Sunday, April 25, 2021

Slow Stitch and Quilting

If you follow me on Instagram @carlithequilter you may know that I am losing weight through the Ideal Protein protocol offered through Pharmasave. 

I am doing do well, it amazing. I feel such better and able to take action. This has been 2.5 yrs of not knowing that something was really still wrong and I' d been the victim of a misdiagnosis.

I am documenting my journey in textiles.

Take care everyone, my age group is next for immunizations. Pheuf!!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Jemima's Creative Quilting-My latest Hexie project

 Hi friends,

Thanks for checking into my wee post on my recently begun "Quilt Along" and if you hang over on IS then you can visit with this hashtag #jcqmysteryqal and you'll see some of my posts from my IS feed @carlithequilter

Anyway, I sometimes wonder why the hell do we have to all these different programs, apps and social media sites? ☝

And I get kinda cranky about it sometimes 😊 cause my life is so very busy and I'm just relieved I have my quilting that I determinely hang onto, its really for my sanity and reminder of what I am NOT doing, that I long to do when I'm fully "Retired" and playing in my own sewing room.

I have made hexie flowers before many times. And hexie scrappy blocks like this above are a fine alternative to 'full on hexie' quilts. 

I have made dozens of Hexie flowers but not a full quilt. This has been a great learning opportunity.

I have great news, I'm following the #idealprotein protocol with Pharmasave and I'm losing weight.

This feather is the start of new things.

Hoping you all are having great sewing times and staying safe.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Robert Cerins Earrings!!

I just love Robert Cerins earrings for the Art To Wear they promote, but also because they use a different non-reacting metal for their handmade findings for their earrings.

 The ear wires are made of hypoallergenic Niobium. 100% Niobium (#41 on the periodictable) is an elemental metal like Gold, Silver, Platinum or Titanium.

This is a second reason why I love their earrings. Buy online at this link.

Happy Quilting everyone!



Sunday, January 3, 2021

Reflections of progress in 2020

This year end post of the most "unprecedented" year of 2020 is all about the various stitching projects I started, are in WIP's or are completed. I also drift into the topic of coping with COVID 19, self isolation and the nasty year this has been for many folks worldwide.

Its a bit chaotic in its presentation. We had our 1/2 hr outside masked visit to deliver gifts to our family and friends on Christmas Eve. 

I am writing this from my living room. Its quite cozy on this chilly wet day in Duncan, B.C. My sweetie has his playlist for 'Relaxed' playing and the fire is cracklingh on the big screen T.V.

I have felt all this year that I hadn't really kept up and made many things this year, but as it turns out this photo reflection is only part of my year. I was so busy, I missed photos.

This quilt below is one in my collection. Its called "The Happy Quilt."

Some quilts you just can't part with and they must remain beside me. This is one of them. The center part of this quilt is a block that was worked on over many years. It was the beginning of my journey to play with crazy quilting processes and Allie Allerson is doing in a very creative way. She has begun to incorporate many different pre-made items with such glory. You really need to follow her on social media.

The following five Christmas socks were asked for and delivered yesterday for our sons and friends.

My oldest's son got this complete 112 x 112 in.square quilt for his 35th birthday. The pattern is Rail Fence from Sujata's book.

This little quilt is a gift for my son's girllfriend. Its her first quilt.

My dear friend from Mexico managed to get this lovely gift of Mexican handmade items, which I'm so in love with and just had to share this gift.

A young friend needed a special quilt this year, he lost his long time dog.

We homeschooled our sons for 11 years and this 'Wood cutter' hand made and machine sewn by our oldest son finally made it to completion this year and its turned out to be profetic, he's now the co-owner of Oakstead Tree and Property Care in South Island of Vancouver Island.

My sister is the receiver of this lovely hand stitched log cabin blocks that I made over a decade while river fishing in Northern B.C. It's a 92 inch long table runner that will be completed in the early New Year.

This photo is of the new lift on left shoe that became such a major part of my life. Its part of helping my left foot recover from an injury in 2018. Walking every where in this set of shoes has promoted mucle structure changes to my body, my right side is complicated and has activated the Sciatic Nerve, complicating this more each day. Much time is spent stretching, exercising for keeping my mobility going. I won't say its easy, cause its not. 

But enough about that body stuff that is just life, I have flourished with successes of completion, growth and personal reflections.

I have made many personal clothing 'makes' this year and had such fun doing it.

I purchased these lovely earrings from a beader I know in Northern B.C. Handmade by an Indigenous maker you can find at this link. Her work is so beautiful, its hard not to buy them all.

My numerous makes in dressed must be a feat for me, I've been loving them to death. Its funny, I'm noticing that I'm choosing my homemade clothing more and more. Here are just a few of the makes I've completed this year. And this doesn't include the two pairs of heavy duty custom work pants for two of our crew.

I even made a custom pair of jeans from used jeans and they turned out really well, but the waist and width of legs are going to be adjusted and regifted.

So there, you go, this 2020 has been a scary and interesting year. I think I've grown more this year than others for sure and I hope this finds you all well and if not, please leave me comment about your year.

This is me, Carli Heinrichs, in the flesh and still smiling and wearing my beautiful hand made earrings from Sik'dakh in Northern B.C. 

This nasty year is just one more year of life and life is not always predictable or friendly. 

This year has brought challenges to everyone and the sector of low income has been paticularily hit hard. But each year is beautiful in its own way. 

This  year, outstanding work has been done by our frontlineworkers in the medical field, some of them even lost their lives. I personally thank you for your sacrifice in personal time and rest. Thank you also, to the Prime Minister Trudeau for guiding us through an unprecedented year federally and thank you to Dr. Bonnie Henry who tears and all has been a mountian of comfort and guidance for B.C.

I have been so blessed that my family and most friends have stayed healthy. We did lose one Godfather of our sons this year and Derek is missed by his wife, their children and friends. 
I write this blog for the followers who welcome a reset to using more uncycled cloth and repurposing all types of garments into something new before it goes to the dump!
 But thoroughout the year, I have made choices for improving my health, a skukum walker with fluid joints was gifted to me by my father in law.

 Its allowing me to walk straighter, longer and if I need a break, the seat is wonderful. But don't let yourself be fooled, I'm not an old lady, I am a senior with a ankle injury that didn't heal right.

So in concluding today's post, I want to thank those of you who have continued to follow my work, you know who you are, please be thanked in this note.

I wish you all a healthy, safe New Year in 2021



Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Sujata's Rail Fence Quilt is done!

Its turned out to be 112 inches square. I'm really pleased with and so glad to got to make another one of Sujata's patterns from her book Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shaw.

I must admit, it was a behemoth to negotiate through my Janome HD9. But totally impressed with thus heavy duty machine. For machine quilting for straight lines,  at least it's awesome.

I do like ths wide mouth area, perfect God big bulky things like quilts.

As you might notice, my blocks went a wee bit wonky, but I don't live with quilt police so I'm moving on.

I even combined different blocks and do like the idea.

Anyway, folks, I'm working away on gifts as I write, so I'm off to carry on. 
Stay safe and take care of each other over the next year. We all need to stay vigilant and continue social distancing.



Thursday, December 10, 2020

Upcycled Jeans into Jeans!

Hi my merry quilter friends, I apologise its been a very busy fall and now into December, its even busier than Santa's workshop over here.

My husband is all about the fit and this croch is too low for my man! He likes that they are upcycled jeans, but he's got a paticular fit in mind.

I cut most of the seams out of the jeans first, then began laying my pattern piece overtop of pieced jean material to find just the right amount, drape is important, don't cross your grain with upcycled jeans and expect that they are going to work, NOT!

 My new Christmas Crazy Quilt is about done, hand quilting around the border and tacking inside the embroidered part of this quilt and hanging sleeve and binding and label to do.

I have been working on building crumb blocks and I eventually have enough to make a quilt, this one sewed up in a matter of days, a lovely border is going on to this Dog Bone quilt which is intended for a gift.

And of course, I had to take several days and dung out my sewing womb, finding all sorts of fun projects that need to be finished and Christmas is a great time for me to do this. Its inspiring to see all the makes on Instagram and so sorry that many of you, my lovely readers aren't seeing what I'm posting @carlithequilter

Quilting is such a great hobby, I love being able to gift handmade items every year. I'm glad that so many of my family and friends appreciate quilted items for their home.

Keep on quilting and good luck with your own finishes.



Saturday, September 26, 2020

Poncho and New Crumb Quilt

Memory Lane Trip here!

This young girl is me, I was sitting beside my Dad on the Safari train that goes around Stanley Park. This park located in the heart of Vancouver city was an icon at the the time.

This photo was taken 1971, back when the park enjoyed popularity and I loved it. Seeing so many wild and exotic animals was a thrill. I remember the moment well. I had been afraid to go on the train alone. My parents didn't have a lot of money and my Mom was upset after she had paid for my ticket, I whined about wanting her to come with me. She was upset and wanted to yank me off the train in disgust, when my Dad settled it all with his ticket. 

It was one of the happiest time I had with my Dad. 

But the other exciting reason I share this photo is because I'm wearing a white and gold poncho made by me. Thinking back on it, making the poncho must have taken quite a bit of yarn. Money was always tight, but my parents bought that yarn for me. 

It's nice to look back with good memories and see the visible early signs of a life long crafter, crocheted, knitted and eventually a lifelong sewer.

I framed the center with bold grey prints that are difficult to find a home for and it seems to work.

Then two ends have been added as well. If you are on Istagram, I follow a British quilter who is in love with upcycling as much as I am.

This is my Saturday quilting before canning starts again.

Happy quilting folks!

Stay safe, stay well.


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Crazy Quilt Love Again

My cazy quilting has come to pass by me again, like a muse, the crazies are alwasy present and watching me like a crone would do.

(If you wish to see a closer photo of this work, click on the image)

Have you read anything about crones my friend? I stumbled upon the work of Barbara G. Walker about a decade ago. Women's spirituality is the main thrust of her work and its wonderful to learn more about being a crone yourself.

 A lot of my character is based on giving, improving their lives in some way and encouraging women. I used stitching to help teens become more confident and women to aspire to a different calling via stitching. 

In all the workshops I've taught, I have enjoyed a group of 5 - 7 women, its seems to be a good amount of voices.

I am a women who lives with a man, has raised 2 male children to adulthood and have only a few female friends, but of those few, these women are proud, sensitive, worldly yet a little naive and love nature. Upcycling, gardening, hiking, walking and stitching are the mainstays of these friendships that go back to the 1980's.

My stitching is an partial identity for me.

Its given me strength when things were difficult and lonely. Crazy quilting is similar to a dream where your mind takes where its got a mind to go.

I particularly love crazy quilts made all by hand, I have several in my possession that I've bought or rather rescued from the dumpster. The last one was a daughter who just didn't know anything about the time and effort that goes into a hand made crazy quilt. And so as I leafed through pages of quilting magazines and noticed a plastic bag with some embroidery stitches showing through the flimy plastic. I asked about it and was told that bag was garbage.

Yep, I know rolling your eyes and shaking your head, right.

And just because I can, I've added a few of the crazy quilts that is various stages of crazy quilting.

I say ladies and gents and them, please do get busy on your own crazy quilted piece!

I mean it, suddenly we're home more, with more time on our hands cause we sure aren't shopping downtown for a while, COVID 19 has been a promoter of self reflection time, even though stressful, its making us stop looking at devices and do something hand made.








Have a lovely week.

Happy stitching, keep in touch and follow along.



Slow Stitch and Quilting

If you follow me on Instagram @carlithequilter you may know that I am losing weight through the Ideal Protein protocol offered through Pharm...