Thursday, June 26, 2014

Louisa Quilts: A Quilt for Canada Day

Louisa is a former teacher and good friend and this gorgeous "O Canada Day' Quilt is in celebration of our upcoming July 1 Canada Day. 

I've still wondering who is going to be the first blogger to pop into Nathan Cullen's office in the House of Parliament  in Ottawa to take a selfie with my "O Canada " quilt that is a crazy quilt. Good Luck,something special goes out to each and every one of you who do this, the challenge is on!

Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quick Women's Institute Secret Friends

I heard a knock on the door and we live rural, so when it happens and it surprises you, its rate. My WI friend Judy greeted me on the other side of our riverside cabin screen door. Smiling, she announced she was delivering a birthday present to my door from my QWI Secret Friends.

This  beautiful bundle arrived wrapped in this colorful fabric wrap and its such a vibrant color group, its simply happy! I wondered what was inside. It took me by surprise and darn it, that is the idea of our rural women's club's way of bonding. Its total fun!

These colorful wraps are made by a collective of rural Indian women who work hard and dream  big! The not-for-profit organization is self-funded social enterprise that promotes income for the collective of disadvantaged communities.

The following statements is copied from the web site of 

re-wrap Takka Stitching

I am happy to find collectives that need more exposure when the core value is helping disadvantaged women anywhere. My blog supports reuse in quilting and opening eyes to the possibilities! 

I really actively want to share, so if you know of a great collective in textiles, women's economic development, please let me know?

Also, wrapped up is this beautiful hummingbird from Crystal Temptations of Sprectra Swarovski Crystal in the little 24 K. Gold Plated Hummingbird. So sweet! :)

Along with a pretty, girly card with wished from my Secret Friend! 

Then comes the totally yummy brownies, these are the first brownies to eat in 3 years since I was forced to go Gluten Free, but not anymore, so these will be enjoyed over many days. Thank you secret friend!! :)

This is the best birthday I've had since our large family union/family gathering for my 50th birthday!

Then the scrapbook style book " Make Spectacular Books" came into my hands as well. Wow, I'm so touched and what a wonderful gift. I have so much to be grateful for and my day ended with a hilarious version of "Happy Birthday" from some more friends who hung up before I could ask who it was! 

This birthday without a doubt is and incredible memory. So rich is our lives, where we live in such a prosperous country, I am a lucky girl!

Happy Quilting from Carli

Blues Three Hour Table Runner

We all love fast table runners and recently I decided to make up one of these fast runners. I mean fast! In fact I posted about this fast little runner in several older posts. So just to be familiar with how to get started, this is what you need.

1.   Start with 5 fat quarters, one the focus fabric, 2 light colors and 2 dark colors.

Or in colors for an Arctic landscape as this mix of colors!!

Using this same technique I made this awesome throw.

My friend Anne became excited with quilting, then life suggested a different turn and so Anne asked me to make her a table runner from her fabrics and so this is the where the Blues Three Hour Table Runner came to be.

I used Anne's fabrics.

If you want to make one of my Two Hour Table Runner, but before you link up, please read on as I've learned a few more things about this technique that you'd value.

I totally hate picking out a seam, UGH! But I do this on this block because its really easy to get confused and loose the placing of the strips, then you'll have to pick out stitches.

When you have followed along with the tutorial, this is the way that I figure out which is the largest 5 blocks you'll get from this exercise. So I square up one side and then make a cut to trim off the excess.

If your blocks come together in such a way that a large block is possible, then I use my 3.5 in. by 24 in, rectangle ruler to help out the big 16 in. square I use. I make a another cut to get all square up and do this around all sides.

On these blocks today I made another discovery and did one clear slice off set from the center or any way you like it, but just one and see what happens?
 This table runner is cool, soothing blue color prints is almost done, see you soon when this is done! Then onto the skirt for Anne, thank goodness Anne I found the pattern!!

Happy Quilting from Carli

Friday, June 20, 2014

Denim in Log Cabin Blocks

Well, I'm working between outside in the garden and taking the time to rest my back in between. But sometimes its just as good to sit and stitch, this is what I'm working on for hand stitching and catching up on a few projects for friends.

I am always looking for ways to reuse clothing or otherwise fabrics. I know some of you don't think its right to call "USED' cloth fabric. But I'm a free thinker and well, I'm writing this blog so everyone can enjoy working in reuse and this is one of my latest portable projects.

This is my little "lap pad" that I was given years and years ago and so its kind of crumpled now.

I once had a wonderful lady who was a champion hand quilter tell me that to be a really good  hand quilter, you must also hand stitch. Her theory was that the more hand stitching you do, the more you hand remembers the memory of rocking the stitches across the seam. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't but its what I do to keep on doing both.

This photo above show the machine stitched log cabins that are coming along as well.

Plus, I promised Anne her bag and I must confess to you Anne, that I've somehow lost your skirt pattern. Please forgive me, I don't know where it is, but I've searched and I've still not found it, so please call me?

These blue squares for your bag, so I'm showing the rest, it is more fun to have it be a surprise.

This is my gal pals over at the Quick Women's Institute, we met at one of our members home, who has an awesome garden!!

Take care and do call me Anne?


Monday, June 16, 2014

Cora's Quilts- Spring Quilt Along

Yes, I decided to join another "Quilt Along" after having such a great time with "Midnight Over The Oasis" by Jen Kingwell from Australia.

Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Pattern by Jen Kingwell Designs

and my version turned out like this and its finally made it to my pile of "MUST QUILT"

I stopped a wee bit earlier than others but it was a great way to participate with a quilt along.

Cora's Quilts is doing a fun quilt along, mind you, I'm late joining up, but its fun to go at your own pace and the block patterns and finishing the quilt will be up for longer than the July date which ends the quilt along.

I was looking around for a sampler because I've not done a sampler and this cannot go on. I am in and so can you, if its up your alley.

I'm busy today while waiting to help out my hubby on our new greenhouse and potting shed.

Keep on quilting and thanks so much for hanging out and reading about the unfortunate shop that I won't be shopping in ever again. It was a very popular post.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

You can't sell a photocopy of someone's quilt pattern!!

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I've known for a long time that the many quilters I know wantonly photo copy patterns from magazines. 
Some even photo copy a whole pattern from a paper purchase and her friend gladly allowed her or him to do so. 

This practice has always eked me. I even see it going on with plagiarizing of some online work! I think that maybe I'll have my own work plagiarized like this if I teach at her shop? I'd by pissed big time if I knew that had happened to my work. Wouldn't you?

Am I alone in this feeling of giving the author the credit if using someone else's pattern?

This is my lovely "Medusa's Hair" quilt. I made in the mid 1990's and was learning how to work with curves. It holds a ton of memories, it even contains some fabric from my maternity shirts. 

I don't get it? Why is this still going on? I even hear of the odd class being taught by a photocopy of a pattern. But recently my jaw dropped when I heard of a northern BC shop, not far from my home actually, who sold a photocopied "pattern" from a magazine! 

Yep I know you are aghast right? I couldn't believe it and this came from a  beginner quilter. She didn't know any difference, she thought it strange, but didn't say anything. She asked me if it was OK, I was stunned. 

I explained this "OLD" history of quilters doing this and that its not right. Each pattern or work is copyright protected by the author and can only be sold or made over by the new purchase of the same magazine or by the actual hard copy pattern.

Let me know what you think? I just can't believe I heard that!!

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts today as this is my Friday post!

 I'm on a rant, please let me know your opinion on this practice of plagiarizing other designers work?

Take care everyone, have a lovely weekend! I'm helping my hubby construct a cool and easy to do new greenhouse. I'm shooting photos today for the post I'm working on if you want to make a fast and easy greenhouse too!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Afternoon Fun in the Studio

Bags are really fun to make and I've got a few on the go in my studio. I'm preparing for some shows for the summer at various festivals in B.C. A friend called and needed some help with a bag she is making, so we got together and quilted!!

This is what I call the All Round Great Bag and I'm writing up a bag tute for you in a later post.

Myrtle has picked out some awesome colors! And I made my first rhubarb crumb bars in 3 years. Now that I'm not limited to gluten free foods, the door has opened again to some awesome family recipes. More on why I'm not gluten free anymore in another post.

The recipe below.

As our sewing day whined down, I caught some awesome evening photos of my flowers and lilacs.

Then later on I visited another friend of mine and we made cute garden aprons from donated upholstery fabrics.

I sat down last evening to start on my some great jean bags and found this nice surprise in a pocket.

I checked and its worth something like $8.46 in Mexican currency!

That's all for today's post, more on why I'm not gluten free anymore and the flowers of old friends home at our last Women's Institute meeting. Take care, thanks so much for reading my blog posts and we'll be talked again soon.

Just for fun, I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and my crochet blogger that is a great one to follow, Oombacka Design Crochet.

All the best fun quilting,

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Little Bacteria with a Big Punch

I'm in a bit of a shock. I moved into a full blown 'Avoidance of Wheat and Gluten" on June 1 2011. I had tried all sorts of other things and was desperate. You know how it goes, your local GP is concerned  but not the authority on everything and you really need to be in charge of  your health.

I try to keep the ambiance of my environment pollution free, filled with nature and this is why this event is such an eye opener for me.

 I live a pretty clean life.

No more Gluten Free Expense!

I recently accidentally completely ate an ice cream cone to the last lick of my finger! OMG, I was instantly tense when I realized I'd been yacking with my hubby and usually stop at the edge of the cone and chuck it out the window for the crows to eat. But this time I didn't. I simply forgot.

10 days later, I can still eat wheat. I'm keeping it all to minimum but wow, I'm really in shock that I'm not spending the day with cramps and toilet visits.

This is my experience:
  • I had been experiencing acid reflux for years and nothing except antacids gave me any relief. Even with a change in diet to exclude coffee, tea, tomatoe dishes etc. So I took a leap of faith and started to change what I was eating, always with loosing extra weight, but really trying to find a  better way to live for a healthier lifestyle!
  • I've lost weight this year and working hard to keep it off. I blogged about it here with the fat burning soup diet.
  • I've been challenged with the sheer cost of gluten free foods, so this change has  been a dramatic event in my life. I ate my friend Nola's bread the other night and its so good to eat wheat again.
  • I became frustrated last year while dealing with back pain and I finally had some time to search online.
  • I started with "what is H-pylori?" found tonnes of information. The surgeon who did my scope into my stomach suspected H-Pylori. At the time, I didn't know anything about it.

But apparently, its common enough for thousands of people to have the bacteria in their gut and not even know it. So I'm glad that the endoscopy revealed the damage done to my stomach lining. 

Take care and get checked if you any stomach issues.

I recommend these following sites for more information on the little bacteria with a big punch.

I did two events of high doses of antibiotics and then six months later a breath test confirmed it. The H-Pylori bacteria is gone. I can say that my prayers have been answered.

Back to quilting!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dresden's for the Road

Yes, I'm up to my ears in scrappy fabrics for another Dresden Plate quilt of some kind. I know its proper to plan first, but I simply don't work that way. I get an idea and run with it to see what will turn out!

As summer has begun in the beautiful Bulkley Valley area of Northern B.C. the weather has been its usual unpredictable style and its typical for us to have a wee cloudy June. When its raining, its often cool weather and its not as appealing as when its sandals and tank top weather.

I have started with this stack of solids from Mad About Patchwork and I'm really seeing some interesting patterns to play with from this group.

AND if you follow this link to visit this Mad About Patchwork, Canadian online shop, you're in for a treat with solid color Kona Flame Cotton on sale with a bundle of , which I've come to really appreciate with this project.

Kona Flame Spectrum

I'm tempted to buy this bundle, but have lots to work with in the photo below.

I am thankful to have a beautiful, bird song filled place beside the dainty earth vein Bulkley River. I think of rivers as the veins of Mother Earth. They are constantly moving and refreshing themselves.

I found this interesting tutorial at QuiltJane, where she pieces random lengths of scraps to complete crazy pieced fans and its very cool, much like what I'm going to be doing with this solid color.

I'm making all the various little fans and hand piecing the complete fans together while I sit in wait for the mighty King Salmon to bite my hook! 

As you can see in this photo below, my 16 lb salmon is among the smaller Spring Salmon, you'll ever catch on this river system. This photo was on the Skeena River about 100 miles north of where I live.

Take care and keep in touch, I love reading your comments.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thank Adrianne, for her No-Reply Blogger Help

Recently, I received an email from one of dedicated readers and she said that I'm still "a no reply comment blogger." 

I was quite miffed by that and wondered the what the heck you have to do to get this little item changed. I have sought the help of other bloggers and some gave some good advice, but their pages are often different from mine and with all the various settings one has these days, OMG you can get lost!

Then I received an invite to view a new blogger. Happy Hour Projects hosts a information blog on all sorts of quilting, jewelry etc stuff and I started searching her blog for anything she may have written about this "NO-Reply blogger setting" and she did, wow, I've solved my problem I believe. 

Adrianne is one smart cookie and I think, if you know that you are a no-reply  blogger, do read this post she posted in 2012 on her blog, it has  helped me.

Plus, I know it just gets better heh?

You can pop over to her "job site" and if you are into learning about making jewelry, they are hosting a free book on jewelry making, now you can't beat that!!

I did and I glad I did join up with that site because they also have great selections on home decor etc and if that is not enough to make you go "Ya, I can do that" then check out her extensive Pinterest page, OMG, its a treasure chest of good ideas and practical projects to fit anyone's  budget.

So this is my little way of saying "Thank you Adrianne" for helping me solve this annoying little problem. 

All the best, 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hexie's On My Mind

Well, the solids are working into interesting Dresden Plates, but I have nothing yet to show you, so I started working on "Hand-Work-Projects" for my upcoming summer of fishing. Thank goodness, that I've finally figured out what to change in my life to help my back, so I can get back to our favorite couple activity of fishing!

When I think of hand work projects, I go right to either hexies or log cabin blocks. This was my last effort with hexies, so I've overdue to start of up something with my little hexies and larger hexies as well. 

This cute table runner did win first prize in our 2004 Bulkley Valley Fall Fair in hand quilting and hand piecing category. I do love hand piecing as well, as I blogged about when I was working on the Midnight Over the Oasis quilt along with the lovely Jess of TheElvenGarden.

This was hand piecing from my start on the Midnight Over the Oasis by Jen Kingsley.

Then I fell in love again when I saw this little cutey from my friend Regina of the Fraser Lake Quilt Guild. at the link  following:

Jess also made this cute quilt with hexies. 

Then I discovered the beautiful hexie quilt in progress that Jessica is doing over at her blog Life Under Quilts.

See you soon, take care and keep on quilting,


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