Monday, October 28, 2013

Smithers Centennial Quilt {Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013}

I'm linking up with Amy's Creative Side who twice a year hosts this Bloggers Quilt Festival.

In the photo below it shows the finished quilt that I made to commemorate our  northern Town of Smithers 100th Birthday! This is my story of what I learned.

I have been learning more about quilting since I was 14 yrs old when I met my high school Textile teacher, Miss Hepburn, now Mrs. Summerskill. Unfortunately, she passed away earlier this year and she would have been so impressed that the scrawny tomboy of Gr. 8 had reached new opportunities of learning.

I learned from Mrs. Summerskill that no one should tell me what to do. That I should take the time to 'think' and 'plan' and to just be yourself. This was very good advice to a young budding quilter.

Sometimes though, we can get lost in the keeping up with all the other blogger's doing all sorts of lovely quilts. Sometimes, we lost in an illness that strikes you down and holds you captive. I keep on learning every day.

This particular quilt made me stretch my design and capabilities to new heights. I was very fortunate to do a piece so auspicious in nature that it will be here in another 100 years from now, not many of us can leave a legacy like that.
From this I learned that if you don't try new things, you'll always be held  back from your true nature. 
Stretching your mind and your muscles is good for you!

I was also very thrilled to have 6 other artists help me with their own interpretations of our valley for this quilt. For the full story of this quilt please go here.

I learned a little bit about the First Nations community of the Wet'suwet'en people who were first in this valley for hundreds of years before we Europeans arrived. This simple slabs of log home with dancer's in the night is my limited interpretation of their culture and its so rich and true.
I've lived most of my life in the north and in the north also live many First Nations and they are mostly kind, gentle, mischievous and friendly.
Their culture is proud and filled with ceremonial rituals that I find fascinating.

I have many of the young adventurous bloggers like Leah Day, who are tremendously audacious with risk taking, so I could too, take risks in machine quilting. I learned more on this project to stretch and believe in your work and for this I say thank you, Leah!

Below, I felt priveledged to make the black and white photo come to life in this colour representation of the namesake of Smithers. Sir Alfred Smithers had a family member come to Smithers this past summer to say thank you!

I was very happy to profile a young and very talented First Nations artist who made these fish below, Todd Tracey Lace can be found online at Wet'suwet'en Native Arts and Crafts.

I took more risks as I went along. I'm so thankful that I learned a new way to thread paint as I did for Sir Alfred Smithers, our namesake.

I played with fabric and rick rack to achieve the landscape scene of Babine Mountain Range with more thread in a more expressive way than ever before.

I am in love with crazy quilting and even here, I stretched and played with a new freedom like never before. I appliqued on the birds and butterflies and then stitched over top again with more hand embroidered threads and machine quilting to expand this make believe scene of the wilderness that we live in that needs our attention to increased environmental protection from the increased demand for minerals that our northern soil has kept secret for many hundreds of years. I tried to say this statement without offending anyone in our community.

I played with machine embroidery in this rose and then free hand created the translucent leaves in machine quilting.
My hope for all readers to think back to when you wanted to try something new and hesitated for fear of looking silly, I urge you to be silly, you never know where it will take you:)

I didn't have anything fancy like a light box to transfer all the various felt pen structures onto the foundation of my style of thread painting. You can do what you want to do, you just have to take risks. I found the light!

I found new experiments with doilies and corduroy, this engine of the train is actually a version of trapunto, but you can only really see this up close and personal.

So this quilt is my entry into the category of Blogger's Quilt Festival- Art Quilts and if you click on the link above  you can go and see my work and many others who have entered this great contest. 

If you like my story and this quilt, please vote for Smithers Centennial Quilt in in Art Quilts.

Take care, thanks for reading and do leave me a comment! I love comments.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Canadian Birds {Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013}

Its time again for the Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013 hosted by Amy's Creative Side, thanks Amy for doing all this to organize it!

I thought maybe, I'd enter my favourite quilt in the category of:

  • Favorite hand quilted quilt
  • Please vote for my Canadian Birds in the category of Hand Quilting.

You may have seen this one in past posts of mine and its really a dream come true to have in on my bed all winter long. I'm itching for snow to come, then it can come permanently on the  bed for the winter. My hubby and I have a 'thing' about 'warm' quilts. He's the furnace and I'm the chillin cold feet person.

This quilt entitled "Canadian Birds" is my own design, hand quilted by me and it took me about 6 1/2 months of hand quilting in the evenings only, to complete the whole hand quilting.

But there is so much more to this quilt. It endured 5 home relocations across one end of British Columbia and many starts and then was put away, so many times that it actually took 12 years to finish it.

The photo above is me at a fun quilting retreat that I attended in Port Coquitlam with Quilters Connection Magazine. The ladies helped encourage me to finish it! And I did.

This is what it looks like on our  bed! This quilt is exactly 120 in. by 120 in. and the batting is wool batting, it makes it slightly heavier than other quilts with cotton batting, but it makes it sooooo warm and lovely, I can hardly wait for snow to come!

This quilt is my husband's quilt. I made it for him because he's a biologist and told me about the fabric that was limited edition called Endangered Birds of Canada I think, he'd seen it the window of a fabric store! Good on him for even looking. Quilters husband's are cool!

I hand quilted the whole quilt between Jan and June of 2012 on the hoop that I won for my winning entry of Silver Linings Crazy Quilt.

I have seen many quilts from the past using what I think is a clamshell type of half circle. I decided to do this style on the outside borders of this quilt. I am self taught  in hand quilting, except once I happened to be in Washington state and witnessed the quilter awarded

I have laid a line of hand quilting along the center and outside of each flower, then outside of the block. I love the soft texture of hand quilting that simply cannot be matched by any machine. My only wish is that I had friends to quilt something this big with, to chat with and scheme on new quilts, just like an old fashioned quilting bee. I really love this blue tree fabric from Cloud 9 Fabric, who specializes in organic fabric.

  • Please vote for my Canadian Birds in the category of Hand Quilting.
  • Remember to vote for my quilt in Hand Quilting on November 1 – 7 – Vote for your favourites in each of the categories

  • Thanks for reading and seeing my hand quilting. This was a thick quilt to actually hand quilt and so my stitches are not perfectly 10 stitches to one rock.

Bye for now, Carli

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Midnight Over the Oasis Center Block

I've happily picked out 16 colours for the triangle pieces for the MOTO QA with The Elven Garden  blog and Jen Kingwell.

 I've been listening to CBC Radio from Canada on various topics and quietly hand cut my triangles. But this was not before I took a lengthy read through the tips on accurate hand piecing from  "Playful Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki" review from Playful Patchwork. 

 I've learned to be exact in cutting out the hand cut triangle pieces.

The hand stitching of the piecing went really well, I'm quite happy with this first triangle.

Then, all four came together in about 3.5 hrs of hand stitching. So not too bad in terms of length of time to hand stitch. The my camera went on the fritz!

My friend Betsy, went for the paper piecing method, see photo below for Quilting Fiesta, you can follow her progress too:)

Very cool Betsy, these are all going to be so different! I really like the calm effect of the darker color for the background.

I couldn't post this on Oct 18 and I was really bummed with that and so ta da, my camera is fixed and here is my version of the center block.

So here's the report on hand piecing. 
  • Don't start until you read cover to cover any book on  hand piecing. I've learned the hard way to be precise with moving around and through seams. I skipped a few chapters:)
  • Don't blend used and new cotton together, one has attitude and one is compliant. I had to learn this after the background piece of blue plaid is wild and wooly! Going to have pay close attention to this and I've decided its got to be hand quilted.
Take care, talk soon, Carli
So onto the next part, first border.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tropical Punch Crazy Quilt

I often take my quilts in progress with me when I'm camping. 

Summer of 2012 I started up Tropical Punch Crazy Quilt. I love to throw colours together and voila, you've got something that begins to speak to you.

Really? Speaking quilts!

The quilts tell me what they want, not the other way around.

These two sisters are talking the same language!

Layered combination stitches greet each other with warm open arms.

Imagine, it all started here with a block that is saying, "Carli, I'm naked, I need some stitches to cover up my nudity!"

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network!

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

New Carli's Crazy Quilting Tutorial Page

Heh, every once in a while, we all need a little renovation and this time it was my crazy quilting page. 

So please, get a cup of java and be prepared to see not yet all of my crazy quilts on this new page.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Menopausal Monday-I'm thankful!

If you click on the photo above, you can read the story of of two people trying to have a baby and their story. Very emotional and candid blog, makes for very good reading. I feel so blessed that we have two sons.

I'm thankful for a happy and loving marriage to one man since 1984. for my two kind and considerate sons, who walk the earth now as men and for my girlfriends!

Special thanks for the foot bath and foot massage from you know who! The following photo is for you!

Your geese are being invisible, hiding their flock.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

I'm joining up-Midnight Over the Oasis

I love a round robin quilt-fest! You know where you gather a bunch of quilters, exchange fabric, except this is all online, isn't the Internet wonderful!! And you just make it and quilt along, yeh for quilt alongs.

This lovely quilt is the quilt I'm joining up with to make. I fell in love the first time I saw it somewhere on the Internet. Then you know how it goes, other interesting blogs came along and I forgot about it.

Then I purchased July/August of Quilt Mania, my favourite quilting magazine. And there it was, the pattern to Midnight Over the Oasis. 

This is my assortment of fabrics mostly from Art Gallery Fabrics. I've got a green chunk of Kaffe Fassett and Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics too.

I will talk to you soon! Have a great Thanksgiving weekend for those of us in Canada.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wedding Rings Lost

As I mentioned in another posting, I've had a rough summer, we refer to it as "The Lost Summer." Really!

To add to the already trying times, I had an accident in mid June. I was on vacation and suffered whiplash and a concussion. I know, bummer heh? 
Yes, it involved the ambulance and attendants to put me on a spine board, neck brace, warm blankets and a dizzy ride to the local hospital. They transferred me to their local tiny outpost of a Stewart Hospital with awesome staff. I was hardly with it, if you know what I mean. The pain was VERY intense, my head was developing a nice big goose egg, I had a whopper of a headache, my neck, upper shoulders and my back all hurt. 

I had to have xrays, I was asked to stand, I couldn't and almost went crashing to the ground if it hadn't been for this tiny Asian female doctor in training, who caught me! From then on, I was sitting and getting the xrays done.

Well, the long and short of this posting is lament on my own two lost wedding rings given to me by my sweetie. I was in a daze for several days and didn't notice I didn't have on my one of two wedding rings. You see, I lost one before, that is how I came to have two, so I'm obviously not to be trusted with wedding rings.

These two photos are quilts kept by my friend, the one with two more quilts in her hands. My friend Nola and her daughter were the quilt holders that day. 

I feel so bad about loosing these two rings. I know I had them on while on that trip. I can't remember what happened after I crashed into the window frame and didn't think about them for several weeks. I searched the entire house, the truck, the camper, my various bags and still nothing has turned up.

Have you lost your own wedding ring?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Melisa's Bears, you'll love them!

I feeling pretty good today. I've recently had a time this summer. You know all kinds of BS that tangle you up and hold down your creativity. I've sure you've all felt that and I thought I love to introduce a local artist who make these tiny bears in fur and they are so unique,  you're gonna love these.

Click on the image below to go directly to her site.

We are both located in the Bulkley Valley/Northwest region of British Columbia. Melisa ships world wide without charge,  her work is a fabulous one of a kind piece, please do go and check it out.

Imagine your own creation on commission for that very special person?

 Your favourite pet?

Your work and lifestyle, just for the best gift you can imagine.

My own sweet companion, Rusty, who knew this could be done!

Maybe a you can commission her to make a one of our rare Kermode  bear, inhabiting the Northwest Region of B.C. They are a white black bear.

Melisa is a talented lady and from her EBay site, her work is popular. I'm so glad to have hooked up with her. I'd love to see a show of her work.

Meanwhile this is where I started months ago for my own self portrait in Thread Painting, more to come as progress happens. What are you up to my friend? 

I love comments, take care, Carli

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Northern B.C Hand Quilting Celebration

Carli Heinrichs, from Telkwa, British Columbia, Canada 

I started hand quilting after I attended a quilt show in Washington about 15 years ago while participating with a carpool of quilters from Republic, Wash. I can't remember where it was, but I watched the Governor's Award recipient do her hand quilting demo. I was so amazed and realized that it just took lots of practice. I thank this lady for my start.

First up is my precious Altered Magic Tiles, I couldn't seem to just stick with it where the instructions said to stop. 

Up next is the mega projects written about in this post "Canadian Birds and Giveaway" which I posted about on July 4th, 2012. 

Its on our bed over the winter. This quilt is filled with a light layer of wool batting. It was dense in some places to quilt and easy peasy in others. But I recommend it if you like to sleep in a cool room warm and toasty under a wool lined quilt.

A retreat friend of mine took this photo. Had such fun working on this at that retreat, it helped get motivated to finish it as it sat as a UFO for 12 years. Read about at this posting.

Then up next is our youngest son's graduation quilt. He chose to enter the military and I had the pleasure of keeping it our home for several years, but now he's proud as punch with his hand quilted Mamma made quilt just for Paul.

Stitched along each seam, took forever, but was well worth it.

Our handsome Paul loves it and it became his Christmas present a few years back.

I recommend starting something smaller to work on so you get the hang of the peaceful path of no resistance of hand quilting. Hand quilting is obviously not for everyone, but its so quiet, you can watch your favourite show or listen to the radio while you watch your quiet work become done. This little pineapple welcome quilt is another one that sat for a long time as a UFO, then I had revived energy to start back to its completion.

This little "Hexie Flower" holds a special place in my heart. I had begun the hexie's in the summer of 2005, then we went on a vacation to the fabulous Haida Gaii, while we were visiting being a tourist, we crashed at a campsite on the quiet side of one of the islands and just fell in love with the long beaches and warm  breezes. I completed it there.

So these the main items I've hand quilted. I don't consider myself an expert by any means and I thank the many other hand quilters who have encouraged me online and so glad to have found this blog. 

Hope you've enjoyed my projects and I too, encourage you to be brave and start hand quilting, there is no machine that can replicate the tiny hand made stitches of hand quilting.

I'm linking up a second time with "Celebrate Hand Quilting Blog Hop" go and check out the other great projects and awesome quilting done by hand!

By for now, Carli

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