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July 31, 2021
Singing in the choir from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

While I loved being away at the quilt retreat, it's always nice to get back home! And yes - I switched pillows last night. It's too early to tell, but my neck does feel a bit better this morning. It's also that lunatic dog of mine that doesn't help! Walking Murphy is like getting mini-whiplash! She's so much better, but I bet that hasn't helped the situation. 

I couldn't help myself; I contacted Paula's daughter to tell her the quilt top was done! She LOVES it. And so she should - her Mom chose ...

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July 30, 2021
Curves and more curves from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Hmm -- I discovered something this morning when I woke up. I've had a wee issue with some muscles in my neck, and I noticed that they were significantly less when I was at the retreat, even though I was sewing a lot. Could it be my pillow? My pillow isn't as thick and fluffy as the one at the retreat house - perhaps I need to try a new pillow. But I was off to the gym this morning! There are so few people at 5:30 AM. 

Well, yesterday was a great day! In the morning, I had ...

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July 29, 2021
A tea party from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 It's raining this morning, and I'm NOT going for a walk in the rain. So no walk this morning. Perhaps later today. It's been fun walking, and last evening, we clocked the length of the driveway. It's about 300 steps one-way and takes about 2 minutes 20 seconds. So if we did that every hour, that would be a great little pick me up. 

When I booked this place because our other retreat house was sold, we weren't sure. It's someplace new. You have to learn where everything is. Will the house be big ...

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July 27, 2021
Double wedding ring quilts from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 So here we are at Retreat at the Farm. It's a LOVELY house and much larger than I expected. There are only four of us for the next couple of days which is just fine - we each get our own bedroom. Sometimes, it's a good thing to pay a little more and get more space than intended. I love it!!

It was an easy drive to get here - the traffic was great, and the traffic lights were synced, so slightly over one hour of travel time. I love that as well. 

And I'm happy to report that ...

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July 15, 2021
Google is everywhere from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


So far, the day is going great, except that I put SKIM milk on my oatmeal instead of almond milk. I just grabbed the first carton in the fridge and didn't pay attention. No big deal, you say? OH YES -- it is a big deal. The almond milk tastes so much better. I know M is probably running around saying, "I told you so!". She was the one who suggested I drink almond milk, and I balked big time. Now - well, I will use other milk, but almond milk makes such a difference. 

To support our local dairy farmers ...

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July 11, 2021
Day Four - Seams Appropriate from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 A bit of an eventful day yesterday, but I did NOT panic! Ronda has a book with 160 Unusual things to See in Ontario, and a couple of them were close to the retreat house. We decided to visit the steam train, located at Muskoka Heritage Place, which was very close to the retreat house. We had a great laugh when we drove to the place as we had driven past it on numerous occasions on the way into and out of town. We had seen the sign but had NOT paid attention to what the rest of the sign ...

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June 30, 2021
Weekend Sewing and Updated UFO / WIP Lists from Grandma's Red Needle

Happy Wednesday!
(I started writing this post Monday, some paragraphs are updated)
After working hard on WIP's and actually finish some of them  (previous post), it took me a day or so to decide what's next. 

I decided to work on the tea cozies. They are quilted and ready for binding.

Update: 2 tea cozies are done, just have to fix the loop on each. 

I've this one left to do. Insulated tea cozies are a bit tedious to make, especially to machine sew the binding through four layers cotton batting, 2 layers insul bright + the front ...

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June 24, 2021
Wedding Fans 49, 50 from Virtual Quilter

Love the first design today. No full Wedding Ring blocks, but enough bits for most quilters to recognize the parts.

Looking at both of these I think they would be great designs to use on a tablecloth for the table holding the wedding cake.


Something else to celebrate …. Electric Quilt is now 30 years old.

I had been quilting for quite a while before EQ was born, and it was quite a few years before I bought EQ5. I had quite a collection of block designs on paper, quite a few of them drafted and ready to use, and I ...

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June 21, 2021
A tribute to Lois from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I don't know all of you who read my blog. There are many of you that I've never met, and some friends and acquaintances have joined along the way. 

Yesterday, I learned that a blog reader passed last week, and I want to acknowledge her. Lois was a wonderful lady and her and her daughter used to read my blog over breakfast. She was the most amazing hand quilter, although she did take a machine quilting class from me and did some small projects. She was in her 80's when she did that. She was in my ...

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June 17, 2021
Double wedding ring from Espritpatch

 Not long after I first started quilting, I decided I would make a Double Wedding Ring quilt for my parents' 30th wedding anniversary. 

I bought John Flynn's book to use his method where you cut strips of fabric that you assemble. You then slice the pieces and you sew back to make an arch. It is quite difficult to explain but a lot easier and quicker than cutting some shaped pieces. Before starting on "the" quilt, I decided I should practice so I picked some Christmas fabric to make some blocks. 

Of course, once I was confident with the ...

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June 6, 2021
After Pompeii OP 31, 32 from Virtual Quilter

Love the centre of the first design, but I think the Double Wedding Rings in the corners are too dark.

Variation, and the corners are too dark in this one too.

What an amazing world it is after coffee when I have Electric Quilt to play with!

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June 5, 2021
Floral Wedding 51, 52 from Virtual Quilter

I should have used a lighter, slightly brighter background, but I love the design despite the colouring.

With the lighter brighter background the second design would be a wonderful place to show off some lovely quilting.

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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 27, 2021
Double Wedding String of Beads 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

String of Beads was popular nearly one hundred years ago, and that was many years before fusible webbing and cutting machines were available. I have made several items using that one simple shape before I bought a cutting machine, but the next one will be cut mechanically, guided by computer.

I love the first design, but this second one would look great with the motifs I deleted from the first quilted in the open spaces I created, and I think I would like it more!

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May 24, 2021
Practice what you preach from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 OH MY GOSH!!!!!   We had so much fun at the Virtual Retreat. And I accomplished so much - way more than I normally would. And can you believe - I didn't shut the call down until 10:30 last night. I'm dead serious -- we had a NORMAL conversation, the same as if we were in the room together. The best part? There was me, someone from Ottawa, and two others in northerly regions of Ontario. Totally distanced apart, and we would NEVER be able to do that in person. Am I hooked on Zoom? Oh, you bet! What I love ...

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May 12, 2021
Signature quilts from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I smell a skunk! I think someone got hit this morning. Thankfully both girls are in the house as I'm not sure either of them would be smart enough to run! 

So there's good news and bad news today. The good news is this.

An empty design wall

Yep - that's where the Long Time Gone quilt was. And I'm happy to report that it's all in one piece! Yahoo!!!! I'm pretty excited. No, actually, it's kind of anti-climatic. I'm just relieved that it's together. I have one more thing to do ...

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May 6, 2021
Floral Wedding OP 37, 38 from Virtual Quilter

Very pretty.


Mind you, I would need about ten years notice of the wedding for it to arrive on the day!

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March 27, 2021
Floral Wedding 49, 50 from Virtual Quilter

I like it!

Love the second one!

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March 23, 2021
Very Little Progress on UFO's, Cross-Stitching and Second LOCKDOWN from Grandma's Red Needle

Today the calendar shows March 23! More than two months since my previous post! How did that happen?? 

So, we are on the second C-19 wave, which resulted in lockdown from March 10 until March 25. UGH! With increasing numbers (202 per this morning), I'm quite sure the lockdown will be extended another 1-2 weeks, at least! 

My previous post shows accumulated UFO's from 2020 and older. I'm quite sure they multiply overnight! As part of APQ's  and Quiltsy Team's UFO Challenge 2021, I did finish #7 (January Challenge). 

These blocks were leftovers from a ...

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March 21, 2021
After Pompeii 54, 55, 56 from Virtual Quilter

The first design I shared as the Virtual Quilter was Wedding in Pompeii, and this is one of the project files which grew from that first one.

I think I add more designs than I share to the file every time I open it, and I already have enough to keep sharing them for a long time … and I just added some new block variations to the file as well.

I like all of today’s designs, but the middle one is my favourite.

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