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January 24, 2021
The dinner table from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I don't know about your households, but DH and I are on our own for breakfast and lunch. I make my own breakfast and lunch, and usually eat it at the computer, or sometimes lunch at the table reading something. The other day, I even ate lunch at the table in the office (aka the dining room). But dinner is reserved for face to face conversation. 


We chat about books and interesting articles that he finds in the newspapers. And there seem to loads these days on people finding a hobby. All they have to do is pick up ...

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January 23, 2021
A picture is worth a thousand words from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

What can I say? I LOVE Zoom, and I LOVE teaching on Zoom. Why? Because I can take pictures as I work, and then I can assemble the pictures into a VERY detailed slide presentation. I could never do that in a class unless I took a slide projector with me. Well, I guess we don't call it a slide projector any longer, but you know what I mean. 

I even took videos and embedded them into the presentation. Oh yes -- I'm having a fabulous time as I marry technology with sewing. 

And the best news? I was ...

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January 16, 2021
Color challenge from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I'm a bit out of sorts this morning. I have only one photo to share with you. Well, that's not entirely true - I have two of them (actually, there are four!). Yet, I took a ton of photos yesterday, but it was to share with the Tula Pink 100 Modern Quilt Blocks class last night, and the others were for our Long Time Gone class this morning. 

Oh my -- I'm loving the Tula Pink quilt. I wasn't sure how I would proceed - I knew which quilt I wanted to make, but how to go about it ...

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December 26, 2020
Vincent Van Gogh from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

It's amazing how we get into our little routines, and it's hard to vary from them. I have a morning routine that's pretty standard until 9 AM. Then who knows what the day will bring!

What a great Christmas Day! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi on Zoom. It seemed a bit weird to be sharing Christmas Day with people that I normally wouldn't talk to on Christmas Day, but hey - we were all stuck in our houses, and so why not? I even got some sewing on the machine done!

Phone calls ...

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December 24, 2020
March on! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 It's a bit too early to start reflecting on what happened this past year. And I'm sure that many don't even want to go there. 

However, here's some interesting food for thought. Two days ago, I finished my 2020 challenge with The Conqueror. It initially started out as a cycling goal of 3,000 miles for 2020. When things started shutting down, I lost my spin class mileage, and my cycle trip was canceled. I needed to rethink that goal. I started counting my walking mileage. I did feel like I was double-dipping on this, but ...

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December 11, 2020
Check and check from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

Every once in a while, you have a day that you don't want to repeat. Yesterday was such a day. Oh - don't get me wrong, things got done, and I could check them off my list. It was just a wee bit too tight on the timing, is all. 

I'm happy to report the magazine quilt is gone! I should have taken a picture of it sitting on the doorstep. I had to babysit it while it got quilted. Well, that's not really true. There were many threads on the top, so I was cutting threads ...

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December 10, 2020
Two steps forward and oops - a stumble from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Yep - another great day! I'm doing well at plowing my way through the list of things to do. What else is new - it's the story of my life. But if I had a "real" day job - I'd be doing the same thing! It's just that I'm the boss, so to speak! However, I'm governed by deadlines. 

No, the magazine quilt did NOT get quilted yesterday. Sigh... But it's on the long arm, and that's the first thing that gets done this morning once the girls go for their walk. 

My little stumble ...

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December 9, 2020
You've got mail! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I had an amazing day yesterday! Extremely productive, and that's all I care about! 

We had a great planning session for our events in the new year. It makes a difference when everyone comes prepared. OK - I wasn't quite as prepped as I could have been, but I had the basics, and that was good enough. We have two more planning sessions booked for next week, and yes - I have some homework to do for those. Then I need to update my agendas and make some samples.  

What's exciting is that because we are doing this now ...

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November 28, 2020
On a new adventure from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

So today, well, actually yesterday, starts a new Virtual Adventure. I was excited and set up the start date as yesterday. 

Wait a minute - let me backtrack here. I had NOT bought anything as part of Black Friday. I don't need a thing. Not even in the quilting world. Although I did check out a couple of websites, nothing piqued my interest. How could it when there's so much already sitting in Studio B waiting for its turn to hit the sewing machine? Oh - you don't even know half of what's down there. And let's ...

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November 17, 2020
The FINISH line from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I'm pretty excited this morning. Why? I did it!! I walked the entire length of Route 66. That's a total of 2,280.3 miles. So bear with me for a minute while I mark this momentous occasion. 

Here's my position on the Santa Monica Pier. I see a Cheesecake Factory nearby - perhaps I can have a piece of cheesecake as a reward?


The finish line at the Santa Monica Pier


Here's the view from the pier!! I love it - I can't go any further!!!

The view from the Santa Monica Pier



It took me ...

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November 13, 2020
It takes how long? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I know that you've all experienced this. You think you're going to get project A done in a day. It's all cut out - how hard can it be? Well, I'm still working on the first small bag that I pulled from my projects box. With all the chatter and the side trips and the movie last night - I don't seem to be getting much done. 

However, I'm just laughing it off because, technically, this is a mini-vacation, and well - if I don't get a lot sewn, who really cares? Not me. I did ...

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November 5, 2020
The home stretch from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

Oh my - if you live near me, I hope you were out yesterday. The weather was GLORIOUS. It was 18 degrees and sunny. I went for a long, long walk. I hit the mall, the library, the grocery store, and the bank! Now I have no errands for today when it's also going to be a glorious day. Oh well, one doesn't need a destination to go for a walk. 

Oh - and I saw a fellow quilter who lives not far from me. She was out for a walk with a friend, but I have to say that ...

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November 3, 2020
It was a good news, bad news kind of day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

Some days are only good news days, and some are only bad news days, and some have a wee bit of both mixed in. 

Two things happened yesterday, and OK - so I'm a drama queen here. My radio station started to play Christmas music. Not the occasion song - oh no - it's Christmas music all day, every day from now until Christmas. I'm not against Christmas music. I like Christmas music, but it's November 3rd! I changed radio stations - I'm not ready for that. 

They do this every year, so it's not a surprise; I ...

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November 2, 2020
Makers are going make! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

It's going to be a glorious day! I'm making great progress in Studio B in getting some of those silly little things tidied up. I'm going to be making a list of the additional samples that I want to make. Nothing that'll take a long time, but it would be nice to get some of those basics out of the way. The cutting table is not completely clean; however, it's looking great. 


The cutting table in better shape

Oh, it's Monday sewing today, and I've got a pile of projects cut and ready ...

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October 28, 2020
A little help from my friends from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

Have you ever noticed how some days in your house are calm, and others are totally chaotic? Yesterday was a chaotic day. I had two people picking up stuff, so I had to make sure that it was ready for them. The crew was here to close the pond, and that required some conversations with them. Then I had two presentations which weren't chaotic as I was the one in control of that. But all those little time commitments, well, it makes for a chaotic day!

Today, I have two more presentations, but nothing else. It's going to ...

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October 26, 2020
What motivates me from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I can't help it, but I go to bed most nights, EXCITED about the next day. Why? I've no idea! I guess it's because there's going to be something new to learn or something new to do or even doing the same old. I'm making great progress in so many things that I want to continue on and get them done. I know that I am VERY fortunate to have that outlook on life. I REFUSE to let anyone or anything get me down. I've had my share of bad days, and I will ...

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October 10, 2020
Are we there yet? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I spent the majority of the day just sewing, and it was glorious! I did sew some of the homework stuff that needed to be done. I'll share that with you another day. I need to get some more writing done today to get the homework to the group. I did catch up on some other projects that needed to be done. 

Best of all, I spent it with two friends, and we had a fabulous time just chatting and sewing. Here's the thing - we ALL live alone - right? And did I not hear that it's OK ...

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October 8, 2020
Never Give Up from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

The spin class was interesting yesterday. There's a maximum of 10 people per class. It's a large room that can hold 70 bikes plus the front part where the instructor sits. Only the back two rows were being used, with half of the room empty. AH - it appears that they are also doing yoga in this room. Yep - they have a massive yoga room, but only 10 people are allowed in the room. It's very frustrating. But I'm not letting it get me down. The gym and the instructors have been very accommodating by adding extra ...

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September 27, 2020
Aviatrix Medallion from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Sigh...............................

I am very frustrated. My newly upgraded internet connection is CRAP. I'm so frustrated with the whole thing. I'll be in the middle of a presentation, and then I'm not. It takes about 3 minutes to get it back up, and then I have to reconnect things. It's not pretty at my house when that connection drops. I think the internet dropped about 5 times yesterday that I was aware of, and two of those times, I was on Zoom. 

Let's just say that I'm calling my provider yet again. I wonder what ...

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September 23, 2020
It’s all about the walking from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I’m totally certifiable! Yep - I’m writing this post as I eat a VERY LATE dinner in Vancouver. Yep - that’s Vancouver BC. Actually, I’m at the airport waiting to board the red eye to get back home in the morning. I took a whirlwind tour to bring Mr. Bear back to M. The crazy things that we do for our kids. 

Her flight got in at 3 PM and I arrived shortly thereafter so we did hang around for a wee bit, but there really wasn’t a lot of time. Let’s say that Little bear ...

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