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December 2, 2020
Summer Moon Show and Tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 It doesn't look like summer outside, so it's a good day to talk about Summer Moon! This is one of the ongoing classes that we ran through The Hobby Horse this past year. The book is by Carrie Nelson. 

Summer Moon by Carrie Nelson


The concept in the book is quite unique. Take 24 blocks. Make three blocks of each, but in different sizes - a 5", 6 ½" and 8" - these are unfinished sizes. Then you add framing to make the blocks the same size! It was a challenge, to say the least, and LOTS of little pieces ...

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December 1, 2020
The countdown from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

It's December 1st! Oh my! How did this year fly by? Keeping busy, that's how! 

While I'm going to enjoy every day like I do most days, I'm also on my own little countdown until the end of the year. 

  • How many Zoom presentations left to host? (7) 
  • How many Zoom presentations left to participate in? (2) 
  • How many Zoom meetings (1)
  • How many quilts for magazines to be finished? (2) 
  • How many Zoom sewing days, including Virtual Retreats? (6)  
  • How many customer quilts to be quilted? (lots) 
  • How many documents to write? (6)

So that ...

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October 16, 2020
A new friend from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I don't even know what to say. The Bell technician came yesterday afternoon. He rechecked the wires and connections; the modem has been moved from a power bar to a wall socket. The lines didn't seem to be pairing, so he made some adjustments. ALAS - none of that worked; the darn internet went down when I was in the middle of a presentation last night. 

I'm so frustrated, I can't even get mad anymore. But NOW I have David on my contact list, and after I got off my call, I contacted him. I didn't ...

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October 2, 2020
Somewhere over the rainbow from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I learned another very valuable lesson yesterday. With all the writing that I do and how I have a love/hate relationship with technology, you'd think that I would have learned this a long time ago. I had to write a document yesterday and I had some issues with it that well, you don't want to know about. Then when I went to save, Word froze. Yep - the second time this week. 

I didn't panic and I didn't even have time to say some bad words. I just restarted. So the next time I start a ...

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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 25, 2020
Backyard beauty from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I was supposed to go on a road trip today, but I postponed it because of the contacts I had earlier this week. Better to be safe as the last thing I want is to bring something unwanted to another person. 

In a way, that worked out just fine as I have a lot of prep work to get done today. I'm making great progress on the prepping for the classes this weekend. I also have writing assignments that are due so it's going to be another busy day. But I'm working my way through them. 

However ...

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August 11, 2020
Scraps and more scraps from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


We had an excellent Zoom sewing session yesterday. We got to see two people that we hadn't seen in quite a while, so that was good to catch up with them. I was ripping something out, and now it's ripped out completely. That was a bit of a nasty job, but it's done.

I did spend some time puttering to try and get a handle on the stuff in Studio B. I got everything from the retreat put away, except those baskets of work that need to be done. They are still sitting in the middle of ...

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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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May 29, 2020
The Virtual Retreat - Day Two from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

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I love hosting the Virtual Retreat!!!  Now that my commitments are out of the way, I can actually enjoy the entire day!!!

I finished the editing and presentation prepping in the early morning. When I did start the retreat at 9 AM, it was to get the binding and the sleeve on the magazine quilt.

The quilt got packed in a box, and then I went to print the labels for shipping the box. Oh, boy - that was an experience. It's super easy to put all the information into the online form, but when I went to ...

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May 25, 2020
Quilt in a day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I do NOT recommend my style to anyone. I'm the biggest procrastinator in the world. I think I have loads of time, which I do, more or less. Procrastination doesn't leave a whole lot of room for error! So one learns to not make errors to live with them. While I'm also not bad with scheduling (OK - I could be better

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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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March 19, 2020
Progress reports all around from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!



For those people who work outside of the house, this work at home/self-isolation thing must be very challenging. For our household, it's business as usual as both DH and I work at home all the time. Technically, our lives haven't changed a whole lot and we still haven't bought any TP. I just heard that even though Costco is bringing in up to 1,000 packages every day, the stock is still getting wiped out by the end of the day.

It's time to do some updates today. On my virtual challenges? Great progress. On ...

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January 27, 2020
Sit n Sew from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It was one of those days again at Sit n Sew. I seem to have spent a good part of the day searching for stuff for others. I don't really mean searching, but someone asks a question and I seem to have the product or a sample to show. We talked about our new panel exchange - which you'll hear more about when the time comes. One person forgot the power cord and foot pedal for their machine, so I had to get one of mine set up.

BUT - it doesn't matter. I got my quilt top assembled ...

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January 26, 2020
Fabric Shopping from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It was a rainy day but that didn't deter me from the long walk with the girls. Fortunately, it was just a slight drizzle which later became a nasty rain, but I was in the car when it started to really rain.

I had company for my fabric shopping expedition. I got a call from Ronda who was looking for something to do and so we both headed off to Hamilton to look for fabrics.

We picked up some more vinyl - you can never have enough vinyl. I've got quite a variety of colors now so whatever we ...

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November 29, 2019
North Star Show and Tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


While I did not get the first two items on my To-Do list done (I knew that wasn't going to happen), I made good progress on one of them and I did get a couple of urgent matters taken care of. The rest of the list awaits for me today. Now instead of telling you that I'll do a blog post on ToDo lists, I'm adding it to my list of topics. Done! I added two items - well possibly three to that list yesterday. As if I would ever lack something to say!

I'm so darn ...

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November 28, 2019
Show and tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's like Christmas - there's show and tell all around. I still have a couple of days worth of class show and tell and I hope to get through it all in the next couple of days. My goal is to edit each day's photos the day I take them. Put the pictures in folders and then they won't get forgotten which is what often happens!

A super crazy day yesterday, and I swear I was on the computer ALL day which I was, but I got that project done. Yeah! This morning, I made a list ...

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November 27, 2019
My shopping trip from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


If the economy were to rely on me to stay strong, that wouldn't happen. I'm not a big shopper. Not on-line, not in person. And the number of marketing e-mails that get blasted to us EACH and EVERY day is totally insane. I don't subscribe to many, but the few that I do? It's become a daily (if not more frequent) barrage of Black Friday madness. STOP!!!!  I know where you are if I need you.

However, from time to time, I do venture out with money in hand to buy something. The weather has been ...

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November 26, 2019
Ultimate Quilt Block collection - show n tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm happy to say that I went to bed with an almost clear conscience last night and I slept right through the night. Amazing how those little voices in our head are our own worst enemy. My job is to keep those little voices out of the picture! But that means that I have to get my work done on time!

It's time for show n tell today! This time it's about the Ultimate Quilt Block Collection. A book by Lynne Goldsworthy. This was the last class for this session - we're moving on to something else ...

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November 22, 2019
Peace and quiet from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's been deathly quiet around my computer the past couple of mornings. Usually, I have the radio playing in the background, but I just can't take Christmas music 24/7 for 6 weeks. Don't get me wrong - I love Christmas music and would love if they interspersed the Christmas songs with the regular playlist. Nope - they moved completely to Christmas music 24/7. I can't be bothered to change the radio station. OH - I could find the web site for the Radio Canada player and use that to play the radio station.

Wow - that was fast ...

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