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Bits and Bobs, slow stitching

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This is the beginning of a new needle case for a friend. Life is getting busier somehow. Semi retirement has not been as relaxed, dreamy tea sipping and reading kind of time. Am I the only one that thinks the whole darn world is going faster somehow? I did find some time to visit Moss Street Market in Victoria and I was really surprised with the turn out! Thousands of people attending, and it was so hot, thank goodness we caught occassional gusts of ocean breezes. I've been culling out my stash and hoping for inspiration and it will come, just not recently! I laugh at how silly I am, keeping all sorts of bits and bobs and they are gone now, onto others who will find inspiration in them. I kept only what really is my favorite stuff. You'd be surprised when you ask yourself  "does this bring me joy" if it does, then I keep it. But if I am being completely honest, it has to go. This is a new piece that works into the forest fires of BC again are going strong and many peo

Red is Best

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 Hi everyone! I know its been a long time since last posting, but I've been working away on several fronts. The past Red Quilt is still undergoing more borders and then finishing. But I'm plagued with getting used to having Meneire's Disease. I have new glasses, new diet, new orthotics, and I'm getting used to slowing down literally!! This is a great way to use up an older made piece from the center and then also use up some of the Circle Blocks I made eons ago! And then that very busy border print is perfect to cool the rest of the quilt so far. I made myself a really nice dress made from two linen table cloths. Super stocked no stains were found on these two table cloths and they are so soft, I'll post a better photo down the road. Smaller projects are going to be the focus for 2023. My space is what it is and its better for me anyway. And life does bring change, right, always, change is the factor. Happy Quilting! Carli

Catching up with my work!

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This is a flashback photo to 2006! Family visiting from down south, this is one of the little fantastic cabins at Round Lake Resort. Highly recommended if you are visiting the Bulkley Valley. I finally found some time to update all that's been happening with me since the lovely wedding our oldest son to our beautiful daughter in law in August. I  What you see below is the fully finished Hexie Quilt before the borders and machine quilting were done. It took me 18 months of doing only one thing. That experience taught me a lot. I don't like working only on one project at a time.  But even though I did complete this for the wedding of course, but still don't have any updated photos from the wedding, I think maybe Christmas is the time we'll see these photos. I We've been fussing with our Old Girl, Rusty is now 15.5 years old and still doing OK, but very frail and not into travelling anymore. We recently took her along on a quick trip to the Kootenays. That was clearly

A little bit of stitching...

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We are helping to tidy up my father in law's home and get him settled into a new home. Its tough, not easy to deal with and we are trying our best to hold down all that we have going on. But thank you for all the kind comments on my spring posts, its been kinda dismal in terms of my stitching, nothing really new, just a bunch of little pages for my weight loss journal. The following pages are some of what I've been mindlessly stitching out the stress of these times. Rusty is aging fast and this is a common view of Rusty whenever we find a shady spot to sit and watch the waves come in. She is 14.5 yrs old this year. We are taking time in small bites to reset our extra busy-ness this summer, elder care and a wedding, its way too busy. Happy quilting everyone. Carli  

Upcycled Christmas Crazy 2021

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When I started the four central blocks of this Christmas Crazy it was around 2014. I was looking for another crazy quilt to provide me a winter of hand stitching, hand embroidery and embellishment. That winter was almost 7 years ago. The four blocks were complete and ready to incorporated into the new design by end of 2016 when we moved to Vancouver Island. But then they sat in a storage unit without me for another year. I make all these goal posts because, so often I hear things like, "Wow, that must have taken years? or Did you do all this stuff by hand?" and it makes me think that many times, the task is soooo daunting to a person, that they become stuck and don't ever let themselves fall in love with the freedom of crazy quilting. Early in crazy 2020, the year that we'll all universally remember forever. I leaned back on my busy life with building a business and trying to stay safe all at the same time, I decided to get busy finishing a few things and I've got

Memory Quilt Denim Clothing

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This is my most recent make. A memory quilt for a female business owner who commissioned me to make 2 quilts, but then enough scraps were left and a third was commissioned as well. Making memory quilts are a spiritual experience for me. It's a huge honour to take a real person's clothing and make them into a quilt that is a cuddly reminder. A men's wool blazer, skiing clothing, sweats, t-shirts, dress shirts, ties and denim jean's arrived about 12 weeks ago. I have to take time reflect on what I know about the deceased which was very little except how he died. But his life was filled to the brim with love. I wanted to be respectful of his accomplishments and success. The first memory quilt measured app. throw size 54 in. by 59 in. flannel backing from upcycled sheet. Three denim quilts in a row is quite a bit of work.  But now, I've been deep into my hexie quilt for the wedding this late summer. More of that next time. Happy Quilt

Doll Quilt Swap

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Embroidery has always been a great love of mine. I see sometimes embroidery in shops but its not well done or meaninful. Embroidery falls into the category of embellishment and the variety of different floss, threads and yarns that can be incorporated into any piece are what I'm all about. This is my start onto a Doll Quilt Swap that has be done by end of March 2022. Its a blaza day with clouds and nippy wind so I'm playing on the computer and stitching. Happy Saturday!