Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Feb 1st Giveaway!

Are you a snorer? You know what I mean when I say, "It drives people crazy!" and that was my hubby. I apparently snore. Who  knows for sure, you are not awake or paying attention to what's  happening while you sleep, right?

I decided to start listing this advertiser after I tried their Rematee Anti-Snore Bumper Belt and our son went into the business of snore aids for Canadians.

I was amazed at the results. I wear mine over a nightie or if you are a guy, a t-shirt would  be appropriate. It fits nice and snug and with the adjustments you can make, I'm positive that if I can get it to fit over my breasts, then anyone can fit it properly.

So there you have it, if you snore, this product is a reasonable priced way to alleviate the snoring that keeps everyone awake.

How To Win?

Simply go  by their website and place an order. If you are the first order placed on Feb 1, then they will refund you the entire cost taxes and all.
You can't lose, if you are not happy with the product in 30 days, just return it.

 I endorse the Rematee Anti-Snore Bumper Belt. One Stop Snore Shop recognized a need, so Canadians didn't have to pay extra importation duties at the border.

They offer a 30 day money back return, free shipping for all Canadian Provinces and it works!

Go check it out!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Start Crazy Quilting with CQA2014

 Starting a crazy quilt often starts with a block of foundation fabric, I prefer to use muslin. I find that its forgiving as second and third layers of fabric pile up and you only notice this when you begin hand embroidery.
I begin by starting in the middle, others will tell you that you've got to start here or there. But after 20 or so crazy quilts, I start where I like to and I suggest this only as something that works for me. Place one fabric chunk ( 5 sided first piece is nice)

Moving reflectively across the block add new and interesting fabrics to the block KEEPING in mind that you always want to cover off any raw edges. Continue as you go. Its fun and there are no rules. Except for covering raw edges.

Always press each new added fabric chunk.

Here is my "Winter" seasonal block for our upcoming
"Four Seasons Crazy Quilt" If you are participating with the Crazy Quilt Along 2014.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fat Burning Soup-I lost 10 lbs in 7 days!!

Print Version is posted on side bar.

Hello everyone, if you are trying to loose weight and don't believe all the scams of loosing weight out there, please try this little recipe. Its as simple as its written. I did the experiment, I wondered about the claim, but decided that if I lost only 2 lbs, that is better than loosing no pounds. I just wanted to loose weight and I had mostly all of the ingredients in my fridge anyway, so here it goes.

The Basic Fat Burning Soup

1 can diced tomatoes
2-3 single green onions, chopped
1/2 bunch celery, chopped into 1/2 in. chunks or bigger
2 green peppers chopped ( I used yellow peppers)
1 pkge. Lipton soup mix ( I used 5 cubes of McCormick's all vegetable Bouillon)
1 litre of beef broth, unsalted or salted
4 cups water
2 cans of green  beans
6 med-large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and chopped ( I didn't have one, plus I don't like them)

Put all this into a large pot, add spices as you see fit, (just not anything prepared that includes any gluten or carbs of some sort)
Boil fast for about 10 minutes, then reduce to simmer until just tender.
Remove from the stove and eat.

  • This soup can be eaten anytime you are hungry.
  • Eat as much of the soup any day as you wish. 
  • This soup will not add calories.
  • The more soup you eat, the more you will lose. 
  • Fill a thermos for you that are working outside of home and eat ANYTIME you get hungry!
Beverages allowed: unsweetened juices, tea, coffee, cranberry juice or water.

Very important to drink 6-8 large glasses of water every day.

(This recipe started for me when someone handed me this photocopy at a ladies meeting and said it worked. I looked at it and wondered and when I got home I put it somewhere safe. 17 yrs later I find it in a file folder I was cleaning out)

Warning! -If eaten alone for indefinite periods of time, you may suffer malnutrition

Day One: Eat only soup and fruit today. Any fruit (Except Bananas) cantaloupe and watermelon are lower in calories that most other fruits. Lots of water.

Day Two: All vegetables eat until are stuffed with all fresh, raw or canned vegetables you want, try to eat green leafy vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas or corn. Eat veggies and the soup. At dinner tonight, reward yourself with a baked potatoe and small amount of butter, spices if you like. Don't eat fruit today! Lots of water.

Day Three: Eat all the soup, fruit and vegetables you want. Do not have a baked potatoe or any bananas today. Lots of water.

(If you have eaten as above for three days with no cheating. You should find you have lost 5-7 lbs)

Day Four: Bananas and skim milk and soup. Eat at least three bananas and drink as much skim milk and you can today, along with the soup. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates, proteins and calcium today to lessen the craving for sweets. Lots of water.

Day Five: Beef and tomatoes. You may have 10 - 20 ounces of beef and can of tomatoes or as many as 6 fresh tomotoes today. Be sure you eat the soup at least once this day. Lots of water.

Day Six: Beef, veggies and soup. Eat until your hearts content of the beef and veggies today. Again be sure you eat the soup at least once this day. You can even have more than one steak if you like, with green leafy veggies. Lots of water.

Day Seven: Brown rice, soup and veggies today. Be sure to stuff  yourself and eat lots of soup too! Lots of water.

By the end of the 7th day if you have not cheated on this diet, you should have lost 10 -17 lbs. If you have lost more than 15 lbs, stay off the diet for two days before resuming the diet again.

Begin again if you wish.

Notes: This diet is about eliminating the sauces, treatsy, snacky and premade tasty sweets we love so much. Be kind and pass them up! Any prescribed medication will not hurt you on this diet. Continue the diet plan as long as you wish and feel the difference mentally and physically.

DON'T EAT ANY bread, alcohol, carbonated or sweetened drinks, including no diet drinks or any fried foods.

DO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER- Drink at least 6-8 large glasses of water each day, this includes the combination of coffee, tea and unsweetened juices. Drink only skim milk on the day recommended.

This diet comes from the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital. It is designed and used for patients who are overweight and need to loose weight fast. 

Good Luck and have fun with loosing the weight!

My story: Currently I've lost 10 lbs. I'm taking two days off and then starting the diet again. I intend to continue until I'm so bored with it that I must take a considerable break from this diet. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Thank you 2013!

I recently read the  heartfelt summary of Esther's 2013 quilting year over at IPATCH. I just loved how she had laid everything out in a nice and friendly way. Her projects, her patterns and then her giveaway! 
But the most outstanding detail of Esther is that she's only been writing her blog for only one year!

If you haven't been over and checked out her stuff, then you are really missing out. Esther is a school teacher by day and a quilter by night. I've enjoyed reading her blog for about 6 months or so.I have one of her patterns on my Craftsy Wishlist. Its the Take A Bow A&B.

I decided I'd look back on my 2013 and see what I've done. Actually looking back on my past year, its been super busy and I did lots of family visiting this past year.

To start out in January 2012, I was well into the deep, intimate work of the Smithers 2013 Centennial Quilt. I began the year with this posting of the work being done on the Green Forest Crazy Block, this post is full of information on the previous 2012 work on the Smithers 2013 Centennial Quilt.

Fortunately,  I have my sweetie who takes care of me and he swooped me away for two vacations this year and I really needed it.

My friend Charrine on the left, showing off her hand made blankets, this image contains a link to her Facebook page for more information. Aren't they gorgeous??

I joined in with Jess over at The Elven Garden in her quilt along. 

And of course, my "Beach House Crazy Quilt" was accepted into the "O Canada" special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival and Market. It was packed up and moved several times throughout 2013 in the USA. This made my 2013 ever so special, thank you to all my readers, email and otherwise.

I'm off to another great year, 2014 here we are!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Crazy Quilt Along 2014- Threads and Stitches

Hello friends and quilters, I'm back from a nasty flu/cold thing that just laid me flat out!
I'm really happy to share that this Crazy Quilt Along 2014 is open to anyone! So do follow me!

 Stitching below is from an experienced embroidery nut, who crazy quilts all the time, I'm raising my hand.

Don't fret and think this is what I might  be expecting of my new friends participating in our CQA2014. 

I'm not expecting anything other than participating and sharing a link to your blog when you comment.

Your three stitches to concentrate on if you are a beginner are the Blanket Stitch, Chain Stitch and the Daisy Stitch

That is all, I don't want you to get stressed about anything we are doing  here in this quilt along. Compare these two photos by going back and forth and seeing the difference from a beginner (BELOW PHOTO) and an experienced crazy quilter (ABOVE PHOTO)
The photo below is from my winning quilt "Silver Linings Crazy Quilt 2004" below and I've left the actual size so you zoom in.

Any thread that can make a nice clean stitch is a good thread in my mind. 

  • When I use embroidery floss, it depends on the impact I wan the stitch to have in my work. If its high impact, I'll use as is, full 6 strands, without dividing strands of the color I'm using.
  • Lots of time to begin with, you can use all 6 strands, why complicate things?
  • Almost all the time, I split the 6 strands into 3 strands and go and carry on stitching.
  • I keep a length of strand to no more than 16 inches. 
  • I also transfer the newly purchased embroidery floss to a cardboard keeper that you can purchase too. I rewind the entire new color onto these cardboard papers and then they are easier to keep in a plastic embroidery floss carrier.
  • I've used metallic and I will say this about those little beggars. They are tricky and totally different brand to brand and they can be tricky to stitch with, so if you are a beginner, then I'd say maybe leave the metalics until you are past a beginner stage. If you have already used other threads then metallic thread is a go ahead for you.
  • I don't use antique threads, well because they are antique and have broken too many times for me to count, so they are OUT of my attention completely. That's just me. 


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Colds and curling up!

Hello followers, new and old, thank you for popping in on my Crazy Quilt Along 2014. I unfortunately have come down with a cold and you know what, stacks of tissue paper. I will return as soon as I'm well enough to post. See you soon! I'm trying to work on some hand embroidery while sleeping and getting better.

See you soon!

Thank you to stock images on google for lending this helpful image of someone blowing their nose. Cheers!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sorry Readers! I'm just learning.

I'm just learning how to make up a linky party and doing it with Linky Tools. Has anyone used these tools before, because I'm  not finding this process easy so far, your thoughts and comments please?
 I made this cute table runner for my friend in Glenvowel, near Hazelton, B.C.

Do tell, who do you use for a linky party?

I'd love to know, common, spill the beans, who do you love to host your Linky Party's?


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Call all Canadian quilters?

So are you Canadian? Are you a weaver, knitter, crocheter, sewer enthusiasts?

Contact me at carlilthequilter@ gmail (dot) com, I'd love to share your story with our network. Now come on, don't be shy??

We at The Needle & Thread Network want to hear from you if you live in downtown TO or you live in the remote areas of our Arctic?
We want to empower others to get to know you and your blog, so let us in, after all, we're Canadian too!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Stitching and the blues

I have more time than some, I'm dealing with pain on a fairly regular basis in a spontaneous kind of way. I listen to alot of blues music. I'm limited shall we say. My hubby is a one man band and I'm constantly listening to blue via You Tube videos. Its great!

This is one that I like alot!

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Today I was telling my CAQ2014 new friends that crazy quilting for me was something that came from the soul. It fed me, just like water to a parched traveler would on a weary way. CQ has been a pleasurable ride with lots of learning curves along the way. Sometimes I get the  blues wishing things were different. Listening to so much blues has reminded me that I shall overcome!

Some online bloggers have everything all organized down to the minute details of a blog posting. I don't. I am not so inclined to let the  blogging of my work get in the way of relaxed times spent with loved ones, with my hubby and living our lives as they should be, together.
 I get alot of stuff done and organized and this why I bring this up because I've started on the Winter Block of the Four Seasons Crazy Quilt that we are making on our CQA class. 

In my mind its the right time with snow on the ground, dark and overcast, sometimes snowing. These are the kind of days around me. Its the perfect time to make this winter block, my surrounding so inspire me!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Just thinking?

Have you heard of the Story of Stuff?

I'm having a  blast going through all sorts of things in my studio and on my old computer, just to be 100% sure that everything has been transferred to my new Christmas present.

I found this and thought it to very poignant reminder that all things go around and sometimes that go around is just a reminder that we all need to make some significant changes in what we buy, what we throw away and how can we all have a novel way to tell others about it.

Please visit the web site and founder of The Story of Stuff.

My own quiet moment of realizing that I too, have a footprint on this earth as we all do and this helps me to realize the insanity of collecting stuff.

Got to Love it,


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Calling All Canadian Fibre Enthusiasts


We had the most wonderful Christmas with our family. We reserved a local lakefront cabin for our sons and girlfriends, we had such a great time and I received such enthusiasm from them about my blog! Its really nice to have this support and encouragement.

 I'm hoping all of you are ready for a great 2014!

I've so much on the go and in progress and the planning! Wow, even my husband is impressed with my planning abilities and I'm grateful to have a great hubby who takes my hand and leads me to an improved planner relationship with my work.

And so in the planning is my recent decision to help out with the lovely Monika of My Sweet Prairie blog. Now if you haven't seen her work, you are in for an extraordinary look into a busy full time Mom and artist who portrays our Beautiful Canadian Prairies in thread!

Things like this.

So who are you? Canadian Fibre Bloggers are called to attention. We'd love to profile you, your work, your creations and whatever else you'd like to share with us. We don't place you advertising on TNTN post of your profile, just so you know and what's wonderful about all this is, we are all Canadian and helping each other.

You don't have to be a professional, you don't have to be the best blogger, we just want to profile anyone doing anything with fibre in Canada.

And you guessed it, I'm helping out with this special blog The Needle & Thread Network.

So do contact me at carlithequilter@gmail (DOT) com

All the best and I'm back to fun!


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