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April 6, 2021
A bird's eye view from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm positively in chill-out mode. OK -- so I'm not up to date on everything - still three more documents to write up, two quilts that need to be quilted, and well - that's it. OK - so there are two small quilt projects that I'd like to work on. But seriously?? I'm in control! The studio is pretty much organized; there's NOTHING on the calendar starting tomorrow for FIVE entire days. Oh my -- what am I going to do with myself? 

It's going to be a glorious day - weather-wise and well - we need to get this ...

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April 5, 2021
Another Month, Another Goal... Or Two: Of Bear Paws and Kaleidoscopes from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 I was long-winded on the topic of that vintage Economy quilt yesterday, so today's post is going to be Short and Sweet!

I have a Major Goal for April as well as a Minor Goal.  The Minor Goal is to get my Color Outside the Lines bear paw quilt off my WIP list.  That entails labeling, binding, and hand finishing the binding on this one.  After clearing off the heaps of fabric debris on the cutting table from my kaleidoscope, I finally had room to trim the bear paw quilt and machine embroider its label yesterday.

Machine Embroidered Label ...

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April 3, 2021
Obsessed with order from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 A great day! I mean, how can you have a bad day when you get to "play" all day in the studio. I had stuff that I wanted to get cleared up, quilts to quilt, and well - I still did NOT turn on the sewing machine! OK - I turned on a machine to do some embroidery, but no sewing. That's for TODAY. 

The first thing - I might be able to get rid of my books by selling them off! So here's the thing. Someone posted on Facebook that they were looking for a particular book. They had found ...

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March 28, 2021
Floral Button “Coaster” from Tink Squared

I didn’t sleep great last night, and despite it being another gorgeous day out, the only thing I’m going to accomplish today is my walk at the lake after lunch. I did get Cosmo’s weekly chicken and gravy made, and cooked up a package of bacon for myself, but I kind of wanted to sew something… without putting any effort into it. </p>
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March 22, 2021
New additions to the family from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

So, a funny thing happened on Christmas Eve...

 I mentioned in my “some Christmas makes” post that the Hubs helped me out by shopping for walnut shells and some Velcro so I could continue working on the Sit & Sew arm caddy and pin cushions. 

I had placed an order for pickup at JoAnn’s for the Velcro. While he was sitting in their parking lot waiting for the curbside delivery, he called me and said, “I need you to meet me in the parking lot at home. I’ve done something stupid.” He wouldn’t tell me what he had ...

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March 16, 2021
Where did that deadline come from? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


So I was tidying up the Current Projects table a couple of days ago, and OH MY - what's this? Why that's the Trendtex Challenge for the upcoming Canadian Quilter's Association virtual quilt show in June. Hmm - what's the deadline? OH -- for the quilts to be part of the judging process, they need to be received by April 5. OH! 

Well, that's doable! When I first received the kit months ago, an idea had popped into my head, and no better idea came along. So I decided to go for it. Normally, I try to do ...

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March 6, 2021
Finally some quilt finishes from Pointless Quilter

I finally finished the Orca Bay quilt.  I started this quilt probably 5 years ago.  I didn't work on it until 2020 though so it was just sitting collecting dust.  But now it is fully finished.  yeah!

As with many Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville) quilts, it has many, many little pieces.  

A few years ago I won some of our guild block of the month blocks.  My sister's mother-in-law moved into an assisted living facility and had to give up a lot of her fabrics which my sister shared with me.  She had this lovely Christmas fabric that worked ...

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March 5, 2021
Machine Embroidery Project from From My Carolina Home

I’m still working on using my embroidery machine for projects. I stopped using it for some years as I just lost interest. I didn’t have that many designs on the cards, and the machine is too old to use the new ones available online. It doesn’t have a USB connection, and I didn’t invest in the box that would do conversions from online to cards. I thought I might sell the machine, and all the stuff I have to go with it and get a new one. But the new ones are really expensive, and the ...

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February 26, 2021
You've got mail! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

The package arrived! I shipped a package to M on Feb 18, and I was told that it would likely be late because of the amount of stuff that's being shipped these days. The normal is five to six business days. Well, the package arrived yesterday!!! Kudos to Canada Post for the timely delivery of that box, and it was a very reasonable price to ship it - $34.62 for a large box weighing 8.65 KG. 

What I love is that she and her boyfriend walked to the Post Office to get the box! Yeah!!!!

As you can ...

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February 12, 2021
Baby - it's COLD!!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I confess that my mornings are so routine, you could set the clock by me. Well, almost. But once 9:00 AM arrives and the chores are done for the morning, the rest of the day is crazy! 

Yesterday, I presented my Group Quilts presentation to the Kanata Quilt Guild. What a fun guild, and they are HUGE - there were over 160 people on the call! They seem to have taken to Zoom, like a duck to water. They were great!!! So much fun, and I've got an excellent record of ALL of the group quilts I own. There ...

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February 10, 2021
Whew! Buttonholes are Done from Tink Squared

The buttonholes on the replacement band on the shower curtain went off without a hitch. I do so adore my Bernina 740, and I especially love the ability it has to adjust the opening width of a buttonhole. I can’t say I love how my shower curtain turned out, but it is finished at long […]

The post Whew! Buttonholes are Done appeared first on Tinksquared.

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February 1, 2021
Shower Curtain – OOPS from Tink Squared

Finally, after several years. I started this project in 2018, and just kept losing motivation. The fabric line is Moda La Vie En Rouge. I finished the coordinating jelly roll rug several years ago. The embroidery motif I used is Floral Medallion 2 Jumbo, stitched in one color. I embroidered it with Glide thread in […]

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January 3, 2021
Happy New Year! And, a Finally Finished! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Yes, dear readers, today is only January 2, and I have a Finally Finished to reveal. And some thoughts about learning curves.

Happy New Year! I know I already said it, but it feels good to say it. 2020 is SO LAST YEAR as the kids say, and I think we are all grateful that it is.

Who knew a year ago that when I may have mentioned how awful 2019 was, that 2020 would be worse?

But more about 2020 in another post. I know it's been a while since my last post. There are many reasons for ...

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December 27, 2020
2020 Recap and 2021 goals (maybe) from Pointless Quilter

 Here is my 2020 Goal list of quilt.  I updated in red.  It was not a good quilting year for me.

ow sleeves I started 2 years ago.  (February)

1.  Finish the remaining 9 of the 12  pillow sleeves I started 2 years ago for the boutique. Nope - didn't even touch them.
2.  Orca Bay (Started about 3 or 4 years ago)  Top finished in November.
3.  Straits of Mackinac (Green & White)   Haven't touched it since the class in the summer of 2019.
4.  Summer Swoon 16  - Finished.
5.  Boutique Items - Due to Covid, our boutique was cancelled ...

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November 30, 2020
A humbling day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I've NO ONE to blame but myself. But I just made TWO very costly mistakes. The first one is that I was writing this morning and totally forgot to save the file, and then when I went to save it - WORD froze, and I lost all the work. Someone sent me an article which I still need to read about technology woes. Perhaps I should read it now. But here's the thing - the Autosave in Word no longer works the same way that it used to. 

If I want to use Autosave, it will save my document on ...

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November 15, 2020
A stormy night from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I can't believe how quickly the last four days have flown by. It's been so much fun, and a MUCH needed mental break. I can't thank the ladies enough for venturing out (safely) to enjoy this mini-vacation. 

But - it's not over yet. We still have today, although most of us will venture home shortly after lunch. And that's OK. I have a wee fire going this morning to take the chill out of the air of the sewing room. I've done well with the fire all week. It seems a bit reluctant this morning ...

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November 8, 2020
Feeling like a fraud. from Pointless Quilter

 My blog name is Pointless Quilter but I haven't been quilting a lot lately.  I have been working on Orca Bay for a while now.  And while I have most of the inner quilt finished (well by the end of today I hope) I did have 1/2 of it done about two weeks ago.

All those red triangle units with the black pieced corners kill me.  The border is full of them too and if I didn't already have the black pieced parts done for the border, I'd change it.  It's a super scrappy quilt ...

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October 30, 2020
You too can write a book! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Two more presentations under my belt for this week, and that leaves two for today. I'll stop talking about the internet connection since everything seems to be good! Yeah! 

I listened to a webinar last night from a library (Wheaton Public Library)somewhere in the US. How cool is that? Normally, I wouldn't have been able to attend this author event, but because of the wonderful world of COVID, I could. Boy - when things go back to normal, whatever that is, we are going to miss a whole lot of these kinds of events. The author was Mary ...

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October 22, 2020
So far, so good................. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm almost afraid to say this out loud, but we have had no internet issues since the new wires were installed. Could it have been as easy as that to fix the problem? A lot of frustration happened before that fix. I'm still wary as we had one solid week of no issues before, and then it started again. So we're in a holding pattern!

A much better day in terms of getting things done. I don't think we realize how much time is "wasted" as we go from errand to errand. Especially when we're ...

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October 15, 2020
The good, the bad, and the why did I keep this? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


The writing assignments are up-to-date. However, I owe a few people some e-mails confirming classes. I'm working on it. I need to get some invoices put together. I'm working on that too. Well, those will be tasks for today, and I'm working on the next group of presentations! The fun never ends!

But that doesn't mean that I'm slacking off in other areas. I'm still walking over 10 K a day. I think it's the only way I'm surviving! The fresh air, the exercise, and just getting out of the house are ...

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