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August 4, 2020
The end of things from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh my -- I'm as busy as ever and wasn't August supposed to be a quiet month? Well - it will be, starting tomorrow! HA - no laughing!! It seems that everything I'm working on, I still can't share with you! How crazy is that?

I finished off the second quilt for Quilts of Valour yesterday. The binding got put on by machine, and the sleeve got hand stitched in place. In case you're wondering, that particular quilt hanger is a rod with clips in case the quilt doesn't have a sleeve. This quilt needed a sleeve ...

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July 17, 2020
Who turned out the lights? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I made excellent progress yesterday on the next quilt on the urgent deadline list. A while back, I was asked to design a quilt for Quilts of Valour using Northcott fabrics. The idea was the pattern was to be sold at Quilt Canada. Of course, we all know that Quilt Canada didn't happen, and the quilt design got put on the back burner.

At the request of Quilts of Valour, I had to redesign a part of the quilt - no big deal. I came up with something, and there the pattern sat. I have to say that I wasn ...

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June 20, 2020
No one to blame but myself!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I say that with tongue in cheek! When bad things happen, I always try, very hard, to pass the blame onto someone else, but several things happened yesterday that - well, there was only me to blame. I'm good with that. Let's say that I had a few laughs over it and let's move on!

I was back to the dentist yesterday. Three weeks in a row! I hope that's the last of the dentist until my next cleaning in six months. This time, it was to get some work done on two teeth. Not really cavities ...

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June 15, 2020
The Virtual Retreat - Day Two from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh my gosh -- I don't remember when I had so much fun at home in isolation! We had another fantastic day with the Virtual Retreat via Zoom. People were coming and going all day, and I know I missed chatting with a couple of them. Sorry for that - it's just that at times, the conversation was super busy and others where I had to babysit the long arm! So I didn't get to visit with everyone.

Did I learn stuff? Oh, yes - you bet. The most exciting thing I learned was how to override the shut-off on ...

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June 14, 2020
The Virtual Retreat - Day One from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

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What a FUN filled day!!! Thanks to EVERYONE who logged in to share the virtual retreat experience. Nina joined us from Germany again - so fun to see what's going on in Europe. And Lucy joined us from Alabama - LOVE that southern accent. And loads from Ontario. A few new faces and lots of existing friends. They popped in and out all day!!

What I love about this is that it doesn't matter where in the world you live, you can join in. And wherever you are in the world, we are all experiencing the same thing with ...

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June 12, 2020
I passed or did I? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I got a lot accomplished yesterday, although it wasn't exactly what I thought I would get done. Funny how that happens! But a few phone calls here and there, a few extra e-mails, a couple of errands, and well the day was totally shot!

I had another visit to the dentist. This was for my regular cleaning, which was initially scheduled for June 9th. The original appointment got canceled and then got rescheduled as the dentist is back in business. They've added plexiglass around the reception area. You still have to wait outside to get the OK to ...

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June 10, 2020
Why I save scraps from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

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I love it when I have a great day! And yesterday was a great day! I got loads done and was able to check a few small things off the lists.

Remember how I'm always saying that people get out and walk and they don't really notice things? Well - look at what I missed! I mentioned that our house was the only one in our neighborhood that didn't have grass in the front yard. I LIED!! Here's another house that has no grass in the front yard. It looks awesome.

NO grass in the front ...

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June 4, 2020
A gold thread runs through it from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Whew -- another marathon of watching the Schoolhouse series from Quilt Market. That was another TWELVE hours of watching. And I watched pretty much all of it. There was some good, there was some bad, and I'm talking about technology and content. But overall, I'm happy that I sat through the series.

I'll share some of the great stuff that is coming. I understand that everyone is trying to find the next clever gadget, but I do NOT need a template to cut a square or a rectangle. Don't get me started! That's for another day ...

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June 3, 2020
A good news kind of day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Yesterday was crazy! I sat at my computer for TWELVE hours of Schoolhouse presentations. OK -- that's not exactly true, I did get a LOT of stuff done. Wait for that. But in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, Schoolhouse is usually a one-day event that takes place at Quilt Market in the spring and in the fall. Quilt Market is a trade show for the quilt industry and not open to the public. They set up the virtual Schoolhouse on Zoom and over two days.

I think I much prefer this method to the in-person ...

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May 31, 2020
The Virtual Retreat - Day Four from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What can I say? It was another AMAZING day of fun and frivolity at the Virtual Sewing Retreat. As much as I LOVE going to the real retreat, the Virtual one has a totally different flavor, and we have people dropping in from all over. Nina from Germany was back, and we had Daphne join us from Vancouver Island. And then a lot of others joined in and out throughout the day. I finally had to "kick" them off the call way past the initially planned closing time! But that was OK -- it was loads of fun.

If you get ...

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May 11, 2020
Scrap Happy from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm late this morning! My routine is all tossed around. For some reason, I was wide awake in the middle of the night. Well, one can only lie in bed for so long, and then I had to get up and do something. I accomplished a LOT. But now that I've slept in, I don't have time to show you what happens in the middle of the night at my house.

I'm going to have to change up my routine a bit. I like routine, but even I'm getting bored with my routine. GASP!!  Did ...

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May 8, 2020
A well-oiled machine from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


No - I'm not talking about a sewing machine - I'm talking about ME.

I know that some people are having trouble coping with this current situation. They might not like the self-isolation, they might not be coping with the uncertainty, they might have a household full of crazy children or other family members, and well - you get the point.

Thankfully - that is NOT the case at our house. We're both perfectly happy with self-isolation. Liking yourself is a skill that we learn as children. If we've been trained as children to be constantly entertained by someone or ...

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April 20, 2020
Is this a coincidence? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I know - you want to know what miracle happened at 5 AM yesterday. I won't make you wait.

On my schedule for yesterday was to quilt a small quilt - or should I say to finish quilting the quilt. Actually, the quilt is done, but I don't think there's enough quilting on it so I wanted to do more. But where or where are the threads that I used to make the quilt? I know a box or some kind of container exists. I had NOT started to look for it.

Yesterday morning at 5 AM when I ...

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April 18, 2020
Ooops - I did it I again! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I've got myself into a nice little routine. Every day is almost the same, but yet it's not. There's always something new going on and yesterday was no exception. I screwed up! Big time!!!

We have a pond in our backyard and the crew was over bright and early to open it up for the season. We have three small waterfalls and we love to hear the sound of the water. That's my sleepy time music when I'm in the backyard.

However, when I went to turn the water on for them, I knew there ...

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April 17, 2020
Same as yesterday! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I feel the last couple of days are just repeats of each other - kind of like the movie Groundhog Day. Quilt a quilt, do some binding, do some sewing! Going to have to shake it up a bit! At least the things I work on every day are a bit different, but not much.

However, there's always a challenge that each day presents. The first one yesterday was getting my package shipped. I was going to do the paperwork and then just drop it off at the UPS office. I normally get them to do all the work.

Package ...

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April 16, 2020
And so it goes............... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Here's another day! They all seem to blur into one another and yes I have to remind myself what day of the week it is. But then I had to do that pretty much before as well. My calendar for April and May is pretty much empty except for one phone meeting and all the dates for the online classes and meetups. AND we have another retreat scheduled for the end of May. I'm very hopeful and keeping my fingers crossed that the rules will be relaxed enough to be able to go.

 At some point, I'll ...

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April 15, 2020
There just isn't enough time!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


 I'm going to try and think of one thing each day to be grateful for. We live in a great country with great resources and well - I think we have loads of things to be grateful for that we should NOT take for granted. I'm sure I'll be repeating myself as I won't remember that I've already mentioned something.

Today, I'm grateful for my two girls. They are a huge source of entertainment each and every day and I think they are definitely helping us cope with the crisis. They are also a great ...

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April 14, 2020
A gift of time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Like many of you, I was not thrilled when I heard the news that the emergency status in our province will continue for another 28 days. Rather than get angry or frustrated or sad, I think we need to look at this in perspective. We're dealing with something life-changing. While life will go back to normal, the new normal will not be the same. And some people have lost loves ones, their life will never be the same. The front line workers - their lives have changed.

I think rather than lashing out, we should look at the next four ...

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March 25, 2020
Shamefaced from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I"m having a first world problem this morning. My mouse is not cooperating as well as I would like! Thankfully I have a touch screen on the computer so that makes life a little bit easier. I've tested the battery and it seems to be fine. It's just not happy - works sometimes and then it doesn't. Oh well......

Wasn't that a fabulous show and tell from our Virtual UFO meeting? Seriously - if you have a group that meets regularly - consider setting up a Whatsapp group. It's a free app for your smartphone. A very ...

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March 23, 2020
An easy day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Wow -- I did work all day yesterday, but I don't really have much to show for it! I found one picture on my phone that I can share with you.

It was our virtual UFO meeting yesterday and I see e-mails and pictures from everyone and I SHOULD have got it all prepped for this morning, however, I did not. So I'll be posting all the pictures tomorrow. Technically, there should be no excuse for anyone to NOT have finished their homework. In case you're wondering, I did finish my homework. That was a HUGE job to ...

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