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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 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 1, 2022
No fabric is safe at my house! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OH  --- Elle mentioned in the comments about waiting to see the BIG totals at the end of the year. The number of quilts made, donated, the fabric used, etc. 

I am NOT good with that kind of stuff! Well, I am, sort of. I do have some tallies, but I doubt I've captured everything. I have a folder called "year-end review," and I think I put pictures in it at the beginning of the year, but it's missing lots. However, even the stuff I remember from the last couple of months will be impressive. 

I'm now at ...

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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 14, 2022
Sewing Organization on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



 


Seeing Toni's great studio last week brought to mind how important it is to stay organized.  I mean, let's face it, quilters accumulate a lot of stuff.  I mean if I'm being honest, one of the best things about being a quilter is having a good excuse to accumulate stuff.  I remember once I had a teacher who encouraged me to take up another hobby, rug hooking.  I laughed and said I didn't have time for the all the quilting I wanted to do now.  I could not possibly take up rug hooking.  "But think!" she ...

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October 10, 2022
Quilting Progress-Week 40, 2022 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

First the Decluttering

This week I spent as much time sorting, cutting, and folding fabric as I did sewing. My sewing room is a DISASTER and the cutting table was heaped with clutter. This happens every time I declutter and de-stash. This is my cutting table last Monday.

And here it is this morning. As you can see, some of the mess is gone and I still have a ways to go. At least I can cut here again! 

I cut some of my scraps into common sizes so they are readily available when the inspiration for a scrap quilt ...

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October 7, 2022
Sew Spaces with Toni Raynolds on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Toni with her Mosaic Dog
 I love seeing where other people create.  Normally, I'm not the nosey type, but when it comes to seeing people's sewing spaces, the voyeur in me comes out! This tendency popped up recently when I asked
my new friend, Toni Raynolds, to show off her space.  I met Toni in a class we took with Timna Tarr at Marc Adams School of Woodworking.    Toni's space seemed to strike the right balance of practical and cozy so I thought I'd ask her to share it with everyone.

Thanks, Toni for accepting my ...

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June 14, 2022
Another Before and After from From the Strawberry Patch...

A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. This "before and after" shot is no exception. What makes the greatest difference here? Shelf dividers! They're worth every penny, (I ordered them through Amazon) no more fabric stack avalanches! So, what led to this insane decision to drop everything and make some improvements in the organizational department of the stash closet?  I have been

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Another Before and After from From the Strawberry Patch...

A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. This "before and after" shot is no exception. What makes the greatest difference here? Shelf dividers! They're worth every penny, (I ordered them through Amazon) no more fabric stack avalanches! So, what led to this insane decision to drop everything and make some improvements in the organizational department of the stash closet?  I have been

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March 22, 2022
Setting PRIORITES and FOMO from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Some people know how to say NO! I think it's definitely a learned skill, and I wish I were better at it, but I often get caught up in the moment. I'm MUCH better, but still, a long way to go. 

I think it's super fun to get excited about starting a new quilt project - I like that as much as the next person, but I learned that if you get too excited, you'll end up with a ton of UFOs. You'll be frustrated and guilty because you have started so much, but nothing is ...

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March 7, 2022
Quilting Life Planner & Workbook March 2022 from A Quilting Life

Quilting Life Planner & Workbook March 2022

Hello friends, and happy Monday. First, I want to say thank you so much for your patience as we worked on some upgrades to the blog over the past several days. I’m hoping the changes we made will provide a better reading experience for you. Today I’m sharing the Quilting Life Planner & Workbook March […]

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February 24, 2022
Organizing - before and after from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Ready or not -- I'm as prepped as I can be for my first session of serger events in French. Yikes --- it's like a whole new language! OK -- so it is a whole new language. I remember so many things in French, but I never sewed in French, and my vocabulary of things sewing is well -- limited. What are tweezers called? (pinces) - what are those loopers called? (boucleur inférieur and boucleur supérieur and boucleur chaine). (Sorry -- I don't have time for the accents!)  I mean -- it's one thing to talk about a subject, and I could go ...

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February 17, 2022
It is time! from QUilting By-You

It is time!

If you haven’t changed your needle on your machine since before Chirstmas, it is time to put in a new one.

If you haven’t recently changed out your rotary cutting blade, it is time to use a new one.

If you haven’t cleaned out your sewing machine since Thanksgiving, it is time to pull out the bobbin and dig out some lint or schedule service so that your local professional can make sure that you are running in tip top shape.

If you haven’t cleaned your iron, now is the time to take ...

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February 7, 2022
A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook: February 2022 from A Quilting Life

A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook: February 2022 featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing the A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook: February 2022 helps for using the planner and workbook to take control of your quilting life. I hope you’ll enjoy the ideas in today’s post and that you’ll also watch the video content for even more ideas. A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook: February 2022 […]

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February 5, 2022
Creating a Master Sewing List from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It was exciting to get downstairs and do some sewing, but not as much got done as I would have liked. But that's OK. What's important is that I completed the master task list for February, which was a job in itself to finish and get everything on one list. 


My master list for February with the patterns


The list contains the sew-along assignments, documents to write, and quilts to quilt. This is something I should have been doing a LONG, LONG time ago instead of scrambling the night before trying to figure out what to do. 

Now ...

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January 27, 2022
Fabric Organization from QUilting By-You

So, how do you organize your fabric? If you aren’t a quilter, how do you organize your crafting supplies?

I’m sure that there are some of us who are super organized and while I would love to be one of those people, I’m afraid that it just is not in me to be one. That being said, I do have my fabric somewhat organized. My method is fairly simple. I have some drawers and anything that is a fat quarter to a 1 yd cut is uniformly folded and sorted by color. Anything smaller than a fat ...

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January 13, 2022
January UFO Report! from QUilting By-You

How has your week been? Hopefully you are staying warm and healthy. Have you been working on any projects or maybe made any progress on your crafting area?

I have! Slowly but steadily I am making progress in my room. My cutting table is just about usable and I have most of my sewing table cleared. Next up is the ironing board. Why is it that flat spaces seem to have some sort of magnetic power that attracts all the things to be placed on them? Do you find that to be true in your area? (Or maybe even the ...

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January 5, 2022
Cleaning up your sewing room from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

WOW!!!!   I got some great before and after and during photos to share this morning, and here's a SUPER tip from Rose about those power bars. She zip-tied hers to the upper leg of her sewing table. That is awesome. One of the power bars I showed yesterday has a clamp on it, so you can clamp it to the edge of the table. I've NO idea where I bought that one. 


Power bar with a clamp

I mentioned this before, but the same techniques we are applying to our sewing space can be used in ANY part ...

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January 4, 2022
Tips for decluttering your sewing space from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I started to clean up the ironing surface in Studio U. Thankfully, we have until tomorrow to get the pictures ready! Don't forget if you have images (before and after), send them to me. elainetheriault@gmail.com.  

And if you have a great storage tip for anything, but especially some of those troublesome items, I'd love to share it. Some things are easy to find homes for, but some? Well, they are a bit more challenging. More on that tomorrow, as I found two items on the ironing board that are troublesome to store. 

It's time to ...

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December 31, 2021
Winter Quilts & Decor Ideas from A Quilting Life

Winter Quilts & Decor Ideas + January Calendar featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Happy Friday, and happy New Year’s Eve! Today I’m sharing some thoughts on Winter Quilts & Decor Ideas. Keep reading for thoughts on winter decorating, winter quilts and projects, and beginning the new year. Winter Quilts & Decor Ideas Because I decorate early for Christmas so I can take photographs for the blog, […]

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