Sunday, June 14, 2020

Hexie Quilt Top WIP

Some of my days of late have been drafting, measuring, pressing, sorting and the like. I stumbled on a very organized-Value-Village-COVID-19 in Nanaimo. I glove-masked up and went in. Lots of decent, reasonable priced for a retail market. Maybe I'm just forgetting prices but these prices in VV and other "thrift shops" are becoming unreasonable for many seniors and low income folks to afford. The pricing seemed higher than previous times. Leave me your comnents below.
I felt suddenly without much blue or green in my stash. But the good news is that it means I'm using it up at least my green and blue stash. And this is the first really sized load of fabrics I've purchased since 2016. Not bad!

And that the green and blue fabrics might just find its way into new family quilts that I'm working on. Plus, I'm starting another Canadian Flag quilt for my youngest son.He's been wanting one since I gave the first one I made and then gave to Nathan Cullen way back.
And I'm always sewing something.


Like my brand new garden apron that was forgotten in the rain and now its broken in. Bad Carli! Washed it without much change. Sad face!

And because many of you are not on Instagram, it appears that loads of current work is getting missed by you and I'm doing a bit of a catch up over the next few weeks.

This block above is a pattern from Aussie Judy Newman and its called County Clair. Its hand piecing, a little fussy, but well worth the effort. I'll do a whole post on that.

And of course, my upcycled fashions, new handmades and home decor projects are ongoing, please check back to see those too.

I am always making handmade fashions and is this most recent Wiksten Dress. Of course, I hacked it a bit with some modifications for me. I didn't have quite enough fabric if the hand dyed Indigo. 


And I'm busy adding to my jean jacket upcycle project. I see so many on IS or Pinterest, I thought "hey that's for me to try" and so that's coming up too.

It's a summer day, a little cloudy, hoping for some sunny warm weather any day now. 

And like you watching with concern and horror at the devastating racial inequalities that exist today. They are practiced and even implemented under the law. A shake of world proportions will bring out the worst of what has to be changed.

I have friends who are Aboriginal and they've told me of their encounters with the law. 
I listened, I heard and thought I understood, but I didn't really grasp the gravity of these encounters.

How terribly hard this must be for our Aboriginal citizens? Our new immigrants and people of color seem to share this discrimination at the hands of law enforcement?

And this is Canada?

I can't imagine how bad it must be in the USA the last few years of Trumpism has proven to be a very dark time in history. My warm wishes of support go out to people of color and Aboriginal families of USA.
More on this topic in the coming months.

Happy Sunday Everyone, stay safe, stay well!

Caroline



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tool Bag

A tool bag for my Arborist son. Made from med weight cotton duck fabric bought when I found a close out sale at Capital Iron shop in Sidney back in January.

Things that are small but important like assorted sized wedges, clippers, etc are needed and its easy to lose them in deep grass or heavy ground cover.

I am for sure opening my Etsy shop this summer. Hoping you are well and sewing away.

Happy Quilting,
Carli

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Happiness Quilt Finished

This quilt is finally a real comletely finished quilt on my bed! We started using it Nov 30th,2019 as the coolness of wet air, brisk winds and rain began to come on often and for days at a time. Sometimes, I wonder what a monsoon is like? 😊

I wanted the scrappy old fashioned feel that took me to a thoughtful place.
This quilt is my second personal king sized quilt to make.



These blocks could write a romance novel. They could giggle like a school girl from the compliments of men. They were the remnants of a bag of fabric I bought at a thrift store many years ago. Perhaps in the Kootenay Country in the 1990's.


Many of these were hand pieced while sitting waiting for my Skeema River fish bell to go off! Many blessed memories that now, my husband I look back on fondly. 



These blocks were not "planned" to be scrappy, they just were, simple as that.






Ideas, ideas and then moving twice was not fun. This poor quilt just kept on getting left in the bin.


This image is where things started to get back on track again in 2016. But then we had to have another move!




I was happily working through my full time job and trying to finish this special quilt when suddenly in 2018 forest fires across the province disrupted just about everything and our good friends in Telegraph Creek lost their home, farm and many established systems they had worked 35 years to establish in a fire.

So it was a meaningful interruption in the Happiness Quilt.



Our Happiness Quilt was compleye to begin hand quilting in Mid November 2019. I had almost finished the outside border when a cold snap happened in Duncan in January 2020. I went onto our bed so fast!

But another month if use went by until I got the binding on this quilt.

When I finished the binding and began hand sweing the binding down, COVID 19 had arrived in Canada. And I completely forgot about blig writing, photo taking and numerous things that are still important.

Did you feel out of sorts when the stress if what we are now living with for several more years before a vaccine will be available for the general population?


And this is the best I can get for you to see this beautiful quilt. I have wait a while longer to have a gathering here so I can get help with holding it up outside.
I apoligize for the dark photo.
But its done.





Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Eucalyptic Dress and Top

I love making my own clothes.

2019 was a year to celebrate with numerous makes of clothing.

As it turned out, my favorite continues to be Megan Nielsen's Eucalyptic Dress and Top.Megan Nielsen's Eucalyptic Dress and Top

This top was the 4th I'd made. I used repurposed wide shawl bought at a music festival years ago and just didn't get used. Hence, the top is super lightweight, perfect for hot summer days.
Again, this one pattern has become a favorite. This one is very festive, a mid weight cloth similar to a vintage bark cloth. The white dangle trim is super fun and I get lots of publuc comments when I wear it around town.
Viscose from years ago purchase is vety cool and this one I added a flouncy edge. Love it with jeans!
This shorter dress is also the same, but a different type of fabric that I can't figure out what is. But its a slightly warmer dress, but still a summer weight.
This was my first use of this pattern. I added my own hacked version if facings instead of the double fold binding called for in the pattern. 

I have posted a few of these dress/top makes on my Instagram feed. Are any of you exploring Instagram? I know @oquilts is happening there and we do love sharing our fast posts of interesting things.

I just checked the laundry and found 2 more of Eucalyptic Dress that I've been wearing this year so far. And I think this pattern could be awesome winter jumpers with pockets too.

Hope everyone is staying home, stay healthy and happy too!




Thursday, May 7, 2020

Face Masks Etc

Hi folks,

I am feeling quite settled with staying home and washing hands and of course wearing a face mask out and about. Like many people I watch the news and read details of the various levels of loss our country is experiencing and those other countries facing a lot more sadness. The Unites States of America is not great. I doubt that their has it in him to be compassionate or demonstrate really good leadership quite frankly. With him it sounds as though its all about continuing capitalism.

But in the doom and gloom of adapting the deadly virus COVID 19 and bright light has shown itself as the winner of global warming, our pollution is down by recod amounts everywhere. 

Who knew that by just staying home we could have that huge impact on our beautful air around the globe?

We have known for quite sometime that we were on the wrong road, that WE really were the problem and we are seeing total evidence of this around the world. Just by not driving places around the world we've not only been able to bend the curve and prevent spread of the virus, but we've helped our beautiful Earth. How great is that?

Can you think of anything that was as POSITIVE as that in our previous years of signing numerous environmental agreement with other countries? No, we can't because we were never forced into spending this much time away for our cars, trucks, trains and buses. Large equipment is still working in many sectors, but the bottom line has shown itself to be the answer. 

But how does a global community make a paradiem shift of this magnitude? To rewrite our ways of doing things that doesn't mean expanding the use of vehicles?
How would we survive, maybe the answer lies in growing our own food more than we import food, just for one thing. There are different growing zones of a wide variety in Canada, but if Inuvik can grow veggies in a greenhouse, we can't other communities that are not so challenged with cold Arctic temperatures.

These are the questions I ask of our government in Canada and around the world. 

Trading back and forth costs us dearly. 

Do we want to lose of our planet, just so we can everything that marketing campaigns tell us we need?

This is what is rambling around in my head while I sew away the loneliness of not seeing family and friends.

I'v made so many masks, I'm tired of it, but I still have more to make for family and friends.



Sometimes, I still get homesick, I know, I moved 4 years ago but the Buckly Valley had quite an impact on my life. I will miss it forever. While I have access to lovely beaches, great climate, fabulous winters of very little cold, I miss the rugged, outdoor life we lived.



This site was a favorite camping site, and great fishing on Francoise Lake.


But you know, seeing that I'm reminicing about our past life up north, we are so blessed with being able to live and be close to family. Its no longer a 17 hr drive and then a ferry ride to be with our sons. And while we lived up north and loved the lifestyle, the cost of living was quite high due to SOOOO much highway travel to larger centers for shopping and seeing a specialist.
Plus, the gardening here on the island is without a doubt a gardeners paradise!

And with living down here, I can work online everyday with real high speed Internet.

I am wishing you all a wonderful week, I've been working hard in the back ground of this blog to bring some new found directions in place, but now, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This little quilt is almost finished and ready to be hung.



Happy Quilting folks, thanks for your continued reading.

Stay well and stay home!