Thursday, January 31, 2013

Smithers 2013 Centennial Quilt- Purple Fireweed

The Bulkley Valley is an awesome place to live.

Really, I'm not just saying this because I am making this quilt that commemorates the 100 years it took to become the lively and industrious town today.

Our valley is full of musicians and astists, hence, we sometimes call it the "Nelson North" and only those who live in the Kootenay area of BC would know what I'm talking about!

Festivals happen year round in the Bulkley Valley. Music, art and cultural festival are ongoing!

When I began to represent the choices of flora and fauna from my facebook page when asked what did people think of the most important areas. I took this to  heart and began trying to vision what my skills and descriptive artwork of floral began in my head.

I tried to think of the colors to choose for one area of color, in respect to the other interesting and vibrantly colored blocks that the Centennial quilt displays. Artists from my home valley contributed to this quilt and you can find all the other posts by clicking on an image that connects to a title on my new layout.

The lively, beautiful crops of fireweed that grows so prolifically here in the most parts of Canada fill the road sides and hillsides in the Bulkley Valley.

This crazy quilting piece which is still in progress is my vision of the audacious color of purple fills the landscape with rich purple flower petals blowing softly in the breeze of summer.

The crazy quilting pieces in this quilt were sewn together by my friend Nola and then I completed the blocks with hand embroidery embellishments. Without Nola's help these blocks would not have become part of the Smithers Centennial Quilt.

Thank you my best gal pal, Nola Weston of Telkwa!

All the best,


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Smithers Centennial 2013 Progress Report-Words

Sometimes a few words can say more.

These are the words that will be on the top of the Smithers 2013 Centennial Quilt. Left alone, as is these words are quite  boring, so of course I had to play with them and I have these photos for you to see where or what could come of this 'play'

The sketch above is par of the beginning of this quilt. Many parts have evolved and adapted into a different version as you'll see in the remaining two photos.

I wanted a dark, maybe even black background, but as time went on, with numerous shifting and moving, I realised that black was just too  black. What I was really going for was a darker background to make all the artist scapes pop.

This was taken a few months ago when I began playing with how to get acrylic paintings into the quilt.

I've had some really positive comments and helpful tips on transferring artwork to fabric and I thank you all for those insightful comments. Learning new stuff is what quilting is all about. 

All the best,


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Space, Repurposed

Every time the new year comes by, I hear resolutions that often go by the wayside. I didn't make any, nor do I have any unfulfilled resolutions from last year, to be guilty about.  

You know what I mean? I'm cruising the path my life is on and that's very cool. I acknowledge all my actions to be truthful, kind and dedicated to peace.

I work and I play. I play to the music of good blues players, swaying to the beat while cutting out fabric or sewing blocks. But the main thing is I live in the moment of the experience. I let go and drink a glass wine or two. I believe I may as well have fun while quilting. 

How would you describe feeling in the moment?

As you all know who faithfully read my  blog, know that I like to reuse and I like to experiment with different ways of reusing.  
Hence, I make do with many things before buying new stuff. Because after all, its stuff. I can't TAKE any of it with me when I die, so I intend to have fun with my stash. Here are some ways that I make do and reduce my consumption of goods.

 This is a crappy poorly lit photo, sorry. But I reused tiles, painstakingly removing all the previous glue and grout from almost everyone. They are both  handsome in my kitchen and provide a great place to hang up my pots.

Playing with fabric of all kinds. I love to feel the life in used clothing, I let my fingers slide along the satin of a wedding dress and wonder of how this dress may have found itself in a landfill reuse shed? Had it  been the dress worn by the girl who was the life of the party? Or was it worn by a wealthy woman who didn't think about the cost of it? Was it an antique? Did it sit in someone's 'hope chest' somewhere for decades?

We live in a humble trailer home with an addition. Many of our items that we consider dear to our comforts of home are reused, They are comfortable and user friendly with out any electric back warmers or slider gizmo's, just simple furniture.

My sewing room is the same, recently I too, did a major clearing out and culling of crap that is perhaps useful to someone else. But  you can see how much is actually repurposed and convenient. I did buy several dozen plastic shoe boxes to hold small snippets of fabric.

Don't have more space than what I have. We're completely comfortable, happy and secure where we live. But to be honest, my space was a little cluttered.

Now, its like a fresh space just for me. Its like seeing the break of foul weather and the sun coming through.

Ahhhhh...onto the Centennial Quilt.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Changes- Smithers Centennial Quilt

I tried  how to take an acrylic painting and put it directly into the quilt.

This one to be exact.

My poor little Janome was beside herself with my request. First the walking foot didn't like it under foot.  It stuck, snagged and generally didn't want to move with the the surface of the painting. I stopped.

I pondered the consequences of loosing my machine. I didn't like that image in my mind.

So then I trimmed this next painting that my friend Martha painted and is holding, to more the size of the block I needed.

My trimming allowed the opportunity to play with the 'trimmings' from Alpine Al  block that Martha depicts in her acrylic painting.

I tried placing voile between my walking foot and the surface of the painting strip. Its sputtered and created an uneven kind of gait in my machine.

Then I noticed my needle. I was too aghast to grab a photo of it. I immediately realized my folly was not with the foot,, but rather I was gumming up my machine internally!


So I reached for the phone and called Terri of Bulkley Cleaners in Smithers, "Help, how do I get a fabric version of a painting?" I was in a state! The late hour of Centennial Quilt made me thinking I was looking at sending out the paintings to somewhere like Prince George or to an online destination with a larger centre.  I worried about liability, posting things in the mail v/s a courier service. The cost was starting to mount from my personal bank account.

I learned that I can take a photo, have it scanned, resize to fit their transfer paper, then printed and then transferred to fabric!

OMG Who would have thought?

I'm fairly confident that many of you may already know this, but I didn't!

Whoa Nelly, what else can I do?

Thanks for reading, hope to see you here soon again. Special hello to my 50th follower Natalia. Just because!


Fifty Something Maybe?

My blog now has 50 members!!

Unbelievable to a 50-something female who hardly understood what the Internet was until about 1997!

Now, look at me, I'm growing, I'm learning and interacting with my world. I decided that what I write about, others could make use and its kind of like being a teacher of a digital craft gathering. Where I set the agenda, my goals, how they relate to my world and why what I say matters.

 Who would have known we'd hang around and listen to each other. So welcome my fifty follower's! 

Sit back and listen to my ramblings and we'll see who else wants to know what I say in my blog. I'm singing in the rain.  Writing this while listening to Michael Jerome Brown, Canadian Blues Singer who satisfies my musical groove.

My old man in the pale yellow is singing and playing with his good friend Derek. Grooving this past summer, in the warm summer nights when the sunlight lingers across the north later into the day.

I thought I'd tell you more about myself as my way of celebrating this memorable moment.

I work as Supervisor/Manager for Sunshine Inn-Houston.
I live in rural Telkwa of the Bulkley Valley in Northern B.C.
I love and enjoy quilting in every way!
I love to fish for king salmon, sockeye salmon and trout.
I live a totally gluten-free lifestyle.
I enjoy being part of my community in a volunteer way!

Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment! I was so impressed by the stats on my blog. Another new member who can listen, enjoy and leave a comment. I enjoy reading them all and thank you to all of you who want to see what I'm going to do next!

Lots of ideas and plans and dreams.....


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Countdown 2013

I am alone with the creative urgency that brews inside of me. Its a spark that keeps coming back. Much like the new growth of springtime after a long cold winter.

The creation of the Smithers 2013 Centennial Quilt has been and continues to be the most promising of all my work so far!
A challenge that may have scared off some, but for me its a rise to the occasion kind of moment. I don't want to be one who would say, "I should have done this or that?"
 I believe that I make my own future and all the quilts that have yet to come are inside me still. I intend to stitch and quilt until my last breath.
I am an independant quilter for sure!
I rarely use a pattern.
I rarely seek consultation with others about colors.
I rarely ask for help.
 But this project was an asking, taking and a giving experience with the 7 other artists collaborating on this vision.
 Its one that I'll not forget, ever! I thank Perry Rath, Linda Stringfellow, Martha Wertz, Nicole Tessier, Nola Weston, Todd Lace and Charrine Lace.
But most importantly, my husband came up from the river to fill the void of a missing block. I had a late loss of one of our quilters. Its bound to happen on a project that spans 15 months!
He painted a lovely scene of winter poplar trees, a scene filled with shadows and the greyness of winter. Its got to be part of the Centennial Quilt as well. Because anyone who lives in the Bulkley Valley has seen a scene like this thousands of times in any winter.
I will have a photo soon of his new block.
 Lovely workmanship, but snowbirds are these.

So many quilts to make and so little time!

These the items yet to be done for the Smithers Centennial Quilt:

  1. Final recalibrations of measurements for the finished quilt.
  2. Flying Geese, blocks to be made.
  3. Checkerboard blocks to be made.
  4. Half Triangle blocks to be made.
  5. Final scene assembly. ( pieces and blocks hung in the closet waiting)
  6. Piecing  of the final parts.
  7. Labels made and appliqued to pieced back.
  8. Machine Quilting.( This is to be done Free Motion Style, by me, on my Janome!)
  9. Binding and hanging sleeve.
  10. Large quilt 'pillow case' style for transporting the quilt various places.
  11. Presentation for photos.
  12. Public handover of quilt to Town of Smithers Mayor and Council in chambers.
OK, so now do you see where I'm at, so much more to come, to be done and only when I'm not working!
Hope my readers are enjoying my documentation of this very special project. If you haven't entered my giveaway, you  have until Jan 30th to enter.
I'm sending a 1 kg bag of fine silk, satin, velvet and cotton scraps for crazy quilting enthusiasts. Don't worry if you are the winner and don't know how to start, I'm going to be posting a new tutorial for "Crazy Quilting-Carli's Style" in the coming months. So hurry, time is running out.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Green Crazy-New Centennial Quilt Block

Hello and so glad you dropped by!

I'm so thrilled that people still keep reading and following me. I can't than you enough for being interested in what I do.

As you may know I've been a busy quilter working pretty steady on the donation quilt for Town of Smithers to help commerate the 100th Birthday of Smithers, B.C.

Part One can be found here.

As the summer progressed and I bit off finger nails in my preoccupied state of creative madness. I waited for the blocks submitted by seven other artists who made a piece art for the Centennial Quilt.
I fretted, started a new job, had new work schedules, pretty soon I was embroidering at midnight and the wee hours of the morning.

Part Two can be found here.

My good friend Nola, whipped up three blocks made with crazy piecing and then I started onto the hand embroidery embellishment for these blocks. I began with open landscapes in my brain, but as you know, if you are a crazy quilter, the blocks or the quilt done in crazy quilting begin to speak and they tell you what they need. The following blocks are what I started with back in early October 2012.

When the initial crazy is complete, the blocks look kind of haphazard and weird almost, but when you start playing with them, they begin to tell you the story they want to tell.

The first voice that became loud and clear in this one, was it needed more color of the true forest. Each forest is not only green variations of color, but its floor is crowded with brown mushrooms, sticks and weeds gone dead in the fall. In the summer months the northern forest is alive with color, bee's fly about, busy with many duties as the biological cycle of pollinating take place and the flower drift about in a warm breeze. All these images bring color to the choice I make from my supplies.

So this is one more part of the Smithers 2013 Centennial Quilt that is coming to completion. I've got a plan and a woman with a plan is bound to succeed.

If you want even more information on this fascinating quilt?

I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the kind comments, the constant reading of my blog. My loyal followers are such interesting people, many of you have blogs and I've visited all of them. I enjoy reading blogs and so do others. Thanks again for keeping up with this exciting and challenging work I'm doing. I love comments, so let me know where you are in the challenges of your life.

And if you live anywhere near Smithers, Telkwa, Hazelton, Houston, let me know? I love knowing where my readers are in the world. And if  you like, drop join the BV Modern Quilters, we gather for another Quilt In, Saturday, Jan 12.@ Telkwa Christian Reformed Church. 9 am to 4 pm, we welcome all crafters, quilters, beaders and more!

All the best,


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