Monday, November 28, 2022

Catching up with my work!

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.

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.


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 reminder that she is just not up to travelling, she found it confusing, refused to eat for 4 days and we all arrived home exhasuted.

I have slowly culling and sorting to move into the dining room entirely. Its going to work out really good and its so handy, to sew while watching dinner!

This is my long awaiting start on my Red Quilt. I always wanted to make one and our recently joined the family, an accountant who without much ado has been working tirelessly on getting our business accounts up to date and done right this time. This is going to be his quilt. It will measure out to a Queen size bed quilt when its done. I'll post more as I go.

This Red Quilt started out with my own design about 14 years ago. Then when I was entertaining taking a remote teaching job, I let someone use my quilt for some examples of machine embroidery. What a total mistake that was! It caused this one to sit for 14 years until this month, I saw a new vision of removing the awful embroideries.

I appliqued red fabric rectangles overtop of each of the embroideries and carried on, it was such freedom to feel as I appliqued these onto this much loved but abused quilt was given new life.

Contentment as seen above is a work in progress. More on that another time.

I tried carving a crochet hook, but its not quite right.

I've had such fun hand pieced entirely by hand, slow stitching at its best. Its a busy looking quilt so when I discovered this border fabric, that has been so busy for all these years, its a fit for them both. I have at least 2 more yards of the same fabric and it will be continued in a frame style quilt.

Hoping all is well with you. Happy Quilting!



Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A little bit of stitching...

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.



Thursday, June 2, 2022

Upcycled Christmas Crazy 2021

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 loads of crazy quilt blocks to finish. 

So the time arrived and with crazy quilts, this seems to be the point of them, that they are so versatile, somewhat dated, but never grow old, even the old antique ones. They just keep saying "NO RULES QUILTING IS POSSIBLE"

Crazy quilting is fun and its doable on a tight time budget and a tight wallet budget. I always start a crazy quilt with a box of uncycled scraps, rarely does new fabric come into them. And maybe I'll make another modern crazy quilt like this one below. Modern fabric purchased new in 2010 made up this Baby Blue kinda child-like crazy quilt. I still thinks its mediocre and is not my favorite, but its done. I resides in our main bathroom.

On this baby blue crazy, I didn't do any kind of hand embellishment of any kind. It all blanket stitch from my machine in swirly shapes and was done using GAYG method, but something about these fabrics may be the reason I don't actually care for it?

I know why I didn't make another like this, its not really crazy quilting without the embellishments made by the maker. Back in 2010, not many in the modern quilt world were using the big stitch hand quilting and it was mostly solid color quilts of that time. Now, things have changed quite a bit and I do see big stitch hand quilting on quilts called 'modern' nowadays.

Finally, getting back to finishing this Christmas Crazy 2020 quilt.

I decided to go with finding a complimenting color scheme as seen with three borders so far. I think it makes the center piece pop, do you agree?

I had to make a slight adjustment strip to two of the four blocks because somehow they came out different sizes. And granted sometimes, it can happen, I am fine with it and so should you, if you find yourself being so relaxed you invested hours of time into without checking!!

So is my life, I am comfortable with who I am and where I'm going that I could give a flying figleaf if anyone wants to get onto my case for it. Quilt Police online be aware, close your eyes and change the site!

The third border of the same blue print seemed like a great way to go,but then once it was on, I was presented with a new challenge, to find something already in my stash to place on for the 4th border?

I pretty much turned my house upside down before relinquishing and buying a lovely blue winter print for the last and final border.

This project proves to myself that I can finish projects, sometimes I wonder, but eventually do get to finishing things. 

Happy Quilting everyone!



Thursday, May 12, 2022

Memory Quilt Denim Clothing

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 Quilting!

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Doll Quilt Swap

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!


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Jemima's Mystery Quilt

It's a new year and this hexie making project has been very consuming. 

This is the end of Part 6 on Jemima's Creative Quilting Mystery Quilt. As you recall I joined and got to about part 6 on the first one. I will share with you in the coming weeks where my first Hexie Mystery ended up.

My garden will start calling me back soon. And this year 2022,  I begin weighing 50 lbs less than I started 2021. What a true accomplishment for me. 

This is a very common lunch for me. I started March 16th, 2021 after learning that my mobility was on the line. I learned from MIR that I had two torn tendons in my left ankle. I injured it Feb 2018, fought my doctor over getting an MIR only to be told that I'd be wasteing the tax dollars. 

Bottom line, I learned that not all doctors have ethics! And that if want to change something, it's only me that is going to change anything.

A start is better than a non-start. Losing weight one day at a time. One meal after another. Get a good sleep.

I also designed a warm, brimmed hat.

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Memory Quilts

I have made many quilts that are not even photographed and you have forgotten where they all actually went to in the mail or via a hug. I sometimes see one of my quilts by surprise and its like meeting an old friend.

I have great memories of each quilt, I can remember all the little issues or joy of discovery in each one, sometimes you spend only a few hours with each one or sometimes its many days, weeks or months to their completion.
Enjoy a sampling of some quilts I've made, given away and some were commissions too. I still take commissions on making memory quilts, as they are my favorite. Its a personal journey to use a persons clothing into a quilt. Each one is lovingly worked on with mindful fingers, needles and thread.

My Blue Denim Quilt, jeans and  vintage barkcloth. Made around 2010.

A snippet from a Denim Photo Quilt 2016

Smithers Centennial Quilt 2013

Canadian Endangered Species Quilt for my hubby, has wool batting, very warm, perfect for cold chilly nights. 2009

Madusa's Hair made 2006

Christmas Dresden 2007

My first commissioned T-Shirt Quilt in 2010, custom crafted to fit an RV Mattress with deep pockets.

Helen's Drum Case, custom design, I can make you a drum cover protector too.

Memory Quilt from Ties and a special photo. 2011

Log Cabin Home 2003 to 2005

A Round Robin Quilt I enjoyed with international quilters. 2008

Crazy Quilted Cushion 2007

T-Shirt Quilt 2010

Embroidered Crazy Quilt Piece 2010

Round Lake Hall Quilt, still hanging today. 2009

3 Hr Quilt finished, example for a class 2012

Triangulate This, given to a friend who sleeps under this every night. 2012

T-Shirt Quilt 2010

Modern Wedding Quilt 2013

Hand Quilted Baby Quilt 2009

Twin Brothers T Shirt Quilts 2011

Zig Zag Table Runner 2019

Forest Fire Recovery Quilt 2019

It was sweet to walk down memory lane with this quilts. I hope you are doing well and stitching!


Catching up with my work!

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 ...