This quilt is a special one. It started with the "Drunkard's Path" blocks in the center, all using 100% recycled cotton shirting, surrounded by the new hemp/cotton muslin. Then I got a bad case of colds, bronchitis and I have asthma, so I was curtailed often to my bed for resting. I was sick so long that my sons learned how to cut the 1 1/2 inch strips of lights and darks for the "Log Cabin" blocks. Of which, many are hand sewn from all sorts of scraps of new and reused cloth. I started this in 1994, then in 1997 started with the log cabin blocks. Then around the year 2000 I sewed the log cabin blocks onto the outside area of the center piece of DP blocks. By this time, my sons were growing up and I then began working outside the home and more time evaporated until 2003 when we moved north. Then I took it out again and began to try and put towards a finished stage, but the I only had on hand a reused muslin which began unruly and wouldn't cooperate and lie flat on the border. So it went back into the bin until 2008 when I found a great chunk of 100% cotton curtain or table cloth weight of fabric. I decided it was just busy enough to lend itself to the whole quilt. I sewed on the second border right behind the muslin, then pinned the muslin down and took a pair of scissors and with no template, cut the wavy border out that way. Appliqued it down with a hand blind stitch onto the busy outer border. Then I discovered Fishskin Fabric, www.fishskinfabric.com and fell in love with that floral print from Amy Butlers line of fabric.
This quilt was machine quilted last weekend at the Rough Acres Bible Camp in Houston, BC www.roughacresbiblecamp.com and I'm planning on picking out a nice darker colored binding to sew on this weekend.
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
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
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