.

I've been quilting in Studio B, the last couple of days and while the machine runs, I've been poking around in some of the bags. Oh boy - there's a lot of stuff.

I came up with an idea of what to do with some ...

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May 13, 2019
Another marathon from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What's with the weather? A bit cold and wet to sit in the backyard, but I was going to take a walk. However, when I looked out the window to see the rain being driven sideways by the wind and the temperature that felt like 4 degrees, I stayed in!

Although to be honest, I didn't have time for a walk yesterday. It was a heads down kind of day in Studio U. There's a deadline looming and I have no time to mess around. I got out my earbuds and plugged into the latest audiobook. I ...

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May 10, 2019
In the bag from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I know that some of who follow my blog are probably saying to yourselves - just get over this tidying up process so we can focus on quilting!

Only those that have houses that are super tidy are allowed to say that!  Judith - you can say that! I think that all of us struggle with stuff. I would love to just get through it all. I'm getting there and the more that I get rid of, the better I feel. The more you let go, the easier it is to let go of other things. By the end of the ...

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May 9, 2019
Tidy up time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


The other day when I was supposed to be doing paperwork, I decided that these two boxes needed to be addressed. Actually, there were three boxes in the stack.

Boxes that need to be addressed

These are boxes that were brought home from my work - a good year and a half ago. Time to get rid of them.

Step one was to put everything on the kitchen table and the kitchen island. I love standing when I do this task and the kitchen island is perfect for it.

Empty the boxes into the kitchen
Then I sorted stuff into like ...

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April 22, 2019
Spring Happenings from From the Strawberry Patch...

Spring happenings: It's been a busy, but joy-filled Easter weekend! The bluebirds have decided to start a substantially-sized family right here. Spring has taken hold.  Even though Easter Sunday was much later this year, it still was a bit chilly, surprisingly. We've had gloriously sunny days and then rain on Friday which washed the pollen from the air, albeit temporarily, and ushered in some

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Spring Happenings from From the Strawberry Patch...

Spring happenings: It's been a busy, but joy-filled Easter weekend! The bluebirds have decided to start a substantially-sized family right here. Spring has taken hold.  Even though Easter Sunday was much later this year, it still was a bit chilly, surprisingly. We've had gloriously sunny days and then rain on Friday which washed the pollen from the air, albeit temporarily, and ushered in some

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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.

This is the first of the month and our affiliate links are updated with new sales, please shop here first!
Remember, you are welcome to advertise your shop here too, in an ...

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