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December 1, 2021
Tool Tip Wednesday from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Saturday I broke my retractable holder for my snips. I slip the click onto the collar of my shirt so my scissors are always handy when I'm working with the long arm. This also ensures I don't leave them on the surface of the quilt. 
Thankfully, I had a back up clip in my desk. The scissors are Fiskars micro-tip. They are perfect for keeping next to your sewing machine or in your sewing bag. I'm pretty sure I have three pair: one in my hand sewing kit, one for my long arm, and a third ...

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November 18, 2021
Stitchy and Small Appliance Shopping, Foundation Pieced Trees from Canadian Needle Nana

It was a banner autumn for mushrooms.  I photographed many around the trails and especially liked the tiny little one I spied growing inside this log.

You all know how I love my small appliances! 
 I've been wanting a Yogurt Maker for a long time. Hubby ordered this Electric Yogurt Maker below and it came a week ago. Only then did I remember I need the starter mix too.  So that has now been ordered.  I'm anxious to try it out this week.
I had one years ago when I lived in the far North and used it ...

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November 17, 2021
Quilt Backing Fabric from Becca's Crazy Projects

Over the last year or so, I've been piecing quilts primarily from my collection of fabric. This is a great way to use what you have but I reached the point where the quilts couldn't become true quilts because I do not have a collection of backing fabrics. I stuffed these three quilt tops into my Spring Water Designs bag and headed out for backings. They always have a good selection of wide backing fabric. 
First was this kit quilt I made using a kit from one of the big box stores. The blue in the foreground is ...

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November 5, 2021
Bullet Journal from Becca's Crazy Projects

I had a crazy idea I should start a bullet journal. I'm not sure why. I ordered some notebooks, some stencils, and watched a bunch of YouTube videos on the subject. I'll go over the tools I'm using (and include links if you want to check them out). The disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. If you use one of these links and actually buy something (it doesn't even have to be the thing I'm linking to) I get a small commission from Amazon. In a good month, I make enough ...

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October 6, 2021
Monster Socks from Knitterly Things from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I saw that Julia over at Knitterly Things had Monster Sock Yarn Kits available I jumped right over to pick up my own. My well packed kit showed up on Monday so I wanted to share it with you. 
It is such a great pack of fun!
Measuring tape, tiny scissors, some stitch markers, and suckers I really shouldn't be so excited about. And the wonderful self-striping yarns! These are going to become socks this weekend. I can't wait!

Pick up your own Monster Socks Yarn Kit from Knitterly Things. Even if monster socks aren't your ...

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September 30, 2021
WIP's, Flying Geese, SAL's, Purchases from Canadian Needle Nana

This is a banner year for cones on the fir trees including the balsams. There is a saying that this is a sign of a harsh winter to come and nature produces more to help the animals survive. A nice notion and one scientists debunk; however the last time we had this many cones, it was a very harsh winter with a lot of freezing rain. I took note.

Pretty patterns and colours up close when they first emerge.

It's good to know almost 83% of our population here in Ottawa are fully vaccinated (almost 90% with one dose ...

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September 26, 2021
Rule #7, Embroidered Primitive Mini Quilt, Links, Shopping from Canadian Needle Nana

 Rule #7 All life on earth is vulnerable. Money, intellect, education or prestige don't protect against all the ills that can befall us. So there is nothing that has happened to me or will happen to me where I can say those two little words, why me.  While I didn't say that out loud when I lost everything in the fire, a part of me inside felt let down by the universe.

 I'd been through enough by then with my various losses to know I wasn't special enough to be given a free pass from bad ...

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September 13, 2021
Rule #4, Shopping, Table Topper Almost Finish, Flosstube Love, Hanging On! from Canadian Needle Nana

 Rule #4 Calm yourself. Stop dreaming up negative scenerios! You are safe and comfortable. Your children are safe and comfortable.  Shut down the negative thoughts! Give your mind a well deserved break from all the horrible imaginings! Anybody else identify with the middle of the night wandering thoughts that take a dark dive?? I'm determined to put a stop to it. 

Have you heard of Butter Denim?  I got out shopping last week at Winners and bought these jeans made of Butter Denim; I think the company is a number like 1822. This is me trying to model them ...

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August 24, 2021
Links, Free Patterns, Sawtooth Stars, Delicious Black Forest Trifle from Canadian Needle Nana

 It was a week of horrid muggy weather setting a dew point record.  I had a vague idea of what that meant but looked it up anyway. Muggy is what a high dew point means; in our case, very muggy.  Dew point is not something I ever had to concern myself with in Newfoundland. But that broke overnight on Saturday and the temperature went down to 10C so very refreshing on the morning walk with the dogs.

The last of the lilies coincided with the hostas in bloom which is happy news for the bumblebees. 

One of these days I ...

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August 10, 2021
Who designs what for whom? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OH -- it came to my attention that the blog didn't get posted this morning.  We had a power outage in the night and I guess it took a while for things to reset.  The miracle of the internet yet again!!!!

I had a pretty good day yesterday! I got lots of sewing done but can't share any of it with you yet. I'm trying to get my homework assignments done before they are urgent, so that's my goal. Let's just say that in that department, it was a great day. 

I had to pop out ...

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August 1, 2021
I'll do it my way! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Yes -- I could tackle this office with gusto and get it done - probably in one day? NO -- my whacky attention to detail and having to touch every piece of paper - this won't happen in a day! I'm the turtle. Slow and steady is my pace, and well, that suits me just fine. 

As usual, I did NOT take pictures before. I just plunged in and got some work done. All the boxes that were on the floor in here are gone. OH -- that's so not true. The ones that were ready to go are gone. There are ...

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July 8, 2021
New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 07/08/2021 from Curlicue Creations

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Blue Green Purple quilt fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features blue green and purple splotches with black and white speckles. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Lavender Vines Batik quilt fabric ...

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June 26, 2021
Camping In Berlin Ohio from Mama Spark's World

We loaded up our fiver and drove to Berlin on Sunday and came back on Thursday.  We got to meet up with our friend Kailie (that we met at the campground in NC).  She is working near the campground and she and her dog are there for a few months.  It was SO much fun!  Before I forget I wanted to share  what the boys got their dad for Father's Day.This is how they ride in the cab of the truck when

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June 23, 2021
A sticky situation from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Well, I did NOT get much done in the sewing department yesterday, and I'm OK with that. I went shopping instead! And there were two reasons for that. I have to take my car in today for a recall on the fuel pump. That requires that the gas tank be ¼ or less. I was at a half tank, so I had some gas to burn off. I'm just at the ¼ mark, so hopefully, that works for them. 

It was a good trip as I found something that I didn't think I would find! Let's ...

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June 19, 2021
I'm Still Here... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Don't send out the bloodhounds yet, I'm still here! It's been a busy, busy week. Isn't that great to think about? A busy, busy week! Yes!! After months on end of nowhere to go and nothing to do, life is ratcheting up again, my calendar is filling every day and it feels so good! This past week Lynnleigh and I made a trip to Pineapple Fabrics to get her supplies for Quilt Camp with Nana! She will

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I'm Still Here... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Don't send out the bloodhounds yet, I'm still here! It's been a busy, busy week. Isn't that great to think about? A busy, busy week! Yes!! After months on end of nowhere to go and nothing to do, life is ratcheting up again, my calendar is filling every day and it feels so good! This past week Lynnleigh and I made a trip to Pineapple Fabrics to get her supplies for Quilt Camp with Nana! She will

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June 7, 2021
Game Night from Becca's Crazy Projects

It has been over a year since we sat down for in-person dinner and games with our friends. Saturday marked the first weekend everyone was fully vaccinated so we celebrated with dinner and games. 
I only have a few photos as we were having too much fun playing games and catching up. This is the board for Canvas, a card drafting strategy game. It was quick to learn and kept us entertained. The base game is available on Amazon (link at the end of the post). 
This is a view of the table when we played Mountain Goats. This was ...

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June 1, 2021
Happy Purchases, Tumbling Blocks, Grosbeak Couple, Violets for Faithfulness from Canadian Needle Nana

This is exactly what happened here!                         

Summer and a heat wave warning arrived simultaneously on Friday.  But it is the mosquitoes that are plaguing us; the worst I've seen here.  We have to smear /spray that awful stuff on us every time we walk or spend time in the garden.

 Enough about that - I'm here to talk about the happy small things that we have enjoyed since last posting. For starters I received stitching mail. 

I ordered two project bags from a lovely Etsy shop, MiniMadeMiriam does beautiful stitching on a wide array of affordable items and ...

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May 29, 2021
A quilt road trip from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I went on a little shopping trip yesterday. I got to walk amongst bolts of fabric, look at kits, spools of thread, look at samples. It was quite a heady experience. I will NOT mention the name of the store - I don't want them getting into trouble. But I was in the store by myself. I did a little retail shopping, which I'll share with you either today or tomorrow - it depends on how much time I have this morning. 

Initially, I went to do curbside pickup, which went a bit further than the curb. I'm OK ...

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May 3, 2021
Beauty Product, Apple Crumble, Basket Applique, Amazing Bird Sighting from Canadian Needle Nana

All this week down at the pond I've been serenaded by several cardinals singing their beautiful songs. I had to think how blessed I am to not only live where this is a morning greeting but also to have my hearing to hear them. With hubby being hard of hearing, I'm conscious of that too. 

I had a marvelous treat last week when the barred owl suddenly alighted on a tree in the marshy area as I was sitting on the skating shack steps. I was using binoculars and caught the movement of something quite chunky looking. Because ...

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