Saturday, December 26, 2015

Stitching from My Heart 2016

This holiday season has brought thoughts of New Year Resolutions. My bleak stitching time has begun the seedling roots of resolving my wish to stretch my heart in stitches.

Stretching my heart in textile expressions of my fears, my hopes and my suggestions on ways to help myself make the changes I can to reduce my use of a car.

Every winter I read the Jean Auel series starting with Clan of the Cave Bear. I've begun crocheting an original shrug pattern. I'm just playing around.

The great thing about a New Year is the ability to start over, to try new things and to reach out to new groups of community.

I want to meet more First Nations women in the art world and starting with a new retreat in January.

I want to make at least one Amish Quilt and I love this one made by Mary Marcotte of Fluer de lis Quilts.

I love a little box given to me by my friend Nola! This one in the photo above was made by a blogger buddy Rhianon Taylor over at Nifty Quilts. I want to make more fabric boxes this year of 2016.

I really want to get started into using my metallic threads purchased locally.

I try to grow a garden each year and 2015 was no different. I managed to keep the weeds done and the plants and veggies were stupendous this year and I wish for the same ample harvest in 2016.

 And I am writing up more on developing a large community quilt such as the Smithers 2013 Centennial Quilt. The photo below is an example of just one layout that was tried out and you can see, this layout was cut.

Smithers 2013 Centennial Quilt about two months from delivery.

Happy Quilting and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2015 In Review-wow!

Hi everyone, I can see that everyone is a busy little elf right now!! Such fun! I decided to do a Year in Review as suggested by my son. 

Burkley's Quilt 
39 x 54 in.

Bat Girl Goes Out
31.5 Square

Clever Embroidery Series was a total hit.

Wendys Quilts and More does beautiful cross stitch and so much more!

I finally completed earrings and necklace in return for a donation of beads in turquoise from Zenia Rene.

And I've continued writing my Artisan Crazy Quilts book due out in the New Year.

I'll be joining up with Faeries and Fibres for her 2015 EPP Quilt Along. i urge you to visit Karen's blog to see her mouth watering EPP goodness for any further encouragement to become a follower and join us.

As I was constructing this last blog post of 2015, I learned that I've done a lot more quilting this year and that means my quality of life has improved as my doctor put it, less pain equals a happier Caroline.

I followed along almost completed my participation with Kaaren's Houses Quilt which she hosted and is such a gracious lady, one you should start following!! I intend to finish this up after Christmas, I'm taking three weeks off from my blog and will happily be finishing up my studio redo.

I finished up Micaela's Birthday table runner a little wee late, but better finished than never! She texted me a photo of it on her table, I'll have to update that later.

This little gem of a quilt was made a decade ago and the photo arrived this year!

My facebook page is not listed as Good Earth Quilting. That name was taken and I had to choose Carli The Quilter, so this is why some of you are having a hard time finding me there. My personal page can be found at Caroline Heinrichs.

I'm crazy quilting all the time!

I finished up my Pretty Petals and its living in my studio!

I've continued to be sought after for T-shirt quilts.

I volunteered a few hours to Quick W.I, in laundering and pressing their antique linens.

I even managed a small part of the Summer issue of Quilter's Connection.

This is one project that will be finished soon and becomes birthday.

My online friend and quilting blogger Carolyn Wainscott sent me something very special in the mail. 

This busy senior quilter is a vital discussion partner around successfully blogging with income generation path in mind. Her Google+ page is something else and one very worth visiting. Her fabric prints of Jesus Loves Me is one of my newest projects to finish this is applique, thread painting or whatever I decide to do, Carolyn is open minded and happy to see any of my ideas expressed in fabric.

I've been really finding the value of this Three Hour Table Runner. I've made a bunch of table runner's that I'll have to post about in the new year.

If you don't have three hours to whip up a spartan on time project, do check out my Two Hour Slice and Dice Table Runner.

My family is gathering from several corners of the country starting soon. One of our sons has a 30th birthday happening as well. Boxes are getting packed with handmade gifts and much loving intentions. Gifts made by our hands are the best indeed. Hope you find new handmade items come to you this year!

Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Modern Makeover Finish!

Hello, folks!

 I'm really happy to have this little quilt all finished up and I delivered it yesterday to my friend Myrtle.

As you all know by now, that this quilt was an issue of what to do with it from when I decided it just wasn't' working for me. 

I'm not wasteful and enjoy the challenge of taking risks in my designs. i believe that if you just hate the finished quilt, it can always become an awesome doggie quilt!
I took a risk to cut the small quilt top apart and start fresh like

It seemed to take on a new life, one that was guided by another hand. I meditated on this risk and adopted the motto from WW 2 "Stay Calm and Carry On"
I was feeling pretty happy the day I took these photos at one of our local United Churches. This lovely little church has so much local history and it resides at the end of St. John the Devine Church on Quick West Rd in Telkwa.

When hand quilting began, I was some what overwhelmed for a few days as the expanse of cream in this quilt was like an ocean to cross. But I stuck with it, decided that it would take the length of time it would take and that was that.

The various comments sent by participants to the Celebrate Hand Quilting page on Facebook really took me by surprise as people hadn't seen much of hand quilting before. Its not big stitch or new, its just the way I do hand quilting.

You decide, is this different from other hand quilting you've seen?

  I mean really, its just the way that I fill in a large area of space and this little Modern Makeover had a bunch of it.

Sorry about the cieling lamp, but I was still sewing on the binding the day before delivering it to Myrtle. Its her September Birthday Present, so its wee bit late!

Quilt Stats:

57 by 48 inches
Organic Solid Cream fabric from Robert Kaufmann
Scraps and several Nickle sets from Daisy Jainie
Hand quilted with YLI thread
Machine quilted with the same YLI thread
FMQ in Feathers done around outside border and minimal in the stitch on darker areas.

Thanks for reading my blog! Its wonderful to hear what people think from all over the world.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Improv Start

I did a major project last winter and these little snippets and actual small chunks are the cuts from that project. 

I was using these fabrics for a quilt where I used Cultural Fusion Quilts book for instructions for the blocks. I'll post more about last winter's project at another time.

These little chunks were my start! I think that maybe they will become mini-quilts or table runners or you know, something fun anyway!

As you know I've had the last three weeks without stable Internet. For any blogger, this will cause stress, but to have to resign myself to finishing up my book in the new year is a real bummer! I have lots of fun to do with baking and preparing for Christmas and my upcoming retreat in January. I'm really looking forward to that!

This is the snippets I started with.

This is where I'm going, what do you think, is the black too black?

I'm linking up with Fret Not Yourself

and its C. -14 tonight and getting colder, winter has arrived!!

Thanks ladies for inviting me to participate with Improv Quilting!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Clever Embroidery Series - Monika Kinner Whalen

Hello and welcome to this very popular series! This week, I have a Canadian fiber artist who hales from Saskatchewan. I've been following her blog and enjoying her growth and success with admiration. 

Let me introduce Monika Kinner-Whalen!

I started hand embroidery at the age of 40.  That's not very long ago.  My mom was a landscape artist who did not sew or hand stitch.  I just never grew up with fibre art!  Sometimes I resent that.  For the most part,  it still feels new and terribly exciting!  I bask in it.

2.  teaching

I don't even remember how I learned my first French Knot.  I guess it was either a youtube video or an embroidery instruction book.  For the most part, I am self taught.  I began with free machine threadpainting, and added my own 'freestyle' hand stitches for the parts that needed to be hand stitched.  I quickly discovered how handwork - even just a little bit - made my fibre art so much better.  Eventually, I met an older embroidery artist with a lifetime of experience.  She invited me to stitch with her, and she soon became a mentor for me.  Her name is Margot Lindsay, and I adore her embroidery like no other!  Today I enjoy hand stitching entire landscapes.  The slow craft of hand work is so very nourishing.

3.  classes

 I have taken no formal embroidery classes, with the exception of a Needle Lace workshop through my local embroidery guild.  I spend a lot of time in self-studies, learning from the 'old masters' in our field as painter would learn from their own experts.  Generally, I approach fibre as art and create landscapes in a manner similar to a painter.

4.  sell or enjoyment?

I embroider for my own personal enjoyment and I sell it as my main source of income.  I am a full-time artist and I have to pinch myself when I say that I get paid to stitch.  I love what I do, and I have worked hard to make a living from it.  I find this very fulfilling.  I also teach fibre art classes to supplement my income.

5  what inspires me

Canada inspires me.  My prairies inspire me.  Our four distinct seasons provide an everchanging landscape in which I never tire of.  Sunshine and shadows inspire me.  The skies and the wind...  I am a nature nut and I love weather and all times of day.  It's not often I feel stuck.  Most of the time, I feel like I have too many ideas.  I could never stitch fast enough to create everything I want.  I always have more projects waiting in the wings.

Fibre inspires me.  I started with thread.  I could never have enough.  Now I have enough!  : ) I'm stashing yarn now.  Variegated yarns are like paint for me - fat stitches are like brush strokes of blended colours.  A single ball of yarn is enough to get my creative juices flowing!

Monika_Kinner on Instagram

There you go another installment in my Clever Embroidery Series. If you know of a talented hand embroidery enthusiast, or you are an embroidery nut yourself, do contact me, I'd love to follow your blog and profile you too!

Happy Quilting

Monday, November 23, 2015

TIny Studio's

My whole studio comprises of 7 by 10 small room.
When I googled "Tiny quilt studios" I found a gazillion of Pinterest sites that deal with all the latest trends of small studio apartments all the way to some pretty large 'tiny studios' and it got me thinking.

I share this tiny space with a washer & dryer, hot water heater, pressure tank, ultraviolet and filter water filtration system and a laundry sink.n This is totally efficient and frugal in space use. In fact this home is only 1200 in total, all one layer, with few steps, its a perfect retirement or first home buyer property, you know?

In the summer time, I spend hours sitting in the shade down by the river stitching, its only a few short steps from my tiny home and its a perfect socializing place for our neighbourhood parties!

Plus, its on the Bulkley River, now if you are a fisherperson, then you'll know how special it is to live on one of the best wild steelhead rivers in the world. We couldn't be happier with this lovely place to live.

I've long dreamed of making that upper room into a large and gorgeous quilting studio!
But mostly, its a Man Cave and very much that and somehow quilting studio's don't go with that in this case.

I have a few things on the go right now that can't be shared, but this is also on my list of things to do.

Now, if you want to visit a very cool, organized and much larger studio, but Jackie calls it tiny, you decide?

This next link is my favorite and one that takes a while to read, but its an awesome story of the various places this quilter moved around in her home and how it all began to come together, great read and lots of great photos!

Enjoy, happy quilting everyone!

Slow Stitch and Quilting

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