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January 4, 2022
Languishing from Quilt in Piece

I have found myself suddenly at a point in my life, without realizing that I have been traveling that way for awhile now. And to be honest, I have noticed a lot of people suffering the same fate. Especially during this Covid Pandemic the past two years. It is called languishing. Merriam Webster Defines languishing as to be drained of energy or vitality to be or live in a state of lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern having lost enthusiasm and hope; disheartened Not everyone who is languishing will experience it in the same way or with the same intensity ...

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November 16, 2021
It's all about the numbers from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I do not want to say that I'm motivated by numbers, but it's nice to check your progress to know that you're on track. Like the virtual challenges - we get to see our progress on the map and see the progress by the numbers. 

Yesterday our group of four passed the 50% mark of our Virtual walk across Canada. I think that's pretty impressive as we are NOT runners, we are not athletes - we're just ordinary people. A HUGE thank you to Shelly, Helen Anne, and Nancy for walking along with me. Think about it ...

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October 22, 2021
Answers To Life Questions from Adele Mogavero

I listen to all these helpful hints on finding your purpose in life. AKA, strengths, passion, obsessions, etc… One of the clues to determine your

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August 30, 2021
The Birth Place Forest of Silver Springs from Kim Hanson Quilts

Good day everyone. I wrote this piece for Woods Reader, a beautiful, inspiring publication based in Spring Lake, Minnesota. It can be found in their Winter 2020/2021 issue.


The grassy green field was alive with energy and vitality. School children, in groups of five or so, squealed with delight taking turns kicking the black and white soccer ball. Dogs barked; their owners allowing them freedom to run and play. The rush of four lanes of traffic roared by, leading in and out of the neighbourhood. Yet, the instant I stepped onto the spongy path of the Birth Place Forest ...

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July 20, 2021
A Daily Ritual from Kim Hanson Quilts

Good day everyone. Thank you to all those amazing souls who continue to read my posts. I so appreciate you all taking the time to read my words and to leave your comments. I feel so blessed to have you all here.

While thinking about my son, Mike, the other day instead of feeling so sad, I thought of ways to make my days better.

I came up with three things. I call them my Daily Triple Agenda. (DTA for short).

First, I try to learn something new every day. If I can’t actually learn something new, then I ...

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July 13, 2021
Death of a Dream? from Kim Hanson Quilts

As many of you know, I’ve longed for a backyard writing shed for years. I’ve had a recurring dream since my 30’s of a peaceful, tranquil, creative space, all my own.

I visualized a little cottage-type shed, with white shiplap on the peaked ceilings and gauzy curtains blowing in the gentle breeze. My magical space had a built-in bookcase on the back wall, a comfy chair and-a-half tucked into one corner and my desk positioned in the center. Funny thing was that the little shed stood in the middle of the woods, in a beautiful, green-grassed meadow ...

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June 6, 2021
Journaling with out a junk journal! It can be decorative AND simple! from Fabric and Memories

I got tired of writing in a "junk journal".. or maybe I should say it just became to much to deal with to write in one with all the embellishments and decorative things. and the book not opening flat for writing on the pages and a few other issues. So in my new endeavor of branching out from "junk...

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May 31, 2021
On writing and sewing from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 It was a very long day, and well, the days have the same number of hours, but the number of things to do doesn't seem to get less. Now, why is that? I know people say that I'm doing too much, but I'm not on ANY committees; I'm not doing many magazine quilts these days, although I'm still designing and making them. It's just stuff in general. Trying to keep on top of it all, and that's never going to happen, so I'll just muddle along. Honestly - it's the small, seemingly ...

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February 2, 2021
Chicken Soup anyone? from Kim Hanson Quilts

Good day. Last week, I heard the doorbell ring and sprinted to the front door. I cringed when my lighting-quick husband beat me to it. Peering over his shoulder, I watched him sign for a large, heavy box. My goal is to always be the first one to the front door. . . just in case the delivery is a giant box of fabric. My husband actually  thinks I have more than enough fabric already!

But this box was not fabric; it was way too heavy. Not being familiar with the return address, I ripped it open. Much to my surprise and ...

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January 20, 2021
All in a Day's Work from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

The other day, several of the Monday sewing group talked about their screen time and how they felt they weren't necessarily the most productive they could be. Now, if you are retired, does it matter how productive you are? Not exactly, but if you want to spend more time on your hobbies - quilting, reading, gardening, exercise, or chatting with friends or whatever, it does make sense to see how you're spending the day. 

So one of the ladies is using a tracking app to track what she does in a day. I can't remember the name of ...

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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 15, 2020
An excerpt from This World So Fierce from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Yesterday, I told you my exciting news about my book to be published and on shelves soon. I also promised a short excerpt from the book. This is the point in which the protagonist, Mike, meets his new foster family and begins to question where he fits in. 

“He’s eight. I’m nine. He’s in fourth, I’m in second. His teacher, Mrs. Sheryl, says he’s smart enough to know when to be quiet” answered Willie, who answered for Frankie from habit.

“Are you?” asked Mike.

“Ha, nope,” laughed Max and Willie simultaneously.

“Supper’s ready,” called ...

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October 14, 2020
A Confession, a Secret, and Good News from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

If you're wondering how that title makes sense, remember it's one of mine. That said, there are both a confession and good news. The confession first: I have been keeping a secret. For years now. But the secret is out, so I've decided to make it official here as well. Ta Da!

I've written a book and it's going to be published! Yes, that's what I said. A book. By me. Published soon. I know this last bit of news because I APPROVED the cover and the text. Today. Just a minute ago I ...

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October 13, 2020
Missed by a mile (or two) from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh my goodness - do you want a good laugh?? 

I was so proud of myself for driving all the way to get a picture of that barn block. I sent them off to Sue at Thimbles and Things. Well, I got an e-mail last night to say that I had the right block, but the WRONG BARN!!!  That's hilarious!!! But it wasn't entirely my fault!

Sue did give us the address where the block they chose was on - Old Fort Road. I knew the name of the block, so I searched on the map by the block name ...

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September 28, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Words and Phrases from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

In September of 2015 I wrote this SQI about using text in quilts. At the time I was collecting fabric with words, which was becoming an easier goal anytime I walked into a quilt shop. Today at least one piece in a line of fabric has some kind of lettering or words. And I have enough text fabric to make several quilts. 

Nevertheless, words and how we use them still fascinate me. There are always words in my head. And I analyze sentences, usage, mechanics at the drop ...

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August 27, 2020
The end of this foolishness from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Update: Hurricane Laura is expected to arrive on the heel of our Louisiana boot within the next few hours. Though it is unlikely to affect us, we are concerned about friends who live in the Lake Charles area and family in the Lafayette area. Please pray for the Texans and Louisianans who will be affected by this cat 4 hurricane. 

Remember when I wrote about the hideous quilt on the design wall?

I just realized (sitting here waiting for Hurricane Laura to turn off the lights) that I was tormented by that quilt all the way back in June! 

On ...

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July 24, 2020
On a rescue mission from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm happy to report that progress is being made on various projects. There's prepping for the classes this weekend and the UFO club on Sunday. Quilts are getting completed for Quilts of Valour and magazines. There's the writing of blog posts.

But have you noticed a theme in all this?? I can't share ANY of it with you. I feel like a closet quilter! It'll all be revealed soon, but in the meantime - well, we have to talk about other things.

I'm sure that some days my blog makes no sense to anyone but ...

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February 21, 2020
Twenty twenty, Imagine and Beauty from Terificreations's Weblog

Twenty twenty is off to an amazing start in ways that I’m looking forward to sharing over the next several months. What I can share with you now is that I’m teaching at International Quilt Festival in Houston, I have two classes Beginner Machine Quilting and The Weight of Color (a drawing style class). As… Continue reading Twenty twenty, Imagine and Beauty

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December 23, 2019
Is this thing on? from The Ardent Thread

I’ve always been an introvert and an outsider. I think many of us feel that way at times, and some of us are right. For me it was the awareness that I liked playing quirky games with just one other friend and disliked team sports. With one friend we could cooperatively control the narrative and where we wanted to go (literally and figuratively), but with team sports I was told where to go and what to do, whether I agreed with those directions or not. Also, I didn’t get picked for teams until I was the last one ...

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December 19, 2019
New things, old things from The Ardent Thread

My grandson is moving away. It’s not his idea, of course. The other grandmother offered space in her home and her house is bigger than mine, plus it’s my son-in-law’s hometown and he wants to be around his family for a change. Can’t argue with that. But I will miss our little apprentice and all his noise around the house.

I will not miss Black Cat, she who knocks things off of tables and bats them around floors, creeps into the kitchen when no one is looking and steals food, and terrorizes my cat Lily, who ...

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